Author Archives: Stephen Bennett

‘Concierge Service’ Is a Step Beyond Full-Service

A basic full-service energy marketer is defined as a company that not only delivers fuel, but provides the associated 24-hour HVAC services necessary to repair heating units in the event of a breakdown. There are many levels of service being provided by full-service fuel marketers. Most full-service providers also repair air conditioning units, provide or lease propane tanks, and offer ...

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Hoping for Cold

Winter is around the corner, and perhaps it will be a colder one than last year, as my associates in the oil business are hoping. Recently I’ve had a chance to speak with oil dealers, manufacturers and suppliers regarding their sales for the 2015-16 season and, across the board, they all said that their sales were off and they attributed ...

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OESP Service Manager of the Year: Mike Hodge of Griffith Energy Services

By Stephen Bennett Mike Hodge is a staunch supporter of technical education. In the late 1960s and early 1970s Hodge’s stepfather owned a small oil company, and that’s where young Hodge received his initiation into the trade, helping his stepfather, and then going on to attend a vocational-technical school in Howard County, Maryland. “In those days they called it ‘plumbing ...

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Report: Northeast Propane Show

Propane marketers and equipment vendors convened in Boxborough, Mass. By Stephen Bennett The Northeast Propane Show provided an opportunity for 1,400 exhibitors and attendees to “get some education, see some new products, ask a lot of questions and go home excited about what they do, ready to grow their business,” said Joe Rose, president of the Propane Gas Association of ...

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COHA Wants Data

Reliable information about leaks and spills is hard to get. COHA is working on that. By Stephen Bennett In this age of “Big Data” the Canadian Oil Heat Association is working to promote consistent, detailed reporting of leaks and spills, to be followed by prompt remediation. Development of a so-called information hub “so everybody’s working off the same information,” was ...

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Cargas Energy’s 8th Annual Customer Conference Draws More Than 250 Attendees

Fuel delivery and HVAC software company Cargas Systems reported that it brought over 250 attendees to the Lancaster County Convention Center in Lancaster, Pa., for its 8th annual Cargas Energy Summit. Attendance was 40% more than last year’s event, the company said. “The theme of the conference was community. It’s where we could all come together—Cargas employees, customers, and partners—to help ...

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ATRI and Mayo Clinic Launch Joint Survey to Examine Driver Medical Exam Process

The American Transportation Research Institute and Mayo Clinic launched a set of surveys designed to solicit motor carrier and commercial driver input on the impact that the National Registry of Certified Medical Examiners has had on the driver medical exam process. The NRCME was deployed in 2014 and since then, medical examiners performing DOT physicals are required to take an approved ...

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NATSO Applauds Biodiesel Blenders’ Tax Credit Legislation

NATSO, the national association representing travel plazas and truckstops, applauded Rep. Diane Black (R-Tenn.) for introducing the “Biodiesel and Renewable Diesel Incentive Extension Act of 2016,” (H.R. 5994) that would extend the biodiesel blenders’ tax credit for two years through 2018. “We commend Rep. Black for introducing legislation that will renew this critical tax credit,” NATSO Vice President of Government Affairs David Fialkov ...

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REG Developing Distilled Biodiesel

REG will soon be bringing distilled biodiesel to distribution points in the Northeast market, said Barry Knox, director of blended fuel sales. Distilled biodiesel has lower carbon intensity (CI) than non-distilled biodiesel and much lower CI than petroleum diesel, Knox said during a recent webinar co-hosted by REG and Fuel Oil News. Knox said CI is an important standard that ...

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Hedge Solutions Hires Rachel Luc to Manage Client Support

Hedge Solutions announced that it hired Rachel Luc to manage client support. Luc received her Master of Science degree in finance, as well as certification in business analytics, from Bentley University in Waltham, Mass. She also earned a bachelor of commerce with distinction from the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology in Melbourne, Australia.  Her professional experience includes retail banking and ...

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