Author Archives: Stephen Bennett

OESP Accepting Applications for Dave Nelsen Scholarships

Applications for the Dave Nelsen Scholarships are being accepted through March 12, OESP announced. The association seeks sponsors willing to donate $2,500 to recipients; OESP provides matching funds for three to six annual scholarships of $5,000 each. A technician’s scholarship is also available for a maximum of $2,000. Applications for the award for technicians are being accepted on a rolling ...

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NAS Report on Truck Fuels: Use Biodiesel, Renewable Diesel

“Industry, NHTSA, EPA, and other relevant agencies should promote the use of biodiesel and renewable diesel in MHDV engines, prioritize the development and application of additive manufacturing and other promising manufacturing innovations, improve freight movement efficiency, and collect real-world fuel consumption and GHG emissions data to establish a regulatory baseline,” says a report issued by The National Academies of Sciences, ...

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Agreement Calls for Extension of Biodiesel Tax Credit Through 2022

The biodiesel and renewable diesel tax credit would be extended by five years under an agreement reached by Congressional leaders, according to reports by the New England Fuel Institute and the Empire State Energy Association. Under the agreement, reached Dec. 17, the tax credit would be retroactively extended at $1 per gallon for the 2018 and 2019 tax years, according ...

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REG, Broco Oil Supplying Heating Fuel to City of Boston

Family owned, veteran-operated fuel company Broco Oil has been contracted to provide heating oil for use in Boston’s city-owned buildings, including firehouses, police stations and other municipal facilities, Renewable Energy Group announced. Broco Oil’s heating oil is a B20 Bioheat fuel blend containing 20% biodiesel, a renewable liquid fuel with reduced greenhouse gas emissions compared to petroleum-based diesel fuel and ...

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Westmor Industries Unveils New Website

Westmor Industries, manufacturer and supplier of energy storage, transportation and dispensing equipment, launched a redesigned website this month at westmor-ind.com.  Featuring photos, customer stories, literature and product details, the website is designed for improved presentation of the company’s growing list of products and services. Built with the user in mind, the new site has an easy-to-navigate menu bar and a ...

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Coast Guard Begins Icebreaking Operations

The Coast Guard launched its ice breaking season Monday, Dec. 16, as winter’s cold temperatures are anticipated to impact every port, waterway, and harbor in the Northeast. Operation Reliable Energy for Northeast Winters (OpRENEW) is the Coast Guard’s region-wide effort to ensure Northeast communities have the security, supplies, energy, and emergency resources they need throughout the winter. Of the heating ...

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Appeals Court: Challenge to RhodeWorks Can Proceed

A lawsuit challenging Rhode Island’s truck-only tolls can proceed in federal court. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit ruled Dec. 5 that the lawsuit, by the American Trucking Associations and other groups, was not barred by the federal Tax Injunction Act, ATA said. The act generally prohibits federal courts from hearing challenges to state taxes. The First ...

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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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