Author Archives: Stephen Bennett

Slick Energy Launches ‘Tank Tracker’ App

Slick Energy unveiled Tank Tracker, a remote and contactless data collection application for the home energy industry. With health and safety top-of-mind because of the coronavirus pandemic, heating oil tank inspections are a challenge, the company says. Tank Tracker is designed to enable heating oil tank inspections to be performed remotely.  “Asking a customer to be home [within] a certain ...

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John Ray & Sons Celebrates National Apprenticeship Week

Generation NEXT Energy Pros and John Ray & Sons of Troy, N.Y., took part in an event to celebrate National Apprenticeship Week at Questar III BOCES (Board of Cooperative Educational Services) in Castleton-on-Hudson, N.Y. Questar III’s new apprenticeship program offers students both job “shadowing” and paid work experiences with energy professionals at participating oil and propane companies in the Capital ...

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Trucking Seeks Approval of Electronic Documents for Hazmat

The American Trucking Associations and the National Tank Truck Carriers petitioned the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration for a rulemaking to allow motor carriers to use electronic shipping documents for hazardous materials, according to news reports. In a letter to PHMSA, the trade groups ask that the agency “begin a rulemaking to allow offerors and transporters of hazardous materials ...

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Tremcar Names United Tank Trailer as Its Distributor in Michigan

Tremcar named United Tank Trailer as its distributor in Michigan. United Tank Trailer, owned by Rich Garbacik, is a full-service certified tank inspection and R-Stamp certified repair facility, which allows Tremcar to provide for regional customers with repairs, maintenance for all required tests, including DOT, other related tests and a direct sales team. “Tremcar specializes in building multi-axle tankers, very ...

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NEFI Offers Online Regulatory Support

Employers must conduct the required annual query of CDL drivers under the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse by Jan. 5, reports the National Energy & Fuels Institute. For more information on this and other regulatory updates NEFI (nefi.com) announced a newly updated Coronavirus Action & Resources Webpage for members, including a section called “COVID Regulatory Relief.” NEFI member benefits ...

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Eastern Energy Expo 2021: Online Educational Event

Eastern Energy Expo announced that its 2021 event will be held May 24-26, in an online format: Eastern Energy Expo Education Summit at EasternEnergyExpo.com. Acknowledging the reality of restrictions of mass gatherings and travel restrictions, Eastern Energy Expo 2021 will offer a range of educational programs for owners, managers, service managers and technicians through a virtual online platform. Eric DeGesero, ...

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New Hampshire Customers Received Almost $1 Million in Equipment Rebates in Four Years

“Granite State Saves with Oil,” a consumer oil equipment rebate program funded by the National Oilheat Research Alliance, supported replacement and upgrading of 1,670 heating systems and 1,265 oil tanks in New Hampshire over the past four years, the Energy Marketers Association of New Hampshire announced. The rebates generated almost $1 million for the equipment and labor on behalf of ...

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AEC Calls Electric Vehicle Mandates Wrongheaded

An executive order issued by California Gov. Gavin Newsom bans sales of new fossil-fueled vehicles by 2035. It is no surprise that this executive order emanated from California. Incentives — tax credits and rebates — failed to get the desired results, so the state turns to mandates to impose its will on citizens. Even with $12,000 in state and federal ...

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‘Fred’ is Threatened: Competition Turns Ugly

Everyone has competition, and how the competition deals with one another, or conducts themselves “out in the open,” speaks volumes. In early November I was chatting with the gent who delivers fuel to my home in Vermont about the competitive dynamic between local fuel companies. I commented that the fuel industry is relatively small, particularly here in Vermont where we ...

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What to Do After a ‘Carding’ Attack

In recent months utility companies, including fuel marketers, have increasingly become targets of carding attacks. In the August 2020 issue of Fuel Oil News, we explored how to identify and protect your business against this type of fraud. Below are the steps you should take if you find yourself a victim. As a refresher, carding is an automated bot used ...

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