Author Archives: Stephen Bennett

NBB Goal: Six Billion Gallons by 2030

The biodiesel and renewable diesel industry says it is on the “RISE”—that was the name and the theme for its conference as the National Biodiesel Board hosted more than 550 biodiesel and renewable diesel producers, distributors, retailers, and other industry advocates virtually. During the National Biodiesel Conference & Expo, NBB celebrated achievements in the face of adversity.   Throughout the conference, ...

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Social Media: Helping or Hurting Your Business?

Shane Sweet asks: Who has the ball on your company social media accounts? As I pen this in mid-January, over the past few days and in numerous discussions with industry folks, everyone seems to be a bit disturbed about the current divisiveness among Americans, and to my surprise, this level of concern seems to be equally shared by those who ...

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The Pain of Reconciling Payments

Energy marketers often have challenges reconciling credit card payments from initial sale to deposit into their bank account. This process becomes more tedious once you start to layer in more than one sales channel or software partner. Reconciling sales information gathered from multiple vendors can prove challenging. The complexity of multiple vendors, the associated logins, and receiving one daily deposit ...

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Disinfecting PPE with an Oil-Fired ‘Hot Box’

Burch Oil, Carlin Combustion/Hydrolevel, Thermo Products, and Triton Defense helped inventor Matt Hayes make a “Hot Box” designed to disinfect personal protective equipment. Now three facilities in Maryland are using the oil-fired device to treat N95 masks so that they can be reused. For a heat source, the device uses a low-profile highboy oil furnace manufactured by Thermo Products, Denton, ...

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Renewable Diesel Plant to Produce 470 Million Gallons Per Year

Darling Ingredients Inc. and Valero Energy Corp. said they will build a renewable diesel production facility to be located at Valero’s refinery in Port Arthur, Texas.  The companies said in a Jan. 28 statement that their 50/50 joint venture, Diamond Green Diesel, has received approval from both companies’ boards to proceed with construction of the DGD facility, whose capacity is ...

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NEFI: Renewable Liquid Heating Fuel Can Ease Pressure on Grid

While millions in Texas and elsewhere endured energy outages triggered by a winter storm, the renewable liquid heating fuel (RLHF) industry is offering a viable, clean fuel that can be utilized as part of the U.S. energy mix to help relieve pressure on an overstretched electrical grid, says the National Energy and Fuels Institute. Renewable liquid heating fuel is a ...

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Hillside Acquires Maker of Philly Nozzles

The manufacturer of Philly Nozzles, swivels and other fuel oil delivery systems was acquired by Hillside Acquisitions group in an all-cash deal. After the acquisition, Philly Nozzle moved into Hillside’s new 85,000-square-foot facility in Morgantown, Pennsylvania. The original workforce of Philly Nozzle was retained, Hillside said in announcing the acquisition. After being acquired Philly Nozzle operations moved to this location ...

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Sales of Diesel-Fueled Pickups, SUVs Up 28% in 2020

Sales of pickup trucks and sport utility vehicles with diesel engines grew 28 percent during 2020, even as overall auto sales declined by over 14 percent for the year. Among alternative fueled vehicle offerings, vehicles with diesel engines held five of the top 10 rankings for fastest-growing sales (2019-2020), according to the Diesel Technology Forum, based on data and analysis provided by ...

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Dead River Acquires Northern Essex Fuel

Dead River Co., South Portland, Maine, acquired Northern Essex Fuel Co., Merrimac, Massachusetts, and will operate it under Buxton Oil, one of Dead River’s independent brands. The acquisition, announced by Dead River on Jan. 25, gives the company a greater footprint in northern Massachusetts. NEFCO owners Barbara and Mark Bird are retiring after 34 years of operating their family business. ...

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What Is the Potential Impact of TCI?

A report by the Center for State Policy Analysis (cSPA) at Tufts University’s Tisch College describes the potential impact of the Transportation Climate Initiative (TCI) — a proposal to curb emissions from gasoline and diesel fuel — in Massachusetts and other Northeastern states. Read the full report here. Here is a description and summary: The report details how the TCI ...

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