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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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‘Decarbonization’ in Rhode Island

Rhode Island is pursuing a “decarbonization” plan, prioritized by Gov. Gina Raimondo. Prepared for the Rhode Island Division of Public Utilities and Carriers and the Rhode Island Office of Energy Resources, a study, delivered on April 23, examines the relative “economic attractiveness” of several solutions for decarbonizing the heating sector, The Brattle Group, a research firm that produced the study, ...

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Earth Day Guest Column

“As our country continues to grapple with the unprecedented health crisis from the COVID-19 outbreak, the 50th anniversary of Earth Day has come upon us as a reminder of another challenge,” writes Michael A. Stivala, president of Suburban Propane Partners: “How to reduce our carbon footprint amidst the concern over the effects of climate change.” Stivala addresses that challenge here, ...

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Coronavirus Wreaks Havoc

The dire risk to public health posed by the coronavirus pandemic is forcing changes in workplace policies, including in the offices of fuel marketers. And to try to limit its spread, organizers of industry expos, conventions and conferences have announced postponements. The National Propane Gas Association canceled an upcoming conference and expo. Further details on those changes appear below. Meanwhile, ...

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How to Hedge for Next Season

If you’re like a lot of oil companies out there, you’ve spent the past three months watching oil prices plummet while wondering whether you should be hedging now in anticipation of your cap or fixed price offerings, writes Richard Larkin. You may even have entertained just buying some product at a fixed price from your wholesaler since prices look so ...

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Obituary: John S. Rider

John S. Rider, who worked at Agway Energy Products, Webber Energy Fuels, and Dead River Co., and had been a member of the Better Home Heat Council of New Hampshire, died on Feb. 14 at his home in Swanzey, New Hampshire. He was 70. He had multiple myeloma, according to an obituary published online. John S. Rider worked for a ...

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The Yeti House

Last July my brother drove from South Carolina to visit us. He spent five days on his trip, stopping along the way to visit friends. When he arrived, I helped him unpack his car and I saw that he had a Yeti cooler in the back of his vehicle. He drained out a little bit of water, but for the ...

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Biofuel Diary

Friday the 13th of December 2019 Levi Bourne was driving home after a long day, typical in the fuel business for that time of the year. Here’s his account of what happened that day: My radio cut out and the Bluetooth from my cell phone took over to let me know my girlfriend Cassie was calling. I had received a ...

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Disappearing Acts

David Copperfield is a popular magician who makes things disappear. At certain moments, when I have been surprised to hear that certain longstanding companies that I’m familiar with have disappeared, I can’t help but think of David Copperfield’s special abilities. But Copperfield seemingly makes things disappear without a trace. When a fuel marketer acquires another fuel marketer, the name of ...

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