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Blend With Care

Bulk plant operators can prevent fuel quality issues, avoid downtime and even reduce insurance premiums by attending to the details of fuel blending and storage, according to Brian Savage, President of Savage Associates, specialists in petroleum storage a…
http://oilandenergyonline.com/articles/all/blend-care/

Credit Card Surcharging Now Permitted

Have you ever been into a store with a sign reading “cash only” or “$10 minimum on credit card transactions”? This is most likely due to the fact that businesses accepting credit cards pay a percentage of every transaction to the credit card companies for…
http://oilandenergyonline.com/articles/all/credit-card-surcharging-now-permitted/

ACEEE Again Names Mass. Most Efficient State

Massachusetts is the most energy efficient state in the nation for the third year in a row, according to the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy’s (ACEEE) annual State Energy Efficiency Scorecard. The top 10 states for energy efficiency, a…
http://oilandenergyonline.com/articles/all/aceee-again-names-mass-most-efficient-state/

Mass. Marketers Confront State’s Pro-Gas Initiative

Like their colleagues in Connecticut and New York State, Massachusetts Oilheat marketers find themselves fighting an apparent alliance of state regulators and utilities bent on replacing heating oil with natural gas. Michael Ferrante, President of the …
http://oilandenergyonline.com/articles/all/mass-marketers-confront-states-pro-gas-initiative/

The Battle Against Gasoline Dispenser Skimmers

We don’t need to tell you that over thepast decade, from Washington to Florida, ID thieves have been taking advantage of the widely available easily copied “universal” keys that secure the doors of most gasoline dispensers. The thieves open the access …
http://oilandenergyonline.com/articles/all/battle-against-gasoline-dispenser-skimmers/

Defined Contribution Adds Flexibility for Employers, Employees

The concept of Defined Contribution (“DC”) has been utilized for years in cafeteria and 401(k)/retirement offerings. Defined Contribution or DC is a dynamic change to the manner in which employee benefits, specifically health insurance, will be offered as…
http://oilandenergyonline.com/articles/all/defined-contribution-adds-flexibility-employers-employees/

10 Ways to Generate More Business This Winter

The heating season is upon us, but there us still time to tackle some last-minute marketing projects that can generate additional revenue and improve your profitability in the cold months ahead.
http://oilandenergyonline.com/articles/all/10-ways-generate-more-business-winter/

Hedging Against Fixed Price Contract Defaults

U. S. markets, in particular the stock markets and petroleum markets, have, with considerable help from the Federal Reserve, made a stunning recovery from the 2008 price plunge. Does this mean that we are in a position where we could experience another he…
http://oilandenergyonline.com/articles/all/hedging-against-fixed-price-contract-defaults/

Tier 3 Would Bring Changes to Gasoline and Vehicles

In February, the EPA is expected to release its final rule on the Tier 3 standard that is designed to reduce air pollution from passenger cars and trucks. Starting in 2017, Tier 3 would lower the sulfur content in gasoline, and set new vehicle emissions …
http://oilandenergyonline.com/articles/all/tier-3-would-bring-changes-gasoline-and-vehicles/

How Much Should You Pay a Salesperson?

Maintaining a steady flow of new oilheat or propane customers, along with equipment sales and service, is the lifeblood of any retail energy company. Unless you have the time to spend seeking out prospects and following up sales leads, having a sales staf…
http://oilandenergyonline.com/articles/all/how-much-should-you-pay-salesperson/

People Power

In December 2013 Oil & Energy discusses how to nurture your workforce to improve profitability
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Hedging Guidance Adds Valuable Perspective

When Mobil Oil transferred me to New England in the early ‘90s to work in the Distillates Department, price protection programs offered by heating oil retailers to consumers were in their infancy. As with a lot of start-up programs, the offerings were not…
http://oilandenergyonline.com/articles/all/hedging-guidance-adds-valuable-perspective/

Leveraging the RFS for Success in Home Heating

Robert Kuhsel says he didn’t want to end up an old man on a barstool crying into his beer over what might have been. At one time a high school shop teacher, he decided it was time for a dramatic career change. “What motivated me was that I was not happy w…
http://oilandenergyonline.com/articles/all/leveraging-rfs-success-home-heating/

NTSB Demands Audit of FMCSA

Schadenfruede. That’s not a typo — it’s a (long) German word that means taking pleasure at the misfortune of others. There are going to be plenty of motor carriers feeling that way this month, as the National Transportation Safety Board has laid a broadsi…
http://oilandenergyonline.com/articles/all/ntsb-demands-audit-fmcsa/

Nurture Your Workforce

What are some of the key company paybacks for investing in employees and employee relations?
http://oilandenergyonline.com/articles/all/nurture-your-workforce/

Industry’s Approach on Tanks Is Much Improved

We’ve come a long way! In 2003 the National Oilheat Research Alliance (NORA) embarked on a program to assure that fuel oil storage tank systems were properly installed and maintained. The program was developed in conjunction with the Institute for Busi…
http://oilandenergyonline.com/articles/all/industrys-approach-tanks-much-improved/

Make Your Numbers Count

Does it feel like the margin for error in your business keeps getting smaller? If so, you’re not alone.
http://oilandenergyonline.com/articles/all/make-your-numbers-count/

EPA Reduces RFS Volumes

In November, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released its proposed volume requirements for the 2014 Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS). The proposal would scale back next year’s total renewable fuel volumes from 18.15 billion gallons to 15.21 billion…
http://oilandenergyonline.com/articles/all/epa-reduces-rfs-volumes/

Associations Convene for First Southern New England Energy Conference

Marketers from Connecticut, Rhode Island and Massachusetts convened recently for the first Southern New England Energy Conference. Held at the Mohegan Sun hotel and casino in Uncasville, Conn., the two-day event was a joint production of the Connecticut …
http://oilandenergyonline.com/articles/all/associations-convene-first-southern-new-england-energy-conference/

EIA Publishes Favorable Price Forecast

Heating oil marketers got some good news last month when the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) predicted that heating oil costs would drop this winter while natural gas heating costs would rise. EIA forecasted household heating costs in its …
http://oilandenergyonline.com/articles/all/eia-publishes-favorable-price-forecast/

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