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Meet: Sack Energy’s ‘BioBeast’

Sack Energy’s “BioBeast” was created to promote Bioheat. This 1970 M35 A2 Kaiser Jeep is a two-and-a-half-ton cargo truck, in military parlance a “deuce-and-a-half.” It has a multi-fuel engine and runs on a mix of diesel fuel and B40 biodiesel, says Katie Baker of Sack Energy, a wholesale and commercial fuel supplier based in West Hartford, Conn. This photo shows ...

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Phillips 66 and REG Plan Renewable Diesel Plant on West Coast

Planning is underway for construction of a large-scale renewable diesel plant on the U.S. West Coast, announced Phillips 66 and Renewable Energy Group. The plant would utilize REG’s proprietary “BioSynfining” technology to produce renewable diesel fuel. Planned feedstocks include a mix of waste fats, oils and greases, including regionally-sourced vegetable oils, animal fats and used cooking oil, the companies said ...

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Woolley Fuel Marks 10 Years in Biodiesel Service

Woolley Fuel, Maplewood, N.J., is marking its 10th year dealing biodiesel in New Jersey. Led by Norman Woolley, Jr., the company started with B5 blends, and now due to demand, it is selling B30 to customers, it said in a news release. “It is hard to believe that 10 years has passed since the opening of the first public biodiesel fueling ...

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Vermont Now Using Only ULSHO, Joining Other New England States, NY and NJ

All of Vermont will be using ultra-low sulfur heating oil this winter, notes the Vermont Fuel Dealers Association. As part of the 2011 Energy Act, the “Clean and Green Oilheat Initiative” mandated ultra-low sulfur heating oil, starting in the winter of 2018. The rest of New England, New York and New Jersey have also adopted the same 15 parts-per-million (ppm) ...

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NEFI’s New Era

Those of you on the fuel oil side of the business probably know the New England Fuel Institute, known by most as “NEFI.” If your company is a heating oil retailer in the Northeast, your company is, or at one time has been, a member of this association, writes columnist Shane Sweet: NEFI has been in the fight for a ...

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Embracing Technology to Grow Your Propane Business

Brian Kay, business unit leader at iRely, headquartered in Fort Wayne, Ind., knows from experience that it’s an unlikely fuel dealer that embraces technology. “We see resistance,” Kay said. Typically, a propane company runs office software for “fifteen-plus years,” and they treat the software “like a beater car,” running it until they are forced to buy a new system, he ...

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NORA Outgoing Chair Tom Santa’s Research Legacy

The term of Tom Santa, chairman of the National Oilheat Research Alliance, expires at the end of the year. For decades, Santa, of Santa Energy, Bridgeport, Conn., has been a strong advocate of oilheat research. He was an active participant in many Brookhaven Technology Conferences, with a particular interest in bringing a rigorous understanding of the need for good data ...

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Work Truck Show: March 5-8 in Indianapolis

The Work Truck Show 2019 will be held in conjunction with the Green Truck Summit and the Fleet Technical Congress, March 5-8 at the Indiana Convention Center in Indianapolis, Ind. Sessions begin March 5, and the exhibit hall is open March 6-8. NTEA has announced that Jeffrey Gitomer will be the keynote speaker at The Work Truck Show 2019. Gitomer will discuss the difference ...

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Ray Energy’s Expansion Track

Midstream propane supplier Ray Energy builds up its rail and truck distribution, reports Contributing Writer Maura Keller. Ray Energy Corp., a midstream wholesale propane supplier in Troy, N.Y., operates a strategic supply system incorporating multiple locations—and now it has one more. The 114-year-old, fourth-generation family company recently opened a new propane rail and truck terminal in Hampton, N.Y. The 21-acre ...

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Profile: Jennings Oil & Propane

One year after taking its first step into the propane business by opening a bulk plant in western Connecticut, Jennings Oil & Propane is far ahead of its projections for the business, says Jeff Jennings, president of the company, and co-owner. An undeveloped parcel, approximately one acre in the Gaylordsville section of New Milford, Conn., had been owned by the ...

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