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Demand for diesel fuel is expected to grow

Diesel fuel demand is expected to surge over the next 25 years even as gasoline use falls, according the the U.S. Energy Information Administration.
by Adam Wilmoth Modified: July 4, 2014 at 10:00 pm •  Published: July 4, 2014

photo - Drivers fuel trucks at a Love’s station in Oklahoma City. The Oklahoman Archives
Drivers fuel trucks at a Love’s station in Oklahoma City. The Oklahoman Archives

The projected diesel increase is an opportunity for several industries. Refiners have been running near capacity for much of the past three years as domestic oil production has increased. Unlike oil producers, refiners have the option of shipping their unused product overseas, but they still see growing domestic demand as a benefit.

Increasing heavy vehicle demand is also an opportunity for the country’s growing natural gas transportation market.

Companies including California-based Clean Energy and Oklahoma City-based Love’s Travel Stops are building liquified natural gas fueling stations along the country’s highways with the hope of soon allowing companies to send their trucks throughout the country on natural gas.

A growing number of trucks on the road plus the popularity of alternative fuels means a greater number of customers for both the diesel and natural gas fuel suppliers.

by Adam Wilmoth
Energy Editor
Adam Wilmoth returned to The Oklahoman as energy editor in 2012 after working for four years in public relations. He previously spent seven years as a business reporter at The Oklahoman, including five years covering the state's energy sector....
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