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The COVID Bump

When the pandemic first wreaked havoc in the business community, no one could have predicted what it would mean for company profitability and values. Since then we have seen some bumps up and bumps down in value depending on geography and product mix. Marketers in tourist areas such as Orlando, Atlantic City, Las Vegas, Maine and have seen a reduction ...

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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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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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OBITUARY: Holbrook Cole Bissell, Jr.: 1935-2020

Holbrook Cole Bissell, Jr., former president of Time Saving Fills in York, Pennsylvania, where he had a long career, died on June 21. He was 85. For 30 years, Bissell had lived in Dorset, Vermont, where he enjoyed fishing, hunting and skiing. Born in Cleveland, Ohio, on May 23, 1935, the son of Holbrook, Sr. and Gertrude, Bissell spent his ...

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A Huge Victory in Massachusetts

By Shane Sweet It’s no secret to marketers of propane and heating oil: There are those who work daily to do us ill. This includes activists who seek our complete and utter demise, often with inflammatory, unsubstantiated claims. Some of these activists seem to believe every word they utter. Others, it seems, are pursuing an agenda, a means to a ...

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Par for Py: A Fundraiser

Par for Py is set for Aug. 31 at the Brunswick Golf Club in Brunswick, Maine. In October 2019 Jamie Py, then president of the Maine Energy Marketers Association, suffered a severe stroke, causing him to be unable to work for the foreseeable future. MEMA will be using its annual golf tournament to show its admiration of and appreciation for ...

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Biodiesel is Tackling the Climate Crisis

This summer, the House Select Committee on the Climate Crisis released its final report and recommendations for legislative and regulatory measures to address carbon emissions. The report provided an action plan, including a national Low Carbon Fuel Standard that would reach the goal of net zero carbon emissions by 2050. Robert Morton, chairman of Newport Biodiesel, Inc., and a board ...

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Is There a Future for Hydronics?

Consolidation, new products, and improved efficiency are reshaping the hydronics segment, says Mike McDonnell. “Is There a Future for Hydronics?” was the title of a talk McDonnell gave to the Heating, Air-Conditioning, Refrigeration Distributors International, a trade group of wholesaler distributors. And he talked further on the subject in a recent phone call. “Many people in the industry look at ...

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Survival

Ask him what’s the biggest, most pressing industry issue he is dealing with in his position as executive director of the Vermont Fuel Dealers Association and Matt Cota answers with one word: “Survival.” And then of course, being the head of a state association, he elaborates. The specific challenge for VFDA members, he says in a phone interview with Fuel ...

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Accepting Payments During Covid-19

As we are adjusting to business during Covid-19 the way we interact with our employees and customers has changed, writes Marci Gagnon. “Not only do we need to create new operational processes to keep employees and customers safe, we need to rethink how we accept certain types of payment,” Gagnon says. Here, the vice president of strategic alliances for Qualpay ...

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