Fuels

IRRC Approves 15 PPM Sulfur Standard for Heating Oil in Pennsylvania

On June 18, the Independent Regulatory Review Commission voted unanimously to approve a regulation reducing the sulfur content of heating oil from 500 ppm to 15 ppm, Ted Harris of the Pennsylvania Petroleum Association announced in an email to members.The IRRC canceled meetings in March, April, and May on the regulations due to COVID-19 restrictions and a provision in their ...

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The Costs of Going Green in the Green Mountain State

A Global Warming Solutions Act being debated in Vermont’s General Assembly could result in hardships for many Vermonters, says Matt Cota, executive director of the Vermont Fuel Dealers Association. The legislation, H.688, has been passed by the Vermont House, and now is before the Senate’s Natural Resources Committee. Under the legislation, the state would be required to formulate a plan ...

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Coronavirus, Contango, and Crude

What might we expect to happen in the oil markets as the Covid-19 pandemic continues? To begin with, writes Thomas J. Tubman, executive director of the American Energy Coalition, we can examine what has transpired to date. During the first quarter of 2020, international air travel virtually shut down, idling hundreds of airplanes, and reducing jet fuel consumption by millions ...

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Boston Steel Tank Trucks

Boston Steel Tank Trucks are built in Haverhill, Massachusetts. The company’s 2,700-gallon tank is described in a video that Boston Steel’s parent company, Tremcar, based in Saint-Jean-sur-Richlieu, Quebec, Canada, posted on YouTube. See the video at: https://youtu.be/HbFN8irvP4c. For more information visit www.tremcar.com.

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Senators Call on USDA to Allocate More Funds to Support Biofuel Industry

Sens. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill.), Joni Ernst (R-Iowa) and 12 of their Senate colleagues sent a letter to the U.S. Department of Agriculture requesting additional funds be allocated to the biofuel industry through the Commodity Credit Corporation (CCC) during the unprecedented economic circumstances brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic. “As the country follows the advice of local and ...

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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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NYPGA Training: March 30-31 at F.W. Webb in Newburgh

NYPGA will hold a training class March 30-31 at F.W. Webb in Newburgh, N.Y. Basic Principles and Practices of Propane is an entry level course that provides pre-requisite instruction about propane’s physical and combustion properties, and how propane is produced and transported. The instruction will help attendees preparing for NPGA’s CETP certification.For more information, contact NYPGA via its website (www.nypropane.com) ...

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Bergquist Names New President, Assigns Three Others to New Roles

Bergquist, Inc., appointed Lauren Clark as president. Bergquist also announced new roles for three other employees: Bob Barry was named chief financial officer; Joe Montroy was named vice president of sales; and Scott Biggs, director of outside sales. Lauren Clark is the newly named president of Bergquist, a wholesale distributor of propane equipment. Photos courtesy of Bergquist, Inc. Formerly, as ...

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REG CEO Praises Passage of Tax Credit

Extension of the biodiesel tax credit through 2022 is “a big win for the environment, for agriculture, and for U.S. motorists,” REG President and CEO CJ Warner said. On Dec. 20, President Trump signed legislation including a retroactive reinstatement and extension of the $1-per-gallon biodiesel tax credit (BTC) from Jan. 1, 2018, through Dec. 31, 2022. “For too long the ...

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BIO Assails EPA’s Rules for 2020 RVOs, SRE

With its final rules for 2020 renewable volume obligations and small refinery exemptions reallocation, EPA “stifles investment in green energy breakthroughs,” the Biotechnology Innovation Organization says. “Unfortunately, this final rule from EPA does not alleviate concerns we had when the draft rule was published earlier this year,” Stephanie Batchelor, vice president of BIO’s Industrial and Environmental Section said in a Dec. ...

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