Author Archives: Stephen Bennett

R.W. Beckett Announces B20 Burner Certification

R.W. Beckett Corp., North Ridgeville, Ohio, announced that it certified all AF and AFG burners produced after September 8, 2020, to use biodiesel blends of up to 20% (B20)— aligning with the first step of the Providence Resolution of B20 by 2023. “We are excited to offer dealers and their customers an important step in their carbon reduction efforts while ...

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Brideau Oil Acquires Montuori Oil

Brideau Oil Corp. acquired the heating oil, diesel, and bulk gasoline delivery businesses of Montuori Oil Delivery and related entities. Cetane Associates (www.cetane.net), Kent, Conn., which served as advisor to Montuori Oil, announced the acquisition. Both enterprises are based in Fitchburg, Mass. Montuori Oil, founded in 1926, delivers heating oil and diesel to residential and light commercial customers in northern ...

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Suburban Propane Acquires Stake in Oberon Fuels

Suburban Propane Partners, a nationwide distributor of propane, fuel oil and related products and services, announced a deal to purchase a 39% stake in Oberon Fuels, Inc., based in San Diego, California. Oberon is working to develop low-carbon, renewable dimethyl ether (rDME) transportation fuel, according to a Sept. 17 statement by Suburban, announcing the deal. Oberon’s rDME fuel is being ...

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Sierra Club Takes Trump Administration to Court Over Methane Rollback

The Sierra Club and a coalition of environmental groups filed a lawsuit on Sept. 15 challenging the Trump administration’s rollback of regulations on methane leaks. “Under the leadership of former fossil fuel lobbyist Andrew Wheeler, Trump’s EPA took final action to weaken rules that require oil and gas companies to monitor and repair leaking equipment,” the Sierra Club and other environmental groups said in ...

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Tower Energy Acquires Barrieau Oil

Tower Energy in Plainville, Conn., acquired the full-service energy business of Barrieau Oil Co. in West Hartford, Conn., Cetane Associates announced. Barrieau Oil, founded in 1971, provides heating oil delivery and HVAC and plumbing services to residential customers in much of central Connecticut under the brands Barrieau Oil Co., The James O’Toole Company, Ney Plumbing and Heating, and The Wm ...

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AEC Update: Learning from Experience

The American Energy Coalition routinely and continually assesses threats to the heating oil industry and responds to identified threats through its various messaging platforms. Over the last decade or more, the biggest threats have come from natural gas utilities and their efforts to convert oil-heated homes to gas. In the last couple of years, a new threat has emerged: the ...

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EIA: 2020 U.S. Biodiesel Production on Par with 2019

U.S. biodiesel production has seen smaller reductions in recent months compared with other transportation fuels, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration’s (EIA) Petroleum Supply Monthly. As a result of mitigation efforts for the 2019 novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19), motor gasoline demand has declined significantly since March 2020. The decline in demand also reduced ethanol demand. Biodiesel production through May 2020, on the other ...

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A Good Read

The teacher and his student are often at odds—no less so in the oil heat industry. Reluctant to forego the need for theoretical background, the teacher is conscious of the student’s impatience to get to the “heart of the matter.” Oftentimes, the fact that oil burns becomes more important than why it burns. Since the development of oil-burning equipment, many ...

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NEFI Responding to Senate Dems’ Climate Plan

Senate Democrats released their version of a national climate plan, reports Jim Collura in NEFI Energy Online News. The 263-page report was released by the Senate Special Committee on the Climate Crisis, an ad hoc committee established by Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (N.Y.) to examine the climate change issue and make recommendations for policy change. “The report provides valuable ...

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Virtual Heat Show Presents Live Webinars: Sept. 22-23

The Virtual HEAT Show presentation schedule features more than 20 webinars in multiple educational tracks. HEAT Show offers attendees, exhibitors and sponsors a full schedule of live sessions designed to bring heating and energy industry stakeholders together safely. Session descriptions are available online with individual webinar sign-up links. Click here to see the webinar schedule.

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