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Massachusetts EMA Webinar on Biofuel Energy Credits: March 6

On Tuesday, March 6, the Massachusetts Energy Marketers Association will host a webinar for the association and the state’s heating oil industry with the Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources (DOER) that will focus on explaining details of the recently enacted Alternative Energy Credits program under the Commonwealth’s Alternative Portfolio Standard (APS). The webinar will begin at 10 a.m. and will ...

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Oil Heat Council of New Hampshire Announces Name Change

The Oil Heat Council of New Hampshire changed its name to Energy Marketers Association of New Hampshire, and is sporting a new logo, too. “This new name has been created to encompass diversifying energy options across the state and better reflect the wide reach of homeowners, small businesses, and energy providers that the organization has served for over 40 years,” ...

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ATA Supports a Fuel-User Fee

American Trucking Associations President and CEO Chris Spear issued this statement following President Trump’s State of the Union address: “America’s truckers commend President Trump for making infrastructure investment a priority of his presidency. While the state of our union is strong, the same cannot be said about the state of our roads and bridges. So therefore, we join the president ...

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Trump Imposes Tariffs on Solar Products

President Trump imposed steep tariffs on solar products, responding to a trade case that sought to protect U.S. industry from cheap imports, including from China, news outlets reported. Some fuel oil dealers that diversified into solar installations might be affected. Robert Lighthizer, the United States trade representative, said on Jan. 22 that the president had decided to accept the recommendations ...

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Quarles Petroleum Acquires Propane Distributor Northern Neck Gas

Quarles Petroleum, Inc., a regional provider of residential and commercial fuel headquartered in Fredericksburg, Va., acquired the propane gas distribution business of Noblett’s Northern Neck Gas in Kilmarnock, Va. Quarles will transition the Northern Neck Gas operations into the current service center office at 11549 History Land Highway in Warsaw, Va. “Northern Neck Gas propane distribution business is a perfect ...

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NYC to Divest from Fossil Fuels; Files Lawsuit Against Big Oils

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, Comptroller Scott M. Stringer and other trustees of the city’s $189 billion pension funds announced a goal to divest city funds from fossil fuel reserve owners within five years, which would make New York City the first major U.S. pension plan to do so. The Mayor and Comptroller will submit a joint resolution ...

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Pennsylvania DEP Suspends Construction of Mariner East 2 Pipeline

Sunoco Pipeline says it received an order from the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) that “instructed us to suspend construction activities in Pennsylvania with respect to Mariner East 2 until reauthorized by the Pennsylvania DEP. The order requires us to submit various reports related to current and future construction activities. We intend to expeditiously submit these reports and we ...

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States and U.S. DOT Issue HOS Waivers

The Federal Motor carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) and governors of several states have issued emergency waivers of driver hours-of-service (HOS) requirements for heating fuels and other products, reports the New England Fuel Institute. “The combination of the state HOS waivers and the federal regional waiver essentially creates a blanket HOS exemption across the Northeast, subject to some important restrictions,” NEFI ...

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Trump Signs Sweeping Tax Bill

President Trump signed a sweeping tax bill on Dec. 22. The bill is “the most significant overhaul of America’s tax system in decades,” reported The New York Times. Congress set the stage for the signing when it gave final approval to the Tax Cuts & Jobs Act on Dec. 20. After that approval by Congress, Jim Collura, vice president and director of ...

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Sean Cota Named President, CEO of NEFI

The New England Fuel Institute (NEFI) announced that Sean Cota has been named its president and chief executive officer, effective Dec. 8, 2017. Cota has been working full-time at the NEFI offices in Worcester, Mass., actively managing the organization’s leadership transition and overseeing its staff, the Institute said in a statement issued on Dec. 19. Cota comes to the association with an extensive industry ...

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