Author Archives: Stephen Bennett

Star Group Offers 25% Matching AEC Contribution

The American Energy Coalition announced that for the sixth straight year, Star Group L.P. (comprising Petro, Meenan, Champion, Griffith, Carroll and others) will match all contributions to the AEC Fall Fundraising Campaign with 25 cents on every dollar contributed. The decision by Star Group President and CEO Steven J. Goldman, first announced by Star Group Senior Vice President of Acquisitions ...

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Women in Energy’s NYC Event Inspires, Connects

When she tried to join the local plumbers’ union in 1994, Judaline Cassidy said, she was told to “go home and do the dishes.” She persisted. Cassidy went on to become the first woman elected to the Examining Board of Plumbers Local 1 of New York City. Cassidy, a tradeswoman and the founder and director of “Tools and Tiaras,” talked ...

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John H. White, Jr. Reassumes CEO Role at Taco

The Taco Family of Cos.’ chairman and owner, John H. White, Jr., returned to the role of company CEO. The company, based in Cranston, R.I., also announced that John White III and Benjamin White have been named vice presidents of Taco Comfort Solutions. “Nearly four years ago I asked Wil VandeWiel to take the company into Europe and grow our ...

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Registration Opens for the 2019 ASHRAE Winter Conference

Registration is open for ASHRAE’s 2019 Winter Conference, to be held in Atlanta, Ga., Jan. 12-16, at the Omni Hotel Atlanta at CNN Center and the Georgia World Congress Center. Registration for the conference provides entry to the co-sponsored  AHR Expo, to be held Jan. 14-16 at the Georgia World Congress Center. The ASHRAE Winter Conference features eight conference tracks, tours, social events, and a ...

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Energy Distribution Partners Acquires Carolina Propane

Energy Distribution Partners, based in Chicago, Ill., acquired Carolina Propane Gas Corp. of Orangeburg, S.C. EDP announced the acquisition on Aug. 30. Carolina Propane was established by the Watford family in 1994 and has served residential, commercial and agricultural customers for nearly 25 years. Besides its headquarters in Orangeburg, Carolina Propane has a second location in St. Matthews, S.C. Carolina ...

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DataOnline Acquires Independent Technologies

DataOnline announced that it acquired Independent Technologies, whose largest division, Wesroc, is a provider of tank monitoring systems to the North American propane market, offering cellular, satellite, and LoRa technology. Along with DataOnline’s recent acquisition of Germany-based Wikon GmbH, the combined businesses will serve more than 1,000 customers in more than 75 countries across Europe, Asia, and the Americas, DataOnline ...

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Autogas Hybrid Technology Showcased at Sustainable Fleet Technology Conference

Alliance AutoGas showcased autogas hybrid technology at the 2018 Sustainable Fleet Technology Conference & Expo, Aug. 22-23 at the Durham Convention Center, Durham, N.C. AAG engineers designed an autogas electric hybrid to be introduced to the market with the 2017 Ford Fusion. The Hybrid Ford Fusion on display at the Expo is a 2.0 liter, 4-cylinder vehicle that will provide ...

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Feds to Seek Comment on Revising HOS; NEFI Hails Move

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration announced that it is seeking public comment on revising hours-of-service regulations, which limit the operating hours of commercial truck drivers. Regulations related to short-haul operations, adverse driving conditions, 30-minute breaks, and split sleeper-berths could change as a result. “The New England Fuel Institute applauds FMCSA Administrator Raymond P. Martinez for his leadership in pursuing ...

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Tri-State Propane Conference: Customer Service

“I smell gas.” Those words should set off a scripted series of questions and actions by a customer service representative, says Stuart Flatow, vice president of safety and training for the Propane Education & Research Council. In a dangerous situation, “the incorrect answer and the right answer could mean the difference between, literally, life or death,” Flatow told an audience ...

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Wi-Fi Comes to HVAC

Before I begin to elaborate on this subject, let’s review just what Wi-Fi is. According to PC Magazine’s encyclopedia of technology terms, Wi-Fi is “the standard wireless local area network (WLAN) technology for connecting computers and myriad electronic devices to each other and to the Internet…  Every laptop, tablet and smartphone comes with Wi-Fi…” And now some thermostats come with ...

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