Monday, November 18, 2019

Government Policy


RFS in Distress

Posted on October 23, 2019

Industry calls for increased biofuel volumes and significant reforms to wai…


Massachusetts’ Green Communities

Posted on October 22, 2019

$14.9 Million Awarded to Communities for Clean Energy Projects


Policy Pressures Rising

Posted on September 16, 2019

More climate measures introduced in House & Senate


Price Went Up

Posted on September 16, 2019

FMCSA increases fines for trucking violations


Industry Strongly Criticizes EPA Biofuel Proposal

Posted on August 19, 2019

The EPA has released its proposed biofuel volume requirements under the RFS


Industry Leaders Write Trump on IMO 2020

Posted on July 19, 2019

Letter recommends restoring Northeast Home Heating Oil Reserve


New England Clean Energy Connect Project Faces Questions

Posted on June 20, 2019

CMP line would bring hydropower from Quebec, but at what cost?


Bioheat® & Electrification & in the Northeast & Mid-Atlantic

Posted on June 20, 2019

For the past several years, NEFI Vice President & Director of Government Af…


Executive Orders Streamline Natural Gas Projects

Posted on May 9, 2019

On April 10, President Trump signed two executive orders meant to help clea…


Desulfurization: The Next Chapter

Posted on April 11, 2019

The desulfurization of distillate fuels continues this year. Before the Env…


2020 Marine Fuel Regulations Raise Concerns

Posted on April 11, 2019

Marine vessels account for about 4 percent of global oil demand and are a c…


Carbon Taxes Proposed in Several Northeast States

Posted on March 14, 2019

State legislatures across New England and the greater U.S. Northeast region…


Dominating the Electric Vehicle Market

Posted on February 19, 2019

In 2018, U.S. sales of electric vehicles (EVs) grew to over 361,000, up ove…


Oil & War

Posted on February 19, 2019

The Oily Beginning: WWI Oil became a key factor in military might in the d…


Members of Congress Grill Utilities Over Natural Gas Explosions

Posted on December 18, 2018

Federal lawmakers slammed executives from Columbia Gas and its parent compa…


2018 Mid-Term Election Results & Impacts

Posted on December 18, 2018

Record voter turnouts were recorded across the country on November 6, 2018 …


Mid-Term 2018 Election Outlook & Impact on the Industry

Posted on October 24, 2018

Election Day is Tuesday, November 6, 2018. All 435 members of the House of …


Renewing or Refining the RFS

Posted on September 21, 2018

The first Renewable Fuel Standard, or RFS1, was passed into law as part of …


New England Grid Needs Broader Market Changes to Address Fuel Security

Posted on August 21, 2018

In a region that is already fuel-constrained, the lack of regional energy i…


Year-Round E15 and Small Refinery Waivers

Posted on July 19, 2018

These are challenging times for American farmers. Low commodity prices, plu…


“We Have Unity”

Posted on July 19, 2018

The National Biodiesel Board (NBB) has officially ceased its nearly-decade-…


Propane Industry Supports Fair Legislation for Emergency Deliveries

Posted on June 21, 2018

The story of old man winter tightening product flow for the deliverable fue…


What is “Clean” in 2018?

