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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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Paraco Gas Acquires F M Popovich & Sons

Paraco Gas Corp. acquired F M Popovich & Sons, Ashland, Massachusetts. Paraco acquired the Popovich business on Oct. 14, as owners Fred and Hildegard Popovich retired, Paraco said in a Nov. 18 announcement. The Popovich family business was founded by Fred and Wilma Popovich in 1946 and grew to serve approximately 850 propane customers. Fred Popovich, president of F M ...

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Massachusetts Opens Investigation Assessing Future of Natural Gas

The Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities issued an order opening an investigation into the role of local natural gas distribution companies in the future of the Commonwealth’s energy portfolio following the Baker-Polito Administration’s determination of net zero greenhouse gas emissions as Massachusetts’ legal emissions limit for 2050. As part of the investigation, the DPU will assess the role of gas ...

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Quarles Petroleum Acquires Dixie Gas & Oil

Quarles Petroleum, Inc., a regional provider of residential and commercial fuels headquartered in Fredericksburg, Virginia, purchased the propane and petroleum operations of Dixie Gas & Oil Corp., a third-generation family-owned propane, commercial fuels and home heating oil distributor in Verona, Virginia. Paul Giambra, president and CEO of Quarles Petroleum, said, “We look forward to working with Dixie’s associates and welcoming them and ...

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Santoro Oil Acquires Hometown Heating

Santoro Oil Co., a wholly-owned subsidiary of Total Energy Capital Corp., Providence, R.I., acquired the heating oil delivery and HVAC equipment installation and maintenance business of Hometown Heating, Brooklyn, Conn. Hometown Heating, founded in 1998, sells and delivers heating oil and performs installation and maintenance of heating and cooling equipment to residential and light commercial customers in and around Brooklyn. ...

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