Fall 2015 Technology Feature

Technology Feature

Renewable Diesel (RD)

Renewable Diesel (RD), also known as High Performance Renewable (HPR), Hydrogenation-Derived Renewable Diesel (HDRD), Green Diesel or Second-Generation Biodiesel – but for our purposes, we’ll simply call it RD, is the product of fats or vegetable oils. We’re hearing about cities switching their public fleet fuel to RD and wanted to find out more. Here’s what Keith Leech, Chief of the Fleet Division and Parking Enterprise for the County of Sacramento has to say about Renewable Diesel:

What about Renewable Diesel makes it more attractive than other renewable fuels available?

RD does not jeopardize OEM engine warranties and there is no special fuel infrastructure or retrofits to OEM equipment required to implement RD.

We’re seeing cities, such as San Francisco, switching public fleet fuel from petroleum to renewable diesel. What are the expected costs and benefits of this change?

Due to the tax credits available to producers of RD, it is anticipated that RD cost to fleets will be equivalent to petroleum diesel while achieving a significant reduction in GHG/carbon emissions.  Some incremental cost for transportation may be required for fleets not in close proximity to RD import locations.

What is the State doing to make RD more accessible?

State of CA DGS is about to award a bid for RD to enable their customer departments to comply with recently adopted renewable fuel goals being applied to the stat fleet. Once the contract is awarded, CA Cities and Counties will be able to piggy back on the srate’s RD contract which is anticipated to provide extremely competitive if not lower pricing than petroleum diesel due to the state’s high volume requirements.

What role will RD play for local governments, as well as everyday drivers, to help achieve aggressive greenhouse gas emission reduction goals that the State has set?

It should accelerate alternative fuel adoption with RD as one of the most cost effective strategies to those governments, companies, or everyday drivers seeking to dramatically lower their carbon footprint.

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Special thanks to Tim Taylor, Division Manager for Sacramento Metropolitan Air Quality Management District and Vice President and Co-coordinator for Sacramento Clean Cities Coalition, for your insight and resources.