Author Archives: Stephen Bennett

Women in Energy Special Event at NORA Research Center: April 2

Women in Energy and the National Oilheat Research Alliance will hold a special event at the NORA Liquid Fuels Research Center in Plainview, N.Y. on April 2 from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Since 2001, NORA has been the leading voice for the oil-heating industry and its consumers. Two of NORA’s most impactful industry initiatives are: The industry transition from ...

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Alliance AutoGas Displays New Technologies at Work Truck Show

Alliance AutoGas and Prins Alternative Fuel Systems displayed a new propane autogas system installed on a 2019 Chevy Silverado at the NTEA Work Truck Show in Indianapolis, March 5-8. The system on the Silverado is one of many new technologies that it released in 2018, Alliance AutoGas said. Examples of the new technologies brought to the marketplace in 2018 include 58 ...

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Maine Opposes Effort to Expand Offshore Drilling

Maine will not participate in the Outer Continental Shelf Governors Coalition, Gov. Janet Mills announced. In a letter to OCSGC chair and Alabama governor Kay Ivey, Mills wrote that the organization’s “work promoting the expansion of offshore oil and gas drilling is incompatible with Maine’s interests.” Mills emphasized Maine’s bipartisan opposition to offshore oil and gas drilling and her commitment ...

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BSOHA Donates $4,690 to Salvation Army

The Berks-Schuylkill Oil Heat Association donated $4,690 to both the Berks and Schuylkill County Salvation Army, with each Corps receiving half of the total donation. Since 2006, the BSOHA annual charitable donation has directly helped the heating needs of local residents to a total contribution of $64,780. Cpt. Sharon Tressler of the Reading Corps and Envoy Gina Harris of the Pottsville Corps of ...

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Truck Stops

President Trump called for a national, bipartisan effort to restore declining infrastructure in his State of the Union address, and many who operate trucks for a living applauded the proposal.   Readers of Fuel Oil News who market and deliver fuel oil and propane for a living are probably keen to see highways and bridges restored, along with redesigns of ...

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Sweet to Depart NYPGA

Shane Sweet, executive director/technical director for the New York Propane Gas Association, announced that he is leaving his position at the end of March. Sweet told Fuel Oil News that he was leaving to pursue an opportunity with a mid-Atlantic-based distributorship and consultancy, Van Smith Company. An energy industry veteran, Sweet is a former executive director of the Vermont Fuel ...

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Northeast is Home to Major Traffic Bottlenecks for Trucks

Connecticut is home to six locations that rank in the top 100 most-congested bottlenecks for trucks in the U.S., according to an annual listing issued by the American Transportation Research Institute. Also in the Northeast, the Maryland-Washington, D.C. area, New York State, and Pennsylvania each have five locations that rank in the top 100 most-congested truck bottlenecks, according to the 2019 ...

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Biodiesel’s Future is Focus of Conference

Michael Ferrante appeared on a panel at the National Biodiesel Conference & Expo in San Diego, talking about passage of alternative portfolio credit regulations in Massachusetts. “Those are regulations that allow retailers to get a credit for blending biodiesel and selling it,” said Ferrante, president of the Massachusetts Energy Marketers Association, based in Burlington, Mass. The association lobbied for passage ...

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Breaking Ice

The Coast Guard conducts ice-breaking operations when winter’s cold temperatures impact every port, waterway, and harbor in the Northeast. This season’s ice-breaking operations, launched on Dec. 17 and dubbed “Operation Reliable Energy for Northeast Winters” consist of a region-wide effort by the USCG’s 1st District Northeast to ensure Northeast communities have the security, supplies, energy, and emergency resources they need ...

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Diagnosing ‘No Heat’ Calls

This time of year, as temperatures drop, we may be fielding a number of “No Heat” calls. Let’s look at some of the reasons for these calls. Below-zero temperatures can create oil flow issues, in some cases resulting in heating equipment failure. I have had the opportunity to talk with several oil company owners and technicians as to what preventive ...

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