Author Archives: Stephen Bennett

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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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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