Author Archives: Stephen Bennett

Sierra Club Takes Trump Administration to Court Over Methane Rollback

The Sierra Club and a coalition of environmental groups filed a lawsuit on Sept. 15 challenging the Trump administration’s rollback of regulations on methane leaks. “Under the leadership of former fossil fuel lobbyist Andrew Wheeler, Trump’s EPA took final action to weaken rules that require oil and gas companies to monitor and repair leaking equipment,” the Sierra Club and other environmental groups said in ...

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Tower Energy Acquires Barrieau Oil

Tower Energy in Plainville, Conn., acquired the full-service energy business of Barrieau Oil Co. in West Hartford, Conn., Cetane Associates announced. Barrieau Oil, founded in 1971, provides heating oil delivery and HVAC and plumbing services to residential customers in much of central Connecticut under the brands Barrieau Oil Co., The James O’Toole Company, Ney Plumbing and Heating, and The Wm ...

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AEC Update: Learning from Experience

The American Energy Coalition routinely and continually assesses threats to the heating oil industry and responds to identified threats through its various messaging platforms. Over the last decade or more, the biggest threats have come from natural gas utilities and their efforts to convert oil-heated homes to gas. In the last couple of years, a new threat has emerged: the ...

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EIA: 2020 U.S. Biodiesel Production on Par with 2019

U.S. biodiesel production has seen smaller reductions in recent months compared with other transportation fuels, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration’s (EIA) Petroleum Supply Monthly. As a result of mitigation efforts for the 2019 novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19), motor gasoline demand has declined significantly since March 2020. The decline in demand also reduced ethanol demand. Biodiesel production through May 2020, on the other ...

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A Good Read

The teacher and his student are often at odds—no less so in the oil heat industry. Reluctant to forego the need for theoretical background, the teacher is conscious of the student’s impatience to get to the “heart of the matter.” Oftentimes, the fact that oil burns becomes more important than why it burns. Since the development of oil-burning equipment, many ...

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NEFI Responding to Senate Dems’ Climate Plan

Senate Democrats released their version of a national climate plan, reports Jim Collura in NEFI Energy Online News. The 263-page report was released by the Senate Special Committee on the Climate Crisis, an ad hoc committee established by Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (N.Y.) to examine the climate change issue and make recommendations for policy change. “The report provides valuable ...

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Virtual Heat Show Presents Live Webinars: Sept. 22-23

The Virtual HEAT Show presentation schedule features more than 20 webinars in multiple educational tracks. HEAT Show offers attendees, exhibitors and sponsors a full schedule of live sessions designed to bring heating and energy industry stakeholders together safely. Session descriptions are available online with individual webinar sign-up links. Click here to see the webinar schedule.

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Fleets Use Pure Biodiesel

Fleets of all sizes and across all industries have long used diesel fuel, but in recent years some have turned to B20—a blend containing 20% biodiesel, 80% petroleum diesel—to take advantage of environmental and sustainability benefits it is designed to offer. And now fleet operators including the Washington, D.C., Department of Public Works and the city of Ames, Iowa, are ...

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Old World Industries Joins Diesel Technology Forum

Old World Industries, manufacturer and distributor of BlueDEF, a diesel exhaust fluid, joined The Diesel Technology Forum. “DEF is a critical component of many of today’s advanced clean diesel engines, vehicles and equipment, which makes OWI a great addition to our growing membership,” Allen Schaeffer, executive director of the Forum, said in announcing that OWI was joining the Forum.  In its ...

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Grundfos Marks 75th Anniversary

Grundfos, which manufactured its first pump in 1945, is marking its 75th anniversary. Foss 1, the manufacturer’s first pump, was built in 1945 by founder Poul Due Jensen in Bjerringbro, Denmark. Grundfos’ first overseas subsidiary was established in 1973 in the U.S. The 75th anniversary is being observed by the company’s 19,280 colleagues all over the world. “We celebrate the ...

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