Author Archives: Stephen Bennett

Grundfos’ Swetye Joins Board of Hydraulic Institute

Pump manufacturer Grundfos announced the appointment of Jim Swetye, Technical Training Manager, to serve on the Board of the Hydraulic Institute for 2020-2021 as Vice President of Education. “It is really an honor to be entrusted with this role as an educator,” said Swetye. “For me, the great thing about this organization is that we at the Hydraulic Institute can ...

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N.H. Governor Announces ‘Stay at Home 2.0’

New Hampshire Governor Chris Sununu announced a new, modified Stay-at-Home Order. “Stay at Home 2.0” is in effect until May 31st. The state is taking steps to reopen the economy “in a smart, phased approach that is supported by facts, science and data,” the governor said in a statement. Each of the decisions and guidance documents below have been reviewed ...

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USDA Announces $14 Million for Biodiesel Infrastructure

Up to $100 million in competitive grants to expand availability and sale of renewable fuels are to be made available by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the department announced. USDA plans to make available approximately $86 million for implementation activities related to higher blends of fuel ethanol, and approximately $14 million for implementation activities related to higher blends of biodiesel. ...

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Beckett Offers Training Online

Beckett Corp. announced the availability of technical training online, live, on-demand, and free. “Even in the midst of social distancing, your work and education as a heating technician is essential to providing comfort and security in homes across the nation,” the company said in a statement. “That’s why we’re offering our popular training courses and materials online for your safety ...

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CANCELLED: 2020 Northern New England Energy Conference; 2021 Event Set for June 13-15

The 2020 Northern New England Energy Conference has been cancelled, event organizers announced. The dates for the 2021 edition of the conference are June 13, 14, and 15, the New Hampshire Energy Marketers Association and the Maine Energy Marketers Association said in an announcement emailed to members on April 28. The associations are the organizers of the annual conference. “We ...

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House Passes $484 Billion Bill for Small Businesses, Hospitals, Testing

The House passed a $484 billion spending package on Thursday, April 23. ​The Senate had already cleared the bill, by voice vote, on Tuesday, April 21, and President Trump has promised to sign the bill immediately into law, the New England Fuel Institute noted in a Legislative Alert emailed to members. The bill includes $310 billion for the Paycheck Protection ...

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Earth Day Guest Column

“As our country continues to grapple with the unprecedented health crisis from the COVID-19 outbreak, the 50th anniversary of Earth Day has come upon us as a reminder of another challenge,” writes Michael A. Stivala, president of Suburban Propane Partners: “How to reduce our carbon footprint amidst the concern over the effects of climate change.” Stivala addresses that challenge here, ...

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Biofuel Plant Supplies Ethanol for Sanitizer

Western New York Energy, operator of an ethanol facility in Medina, N.Y., has adapted operations to supply distillers, manufacturing, technology, and personal care corporations across the Northeast and Canada with ethanol to produce 80% antiseptic alcohol sanitizer amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. The plant is producing over 100,000 gallons a day of tech-grade ethanol for businesses that halted operations to meet the ...

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Pennsylvania Orders Worker Safety Measures

Dr. Rachel Levine, under her authority as Secretary of the Department of Health to take any disease control measure appropriate to protect the public from the spread of infectious disease, signed an order directing protections for critical workers who are employed at businesses that are authorized to maintain in-person operations during the COVID-19 disaster emergency. “This order provides critical protections for the ...

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HVAC Professor Reaching Out to Industry

A source for companies seeking HVAC help is Edward Curran, HVAC professor at Manchester Community College in Manchester, N.H. “Given the current state of affairs I know many of you may be holding off on hiring, however I have fielded quite a few emails from HVAC companies looking to speak with our students about potential job opportunities,” Curran wrote in ...

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