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Energy Distribution Partners Acquires Carolina Propane

Energy Distribution Partners, based in Chicago, Ill., acquired Carolina Propane Gas Corp. of Orangeburg, S.C. EDP announced the acquisition on Aug. 30. Carolina Propane was established by the Watford family in 1994 and has served residential, commercial and agricultural customers for nearly 25 years. Besides its headquarters in Orangeburg, Carolina Propane has a second location in St. Matthews, S.C. Carolina ...

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DataOnline Acquires Independent Technologies

DataOnline announced that it acquired Independent Technologies, whose largest division, Wesroc, is a provider of tank monitoring systems to the North American propane market, offering cellular, satellite, and LoRa technology. Along with DataOnline’s recent acquisition of Germany-based Wikon GmbH, the combined businesses will serve more than 1,000 customers in more than 75 countries across Europe, Asia, and the Americas, DataOnline ...

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Autogas Hybrid Technology Showcased at Sustainable Fleet Technology Conference

Alliance AutoGas showcased autogas hybrid technology at the 2018 Sustainable Fleet Technology Conference & Expo, Aug. 22-23 at the Durham Convention Center, Durham, N.C. AAG engineers designed an autogas electric hybrid to be introduced to the market with the 2017 Ford Fusion. The Hybrid Ford Fusion on display at the Expo is a 2.0 liter, 4-cylinder vehicle that will provide ...

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Feds to Seek Comment on Revising HOS; NEFI Hails Move

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration announced that it is seeking public comment on revising hours-of-service regulations, which limit the operating hours of commercial truck drivers. Regulations related to short-haul operations, adverse driving conditions, 30-minute breaks, and split sleeper-berths could change as a result. “The New England Fuel Institute applauds FMCSA Administrator Raymond P. Martinez for his leadership in pursuing ...

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Tri-State Propane Conference: Customer Service

“I smell gas.” Those words should set off a scripted series of questions and actions by a customer service representative, says Stuart Flatow, vice president of safety and training for the Propane Education & Research Council. In a dangerous situation, “the incorrect answer and the right answer could mean the difference between, literally, life or death,” Flatow told an audience ...

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Wi-Fi Comes to HVAC

Before I begin to elaborate on this subject, let’s review just what Wi-Fi is. According to PC Magazine’s encyclopedia of technology terms, Wi-Fi is “the standard wireless local area network (WLAN) technology for connecting computers and myriad electronic devices to each other and to the Internet…  Every laptop, tablet and smartphone comes with Wi-Fi…” And now some thermostats come with ...

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​Diesel Direct Acquires Volta Oil Co.

Diesel Direct, Inc. of Stoughton, Mass., acquired the commercial and marina fuel services assets of Volta Oil Co., Inc. of Plymouth, Mass., Cetane Associates announced Aug. 16. Cetane Associates served as the sole arranger and financial advisor to the seller. Volta Oil is an energy services provider operating in Massachusetts and New Hampshire. The company provides gas station fuel dealer services and support, and ...

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Fighting Against Calls for a Carbon Tax

Carbon taxes would destroy the delivered fuel business by intentionally making the products too expensive, leaders of state trade associations say. “It is probably the biggest issue that is going to face the heating oil and propane industries as well as the motor fuels industry, going forward,” said Jamie Py, president, and CEO of the Maine Energy Marketers Association, based ...

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Women in Energy Lunch & Learn: Take Charge of Your Financial Future

“Taking charge of your financial future” is the subject of the next “Lunch & Learn” session to be held by Women in Energy, Sept. 19 from 11:45 a.m.-1:30 p.m. at the Heritage Hotel in Lancaster, Pa. Experts from Janney Montgomery Scott LLC will lead the educational program. Pete Costanzo, senior vice president of wealth management, and Laura Pontz, registered private ...

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Hop Energy Acquires Cernak Fuel Corp.

HOP Energy of White Plains, N.Y., acquired the assets of Cernak Fuel Corp. of Easthampton, Mass., announced Cetane Associates, which served as the sole arranger and financial advisor to the seller. Cernak Fuel Corp. is a marketer of heating oil, kerosene, and diesel fuel to residential and small commercial customers throughout central Massachusetts. All of Cernak’s employees will continue to work from the existing ...

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