Author Archives: Stephen Bennett

Charles Bursey Sr. Remembers the Days of Heavy Fuel Oils

Over the past several years, I have been in several discussions regarding fuel oils and most of these discussions have concentrated on number 2 home heating oil and on biofuel. The latter seems to be the hottest topic currently. However, there are several other grades of oil that have been used in the past, ranging from number 1 through number ...

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Editor’s Note: Word Up

Readers, Martha Leshine wants to hear from you. Especially if you are one of the approximately 1,500 people who attended NEFI Expo, June 14-15 at the DCU Center in Worcester, Mass. The 2017 Expo was the first that Leshine presided over since being named acting president and CEO earlier this year. She noted that exhibiting companies numbered 189 and that ...

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OESP Oilheat Retreat at Saratoga Springs: Sept. 14-17

The Oil & Energy Service Professionals will hold its Oilheat Retreat Sept. 14-17 at the Embassy Suites in Saratoga Springs, NY. The Embassy Suites by Hilton Saratoga Springs is in the heart of eclectic and historical downtown Saratoga Springs. The hotel is a short drive from Saratoga City Center and within walking distance of Broadway, Saratoga Springs Visitor Center, Congress Park ...

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Nearly 8 million U.S. Households Have ‘Smart’ Thermostats

The number of North American and European homes with a smart thermostat grew by 67% to 10.1 million in 2016, according to Berg Insight, Gothenburg, Sweden, a market research company. The North American market recorded a 64% growth in the installed base of smart thermostats to 7.8 million. In Europe, the total number of homes with a smart thermostat grew ...

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​Research: Clean Diesel Trucks Make Up 30% of Commercial Vehicles in Operation in U.S.

Introduction of new technology clean diesel truck engines and emissions control systems into the nation’s trucking fleet over the last five years is now at a 30% level and has yielded significant emission reductions and substantial fuel savings, according to research commissioned by the Diesel Technology Forum. “Almost three million heavy-duty diesel commercial vehicles introduced in the U.S. from 2011 ...

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NEFI Honors Legends of Oilheat

At a “Legends of Oilheat” banquet at Mechanics Hall in Worcester on the eve of the Expo, Howard W. Peterson of Peterson Oil Service, Worcester, Mass., was honored with the Charles H. Burkhardt Award for Oilheat Excellence. In addition 17 people were honored as Legends of Oilheat, and three others were so honored posthumously. The honorees are from six New ...

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NEFI Expo Draws 1,500; Institute Relocates to Worcester

Approximately 1,500 people attended NEFI Expo, June 14-15 at the DCU Center in Worcester, Mass., said Martha Leshine, acting president and CEO. Exhibiting companies numbered 189 and more than a dozen trucks were on display. The educational program included two sessions on propane, in recognition of the diversification trend among fuel oil marketers, Leshine said. Shortly after the Expo, NEFI ...

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New Company to Help Marketers Address Specific Fuel Issues

Fuel industry veterans Stan “Smitty” Smith and Dries van Wagenberg have launched Atlantic Advisory to help marketers solve and prevent specific petroleum-related issues. Atlantic is a vendor-independent adviser and distributor with multiple resources in the U.S. and abroad. Typical clients are fuel oil dealers, convenience stores, terminals and fleets. To learn more, e-mail van Wagenberg at dmvanwagenberg@gmail.com or Smith at pumpmaster45@aol.com.

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About the ELD Rule

The electronic logging device (ELD) is intended to help create a safer work environment for drivers, and make it easier, faster to accurately track, manage, and share records of duty status (RODS) data, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration says on its website. For carriers using AOBRDs (automatic onboard recording devices) before the rule compliance date Dec. 18, 2017, the rule ...

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UNYEA Awards Manning Scholarship, and Asks Members to Support It

Samantha R. Bowker of Walton, N.Y., received the Michael J. Manning Memorial Scholarship, in the sum of $1,500, the Upstate New York Energy Association (UNYEA) announced in its July newsletter.  Another student, Krista Walrath, a sales clerk for Leroux Oil Co. in Fort Covington, N.Y., received a special honorable mention. Bowker graduated from Walton Central School in June and plans ...

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