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AEC Update: Report Suggests Manipulation by Utilities

A recent report issued by the Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) entitled “Vertical Market Power in Interconnected Natural Gas and Electricity Markets” has drawn the attention of both Connecticut and Massachusetts Utility Regulators, and both have opened investigations into allegations contained in the report. The first to respond to the report was Connecticut through its Public Utilities Regulatory Authority, or PURA, ...

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Biodiesel Producers, Retailers Call for Extension, then Phase-Out of Blenders’ Tax Credit

A diverse group of biodiesel producers, fuel retailers, and trucking interests sent a letter to the Senate Finance Committee and the House Ways and Means Committee in support of extending and phasing out the biodiesel blenders’ tax credit, and outlining their opposition to efforts to shift the credit to a producers’ credit, as the tax-writing committees consider tax reform legislation. NATSO ...

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Recycling Mercury Thermostats in Massachusetts

Thermostat Recycling Corp. (TRC), Fort Washington, Pa., and New Hampshire-based Wheelabrator Technologies are collecting mercury-containing thermostats in Massachusetts. The collection program is part of the “Mass Save” energy efficiency installation and weatherization program, funded by a coalition of utility companies, according to a statement issued by TRC and Wheelabrator. “We are excited to partner with Wheelabrator to encourage and ensure the safe collection ...

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Sprague Resources LP Agrees to Acquire Coen Energy

Sprague Resources, Portsmouth, N.H., announced that its operating subsidiary, Sprague Operating Resources, has signed an agreement to purchase the membership interests of Coen Energy, and Coen Transport, as well as four bulk plants and underlying real estate. Coen Energy, Washington, Pa., provides energy products and complimentary energy field services to over 7,000 customers in Pennsylvania, Ohio and West Virginia. The ...

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Oliver Hazard Perry in a Mishap

The tall ship Oliver Hazard Perry was set to be towed to its home berth on Oct. 16 after crash landing at a dock in Newport, R.I., on the night of Oct. 15, according to news reports. The Oliver Hazard Perry was featured on the cover of the September 2017 issue of Fuel Oil News. Newport Biodiesel in Newport provides ...

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Online Oil Marketer Launches in Massachusetts

Slick Energy, an online heating oil marketplace, launched on Sept. 27, announcing that it is serving consumers in Massachusetts, with plans to expand throughout New England next year. “Consumers can now purchase home heating oil quickly, online and at the absolute best price,” the company, based in Newburyport, Mass., says in a statement. Slick estimates residential customers will be able ...

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BASE Engineering is Acquired by Harbour Group

Harbour Group has acquired BASE Engineering, Inc., Jeff Fox, Harbour Group’s chairman and chief executive, announced. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed. Since its founding in 1996, BASE has designed and manufactured remote, automated emergency shutdown and operational controls for the liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) and refined fuels industries. BASE was founded by Steve Belyea, its CEO, and is based in St. ...

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Cargill to Build Biodiesel Plant in Wichita, Kansas

Cargill plans to build a state-of-the-art $90 million biodiesel plant in Wichita, Kan., the company announced. Set to open January 2019, the plant will produce 60 million gallons of biodiesel annually. “This new facility will enable Wichita to be a competitive supplier in the biofuels market, bringing value to the suppliers and customers we work with, and connecting farmers with industrial customers by supplying quality biomass-based ...

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Taco Creates Hurricanes Relief Fund with Red Cross

Taco Comfort Solutions, Cranston, R.I., and the American Red Cross, announced a Hurricanes Relief Effort focused on the HVAC industry to assist those in need in Texas, Louisiana, Florida, South Carolina, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands affected by Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria. Taco’s relief efforts were established with a gift from the White Family Foundation. To make ...

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ATA Urges Congress to Support Automated Vehicle Development

American Trucking Associations President and CEO Chris Spear testified before the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation about the importance of including commercial vehicles in the discussion about automated vehicles, and urged the Federal government not to stifle innovation. “I hope my testimony will help unwind some of the myths about automation and our industry,” Spear said in his ...

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