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N.Y. Rep. Faso Talks Jones Act with NPGA Members

Rep. John Faso (R-NY) joined more than two dozen National Propane Gas Association members and New York constituents for a conference call, hosted by PropanePAC, according to NPGA Reports, the association’s newsletter. During the March 1 call, Faso, a freshman member who sits on the U.S. House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, and is also a member of the Congressional Propane ...

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Congress Approves 2017 Fuel Credit; IRS Issues Claims Procedures

The IRS has issued special one-time claim procedures (IRS Notice 2018-21) for payment of the $1 per gallon biodiesel blender credit, reports the New England Fuel Institute. The credit was reinstated by Congress retroactively for calendar year 2017 under the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018. The blender credit was reauthorized retroactively for calendar year 2017 only, NEFI notes in the March 13 issue ...

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ATA Urges Congress to Act on Infrastructure Funding

Congress should set aside ideological partisanship and put forward a bold infrastructure investment package to address deteriorating roads and bridges, American Trucking Associations President and CEO Chris Spear said. “While ATA recognizes how difficult it is for members of Congress to commit to, or even openly discuss, the types of spending needed to address our ailing roads and bridges, as ...

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Exporters Dumped Biodiesel in U.S.: Commerce Department

Exporters from Argentina and Indonesia have sold biodiesel in the United States at less than fair value, the U.S. Department of Commerce said. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross announced “affirmative final determinations” in antidumping duty (AD) investigations of imports of biodiesel from Argentina and Indonesia. The decision allows U.S. producers of biodiesel to receive relief from the “market-distorting effects of ...

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Massachusetts EMA Webinar on Biofuel Energy Credits: March 6

On Tuesday, March 6, the Massachusetts Energy Marketers Association will host a webinar for the association and the state’s heating oil industry with the Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources (DOER) that will focus on explaining details of the recently enacted Alternative Energy Credits program under the Commonwealth’s Alternative Portfolio Standard (APS). The webinar will begin at 10 a.m. and will ...

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Paraco’s Donation Helps Provide Housing for U.S. Veterans

Through the Home Depot Foundation, which donates millions of dollars each year to victims of natural disasters and supports military veterans via multiple organizations, Paraco Gas Corp., Rye Brook, N.Y., participated in the Foundation’s latest fund-raising event with a $25,000 silver-level sponsorship as well as volunteered labor. Paraco’s chief operating officer, Dave Muscato, and vice president of sales, Dan Kostecki, ...

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U.S. and Other Producer Nations Could Challenge OPEC’s Aim on Surplus

An acceleration of U.S. production growth is occurring, primarily from the Permian Basin. Coupled with the growth in other non-OPEC production from Canada, Brazil, and Kazakhstan, non-OPEC production in 2018 has the potential exceed the growth in world oil demand, which would reverse OPEC’s success in reducing surplus OECD oil inventories, writes analyst Paul Kuklinski, founder of Boston Energy Research. ...

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The Need to Train

Nearly everyone in the industry talks about it: The need to train employees. It’s an on-going thing; more a journey than a destination, as the saying goes. For most, the focus is and has long been on service technicians, or drivers, be it PERC’s CETP books for the former or hazardous materials instruction and select CETP modules for the latter. ...

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API Sees Bright Outlook

The United States currently stands as the world’s largest producer of oil, refined products and natural gas, in part because of industry innovations and technological breakthroughs, said Jack Gerard, president and CEO of the American Petroleum Institute (API). Leading the world in production, the U.S. petroleum industry looks to boom times, reports Contributing Writer Maura Keller. “We’ve taken the nation from ...

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AHR Expo Donates $20,700 to Chicago Lighthouse

The AHR Expo made a donation of $20,700 from its Innovation Awards program to the Chicago Lighthouse. Each year, the AHR Expo donates the entry fees from the Innovation Awards competition to a charitable organization within the region where the Show is being held. The Chicago Lighthouse is a non-profit organization serving the blind, visually impaired, disabled and Veteran communities ...

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