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Woodford Oil: A Family Business Grown Big

The family business has long been a staple in the American economy. According to the Small Business Administration, about 90% of all U.S. businesses are family-owned or controlled. Ranging in size from small “mom and pop” shops to Fortune 500 entities, family businesses generate about half of the country’s gross national product and half of the total wages paid. As ...

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Bantam Home & Energy Takes the ‘Whole House’ Approach

“We are driving the ‘whole-house’ approach more than we ever did before,” Peter A. Aziz, president of Bantam Home & Energy in Bantam, Conn., tells Fuel Oil News. “We have sort of a moral obligation” to do so, Aziz says, and he goes on to describe the savings in money and environmental impacts that can be achieved through a whole-house ...

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Balancing Act

Fleet operators burn fuel. GreenPrint helps mitigate the emissions. The green movement has embraced myriad industries, including the diesel marketplace, where a company called GreenPrint has developed sustainability initiatives calculated to offset diesel fuel CO2 emissions by up to 100%, reports Fuel Oil News contributing writer Maura Keller. The company’s ‘going green’ fuel programs, which include its branded “Zero” program ...

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Truck Start-Up to Build Hydrogen Fueling Station Network

Nikola Motor Company of Salt Lake City, Utah, announced plans to construct 364 hydrogen-refueling stations. The announcement promptly followed the development of the Nikola One hydrogen fuel cell electric semi-truck, which utilizes a fully electric drivetrain powered by high-density lithium batteries and has a range of up to 1,200 miles. Construction of the new fueling stations is slated to begin ...

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Oil Heat Cares Foundation Donates New Boiler and Installs It for NYC Family

Pictured on home page, left to right: Ed Puncar of Advanced Hydrolics; Pete Gonzalez and his students: Joshua Diaz, Tyrese Jordan, and Justin Gonzalez. Photo courtesy of Oil Heat Cares Foundation   The Oil Heat Cares Foundation, an initiative of the National Association of Oil & Energy Service Professionals (OESP), brought much more than New Year’s well-wishes to an appreciative family ...

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The Case for Autogas

Is propane the motor fuel of the future? By Maura Keller Proponents of propane as a motor fuel, aka autogas, say it is “greener,” costs less than gasoline or diesel, is almost entirely domestically produced—and today’s vehicles can be designed or converted to use it. Because the fuel burns efficiently and inflicts less wear and tear on engines than gasoline ...

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Kentucky Marketers Launch Bioheat Campaign

The Kentucky Petroleum Marketers Association launched a statewide campaign to promote Bioheat at its third annual Tank & Technical Conference. The campaign is designed to raise awareness about the benefits of Bioheat and educate Kentuckians about using Bioheat to heat their homes and businesses. The centerpiece of the campaign is a fleet of Bioheat-branded trucks that began traveling Kentucky’s roadways in ...

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Safe Handling

By Stephen Bennett If fuel oil leaks or spills, do you know what to do? There are “very specific” federal laws that apply to reporting a leak or spill, and among states, Massachusetts has detailed reporting requirements as well, says Marc Nerino. Nerino conducts training sessions for fuel oil companies and groups such as the North Shore Oil Heat Association, ...

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AltWheels Highlight

Propane As a Motor Fuel By Stephen Bennett Jim Proulx has his sights set on the propane market. Propane as a motor fuel, that is. The market is in its infancy, but it has big potential, Proulx says. The president of Proulx Oil & Propane, Newmarket, N.H., gave a talk on the future of the market at the AltWheels conference ...

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Connecticut Drops Plan to Expand Natural Gas Capacity

Connecticut is cancelling its request for proposals to expand natural gas in the state, in what appears to be a reversal of an energy policy that it had been pursuing, and that the Connecticut Energy Marketers Association opposed. The Department of Energy and Environmental Protection said it cancelled a request that sought “proposals for natural gas resources, including liquefied natural gas, ...

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