Author Archives: Stephen Bennett

CEMA Golf Outing: ‘Ideal Conditions’

The annual golf outing of the Connecticut Energy Marketers Association drew more than 80 members who enjoyed ideal playing conditions Oct. 27 at Great River Golf Club in Milford, Connecticut, reports David Chu, the association’s vice president: “partly cloudy, around 60 degrees, dry. Best day of the week. Players enjoyed themselves, playing in such conditions, on a beautiful, scenic course, whose ...

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NYSEC and NORA Launch ‘Net-Zero Hero’ Marketing Campaign

The New York State Energy Coalition and National Oilheat Research Alliance announced the launch on Oct. 26 of a new marketing campaign, “I’m a Net-Zero Hero,” running throughout the five boroughs of New York City and Nassau and Suffolk counties on Long Island. The campaign features a cast of multi-ethnic characters, each proclaiming their status as “a Net-Zero Hero” because ...

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What’s it Worth to Save Our Industry?

The heating oil industry is in the fight of its life. We are in danger of continuing to lose market share to other energy sources while under threat of being legislated out of business. As an industry we have recognized many of our shortcomings. We know that for our descendants, we want them to live on a cleaner greener planet ...

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Quarles Petroleum Acquires Dixie Gas & Oil

Quarles Petroleum, Inc., a regional provider of residential and commercial fuels headquartered in Fredericksburg, Virginia, purchased the propane and petroleum operations of Dixie Gas & Oil Corp., a third-generation family-owned propane, commercial fuels and home heating oil distributor in Verona, Virginia. Paul Giambra, president and CEO of Quarles Petroleum, said, “We look forward to working with Dixie’s associates and welcoming them and ...

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Santoro Oil Acquires Hometown Heating

Santoro Oil Co., a wholly-owned subsidiary of Total Energy Capital Corp., Providence, R.I., acquired the heating oil delivery and HVAC equipment installation and maintenance business of Hometown Heating, Brooklyn, Conn. Hometown Heating, founded in 1998, sells and delivers heating oil and performs installation and maintenance of heating and cooling equipment to residential and light commercial customers in and around Brooklyn. ...

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The Pros and Cons of Fees

Convenience fees and surcharges might be right for your business, but do seek expert advice before making a decision, advises Marci Gagnon of Qualpay: Over the past few years, there has been a lot of conversation within the energy industry about charging customers surcharges and convenience fees to reduce the cost of credit card acceptance. As with credit card payments ...

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PMAA Becomes EMA: Energy Marketers of America

Energy Marketers of America is the new name of the Petroleum Marketers Association of America. Rob Underwood, president of the association, talked with columnist Shane Sweet, who filed this report. The name change is “reflective of the group’s growing portfolio of affordable, efficient, and environmentally friendly liquid fuels and other alternative energy sources that are helping to reduce emissions while ...

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Prepping for Peak Propane Demand

Paraco Gas Corp.’s preparations for the season’s peak don’t normally vary a great deal from year to year, but this year is different, said Art Ravo, vice president of supply chain for the company, which is based in Rye Brook, N.Y. “There’s plenty of product—we’re a next exporter,” Ravo said of the U.S. A challenge is getting product to supply ...

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2021 Southeastern Expo in Atlanta is Moving to October

The 2021 Southeastern Convention & International Propane Expo will be held in Atlanta, October 18-20, 2021, rather than in April, NPGA Chair Denis Gagne announced. “Between many member companies restricting travel, ongoing public health concerns, and international attendees hampered with travel restrictions to the United States, NPGA’s Conventions Committee and Executive Committee universally felt this decision was in everyone’s best ...

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REG Plans to Expand Renewable Diesel Plant

Renewable Energy Group announced that it plans to expand production at its Geismar, Louisiana, biorefinery by 250 million gallons annually to 340 million gallons per year. Construction should begin in mid to late 2021 with completion expected in late 2023, REG said in a statement issued Oct. 6. The REG biorefinery in Geismar, Louisiana, is slated for expansion. Photo courtesy ...

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