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Coast Guard Continues Ice-Breaking Operations Throughout Northeast

The Coast Guard is continuing ice breaking operations as colder temperatures and winter weather impact waterways throughout the Northeast. The ice breaking operations are in support of Operation Reliable Energy for Northeast Winters (OPRENEW), the Coast Guard’s region-wide effort to ensure communities across the Northeast from New York to Maine have the security, supplies, energy and emergency resources they need ...

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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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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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Sail Energy Acquires Roberts Energy

Sail Energy of Portsmouth, N.H., acquired Roberts Energy’s residential heating oil delivery business, marketed under the trade name Martini’s Oil, based in Johnston, R.I., Cetane Associates announced. The transaction closed on Jan. 11. Since 1972, Martini’s Oil has served residential and light commercial customers. Roberts Energy acquired the central Rhode Island business in April 2019. Frank Roberts, president of Roberts ...

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Total Withdraws from API; Cites Differences on Climate Issues

Total decided against renewing its membership in the American Petroleum Institute in 2021, citing differences with API’s positions on climate change. Total, which produces and markets fuels, natural gas and electricity, issued a statement on Jan. 15. Here is the statement, edited for length and clarity: Each year, Total assesses the main industry associations of which it is a member ...

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NBB Continues Court Battle on RFS Waiver

The U.S. Court of Appeals must enforce its decision requiring the EPA to address an “improper” waiver of 500 million gallons of biofuel demand in the renewable volume obligation, the National Biodiesel Board and other groups say. “EPA should not be allowed to hide behind claims that restoring 500 million improperly waived gallons is an administrative burden that would inconvenience ...

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Trump Signs Bill for Pandemic Relief

President Trump signed a measure that provides $900 billion in pandemic aid, and funding for the government through September, news outlets report. The president signed the legislative package on Sunday, Dec. 27. The legislation provides billions for vaccine distribution and funds for small businesses, as well as funds for schools, hospitals and families.

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Connecticut, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, D.C. Sign Transportation and Climate Initiative

The governors of Connecticut, Massachusetts, and Rhode Island, and the mayor of the District of Columbia, signed an agreement to charge fuel suppliers for the carbon content in diesel and gasoline. Revenues generated are to be used to reduce emissions, according to the agreement or memorandum of understanding. The MOU sets the stage for a multi-jurisdictional program “that pursues systematic ...

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NEFI Leads Appeal for Access to Covid-19 Vaccines

NEFI reports that it brought together a national coalition of energy, HVAC, plumbing, and refrigeration associations in calling for their industries’ essential workers be among those that receive priority access to COVID-19 vaccines. The letter was submitted to the CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Procedures (ACIP), the National Energy & Fuels Institute informed members in the Dec. 8 issue of ...

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Biofuel Leaders Urge Courts to Hold EPA Accountable

Biofuels and agricultural trade groups filed a motion in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, asking the court to enforce a 2017 decision. The decision requires the Environmental Protection Agency to address its waiver of 500 million gallons of biofuel demand in the 2016 renewable volume obligation (RVO). The coalition, which includes Growth Energy, Renewable Fuels ...

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