Author Archives: Stephen Bennett

At EEE: Exploring Biodiesel

“XBX Exploring Biodiesel: An Eye on the Horizon,” a touring seminar created by the National Biodiesel Board, will be on the program of the 2019 Eastern Energy Expo at The Hotel Hershey, Hershey, Pa. The presentation is scheduled for Monday, May 20. “At a time when policymakers are placing constraints on fossil fuels, biodiesel presents a path forward which will ...

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ATA Backs Trump’s Call to Restore Infrastructure

President Trump called for a national, bipartisan effort to restore declining infrastructure during his State of the Union address. American Trucking Associations’ President and CEO Chris Spears applauded the President’s proactive call to address aging infrastructure and modernizing trade relationships with Mexico and Canada. “Restoring our national infrastructure to greatness will further ignite our economy, make us more competitive abroad, ...

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Gail Bourne: 1952-2019

Gail Bourne, an entrepreneur who founded Wheel House Designs, a novelty sock business that grew to more than $2 million in annual revenue, died on Jan. 26 at her home in Morrisville, Vermont, the New England Fuel Institute reported. Bourne was 66. She was known to NEFI members through her marriage to Peter Bourne, president and CEO of Bourne’s Energy. ...

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AHR Expo Attendance: 45,078

The 2019 AHR Expo returned to Atlanta for the first time since 2001. The Show floor at the Georgia World Congress Center exhibited 1,824 companies from across the industry, including 497 international exhibitors of technology and products. Radio-frequency identification (RFID) technology verified attendance, allowing for the scanning in of each person without stalling the crowd and creating long wait times. ...

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Deadline for OESP Scholarship Applications: March 14

OESP’s Dave Nelsen Scholarship Program was established in 1999 to provide scholarships to students interested in pursuing their careers in the energy service industry. Since 1999, more than $300,000 in awards have been presented. To be considered a candidate, applicants are required to write a 500-word essay telling the committee about themselves, including how their background has prepared them for success in ...

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RIDOT to Build Next Ten Tolling Gantries

The Rhode Island Department of Transportation has received approval from the Federal Highway Administration to proceed with construction of another ten tolling gantries in the state. The FHWA had reviewed the environmental assessment submitted by RIDOT and issued a “Finding of No Significant Impact” (FONSI) which clears the path for construction, the Rhode Island DOT said. In its letter, the ...

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Toyota, Kenworth to Develop Zero Emission Trucks

Kenworth Truck Company and Toyota Motor North America are collaborating to develop 10 zero-emission Kenworth T680s powered by Toyota hydrogen fuel cell electric powertrains. This collaboration is part of a $41 million Zero and Near-Zero Emissions Freight Facilities (ZANZEFF) grant preliminarily awarded by the California Air Resources Board (CARB), with the Port of Los Angeles as the prime applicant. The grant monies are ...

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Report: Best States for Home Solar Are In the East

A report that ranks the 50 states by “friendliness to rooftop solar” finds that, for 2019, the top four are Massachusetts, New Jersey, Rhode Island, and Maryland, plus Washington, D.C. Solar Power Rocks (SPR), an organization in Portland, Ore., that collects and disseminates information for homeowners about state and national solar policy, incentives, and financial estimates, announced Jan. 16 that its 2019 State Solar Power ...

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Tips for Accepting Payments

Payment products can reduce overhead costs for fuel marketers. Fuel marketers are switching gears to prepare for peak season, and part of that preparation includes closely reviewing contracts, including those for credit card rates. As the industry goes through its yearly rate review exercise, keep in mind that it’s not only about reducing costs, it’s also about adding simplicity, writes ...

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TuSimple Operates Self-Driving Trucks in U.S.

TuSimple, a self-driving truck company, announced that it has 11 trucks in the U.S. and will have 40 trucks in fully-autonomous operation by June. The company said that it had 12 contracted customers, including Fortune 100 and “large international” companies. The company is making makes three to five fully-autonomous trips per day for customers on three different routes in Arizona, it said in ...

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