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Bruce L. Whitney Named NYPGA’s Executive Director

The new executive director of the New York Propane Gas Association is Bruce Whitney, a former director of marketing for many years at gas equipment wholesaler Ray Murray Inc. (RMI) and senior director at Unitil electric and gas utility’s Usource energy management and procurement division. Whitney also co-founded a Vermont business association decades ago. Whitney has held senior management roles ...

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Marci Gagnon: The Benefits of Integrated Payments

Once a company gets to a certain size, they begin to look at software options to assist in route management and back office operations. Also likely is that the chosen software provider has its own payment option or partnerships with a variety of other entities to support payment processing, including payment processors, payment gateways and other payment solution providers. Using ...

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Milestone for an Oilman

Bob Landis, Jr., president of Leon C. Landis, Inc., and his father, Bob Landis, celebrated a huge milestone in September: the elder Bob’s first fuel delivery in 1959, 60 years ago. On Labor Day weekend that year, a young Bob—just 16 years old and driving on a stamped learner’s permit–made his first fuel delivery to John and Joann Irwin at ...

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What’s with the Attitude?

If you are a business owner or manager thinking about having “the attitude talk” with an employee, Ellen Rohr has a tip for you: Skip it. “I never talk about someone’s attitude,” says Rohr. “It’s none of my business and there’s nothing I can do about it. Having conversations about attitude is a waste of time. Their attitude is their ...

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Industry Commits to Net-Zero Emissions by 2050

The Northeast’s heating oil industry resolved to achieve net-zero carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions by 2050. The goal was set at a Northeast Industry Summit, “Responding to the Climate Agenda,” held Sept. 16 during the Heating & Energizing America Trade Show at the Rhode Island Convention Center. More than 300 participants from New England and New York attended the summit and ...

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R.W. Beckett Advanced Renewable Fuel Burner

R.W. Beckett, North Ridgeville, Ohio, announced that its AFG burner will be rated for R95+ fuel, which is a 95% renewable diesel, by 2020. This new capability will provide communities, fuel dealers, and service technicians a pathway to a net-zero carbon solution for the heating industry, the manufacturer said in an announcement on Sept. 16 Initial adoption is anticipated in ...

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16 Trade Groups Challenge EPA’s Refinery Exemptions

Sixteen trade groups are calling for Congress to pass legislation that would change the EPA’s process for granting small refinery exemptions to the Renewable Fuels Standard. The EPA’s awarding of exemptions has been a bone of industry contention. The groups signed a letter to Sen. Deb Fischer (R-Neb.), Sen. Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill.), Rep. Dusty Johnson (R-S.D.) and Rep. Collin Peterson ...

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NEFI Announces New Advanced Education Programs

After a successful launch in 2019, NEFI Advanced Education announced that it will again offer its Management Development and Energy Leaders programs for 2019-2020. The sessions have been updated to reflect current market conditions and help industry leaders steer their companies to a “Net-Zero Carbon by 2050” future — a goal outlined in NEFI’s recent resolution, “Renewing Our Commitment to ...

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Berkeley Bans Natural Gas

Will other cities follow? It wasn’t that many years ago that natural gas was being trumpeted as “the bridge fuel” to a cleaner energy future. Natural gas was said to be much cleaner-burning than any other fossil fuels, and replacing coal-fired electric generation with cleaner-burning natural gas was going to significantly reduce carbon emissions as we transitioned to new green ...

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James R. Buhrmaster: Sept. 30, 1945—July 16, 2019

James Roy Buhrmaster, president and co-owner for more than 45 years of Buhrmaster Energy Group, Scotia, N.Y., died on July 16, 2019. He was 73. The New England Fuel Institute and news outlets reported the death of Buhrmaster, whose grandfather founded the company in 1913. Buhrmaster was a winner of the Petroleum Marketers Association of America’s Distinguished Service Award, and ...

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