Author Archives: Stephen Bennett

On Federal Tax Credits and a State Energy Plan

First, we take note of late-breaking news: Congress adjourned before the holidays without renewing a number of expiring tax breaks, including a $1 per gallon biodiesel blenders’ tax credit set to expire on Dec. 31. The New England Fuel Institute, noting this development in a “Legislative Update” said it will continue to press for a retroactive extension of the biodiesel ...

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Propane Safety Means No Accidents

By Maura Keller An emergency responder program in New York State offers propane dealers extensive fire and safety training designed to help them handle emergencies. Every spring the Fire Science program at Dutchess Community College in Poughkeepsie, N.Y., conducts a course entitled, “Fire Behavior & Combustion.” The DCC Fire Science program is modeled on material formulated by the National Fire ...

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Safe Handling

By Stephen Bennett If fuel oil leaks or spills, do you know what to do? There are “very specific” federal laws that apply to reporting a leak or spill, and among states, Massachusetts has detailed reporting requirements as well, says Marc Nerino. Nerino conducts training sessions for fuel oil companies and groups such as the North Shore Oil Heat Association, ...

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EIA Says Forecast Reflects OPEC Agreement

In EIA’s December STEO, both the West Texas Intermediate (WTI) and Brent crude oil 2017 price forecasts increased by about $1 per barrel (b) from the November STEO, with prices expected to average $51/b and $52/b, respectively. The WTI price is forecast to average $49/b in the first half of 2017 and end the year at $54/b, while the Brent ...

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Achenbach is Keynote Speaker for Green Truck Summit

Dr. Wilfried Achenbach, senior vice president of engineering and technology for Daimler Trucks North America has been announced as the keynote speaker at the Green Truck Summit for 2017.  The 2017 Summit takes place March 14 – 16 at the Indiana Convention Center in Indianapolis, Indiana. Dr. Achenbach’s keynote address will be March 14 at 8:45 a.m. and offer insights ...

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OPEC to Cut Production Effective Jan. 1, 2017

The Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries said that it would cut production by 1.2 million barrels a day from 33.6 million barrels and said it expects producers from outside the group, including Russia, to join with additional cuts totaling 600,000 barrels a day, The Wall Street Journal reported. The OPEC deal to reduce oil output propelled crude prices more ...

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EPA Finalizes Increase in Renewable Fuel Volumes

The EPA finalized increases in renewable fuel volume requirements across all categories of biofuels under the Renewable Fuel Standard program. In a required annual rulemaking, the action finalizes the volume requirements and associated percentage standards for cellulosic biofuel, advanced biofuel, and total renewable fuel for 2017, and for biomass-based diesel for 2018. “Renewable fuel volumes continue to increase across the ...

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Christopher Drew Appointed Chairman of AHRI

During its 2016 Annual Meeting in Scottsdale, Arizona, the Air Conditioning, Heating & Refrigeration Institute (AHRI) appointed Christopher Drew, executive vice president of Burnham Holdings, Inc., as its 2017 chairman of the board. AHRI’s 315 member companies represent more than 90% of the industry’s manufacturers in North America, and employ over 1.2 million people across the United States. Drew has ...

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Overtime Rule on Hold

On November 22, 2016, U.S. District Court Judge Amos Mazzant granted an emergency motion for preliminary injunction, enjoining the Department of Labor from implementing and enforcing its rule on overtime, the DOL said in a news release. The rule had been scheduled to go into effect on Dec. 1. “The Department strongly disagrees with the decision by the court, which ...

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Joe Lanthier Joins Firedragon Academy as Adjunct Instructor

Joseph (Joe) Lanthier has joined the teaching staff of Firedragon Academy as an adjunct laboratory instructor. His duties will be to aid primary instructors and instruct and supervise basic and advanced students in hands-on laboratory experiments and problem-solving practices at Firedragon’s primary training facility at the Beckett Training Center in Sturbridge (Fiskdale), Mass., and at other locations throughout the Northeast. ...

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