Author Archives: Stephen Bennett

Taco Names a President and Makes Other Personnel Changes

Cheryl Merchant became president of the Taco Family of Companies, North America, effective Jan. 1, CEO and owner John Hazen White, Jr., announced. Merchant has spent the last 19 years as the president and CEO of Hope Global Industries, based in Cumberland, Rhode Island. “Cheryl’s addition to our senior leadership team will ensure Taco’s continued success as a high-performing, customer ...

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Trump Signs Farm Bill, Reauthorizing NORA Till 2029

President Donald J. Trump on Dec. 20 signed into law a bill extending the National Oilheat Research Alliance (NORA) for ten years. The Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018, referred to as the Farm Bill, includes reauthorization of the NORA program through Feb. 6, 2029, the New England Fuel Institute noted in an email to members shortly after Trump signed the ...

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CEMA Holiday Party 

Over a hundred guests attended the annual Holiday Party of the Connecticut Energy Marketers Association. The event this year was held at the swanky Delamar Hotel in West Hartford. Many out-of-town guests who stayed at the hotel overnight were very impressed by the accommodations. Mike Devino, Mercury Fuel, Waterbury, Conn., who usually supplies a jazz trio for entertainment, this year was at ...

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Trump Signs Farm Bill, Reauthorizing NORA Till 2029

President Donald J. Trump on Dec. 20 signed into law a bill extending the National Oilheat Research Alliance (NORA) for ten years. The Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018, referred to as the Farm Bill, includes reauthorization of the NORA program through Feb. 6, 2029, the New England Fuel Institute noted in an email to members shortly after Trump signed the ...

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ADD, Taco, Federated: Top Sponsors for EEE

ADD Systems, Taco Comfort Solutions and Federated Insurance have signed on as top sponsors of Eastern Energy Expo 2019, to be held at Hershey Lodge & Convention Center, Hershey, Pa., May 19-22, 2019. The following companies have signed on as Diamond Sponsors: R.W. Beckett; Buckeye Energy Services; Citgo; Lucknow-Highspire Terminals; Sunoco, LLP; and Valero Marketing and Supply. Weil Mc-Lain is ...

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REG Names Cynthia Warner as CEO

Cynthia (CJ) Warner has been named president and chief executive officer of Renewable Energy Group, Inc., the company’s board of directors announced on Dec. 6. The appointment is effective Jan. 14, at which time she will also join the Board of Directors. Randy Howard, who has served as president and CEO since July 2017, will remain on the board and ...

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Quarles Petroleum to Acquire Revere Gas

Quarles Petroleum, Inc., a regional provider of residential and commercial fuel headquartered in Fredericksburg, Virginia, signed a purchase agreement to acquire Revere Gas, a third generation, family-owned retail propane gas distributor based in Hartfield, Virginia. The purchase is expected to close by the end of the year, according to a news release. “The Revere Gas delivery area complements our existing ...

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Irving Oil Sponsors WIE Event in New Hampshire

Nearly 40 energy professionals gathered at a Women in Energy networking session at the Puritan Conference and Event Center in Manchester, N.H. The event was hosted by Irving Oil, Portsmouth, N.H. The chief organizer was Pam Giordano of M.L.Halle Oil, Manchester N.H.  She can be reached at pamgiordano@halleoil.com. Rich DeMarco of United Bank of Scotland spoke at the Nov. 5 ...

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Haffner’s Energy Acquires Ayer Oil

HEG Inc., doing business as Haffner’s Energy Group, a wholly owned subsidiary of Energy North Inc., Lawrence, Mass. acquired the full-service fuels business of Ayer Oil Co. of Ayer, Mass., Cetane Associates announced. Ayer Oil is a home comfort business that has delivered premium heating oil and HVAC services throughout north-central Massachusetts since 1967. Haffner’s operations are in northeastern Massachusetts, southeastern ...

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Bottini Fuel Pleads Guilty; Agrees to Pay More Than $3.2 Million

Bottini Fuel pleaded guilty to falsifying business records and agreed to pay more than $3.2 million in restitution and civil damages, the New York Attorney General announced. The criminal conviction of Morgan Fuel & Heating Company, Inc., which conducts business as Bottini Fuel, was for falsifying business records to improperly divert credit balances belonging to individual, business, and government customers—including ...

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