Posted on May 16, 2018

Recent changes in state marijuana laws and Federal Motor Carrier Safety Adm…


Congress Calls for Additional SPR Sales

Posted on April 20, 2018

Recent legislation has directed the sale of more than 100 million barrels o…


FERC Shows Its Hand

Posted on April 20, 2018

Report Finds “No Evidence” of Capacity Withholding in New England On Febru…


MEMA & DOER Present Webinar on Alternative Energy Portfolio Standard

Posted on April 20, 2018

On Tuesday, March 6, the Massachusetts Energy Marketers Association (MEMA) …


Tariffs Stymie Biodiesel Imports

Posted on March 15, 2018

Domestic Producers Look to Fill Gaps in Supply Chain


December’s Drilling De-Regulations

Posted on February 13, 2018

On December 7, the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicin…


Massachusetts Looks Ahead to APS Rollout

Posted on December 11, 2017

By this time next year (or maybe sooner), Massachusetts retailers selling b…


NY Governor Signs Downstate B5 Law

Posted on October 23, 2017

With more than 1.8 million oil-heated homes, New York has the largest heati…


Deliverable Fuels Industry Weathers a Busy Hurricane Season

Posted on October 23, 2017

Regional and state associations help preserve the calm through the storms …


The RFS In Perspective

Posted on September 12, 2017

Industry stakeholders react to EPA’s recent proposal and other developments


CEMA Answers the Call

Posted on September 12, 2017

The organization’s president, Chris Herb speaks with Oil & Energy Chris He…


Clearing the Air on Vermont’s AST Regulations

Posted on August 15, 2017

New regulations are coming for owners of heating oil and kerosene storage t…


Toms on Trump

Posted on July 14, 2017

NEFI EXPO speaker Tom Tubman and EEE keynote speaker Tom Kloza offer insigh…


Keeping Energy Dollars from Leaving the State Economy

Posted on June 7, 2017

State economic engines are getting a real boost from energy efficiency prog…


PPA Vs. Peoples

Posted on May 9, 2017

February 28 was an unseasonably warm day for Gallitzin, PA, with a high of …


Oilheat Industry Stands Up for LIHEAP

Posted on May 9, 2017

On March 16, 2017, President Trump’s Office of Management and Budget releas…


NEFI Forms Task Force to Examine Tax Reform Proposals

Posted on April 18, 2017

The New England Fuel Institute (NEFI) recently announced the creation of a …


Report: New England Doesn’t Need Gas Pipeline

Posted on April 18, 2017

With or without a pipeline, existing laws and regulations are expected to s…


EIA Projects Flat Energy Consumption With Changing Mix

Posted on March 9, 2017

The U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) recently offered its views…


A Bright New Day for Oilheat

Posted on February 6, 2017

Tom Santa, CEO of Santa Energy Corp., has a longstanding interest in fuel q…


GAO Criticizes Renewable Fuel Standard

Posted on February 6, 2017

The U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) recently released two repor…


Massachusetts Looks to Deploy Electricity Storage

Posted on November 28, 2016

Massachusetts is looking to enhance the performance of its electric grid by…


Building New England’s Largest Energy Storage Project

Posted on November 28, 2016

In October, Massachusetts’ first utility-scale battery project got under wa…


How Clinton and Trump Stack Up

Posted on September 20, 2016

Now that the Democratic and Republican conventions are complete, here is a …


Utilities Benefit From Major Tax Breaks

Posted on September 20, 2016

Electric utilities benefit from billions of dollars in tax breaks every yea…


NEFI, PMAA Urge CFTC Not to Cede Authority

Posted on August 15, 2016

When Congress passed the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform Act in 2010, it mand…


