Author Archives: Stephen Bennett

2021 AHR Expo Postponed

The 2021 AHR Expo in Chicago, originally planned for Jan. 25-27, has been postponed, International Exposition Co., the organizer, announced. “AHR Expo, ASHRAE and AHRI continue to explore the feasibility of hosting the event March 15-17, 2021, however, no final decisions have been made,” International Exposition, based in Westport, Connecticut, said in a Sept. 23 statement. “A final decision regarding ...

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Biodiesel-Powered Vehicles Wrap and Roll

Newly branded vehicles highlighting biodiesel’s sustainability and emissions reduction benefits are rolling along city streets and interstate highways in Washington, D.C., Texas oil country, the California coast and throughout the Midwest. The National Biodiesel Board announced that eight biodiesel users from across the country received matching funds to share their biodiesel success stories with wraps, decals or other vehicle branding ...

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NYPGA Hails Restart of Enbridge Line 5 Segment

Enbridge announced the restarting of the east segment of Line 5 in the Straits of Mackinac after receiving authorization from the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) and approval from the Michigan Circuit Court. “This is relieving news to propane companies dependent upon supply from Sarnia [Ontario], especially NYPGA members in the Western half of New York,” Bruce Whitney, executive director ...

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R.W. Beckett Announces B20 Burner Certification

R.W. Beckett Corp., North Ridgeville, Ohio, announced that it certified all AF and AFG burners produced after September 8, 2020, to use biodiesel blends of up to 20% (B20)— aligning with the first step of the Providence Resolution of B20 by 2023. “We are excited to offer dealers and their customers an important step in their carbon reduction efforts while ...

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Brideau Oil Acquires Montuori Oil

Brideau Oil Corp. acquired the heating oil, diesel, and bulk gasoline delivery businesses of Montuori Oil Delivery and related entities. Cetane Associates (www.cetane.net), Kent, Conn., which served as advisor to Montuori Oil, announced the acquisition. Both enterprises are based in Fitchburg, Mass. Montuori Oil, founded in 1926, delivers heating oil and diesel to residential and light commercial customers in northern ...

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Suburban Propane Acquires Stake in Oberon Fuels

Suburban Propane Partners, a nationwide distributor of propane, fuel oil and related products and services, announced a deal to purchase a 39% stake in Oberon Fuels, Inc., based in San Diego, California. Oberon is working to develop low-carbon, renewable dimethyl ether (rDME) transportation fuel, according to a Sept. 17 statement by Suburban, announcing the deal. Oberon’s rDME fuel is being ...

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Sierra Club Takes Trump Administration to Court Over Methane Rollback

The Sierra Club and a coalition of environmental groups filed a lawsuit on Sept. 15 challenging the Trump administration’s rollback of regulations on methane leaks. “Under the leadership of former fossil fuel lobbyist Andrew Wheeler, Trump’s EPA took final action to weaken rules that require oil and gas companies to monitor and repair leaking equipment,” the Sierra Club and other environmental groups said in ...

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Tower Energy Acquires Barrieau Oil

Tower Energy in Plainville, Conn., acquired the full-service energy business of Barrieau Oil Co. in West Hartford, Conn., Cetane Associates announced. Barrieau Oil, founded in 1971, provides heating oil delivery and HVAC and plumbing services to residential customers in much of central Connecticut under the brands Barrieau Oil Co., The James O’Toole Company, Ney Plumbing and Heating, and The Wm ...

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AEC Update: Learning from Experience

The American Energy Coalition routinely and continually assesses threats to the heating oil industry and responds to identified threats through its various messaging platforms. Over the last decade or more, the biggest threats have come from natural gas utilities and their efforts to convert oil-heated homes to gas. In the last couple of years, a new threat has emerged: the ...

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EIA: 2020 U.S. Biodiesel Production on Par with 2019

U.S. biodiesel production has seen smaller reductions in recent months compared with other transportation fuels, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration’s (EIA) Petroleum Supply Monthly. As a result of mitigation efforts for the 2019 novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19), motor gasoline demand has declined significantly since March 2020. The decline in demand also reduced ethanol demand. Biodiesel production through May 2020, on the other ...

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