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Santa: Oil Heating Industry Entering a ‘Renaissance’

  The oil heating industry is entering a renaissance with a fuel that is cleaner, less expensive and more reliable than ever, Tom Santa, incoming chairman of the National Oilheat Research Alliance, told an industry gathering. Santa, CEO of Santa Energy, Bridgeport, Conn., cited the adoption of ultra-low sulfur (ULS) heating oil as a primary factor in reducing heat exchanger ...

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EPA Finalizes Increase in Renewable Fuel Volumes

The EPA finalized increases in renewable fuel volume requirements across all categories of biofuels under the Renewable Fuel Standard program. In a required annual rulemaking, the action finalizes the volume requirements and associated percentage standards for cellulosic biofuel, advanced biofuel, and total renewable fuel for 2017, and for biomass-based diesel for 2018. “Renewable fuel volumes continue to increase across the ...

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New York City Mayor Signs Law Requiring B20 by 2034

A new law in New York City sets a schedule for mandatory phased increases in biodiesel content in heating oil, ultimately requiring B20 throughout the city in 2034. The law requires the following incremental increases in the amount of biodiesel in heating oil sold in the city: to 5% by Oct. 1, 2017; to 10% in 2025; to 15% in ...

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Forecast: Rig Count to Grow by Nearly a Third in 2017

Oil prices will continue to be the primary catalyst determining U.S. rig demand in the months ahead, according to a forecast released by Platts RigData. The U.S. Land Rig Three-Year Forecast, now in its second year, is an analysis of the key drivers of domestic oil and gas supplies and what they imply for the next three years’ land rig demand. ...

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Going Green with Biodiesel

Biodiesel is winning acceptance in mining and marine markets as well as fuel oil, an expert says By Maura Keller These days, just about everyone in the fuel oil business may feel burdened by some kind of environmental challenge—from proper containment and transportation of fuels to understanding alternative fuel options. The industry faces pressures from environmentalists, government regulators, and customers ...

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Online Extra: Heating Season Fuels Outlook (Part II)

Below is “Part II” of the “Heating Season Fuels Outlook: 2016-2017,” in which two executives with Sprague Energy, Managing Director David P. Daoust and Natural Gas Supply Manager Shaun Kennedy, responded via email to questions from Fuel Oil News. FON: How do you see this coming season compared to last heating season? Daoust and Kennedy: It would be difficult to ...

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NATSO Applauds Biodiesel Blenders’ Tax Credit Legislation

NATSO, the national association representing travel plazas and truckstops, applauded Rep. Diane Black (R-Tenn.) for introducing the “Biodiesel and Renewable Diesel Incentive Extension Act of 2016,” (H.R. 5994) that would extend the biodiesel blenders’ tax credit for two years through 2018. “We commend Rep. Black for introducing legislation that will renew this critical tax credit,” NATSO Vice President of Government Affairs David Fialkov ...

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REG Developing Distilled Biodiesel

REG will soon be bringing distilled biodiesel to distribution points in the Northeast market, said Barry Knox, director of blended fuel sales. Distilled biodiesel has lower carbon intensity (CI) than non-distilled biodiesel and much lower CI than petroleum diesel, Knox said during a recent webinar co-hosted by REG and Fuel Oil News. Knox said CI is an important standard that ...

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Scully Signal Co. to Host 80th Anniversary Celebration

Scully Signal Co., Wilmington, Mass., is celebrating its 80th anniversary with a special Customer Appreciation Event on Thursday, Sept. 22. The free event will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. EST at its headquarters in Wilmington, and will include plant tours, product seminars, service workshops, and a barbecue lunch and refreshments under the tent. Some of the topics ...

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EIA: Changing U.S. Energy Mix Shows Growing Use of Natural Gas, Petroleum and Renewables

Principal contributor: Michael Kopalek Primary energy consumption fell slightly in 2015 as a decline in coal use exceeded increases in natural gas, petroleum, and renewables use. In most cases, changes between 2014 and 2015 reflect longer-term trends in energy use. In 2015, natural gas consumption increased more than any other energy source, accounting for 29% of total primary energy consumption. ...

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