One Voice for Oilheat

Posted on July 15, 2016

Michael Estes, owner of Estes Oil & Propane, in York, ME, is the new Chairm…


Proposed RFS Changes Draw Diverse Reactions

Posted on July 15, 2016

In May, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced its propos…


Kinder Morgan Abandons Northeast Energy Direct Pipeline

Posted on May 10, 2016

The Oilheat industry is facing a little less pressure now following last mo…


With This Message, We Can Win

Posted on May 10, 2016

It’s time for Oilheat to make some noise. The tables have turned dramati…


LNG Export Agenda Enflames Opponents

Posted on April 12, 2016

From the Berkshires to Boston, activists are mobilizing against the constru…


Commodity Market Guardians Lambaste Report

Posted on April 12, 2016

Opponents of commodity market position limits recently tried to use an agen…


Biodiesel Blend Margins – The Art and The Science

Posted on March 10, 2016

The distribution of biodiesel-blended fuel has grown dramatically over the …


Biodiesel Industry Is Buoyant About 2016

Posted on March 10, 2016

It was only 23 years ago that a University of Missouri researcher first pow…


NEFI Committee Monitors Key Issues

Posted on March 10, 2016

The New England Fuel Institute (NEFI) Government Affairs Committee (GAC) re…


Biodiesel 2016 – Strength & Certainty

Posted on February 11, 2016

In 2015, the U.S. biodiesel market showed itself to be as unpredictable as …


Sizing Up the Federal Budget Deal

Posted on February 11, 2016

As 2015 came to a close, Congress approved a $1.8 trillion year-end spendin…


Oil Dealers Seize the Moment to Assail Pro-Gas Policy

Posted on February 11, 2016

Connecticut’s independent marketers of Oilheat and Bioheat® Fuel have seen …


States Prepare for Climate Change

Posted on February 11, 2016

Different states have different levels of climate change risks, and some ar…


Oil Dealers Seize the Moment to Assail Pro-Natural Gas Policy

Posted on January 14, 2016

Connecticut’s independent marketers of Oilheat and Bioheat® Fuel have seen …


EPA Finalizes RFS Obligations

Posted on January 7, 2016

In late November, EPA released its final Renewable Volume Obligation (RVO) …


Massachusetts Again Leads Way in Energy Efficiency

Posted on December 10, 2015

For the fifth straight year, Massachusetts was named the national leader in…


Dealers See Small Changes as LIHEAP Season Begins

Posted on December 10, 2015

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has released $3 bill…


Can EPA Get The RFS Back On Track?

Posted on July 6, 2015

Petroleum and ethanol industries take issue with new volume obligations


Can Hydropower and Fish Coexist?

Posted on June 1, 2015

Large dams are unpopular with environmentalists Hydropower is the nation…


The Hours of Service Regulations – Here to Stay

Posted on June 1, 2015

Ever since the revised Hours of Service regulations went into effect in the…


NEFI Works to Influence Government Policy

Posted on May 18, 2015

Government Affairs Committee reports on hot issues


FMCSA Incorporates Changes to Controversial CSA Program

Posted on May 18, 2015

Transportation policy continues to evolve


NEFI Calls for Expanded Market Protections

Posted on May 18, 2015

Former chairman testifies before congressional subcommittee


Dissension Grows Over Biofuels Rules

Posted on April 17, 2015

Ethanol mandates come under fire


NEFI Fights Federal Fuel Conversion Plan

Posted on April 17, 2015

Twenty-seven associations unite to challenge plan


FMCSA Remains Stubborn After Crash Data Study

Posted on March 6, 2015

Report finds crash data unreliable for predicting safety


Infrastructure Shortfalls Could Slow Growth

Posted on March 6, 2015

Ed Burke looks at transportation policy


Congress Pursues a Broader Energy Agenda

Posted on February 6, 2015

Will changes in market lead to changes in policy?


Report Says Mass. Needs More Natural Gas

Posted on February 6, 2015

How will new administration respond?


NYC Sets New Emissions Reduction Target

Posted on December 31, 2014

B5 heating oil mandate could be part of the solution


Rethinking the Renewable Fuel Standard

Posted on December 31, 2014

Rules were developed before demand collapsed in petroleum markets


Congress Suspends 34-Hour HOS Restart Rule

Posted on December 31, 2014

Foley’s Matthew Wrobel interprets the decision


Clean Energy Pursues Ambitious Agenda

Posted on December 12, 2014

Advocates look to bridge funding gaps


Mass. Regulators Seek Nation’s First Carbon Tax

Posted on December 12, 2014

MEMA intervenes in DPU review


FMCSA to Survey Drivers on Entry-Level Training

Posted on December 12, 2014

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has announced that it inten…


DOE Sheds Light on Home Energy Score Metric

Posted on December 12, 2014

Homes are scored for buyers on energy efficiency


NEFI Works With HHS to Improve LIHEAP

Posted on December 12, 2014

Leaders discuss pricing mechanisms, reimbursement rates, administrative bur…


Maintain an SPCC Plan

Posted on October 31, 2014

As fuel dealers, there are dozens of state and federal rules and regulation…


Power Plants Improve Winter Reliability

Posted on October 31, 2014

New England Fuel Institute is trying to create opportunities for Oilheat ma…


Where’s the FMCSA Enforcement Strategy Going?

Posted on October 8, 2014

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is a fairly young Federal a…


Protecting the Commodity Marketplace

Posted on September 5, 2014

Four years after passage of landmark commodity trading reform legislation t…


NYC Widens Biofuel Use

Posted on July 24, 2014

Councilman Costa Costantinides targets city ferries. Are power plants next?


