Author Archives: Stephen Bennett

AEC Calls Electric Vehicle Mandates Wrongheaded

An executive order issued by California Gov. Gavin Newsom bans sales of new fossil-fueled vehicles by 2035. It is no surprise that this executive order emanated from California. Incentives — tax credits and rebates — failed to get the desired results, so the state turns to mandates to impose its will on citizens. Even with $12,000 in state and federal ...

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‘Fred’ is Threatened: Competition Turns Ugly

Everyone has competition, and how the competition deals with one another, or conducts themselves “out in the open,” speaks volumes. In early November I was chatting with the gent who delivers fuel to my home in Vermont about the competitive dynamic between local fuel companies. I commented that the fuel industry is relatively small, particularly here in Vermont where we ...

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What to Do After a ‘Carding’ Attack

In recent months utility companies, including fuel marketers, have increasingly become targets of carding attacks. In the August 2020 issue of Fuel Oil News, we explored how to identify and protect your business against this type of fraud. Below are the steps you should take if you find yourself a victim. As a refresher, carding is an automated bot used ...

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Biofuel Leaders Urge Courts to Hold EPA Accountable

Biofuels and agricultural trade groups filed a motion in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, asking the court to enforce a 2017 decision. The decision requires the Environmental Protection Agency to address its waiver of 500 million gallons of biofuel demand in the 2016 renewable volume obligation (RVO). The coalition, which includes Growth Energy, Renewable Fuels ...

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Mirabito Donates $50,000 to Cure Rare Disease

Mirabito Energy Products and Mirabito Convenience Stores donated $50,000 to Cure Rare Disease, a Boston-based non-profit organization committed to the development of precision medicine therapeutics that combat select rare diseases impacting millions of people nationwide. Each June, Mirabito holds the Mirabito Golf Classic in Syracuse, N.Y.  The event typically hosts over 300 golfers and business partners over the course of ...

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Paraco Gas Acquires F M Popovich & Sons

Paraco Gas Corp. acquired F M Popovich & Sons, Ashland, Massachusetts. Paraco acquired the Popovich business on Oct. 14, as owners Fred and Hildegard Popovich retired, Paraco said in a Nov. 18 announcement. The Popovich family business was founded by Fred and Wilma Popovich in 1946 and grew to serve approximately 850 propane customers. Fred Popovich, president of F M ...

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Casey Energy Acquires Marandola Fuel Service

Casey Energy of Ridgefield, Conn., acquired the fuel business of Marandola Fuel Service of New Milford, Conn., Cetane Associates announced. Established in 1995, Marandola Fuel sells and delivers heating oil to residential customers in and around Litchfield County, Conn. The company also performs maintenance and installation of oil-fueled heating equipment. Robert “Bob” Marandola said, “When I started the business I ...

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Massachusetts Opens Investigation Assessing Future of Natural Gas

The Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities issued an order opening an investigation into the role of local natural gas distribution companies in the future of the Commonwealth’s energy portfolio following the Baker-Polito Administration’s determination of net zero greenhouse gas emissions as Massachusetts’ legal emissions limit for 2050. As part of the investigation, the DPU will assess the role of gas ...

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CEMA Golf Outing: ‘Ideal Conditions’

The annual golf outing of the Connecticut Energy Marketers Association drew more than 80 members who enjoyed ideal playing conditions Oct. 27 at Great River Golf Club in Milford, Connecticut, reports David Chu, the association’s vice president: “partly cloudy, around 60 degrees, dry. Best day of the week. Players enjoyed themselves, playing in such conditions, on a beautiful, scenic course, whose ...

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NYSEC and NORA Launch ‘Net-Zero Hero’ Marketing Campaign

The New York State Energy Coalition and National Oilheat Research Alliance announced the launch on Oct. 26 of a new marketing campaign, “I’m a Net-Zero Hero,” running throughout the five boroughs of New York City and Nassau and Suffolk counties on Long Island. The campaign features a cast of multi-ethnic characters, each proclaiming their status as “a Net-Zero Hero” because ...

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