Neste and Hightowers Petroleum will soon provide renewable diesel to the American Midwest, where the two companies see a strong demand for the fuel.  -  Photo: Neste

Neste and Hightowers Petroleum will soon provide renewable diesel to the American Midwest, where the two companies see a strong demand for the fuel.

Photo: Neste

Neste and Hightowers Petroleum, a wholesale fuel supplier serving customers in the Midwest, have formed a strategic partnership to market Neste MY renewable diesel fuel to customers in the Midwest.

75% Lifetime Emissions Reduction

According to Neste, this partnership enables Hightowers to supply Neste MY renewable diesel to customers across the Midwest. Neste said it sees sees strong demand for lower-emission fuels in that region, especially from the automobile industry.

Neste noted that many car manufacturers have committed to reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from “first fills.” This is the first fueling of new vehicles when leaving production lines. OEMs want to ensure the fuel used meets technical, storage and environmental requirements between the assembly lines and the delivery to customers.

Neste said that with the use of its MY renewable diesel fuel, GHG emissions can be effectively reduced by up to 75% compared with fossil diesel over a vehicle’s life cycle. And, as a drop-in solution, it is compatible with all diesel engines, making it an ideal choice for first fill and testing.

“Neste has been supplying renewable diesel to the U.S. West Coast since 2016, and this lower-carbon, more sustainable fuel has already helped many businesses and cities reduce GHG emissions significantly,” said Carrie Song, vice president, renewable road transportation, Americas at Neste.

“We serve customers who demand the highest quality of fuel, but also are making an effort to reduce their carbon footprint,” said Stephen Hightower, president and CEO of Hightowers Petroleum Co. “Neste MY Renewable Diesel addresses both of those needs with flying colors, providing immediate GHG emissions reductions while delivering high performance and potentially reducing maintenance costs."

Benefits Beyond Emissions

In addition to reducing GHG emissions, renewable diesel brings other benefits and delivers strong performance, Neste said.

Because it does not contain sulfur, oxygen or aromatic compounds, it combusts cleaner than conventional diesel fuel. As a result, vehicles that run on Neste MY renewable diesel may require less maintenance than vehicles running on conventional diesel.

Additionally, Neste said MY renewable diesel has outstanding cold weather performance. The company said it is suitable for cold weather conditions as low as 4 degrees below zero. Its high cetane number also gives better start-up and throttle response, which can be particularly useful to businesses with a lot of variety in usage during different seasons.

Neste was one of the first companies to supply renewable diesel into California and Oregon. Today, the company said it is rapidly expanding its production, fueling station network, and distribution capabilities to meet growing demand across the U.S.

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