Author Archives: Stephen Bennett

ExxonMobil, Global Clean Energy Holdings Sign Renewable Diesel Deal

ExxonMobil announced an agreement with alternative fuels developer Global Clean Energy Holdings to purchase at least 12 million barrels of renewable diesel over five years. The engine-ready fuel will be partially derived from camelina, a plant, ExxonMobil said. Global Clean Energy Holdings, Long Beach, California, is a renewable energy company focused on the production and commercialization of non-food-based feedstocks for ...

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OBITUARY: Holbrook Cole Bissell, Jr.: 1935-2020

Holbrook Cole Bissell, Jr., former president of Time Saving Fills in York, Pennsylvania, where he had a long career, died on June 21. He was 85. For 30 years, Bissell had lived in Dorset, Vermont, where he enjoyed fishing, hunting and skiing. Born in Cleveland, Ohio, on May 23, 1935, the son of Holbrook, Sr. and Gertrude, Bissell spent his ...

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A Huge Victory in Massachusetts

By Shane Sweet It’s no secret to marketers of propane and heating oil: There are those who work daily to do us ill. This includes activists who seek our complete and utter demise, often with inflammatory, unsubstantiated claims. Some of these activists seem to believe every word they utter. Others, it seems, are pursuing an agenda, a means to a ...

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Training Takes a Virtual Turn

Virtual training eliminates travel and other costs such as hotel rooms and meals, and so it is appealing to some companies, but it has limitations, too. Dave Latourell, director of safety and transportation for Paraco Gas Corp., Rye Brook, N.Y., who conducts training sessions–both the online kind and the in-person variety–said, “I do prefer face-to-face training for multiple reasons. Because ...

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Par for Py: A Fundraiser

Par for Py is set for Aug. 31 at the Brunswick Golf Club in Brunswick, Maine. In October 2019 Jamie Py, then president of the Maine Energy Marketers Association, suffered a severe stroke, causing him to be unable to work for the foreseeable future. MEMA will be using its annual golf tournament to show its admiration of and appreciation for ...

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Palmer Gas & Oil Voted New Hampshire Business of the Decade

Palmer Gas & Oil was named Business of the Decade by Business NH Magazine. The full-service fuel marketer was recognized for its achievements in the Retail/Wholesale category. Business NH Magazine invited winners of its Business of the Year and Business Leader of the Year awards between 2011 and 2019 to apply for Business of the Decade honors. Nearly 50 judges ...

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Affordable Fuels Launches Simeon Fuel

Affordable Fuels, a full-service fuel distributor in Middleburg, Pennsylvania, is marketing its own brand, Simeon Fuel, treated with an additive called The Fuel Ox. The Simeon Fuel brand includes diesel, gasoline and heating oil, which Affordable Fuels delivers to customers throughout Central Pennsylvania. The fuel dealer is incorporating the additive into its products as a new ultra-low sulfur diesel standard ...

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Biodiesel is Tackling the Climate Crisis

This summer, the House Select Committee on the Climate Crisis released its final report and recommendations for legislative and regulatory measures to address carbon emissions. The report provided an action plan, including a national Low Carbon Fuel Standard that would reach the goal of net zero carbon emissions by 2050. Robert Morton, chairman of Newport Biodiesel, Inc., and a board ...

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CEMA Announces 70th Annual Meeting: Tuesday, Oct. 13, at Mohegan Sun

The Connecticut Energy Marketers Association announced that it will hold its 70th annual meeting at the Mohegan Sun Casino, Uncasville, Conn., on Oct. 13. For event information, including exhibiting, sponsorships and registration, visit www.cemaannualmeeting.weebly.com/. The association’s golf outing is scheduled for the day before the meeting—Monday, Oct. 12—at the Great River Golf Club in Milford, Conn. For more information, visit ...

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Suntup Receives Patent for Putnus

Jeff Suntup received a patent for Putnus, equipment that can be installed in the back of a cargo or pickup truck for delivering small amounts of heating oil and other fuels. The resident of New London, Connecticut, and former operator of Bernie’s Fuel Oil Co. Inc. and Anytime Oil LLC, received the patent in April for “Apparatus for Dispensing Small ...

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