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FMCSA to Seek Delay to Entry-Level Driver Training Rule: NEFI

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) is set to announce a two-year delay to its Entry-Level Driver Training (ELDT) Rule scheduled to go into effect Feb. 7, 2020, reports the New England Fuel Institute. “The ELDT rule is important to heating oil dealers because it requires rigorous new training for both new CDL license applicants and current CDL holders ...

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Disappearing Acts

David Copperfield is a popular magician who makes things disappear. At certain moments, when I have been surprised to hear that certain longstanding companies that I’m familiar with have disappeared, I can’t help but think of David Copperfield’s special abilities. But Copperfield seemingly makes things disappear without a trace. When a fuel marketer acquires another fuel marketer, the name of ...

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2019 AltWheels Fleet Day

At AltWheels Fleet Day, the Steve Connors Visionary Award, which is presented to an individual who exhibits “Leadership in helping make changes in the environmental sector that positively impact the world,” was presented to Steve Russell, who developed his reputation as a pioneer for using biodiesel in extremely cold environments. As the fleet manager for the city of Keene, New ...

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Industry Urges Congress to Extend Biodiesel Tax Credit

Fuel marketing companies were urged to add their company logos to a Nov. 14 letter advocating for the biodiesel tax credit. The tax credit lapsed in December 2017. The New England Fuel Institute is working closely with the National Biodiesel Board (NBB) and the Advanced Biofuels Association (ABFA) to advocate for an extension before the end of 2019. The letter, ...

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Buckeye Partners Is Acquired by IFM Investors

IFM Investors announced that it acquired Buckeye Partners. Buckeye’s assets include 6,000 miles of pipeline, with over 100 delivery locations and 115 liquid petroleum products terminals with aggregate tank capacity of over 118 million barrels, and a network of marine terminals located primarily in the East and Gulf Coast regions of the United States, as well as in the Caribbean. ...

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AHR Expo Expert Council On Top Topics In HVACR

According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration, the built environment accounts for nearly 40% of electricity consumption in the U.S. A large portion of this energy is consumed by HVACR systems efforts to heat or cool the indoor environment. The HVACR industry has always been versatile with ever-evolving practices, upgrades, disruptive products and technologies. Though shifts may often seem slow ...

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OHIRI Becomes EMARI

The Oil Heat Institute of Rhode Island is re-inventing itself. The trade association announced Oct. 30 that it changed its name to the Energy Marketers Association of Rhode Island (EMARI). The board of directors voted in favor of the name change at its monthly meeting Oct. 16 at Maria’s Cocina in Providence. The new logo of the renamed Rhode Island ...

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Energy Distribution Partners Names McGathey EVP, COO

Chicago, Illinois-based Energy Distribution Partners announced that Boyd H. McGathey has joined the company as executive vice president and chief operating officer. Boyd H. McGathey McGathey brings nearly 30 years of experience in the propane industry, having served in a variety of senior positions where he managed retail operations, sales, safety, service quality, customer retention and profitability, among other responsibilities. ...

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EIA’s Winter Fuels Outlook

The U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) expects that average expenditures for the major home heating energy sources will decline for most households this winter compared with last winter because of warmer forecast temperatures across much of the country. Forecast changes in household heating expenditures vary significantly by both fuel and region. For the average U.S. household, EIA expects that both ...

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Family Marks More Than 50 Years in HVAC

“Boilers are in my blood,” says 44-year-old Shane Hall, a third-generation Weil-McLain representative. Hall, of Huntington, W.V., has been a Weil-McLain manufacturer’s rep for more than 25 years, but his involvement in heating and boilers stretches back much further. “My father and grandfather were both in the business, so I grew up in the industry,” says Hall. “I like to ...

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