Author Archives: Stephen Bennett

NEFI Is Now the National Energy & Fuels Institute

NEFI, the trade association formerly known as the New England Fuel Institute, has changed its name to the National Energy & Fuels Institute. The new name formalizes the organization’s mission and longtime leadership role as an advocate for liquid heating fuel providers in Washington, D.C., and throughout the country. NEFI announced the change on July 1 in a statement issued ...

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REG Supplying B100 to DPW In Washington, D.C.

Washington, D.C.’s Department of Public Works increased the number of heavy-duty fleet vehicles capable of running on renewable pure biodiesel (B100) by installing Op­timus Technologies’ Vector System on 17 new refuse trucks. The fuel system allows the DPW to realize its sustainable energy goals immediately, as enabling the trucks to operate on B100 reduces up to 86% of the vehicles’ ...

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European-North American Conference on the Future of Liquid Heating Fuels

For the first time, the National Oilheat Research Alliance and the European Heating Oil Association, known as Eurofuel, will host a virtual conference on liquid heating fuels in a carbon-constrained world. Manufacturers of heating equipment, liquid fuels now in the market and potential fuels of the future will share their ideas and what steps they are taking to be ready for this future. ...

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IRRC Approves 15 PPM Sulfur Standard for Heating Oil in Pennsylvania

On June 18, the Independent Regulatory Review Commission voted unanimously to approve a regulation reducing the sulfur content of heating oil from 500 ppm to 15 ppm, Ted Harris of the Pennsylvania Petroleum Association announced in an email to members.The IRRC canceled meetings in March, April, and May on the regulations due to COVID-19 restrictions and a provision in their ...

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FMCSA Modernizes Hours of Service Rules

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) published a final rule updating hours of service (HOS) rules for commercial motor vehicle (CMV) drivers. The updating of existing regulations is designed to increase safety on roadways.     The new regulations will go into effect on September 29, 2020, according to New England Fuel Institute Regulatory Counsel ...

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Kim Keil Joins Haffner’s Energy North Group

Kim Keil has joined Haffner’s Energy North Group. “Kim has achieved success in the wholesale fuels, C-store and propane industries for over 15 years,” said Pat O’Connell, executive vice president of Haffner’s Energy North Group, which is based in Lawrence, Massachusetts. “She is involved with several industry associations and strives to build and retain customer relationships. Kim resides just south ...

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The Costs of Going Green in the Green Mountain State

A Global Warming Solutions Act being debated in Vermont’s General Assembly could result in hardships for many Vermonters, says Matt Cota, executive director of the Vermont Fuel Dealers Association. The legislation, H.688, has been passed by the Vermont House, and now is before the Senate’s Natural Resources Committee. Under the legislation, the state would be required to formulate a plan ...

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Survival

Ask him what’s the biggest, most pressing industry issue he is dealing with in his position as executive director of the Vermont Fuel Dealers Association and Matt Cota answers with one word: “Survival.” And then of course, being the head of a state association, he elaborates. The specific challenge for VFDA members, he says in a phone interview with Fuel ...

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Joseph A. Porco of Porco Energy: 1961 – 2020

Joseph Anthony Porco, who with his brother Dominick operated Porco Energy, died Sunday, June 7, after falling ill at his home and being transported to Vassar Brothers Medical Center in Poughkeepsie, N.Y., the New York Propane Gas Association announced. Joe Porco with a treasured vintage Corvette. Photo courtesy of NYPGA. The Porco brothers operated Porco Energy in Marlboro and Wurtsboro, ...

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Coronavirus, Contango, and Crude

What might we expect to happen in the oil markets as the Covid-19 pandemic continues? To begin with, writes Thomas J. Tubman, executive director of the American Energy Coalition, we can examine what has transpired to date. During the first quarter of 2020, international air travel virtually shut down, idling hundreds of airplanes, and reducing jet fuel consumption by millions ...

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