Author Archives: Stephen Bennett

Old Mill to House Biorefinery in Maine

Biofine Developments Northeast Inc. of Maine, the town of Lincoln, Maine, and the Lincoln Lakes Innovation Corp. announced that a tentative agreement has been reached for BDNE to locate its multi-phase biofuels refinery on the former mill site in the town. “We are very pleased and genuinely excited about launching our industrial scale refinery project in Lincoln,” BDNE founder and ...

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NEFI, Industry: Make Renewable Fuels Part of National Energy Strategy

NEFI and 18 allied trade associations penned a letter to Congress this week urging inclusion of renewable fuels as part of a national strategy to reduce emissions in the residential energy sector. The National Energy & Fuels Institute issued a statement that reads, in part: “Democrats are working on a filibuster-proof $3.5 trillion reconciliation bill that could include a myriad ...

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R.W. Beckett Acquires Westwood Products

R.W. Beckett Corp. announced that it acquired the assets of Westwood Products Inc. of South River, New Jersey. Westwood Products is a national supplier of specialty heating products for the oil heat and HVAC industries. Its extensive product offering includes Tigerloop fuel de-aerators, fuel filters, electrodes, tank accessories, and many other HVAC service and repair items. The amount of the ...

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Rethinking Budget Customers in a Subscription Economy

Hulu, Netflix, Birchbox, Blue Apron, Peloton, Disney Plus, Dollar Shave Club.These companies range in services from streaming, to food, to fitness. The one thing they have in common is that, unlike heating, these services are not necessities and until a year ago they were considered luxuries in most households. Marci Gagnon, vice president, strategic alliances, Qualpay. Over the past year ...

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Connecticut, R.I., Enact New Biodiesel Requirements

Governors in Connecticut and Rhode Island signed legislation that requires higher blends of biodiesel in home heating oil in coming years, the National Energy & Fuels Institute reports in the July 20 issue of its weekly newsletter, NEFI Energy Online News (NEON). On July 12, Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont signed HB6412, a bill to require B5 in 2022, B10 in ...

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Obituary: Francis X. Dupuis

Francis X. Dupuis of Dupuis Energy, and a former president of the Oil Heat Institute of Rhode Island, died at his home in Lincoln, R.I. He was 86. His death, on July 4, was announced by Roberta Fagan, assistant executive director of the Energy Marketers Association of Rhode Island, the present-day name of the Oil Heat Institute of R.I. Francis ...

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Europe Plans Move Away from Fossil Fuels

The European Commission announced that it adopted a package of proposals to make the EU’s climate, energy, land use, transport and taxation policies “fit for reducing net greenhouse gas emissions by at least 55% by 2030, compared to 1990 levels. “Achieving these emission reductions in the next decade is crucial to Europe becoming the world’s first climate-neutral continent by 2050 ...

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Diane Quesnelle Heads EMARI

In her new job as executive director of the Energy Marketers Association of Rhode Island, Diane E. Quesnelle says, the biggest issues are stopping electrification, growing the biodiesel market, educating consumers on the green benefits of biodiesel, and recruiting young people to careers as technicians. The biodiesel effort got a boost recently. Diane E. Quesnelle, executive director of the Energy ...

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Robert Barry of Bergquist, Inc. Appointed NPGA Chair

With over 36 years of involvement and leadership at Bergquist Inc., the industry leader in wholesale propane equipment distribution, Chief Financial Officer, Robert ‘Bob’ Barry, has assumed the role of chair of the National Propane Gas Association (NPGA). This role was confirmed at the NPGA’s Board of Directors Meeting in June. Barry entered the propane industry as controller for Bergquist, ...

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NEFI Announces 2021 Virtual Energy Leaders Program

NEFI announced the opening of a newly restructured Virtual Energy Leaders Program for fall 2021. This year’s Virtual Energy Leaders Program will again be hosted by Tuck Executive Education at Dartmouth, and will be held virtually via Zoom with an updated focus on current issues. The theme for 2021 is “to better equip energy business leaders with the skills needed ...

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