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California Embraces Renewable Diesel

September 11, 2015 in Biofuels, Renewable Diesel, Solicitation by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

California General Services Wants It, City of Walnut Creek Has It

Demand for renewable diesel is heating up in California, where the state Department of General Services is seeking bids on a state-wide contract and the city of Walnut Creek has converted its entire diesel fleet. updated September 14

The City of Walnut Creek has converted all of its diesel vehicles to renewable diesel.

The City of Walnut Creek has converted all of its diesel vehicles to renewable diesel.



San Francisco recently vowed to switch all of its diesel vehicles to renewable diesel by the end of this year (F&F, July 22). But Walnut Creek says it’s the first in the nation to do so.

According to the state DGS solicitation, the use of renewable diesel will be mandatory for all state departments with fuel available to participating local agencies as well. California DGS wants a three-year contract with two annual options.

Quarterly consumption for 12 Cal DGS districts is reckoned at approximately 4.7 million gallons per quarter.

Bids are due September 16.

Walnut Creek completed its switch to 100 renewable diesel in August, says fleet maintenance supervisor Joe Jorgensen.

No Infrastructure Changes

“We are now not using any petroleum diesel,” he says.

Neste refinery in Singapore is expected to furnish NEXBTL renewable diesel for San Francisco city vehicles.

Neste refinery in Singapore

“We have no extra costs and in fact in our case we’re saving money,” Jorgensen told F&F: renewable diesel from Golden Gate is currently $2.75 per gallon, about 10¢ cheaper than the previous B5 blend. And, he adds, “It didn’t require any infrastructure changes.”

NEXBTL from Neste

Walnut Creek operates about 60 diesel vehicles consuming approximately 20,000 gallons of fuel per year. The fleet includes street sweepers, dump trucks, tractors and mowers. “All will take advantage of the new fuel,” states a release.

Walnut Creek fleet maintenance supervisor Joe Jorgensen with the city's two battery electric Smart police services vehicles. All of the town's diesel vehicles are now 100% petroleum-free.

Walnut Creek fleet maintenance supervisor Joe Jorgensen with the city’s two battery electric Smart police services vehicles. All of the town’s diesel vehicles are now 100% petroleum-free.

It’s all good news for Neste, which produces NEXBTL renewable diesel in Singapore for the West Coast market. NEXBTL carries California Air Resources Board carbon intensity number of just 33, compared with 98 for conventional petroleum diesel (F&F, August 24).

Martinez-based Golden Gate Petroleum supplies Walnut Creek and San Francisco municipal fleets.

NEXBTL is offered as Diesel HPR by Propel Fuels at selected retail outlets and statewide in bulk to fleets.


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Source: California DGS with Fleets & Fuels follow-up

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