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Audi develops Renewable Diesel process

November 12, 2017 10:32 am Published by Leave your thoughts

Process Diagram source: CNBC article found at The future of liquid fuels is going to be renewable. Taking garbage or low value resources and upgrading them into low CO2 high performance fuels like Renewable Diesel.  As diesel prices are running towards $3 a gallon expect more news of these projects coming forward. Audi a long... Read More

November Fuel Prices in Oregon 2017

November 8, 2017 9:21 am Published by Leave your thoughts

For the last few years oil prices have dropped substantially after the Labor Day holiday. This being a real boom to year end budgets for our commercial bulk fuel fleet customers as they enter the holiday season rush. Not this year.  Prices came up hard with the Eclipse and Labor Day traffic in Oregon.  Gas... Read More

Portland, Oregon gas and diesel trends September 2017

September 21, 2017 1:06 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

Two major events and a holiday have put upward pressure on prices in the Portland, Oregon fuel market. Prices for gas and diesel are expected to stay up through the Labor Day weekend holiday. (Source of chart is To create your own price chart or review retail gas prices please visit for more... Read More

Old School Fleet Fueling Key Lock System

July 31, 2017 5:10 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

Corporate fueling in the past was a far more complicated task than today’s Pacific Pride, WEX, Voyager, Fuelman, and CFN fleet cards. Today, commercial fueling transfers data via satellite, securing and communicating in real time. Prior to commercial cardlock and computerized site controllers for fleet fueling management, Key Locks were the standard. The way that... Read More

Portland, Oregon gas and diesel price trends July 2017

July 3, 2017 3:04 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

As the rest of the US is seeing lower retail gas prices for the summer driving season, the Portland, Oregon area is seeing flat and steady retail prices. If budgeting for fuel, consider the high-end range of what you have been paying for fuel over the last eighteen months as a reasonable estimate for cost.... Read More

You are Invited to a Class on Precision Fuel Management

May 30, 2017 6:42 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

Star Oilco, Hydrotex, and Donaldson Filtration are co-hosting a Precision Fuel Management class in Portland, Oregon. If you have questions on solving all of your fuel related diesel problems this is the class for you.  Paul Klick of Donaldson Filtration will be given an in depth presentation on their world leading diesel filtration technology and... Read More

WEX article on documenting fuel theft

March 7, 2017 11:46 am Published by Leave your thoughts

Wright Express Fuel Cards versus Fuelman Fleet Cards for small business Wright Express  (also known as WEX) has a great article for corporate fuel buyers on the best practices when documenting and confronting fuel theft. WEX: Tips for enforcing proper fuel card usage and preventing employee theft. A few things they left out that Star Oilco would... Read More

What’s the price of Portland, Oregon gas and diesel?

February 27, 2017 5:41 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

The online retail gas price tracking service Gas Buddy has launched a really slick interface to show fuel prices. If you want to know the lowest and highest price for gas in Oregon and Washington this is a good place to start. Gas Buddy call’s it “Fuel Insights” and it puts the current retail market in... Read More