Noise But No Action

Posted on July 24, 2014

Anyone who has been in the motor carrier industry for a while will be famil…


Tracy Morgan Crash Shines Spotlight on HOS Debate

Posted on June 19, 2014

A crash on the New Jersey Turnpike that killed one man and critically injur…


NEFI Calls on DOE to Support Heating Oil

Posted on May 30, 2014

Heating oil is an important part of New England’s energy mix that is increa…


Natural Gas Needs to Clean Up Its Act

Posted on May 9, 2014

Do you smell gas? Well maybe not, but you certainly have been hearing about…


Can Switching to Natural Gas Harm the Environment?

Posted on April 9, 2014

Natural gas has been touted as a “bridge fuel” that can provide energy whil…


NORA is Back

Posted on March 7, 2014

After a four-year outage, Oilheat has a check-off program again


How Energy Independent is America?

Posted on March 7, 2014

Growing U.S. oil production has led to recent calls by the oil industry to …


Proposed Rule Would Shake Up Drug & Alcohol Testing

Posted on March 7, 2014

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has released the long await…


A Busy Energy Agenda for 2014

Posted on March 3, 2014

In January, a group of U.S. Senators announced their creation of a new Clim…


Lack of Readiness Delays CDL Rule Revisions

Posted on March 3, 2014

Don’t give up your Medical Certificate just yet. The Federal Motor Carrier …


Natural Gas Supply Into New England Appears to Max Out, Driving Gas Prices Higher

Posted on March 3, 2014

On December 30th Con Edison, National Grid and Orange and Rockland Utilitie…


Making the Case for Oilheat

Posted on March 3, 2014

Associations file reports refuting the value of fuel conversion


Trunzo: What’s Up with NatGas Supplies During ‘Cold Weather’?

Posted on March 3, 2014

“Con Edison is interrupting Gas Sales and Transportation Notification Custo…


State of Defense: Oilheat Dealers Work Together to Resist the Threat of Government-Sponsored Natural Gas Expansion

Posted on March 3, 2014

Oilheat dealers are working together to defend the industry against a new g…


Ethanol: Bad Environmental Policy?

Posted on February 27, 2014

Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced plans to reduce ethanol-ble…


FMCSA Faces Onslaught of Government Investigations

Posted on February 27, 2014

As widely reported in industry news media, the National Transportation Safe…


Defined Contribution Adds Flexibility for Employers, Employees

Posted on December 13, 2013

The concept of Defined Contribution (“DC”) has been utilized for years in c…


How to Determine Company Requirements Under ACA

Posted on December 13, 2013

Many employers rely on seasonal workers. As a member of CEMA it is fair to …


Marketers Come to Terms With Obamacare Requirements

Posted on December 13, 2013

ALTHOUGH THE FEDERAL IMPLEMENTATION OF the Affordable Care Act (ACA) has be…


NTSB Demands Audit of FMCSA

Posted on December 13, 2013

Schadenfruede. That’s not a typo — it’s a (long) German word that means tak…


Regulators Rule on Conn. Natural Gas Expansion

Posted on December 13, 2013

Energy marketers in Connecticut face a long, tough battle with the natural …


EPA Reduces RFS Volumes

Posted on December 13, 2013

In November, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released its propose…


ACEEE Again Names Mass. Most Efficient State

Posted on December 13, 2013

Massachusetts is the most energy efficient state in the nation for the thir…


New SMS Requirements Are Just Common Sense

Posted on December 11, 2013

THE FEDERAL COMMUNICATIONS COMMISSION’S (FCC’s) new rules on business-to- c…


Mass. Marketers Confront State’s Pro-Gas Initiative

Posted on November 1, 2013

Like their colleagues in Connecticut and New York State, Massachusetts Oilh…


FMCSA Announces 17 Minor Rule Changes

Posted on November 1, 2013

While the rest of the government was shut down, the Federal Motor Carrier …


Tier 3 Would Bring Changes to Gasoline and Vehicles

Posted on November 1, 2013

In February, the EPA is expected to release its final rule on the Tier 3 st…


Industry’s Approach on Tanks Is Much Improved

Posted on November 1, 2013

We’ve come a long way! In 2003 the National Oilheat Research Alliance (N…


Blend With Care

Posted on November 1, 2013

Bulk plant operators can prevent fuel quality issues, avoid downtime and ev…


EIA Publishes Favorable Price Forecast

Posted on November 1, 2013

Heating oil marketers got some good news last month when the U.S. Energy In…



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