Author Archives: Stephen Bennett

Working with Biofuel

I would think by now that all tradesmen have heard the term “biofuel.” In my travels it seems to be becoming part of the everyday discussion about heating oil. For those of you who may be wondering, biofuel is a blend of two products: biodiesel and our standard home heating oil. You will also hear that there are several different ...

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NORA Releases 2020-2021 Budget for Comment

The proposed 2020 and 2021 biennial Budget for the National Oilheat Research Alliance has been under development for several months.  The NORA Finance Committee and the Executive Committee have reviewed the budget and it is now being released for public comment. At the conclusion of the public comment period, the budget will be forwarded to the Department of Energy. Anyone interested in commenting on ...

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Nancy Coop joins Cetane Associates

Propane industry veteran Nancy Coop joined Cetane Associates as managing director of the financial advisory team. Coop’s experience includes years as a business development executive for Ferrellgas, owner of Jarco, a bobtail-building company. Coop is also the founding chair of the Women in Propane Council. “As a long-standing ambassador for the industry, Nancy is uniquely positioned to help tell the ...

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Resideo Expands Smart-Home Offerings

Resideo Technologies, Inc. acquired energy efficiency technology from Whisker Labs and hired the team behind it. The technology creates a thermodynamic model of a home to predict home heating and air conditioning run time and energy use to enable a homeowner to use less energy while maintaining comfort, Resideo said. The announcement, in a May 21 statement, marks the second ...

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Address Change for Automated Wireless Environments

Automated Wireless Environments has moved to: 30 Park Place Newton, NJ  07860 AWE specializes in energy operations software and vehicle hardware (delivery/service), including Android or Windows CE supported rugged mobile devices. Software suites include AWE Enterprise-System (E-System), Wireless Delivery, Wireless Service, On-Site Refueling, Wireless Transport, Route Optimization Dispatch, and GPS Vehicle tracking. The company specializes in integration of its clients’ ...

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Tri Gas & Oil Completes Rail Propane Terminal in Baltimore

Tri Gas & Oil completed a new propane terminal in Baltimore for its newest affiliate, Mid-Atlantic Rail Services (MARS), Tri Gas & Oil announced July 16. Mid Atlantic is hosting a grand opening at the new terminal on Thursday, Sept. 12, at 10 a.m. The event includes tours of the terminal. Tri Gas & Oil (www.trigas-oil.com), Federalsburg, Maryland, serves the eastern ...

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EPA Proposes Renewable Volume Obligations for 2020

Industry groups including NEFI criticized a proposed rule under the Renewable Fuel Standards (RFS) program that would set the minimum amount of renewable fuels that must be supplied to the market in calendar year 2020, as well as the biomass-based diesel volume standard for calendar year 2021. EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler, upon issuing the proposed rule on July 5, said ...

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Marshall, Muise Join Firedragon Academy

Firedragon Academy announced that Bruce Marshall and Paul Muise have been added as instructors. Marshall is acting as adjunct supervising instructor, teaching during the summer training season, and is responsible for seminars in eastern Massachusetts. In addition, he is an adjunct laboratory instructor at Firedragon’s training facility at the Beckett Training Center in Sturbridge, Massachusetts. Marshall (pictured, below) began his ...

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Quarles Petroleum Acquires Papco’s Propane Business

Quarles Petroleum, Inc., a regional provider of residential and commercial fuel headquartered in Fredericksburg, Virginia, acquired the commercial and residential propane business of Papco, Inc. Quarles will transition Papco propane customers to Quarles’ service centers in the Southeastern and Central Virginia market areas, it said in a June 27 announcement. Papco is divesting from its propane businesses. It will continue ...

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Thermo Pride Products Moving to Wholesale Distribution

After nearly 70 years of selling its Thermo Pride products directly to installing contractors, manufacturer Thermo Products shifted its business model to wholesale distribution. Thermo Pride products are now available through wholesale distribution in most areas, the company said. “After so many years being a manufacturer that sold directly to our customers, we determined that our customers can be much ...

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