Author Archives: Stephen Bennett

16 Trade Groups Challenge EPA’s Refinery Exemptions

Sixteen trade groups are calling for Congress to pass legislation that would change the EPA’s process for granting small refinery exemptions to the Renewable Fuels Standard. The EPA’s awarding of exemptions has been a bone of industry contention. The groups signed a letter to Sen. Deb Fischer (R-Neb.), Sen. Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill.), Rep. Dusty Johnson (R-S.D.) and Rep. Collin Peterson ...

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NEFI Announces New Advanced Education Programs

After a successful launch in 2019, NEFI Advanced Education announced that it will again offer its Management Development and Energy Leaders programs for 2019-2020. The sessions have been updated to reflect current market conditions and help industry leaders steer their companies to a “Net-Zero Carbon by 2050” future — a goal outlined in NEFI’s recent resolution, “Renewing Our Commitment to ...

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Berkeley Bans Natural Gas

Will other cities follow? It wasn’t that many years ago that natural gas was being trumpeted as “the bridge fuel” to a cleaner energy future. Natural gas was said to be much cleaner-burning than any other fossil fuels, and replacing coal-fired electric generation with cleaner-burning natural gas was going to significantly reduce carbon emissions as we transitioned to new green ...

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James R. Buhrmaster: Sept. 30, 1945—July 16, 2019

James Roy Buhrmaster, president and co-owner for more than 45 years of Buhrmaster Energy Group, Scotia, N.Y., died on July 16, 2019. He was 73. The New England Fuel Institute and news outlets reported the death of Buhrmaster, whose grandfather founded the company in 1913. Buhrmaster was a winner of the Petroleum Marketers Association of America’s Distinguished Service Award, and ...

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Recovering from a Mistake

Mistakes happen. All of us make them, in both our personal and professional lives. The trick, after making one, is to keep it in perspective, counsels Columnist Charles Bursey, Sr. At work, we are often required to make decisions or accomplish something important. At times we fail to deliver the results expected. In fact, there are times when we simply ...

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NEFI: Refinery Exemptions Hurt Biodiesel Market

Small refinery exemptions by the Environmental Protection Agency threaten the market for biodiesel and biodiesel-blended heating oil “aka Bioheat fuel,” the New England Fuel Institute says in its NEFI Energy Online News. EPA approved 31 small refinery exemptions (SREs) for oil refiners in 2018, according to the Aug. 20 issue of the newsletter, known as NEON. “These SREs threaten the ...

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Obituary: S. George Santa

Stephen George Santa, one of four brothers who led his family’s company, Santa Energy in Bridgeport, Conn., died on Aug. 16. He was 91. Santa Energy recorded growth over a span of 30 years under Santa’s leadership. After his active daily career, he became chairman of the board, then finished out his nearly 80 years with the family firm as ...

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CHS Builds Propane Business in Northeast

Despite the conversion of commercial and home heating systems to natural gas in recent years, U.S. Census Bureau data show that, throughout Maine and the East Coast region, propane use is on the rise—a trend that CHS responded to by building a terminal in Biddeford, Maine, in 2012 and, more recently, expanding it. “A little over three years ago, CHS ...

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A Fuel Supplier Sells Service

Standard Petroleum Logistics founder Misty Sexton makes it her business to help your business. After 13 years in the petroleum industry, Sexton saw an opportunity to strike out on her own, starting Standard Petroleum Logistics (www.standardpetroleumlogistics.com) in Ellicott City, Maryland, to be more than just another downstream fuel supplier. “You get more than a load of heat when you buy ...

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REG Blames Lack of Tax Credit for Plant Closing

Renewable Energy Group, Inc. announced the closing of its New Boston, Texas, biorefinery due to challenging business conditions and continued federal policy uncertainty, most notably the long-lapsed federal biodiesel tax credit. The company acquired the 15-million gallon per-year biodiesel plant near Texarkana, Texas, in October, 2012, and began producing biodiesel there several months later. The facility is capable of running ...

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