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NORA Plots Future

​The National Oilheat Research Alliance is charged by Congress with the “development and demonstration of clean and efficient oilheat fuel utilization equipment, including research to develop renewable fuels.” With NORA’s recent reauthorization extending into 2029, the Alliance needs to identify and address long and short-term areas of concern. Keeping these goals in mind, NORA hosted a Technical Review and Research ...

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Otodata Hires David Dodd as a Regional Sales Rep

Otodata, a marketer of tank monitoring technology, announced that it hired David Dodd as its Southern Regional Sales Representative, based in Florida. Dodd has more than 20 years’ experience in business to business sales, including selling tank monitors as a solution for a large school system experiencing many fuel run-outs per year. After implementation, the fuel run-outs stopped and the ...

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Sharp Energy Triples Size of a Propane Rail Terminal

Sharp Energy completed construction upgrades to its propane rail facility in North Dover, Delaware, the company announced. The enhanced rail facility triples Sharp Energy’s propane supply capacity to serve tens of thousands of end-users throughout Delaware, Maryland, Pennsylvania and Virginia. The rail facility includes a state-of-the-art rail platform that provides safe access to unloading fuel, and a convenient transport loading ...

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Sprague Launches Venture to Install Solar Panels Atop Storage Tanks

After installing thin, lightweight solar panels atop a petroleum storage tank at a terminal in South Portland, Maine, Sprague Operating Resources and Pictricity plan to install solar panels on tanks at other Sprague terminals, the companies said. Sprague has more than 20 refined products and materials handling locations in the Northeast. Picktricity, a Massachusetts-based installer of thin-film solar panels, originally ...

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DataOnline + Wesroc + Wikon + iTank = Anova

DataOnline, a provider of industrial internet of things (IIoT) solutions to remotely monitor and manage industrial assets, announced on April 2 that the company has formally rebranded as Anova. The new brand incorporates DataOnline and its wholly-owned businesses, Wesroc, Wikon and iTank, businesses that have collaborated since coming together in 2018. Rebranding as Anova formalizes the relationship to optimize resources ...

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Care to Ride: Registration & Fundraising

Once again, Oil Heat Cares is using an online fundraising site to help you seek donations and to help you manage your campaign. Those donating can do so directly by credit card, relieving the burden of collecting money and submitting it to Oil Heat Cares. A minimum pledge of $100 by all individual participants and $600 for a team is ...

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ATA Appeals Dismissal of Challenge to Truck Tolls in Rhode Island

The American Trucking Associations and three motor carriers appealed a decision by the federal district court in Rhode Island to dismiss a challenge to RhodeWorks, the state’s truck-only toll scheme. In its challenge, ATA contends that Rhode Island’s toll scheme unconstitutionally discriminates against interstate trucking companies and impedes the flow of interstate commerce. In a March 19, 2019 decision dismissing ...

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CEMA Goes to Hartford

Support for ULSD and biodiesel, and opposition to carbon pricing and tolls are critical to Connecticut fuel marketers, and they told legislators so in a day of lobbying at the state capitol in Hartford. Sharon Peterson of Apple Oil Co., West Haven, briefed fuel marketers on a proposal to establish a “thermal renewable energy credit program” designed to incentivize the ...

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Atlas Oil Offers Emergency Fuel Service

Atlas Oil Co. is highlighting its integrated “StormProof” campaign at Data Center World 2019, conference and trade show running March 19-22 in Phoenix. “StormProof” is a service designed to ensure that companies are prepared for fuel supply challenges that arise from unexpected power outages. “Mission critical businesses across the nation have been hit with immense emergency fueling challenges this past year,” ...

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ATRI: Pot Plus Driving Poses Safety Challenge

With more states legalizing both recreational and medical marijuana, professional truck drivers are more likely to be sharing the roadway with car drivers operating under the influence of marijuana, the American Transportation Research Institute said upon releasing research on the subject. ATRI said its research sought to document the most promising methods to identify and deter marijuana-impaired driving. The study ...

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