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What Is the Potential Impact of TCI?

A report by the Center for State Policy Analysis (cSPA) at Tufts University’s Tisch College describes the potential impact of the Transportation Climate Initiative (TCI) — a proposal to curb emissions from gasoline and diesel fuel — in Massachusetts and other Northeastern states. Read the full report here. Here is a description and summary: The report details how the TCI ...

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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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Managing Through the Pandemic in 2021

Caution continues to be the rule for fuel dealers and their employees during the continuing pandemic. “If you and your people are not exceptionally vigilant, your ability to run your company could be upended overnight, at the very worst possible time,” says Richard Goldberg, president of Warm Thoughts Communications, a marketing firm in Clifton, N.J., that serves propane, heating oil ...

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OESP Names 2020 Manufacturer of the Year

Oil & Energy Service Professionals, a national association with over 20 local chapters, named Field Controls, Kinston, N.C., its 2020 Manufacturer of the Year. George Perrelli, owner of F. Perrelli & Sons Fuel, East Haven, Connecticut, and chairman of the OESP Selection Committee, presented Field Controls with the award. Rick Glownia, sales representative for Field Controls, accepted the award on ...

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States Adopt Energy-Saving Rules

More U.S. states have adopted or advanced new energy-saving targets and vehicle and appliance rules, but COVID-19 slowed other efficiency efforts, according to the 2020 State Energy Efficiency Scorecard. For the first time in four years, California took first place nationwide, edging out Massachusetts, the leader in the Northeast. Other regional leaders include Minnesota in the Midwest, Colorado in the Southwest, ...

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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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Bouchard Named OMA Chair

The Oilheat Manufacturers Association announced Jan. 4 that its chairman for a two-year term is Mario Bouchard, Granby Industries. Bouchard will serve the organization in that capacity until November 2022. Bouchard, looking forward to the next two years, said, “In keeping with its mission to promote the health and well-being of the renewable liquid heating fuel industry, OMA members will ...

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PPA Hires Mercurio, Reeder

Alan Mercurio and Jessica Reeder are newly hired staff members of the Pennsylvania Petroleum Association. Mercurio is lead technical trainer, and Reeder is program administrator. Mercurio brings more than 30 years of industry experience in various roles. He holds multiple HVAC certifications. He will be responsible for directly conducting all oil heat training classes and serving as a secondary instructor ...

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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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CVR Energy Refinery to Produce Renewable Diesel

CVR Energy announced that it will convert its Wynnewood refinery’s hydrocracker unit to renewable diesel service. Upon completion, which is expected in mid-2021, the refinery in Wynnewood, Oklahoma, should have the capability to produce nearly 100 million gallons of renewable diesel per year and more than 6 million gallons of renewable naphtha per year, significantly reducing its annual Renewable Identification ...

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