Author Archives: Stephen Bennett

Looking into the Future

Recently I had an opportunity to attend a workshop sponsored by the National Oil Heat Research Alliance. I was no less than impressed with the information that was given by the presenters from England, Germany and the U.S. There were professional men and woman in attendance from several segments of our industry. I learned that in Germany the goal is ...

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The Biofuels Solution

After the National Oilheat Research Alliance held a Technical Workshop in Newport, R.I., that featured speakers from the U.S. and overseas fuel oil industries, John Huber, NORA’s president, said, “We’re very happy with how it went. People were really enthusiastic, and we had pretty good representation across the spectrum of the industry.” Huber added, “It’s always interesting and entertaining to ...

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PMAA Signs Letter Supporting Phase-in of Overtime Rule, but Still Calls for Its Repeal

PMAA joined others in supporting U.S. Senate legislation that would phase in a new overtime salary threshold over a five-year period, while saying at the same time that it continues to push for “full repeal of the overtime rule.” PMAA says it signed a letter by the Partnership to Protect Workplace Opportunity (PPWO) to Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.), supporting Lamar’s legislation, S. ...

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Going Green with Biodiesel

Biodiesel is winning acceptance in mining and marine markets as well as fuel oil, an expert says By Maura Keller These days, just about everyone in the fuel oil business may feel burdened by some kind of environmental challenge—from proper containment and transportation of fuels to understanding alternative fuel options. The industry faces pressures from environmentalists, government regulators, and customers ...

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NORA Technical Workshop

Industry professionals, including representatives of the heating oil industry in Europe, exchange information about the latest developments in fuels and technology By Stephen Bennett A technical workshop hosted by the National Oilheat Research Alliance, led by its president, John Huber, featured a program devised by Dr. Thomas Butcher, NORA’s director of research. Presenters discussed topics in four categories: Advanced Burner Concepts; Ultra-Low ...

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Report: Southern New England Energy Conference

Education on a range of subjects was on offer in Newport, R.I. By Stephen Bennett Informational and educational seminars, including a session on building a biofuels business, and another on leveraging service contracts to boost revenues, filled the program of the Southern New England Energy Conference. Organized by the Connecticut Energy Marketers Association, the Massachusetts Energy Marketers Association, and the ...

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FMCSA Issues Final Rule to Assist Current and Former Military Personnel in Obtaining CDLs

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration issued a final rule amending its commercial driver’s license regulations to ease the transition of military personnel into civilian careers driving commercial motor vehicles. The rule simplifies the process of obtaining a commercial learner’s permit (CLP) or CDL, the agency said in a statement. The final rule extends the period ...

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Fagan Runs to Raise Funds for Oil Heat Institute’s Charitable Foundation

“I’m doing it again!” So writes Roberta J. Fagan, executive director of the Oil Heat Institute of Rhode Island, meaning that she is going to participate in the four-mile Citizens Bank Pell Bridge Run on Sunday, Oct. 23, to raise money for the Institute’s Charitable Foundation “I will be running to raise funds to help our most vulnerable Rhode Island ...

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Massey of U.S. Boiler Co. Promoted to Director of Sales – Eastern States

U.S. Boiler Co., Lancaster, Pa., announced that Chris Massey, former regional sales manager -New York metro region, has been promoted to director of sales – Eastern States.  In his new position, Massey will be responsible for directing the sales activities of U.S. Boiler’s sales representatives in a territory that extends from Maine through central New Jersey. U.S. Boiler Co. wishes ...

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Westmor Industries Hires Olson as Territory Manager in Wisconsin

Westmor Industries, LLC, hired Jim Olson as territory manager in Wisconsin. Olson will serve customers throughout the state, providing bobtail, refined fuel delivery truck, lube oil truck and service truck needs to customers. Olson comes to Westmor Industries with over 11 years of industry experience, having served in corporate leadership with Como Oil and Propane from 1999 to 2005 and again beginning in 2011 ...

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