Energy Extras



What is Top Tier Gasoline?

By Scott Chase, Energy Department Manager

Top Tier gasoline was first made in 2004. It was gasoline that met the certification and standards required by companies like Chevy, Ford, and Chrysler. These companies developed a higher standard for gasoline additives, and Top Tier gasoline was born. They qualify as Top Tier, by meeting the following standards:

  • A retail location that sells the brand must retail the same fuel quality.
  • All grades of the branded fuel must be treated with a Top Tier approved additive in the concentration.
  • Retailers must prominently display Top Tier logos.

AAA conducted a study in 2016 on the long-term impacts of Top Tier gas. The study reported that there was a greater quantity of harmful deposits in car engines that did not use Top Tier fuel. In conclusion, by choosing Cenex’s Top Tier gasoline, you are not only ensuring superior fuel quality but also prolonging the life of your vehicle’s engine. Make the smart choice for your car’s longevity and performance with Cenex’s commitment to excellence in every gallon.




Fuel Tank Maintenance

By Gerry Crawford, Energy Sales

As we prepare for spring work, proper maintenance of fuel storage tanks is an essential task for any operation. The nature of modern fuels combined with the systems in which they’re used makes it imperative that fuel storage tanks be properly maintained and cleaned. Here are a few examples that underscore the importance of proper fuel storage tank maintenance.

New Engines Require Clean Fuel

The technology behind the fuel injection system in vehicle engines is constantly improving in order to improve the fuel economy of these vehicles. New injectors allow for a faster and more efficient combustion with the creation of a fine mist. “These new fuel injection systems are more precise, clog more easily and therefore require cleaner fuels. It is crucial to keep fuel injectors clean to prevent damage to the engine. Clean storage tanks mean clean fuel, and clean fuel means clean fuel injectors.

Biofuels Require Careful Monitoring

New biofuels are coming onto the scene in a big way. Ethanol fuels can be found in every state in the U.S. Biodiesel is also starting to gain a foothold in the marketplace. These biofuels are more efficient and burn cleaner than traditional fuels.

However, water is a bigger concern with these fuels. “Water is more soluble in ethanol than it is in petrol, so ethanol blended fuels hold more water in suspension. Biofuels are also more susceptible to absorbing water from the air.” Proper fuel storage tank maintenance ensures that these fuels are kept clean and stable.

Cleaner Diesel More Easily Absorbs Water

Diesel is cleaner today than ever before, shedding its image as a dirty fuel. The sulfur content of diesel has been reduced all the way down to 15 ppm. However, removing sulfur from diesel also affects the viability of diesel. Additives are used to offset this fact, but these additives themselves make it easier for the fuel to absorb water. Water in diesel can cause significant damage to diesel engines.

Proper fuel storage tank practices such as draining or pumping the water out are essential in maintaining the viability of cleaner diesel. If you have questions CFC can help you determine if there is water at the bottom of your fuel tanks.

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It's Time

By Scott Chase, Energy Department Manager

Oil prices experienced a rise due to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s and the conflict in Gaza. The April contract rose by 0.79% and settled at $79.21 per barrel. Projections suggest a 170,000 barrels per day (BPD) increase, significantly lower than the Energy Department’s earlier estimate of 290,000 BPD. Investors closely monitor developments in conflicts and production trends, which will impact oil prices. The market’s susceptibility to political uncertainties and the balance between supply and demand will keep stakeholders on the lookout for the ever-changing prices of the oil industry. On the home front, we saw prices increase due to the sharply cold temperatures in January but have seen them flatline for the past week. In closing, we want to remind everyone that we are here for all your service needs and springtime supplies. It’s time to book your fuel needs.




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 Energy Staff

Scott Chase
Energy Department Manager
Cell: 605-661-4896
Gerry Crawford
Energy Sales
Cell: 605-460-1176
Brad Dykes
Propane Truck Driver
Cell: 605-212-8261
JT Kass 
Scotland Shop Manager
 Cell: 605-661-2162