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National Biodiesel Conference & Expo

“There were a number of milestones reached in 2016 that will have a significant and very positive impact on the biodiesel industry,” Don Scott, director of sustainability for the National Biodiesel Board, said during a concluding session of the National Biodiesel Conference & Expo at the San Diego Convention Center. Led by Don O’Connor, a Vancouver-based international expert on greenhouse-gas ...

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Sail Energy Acquires Vaughn Oil

Sail Energy of Portsmouth, N.H., acquired the heating oil delivery and HVAC assets of Vaughn Oil Co., based in Smithfield, R.I., Cetane Associates announced. Sail Energy is a provider of retail fuels and related services in New England. The acquisition was completed in January, said Cetane Associates, which is based in Kent, Conn., and provides merger, acquisition and financial advisory ...

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PGANE Hires Leslie Anderson to Succeed Joe Rose

Leslie Anderson is the new president and CEO of the Propane Gas Association of New England. The hiring concluded a yearlong process that began with the revision of the PGANE strategic plan by the association’s membership, and a search for a new president/CEO conducted by a seven-member search committee appointed by the board of directors. The PGANE board voted unanimously ...

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AHR/ASHRAE Journal Survey: Growth Expected Across HVACR Industry

According to an AHR Expo and ASHRAE Journal survey sent to more than 1,400 HVACR manufacturers worldwide, there is growing optimism for improving economic prospects in 2017. Based on survey results, 86% of the respondents expect their sales to grow in the coming year. The survey consisted of nine questions, all in relation to anticipated overall market and individual business ...

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EIA Says Forecast Reflects OPEC Agreement

In EIA’s December STEO, both the West Texas Intermediate (WTI) and Brent crude oil 2017 price forecasts increased by about $1 per barrel (b) from the November STEO, with prices expected to average $51/b and $52/b, respectively. The WTI price is forecast to average $49/b in the first half of 2017 and end the year at $54/b, while the Brent ...

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OPEC to Cut Production Effective Jan. 1, 2017

The Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries said that it would cut production by 1.2 million barrels a day from 33.6 million barrels and said it expects producers from outside the group, including Russia, to join with additional cuts totaling 600,000 barrels a day, The Wall Street Journal reported. The OPEC deal to reduce oil output propelled crude prices more ...

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Overtime Rule on Hold

On November 22, 2016, U.S. District Court Judge Amos Mazzant granted an emergency motion for preliminary injunction, enjoining the Department of Labor from implementing and enforcing its rule on overtime, the DOL said in a news release. The rule had been scheduled to go into effect on Dec. 1. “The Department strongly disagrees with the decision by the court, which ...

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Atlas Oil Responds to Hurricane Matthew with Emergency Fuel Deployment

Truck Deployment (PRNewsFoto/Atlas Oil Company)

When Hurricane Matthew made landfall in Haiti on Oct. 4 as a Category 4, the Atlas Oil Emergency Fuel Services team prepared for deployment.  In what would be the largest mandatory U.S. evacuation since Hurricane Sandy in 2012, Matthew’s surge brought heavy winds, rainfall and widespread flash flooding from Florida to North Carolina.  To provide much-needed gasoline and diesel supply relief, Atlas Oil deployed more than ...

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EIA Winter Fuels Outlook: Heating Bills Likely to Rise, but Stay below Those of Recent Winters


Most U.S. households can expect higher heating expenditures this winter (October through March) compared to last winter, according to EIA’s Winter Fuels Outlook. Winter heating expenditures for most fuels were especially low last winter, when energy prices were relatively low and warm weather reduced heating demand to the lowest level nationally in at least 25 years. Although expenditures for nonelectric fuels ...

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Connecticut Drops Plan to Expand Natural Gas Capacity


Connecticut is cancelling its request for proposals to expand natural gas in the state, in what appears to be a reversal of an energy policy that it had been pursuing, and that the Connecticut Energy Marketers Association opposed. The Department of Energy and Environmental Protection said it cancelled a request that sought “proposals for natural gas resources, including liquefied natural gas, ...

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