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Jones Act Impacts in the Coronavirus Crisis

Is the 100-year-old law helping or hurting the struggling U.S. economy? Maybe both?
Is the 100-year-old law helping or hurting the struggling U.S. economy? Maybe both? 2020 marks the centennial anniversary of the Merchant Marine Act of 1920 a.k.a. the Jones Act,… https://oilandenergyonline.com/articles/all/jones-act-impacts-coronavirus-crisis/

The “Right Next Chapter” or a Tragic Ending?

Fined $53 million, Columbia Gas of Massachusetts is sold to Eversource for $1.1 billion
On February 26, 2020, the U.S. District Attorney’s Office and Columbia Gas of Massachusetts reached a plea agreement in the criminal case stemming from the utility’s involvement… https://oilandenergyonline.com/articles/all/right-next-chapter-or-tragic-ending/

EPA Proposes New Rule on Small Refiner Exemptions

Industry stakeholders urge agency to uphold president’s commitment
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has proposed a supplemental Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) rule in response to President Donald Trump’s October 4 directive to expand… https://oilandenergyonline.com/articles/all/epa-proposes-new-rule-small-refiner-exemptions/

New England Clean Energy Connect Project Faces Questions

CMP line would bring hydropower from Quebec, but at what cost?
Nine hundred fifty million dollars: that’s the official price tag on Central Maine Power’s (CMP’s) proposed transmission line, which would carry up to 1,200 megawatts of… https://oilandenergyonline.com/articles/all/new-england-clean-energy-connect-project-faces-questions/

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

For the past several years, NEFI Vice President & Director of Government Affairs Jim Collura has produced a list providing general information on the status of state and local sulfur and biofuel blending requirements for heating oil and other distillate f…
A list compiled and updated periodically by Jim Collura of NEFI For the past several years, NEFI Vice President & Director of Government Affairs Jim Collura has produced a list… https://oilandenergyonline.com/articles/all/bioheat-electrification-northeast-mid-atlantic/

Executive Orders Streamline Natural Gas Projects

On April 10, President Trump signed two executive orders meant to help clear the way for energy infrastructure projects that have been held up by state agencies.
On April 10, President Trump signed two executive orders meant to help clear the way for energy infrastructure projects that have been held up by state agencies. The first… https://oilandenergyonline.com/articles/all/executive-orders-streamline-natural-gas-projects/

Desulfurization: The Next Chapter

The desulfurization of distillate fuels continues this year. Before the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regulation began in 1993, diesel fuel contained up to 0.5% (5,000 parts per million or ppm) sulfur. EPA began phasing in more stringent regulatio…
The desulfurization of distillate fuels continues this year. Before the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regulation began in 1993, diesel fuel contained up to 0.5% (5,000… https://oilandenergyonline.com/articles/all/desulfurization-next-chapter/

2020 Marine Fuel Regulations Raise Concerns

Marine vessels account for about 4 percent of global oil demand and are a critical part of the global economy, moving more than 80 percent of global trade by volume.
Marine vessels account for about 4 percent of global oil demand and are a critical part of the global economy, moving more than 80 percent of global trade by volume. In January… https://oilandenergyonline.com/articles/all/2020-marine-fuel-regulations-raise-concerns/

Carbon Taxes Proposed in Several Northeast States

State legislatures across New England and the greater U.S. Northeast region have already seen a number of carbon tax bills proposed in 2019. These bills seek to limit carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions by imposing a monetary penalty on each ton emitted by fue…
State legislatures across New England and the greater U.S. Northeast region have already seen a number of carbon tax bills proposed in 2019. These bills seek to limit carbon… https://oilandenergyonline.com/articles/all/carbon-taxes-proposed-several-northeast-states/

Dominating the Electric Vehicle Market

In 2018, U.S. sales of electric vehicles (EVs) grew to over 361,000, up over 80 percent from 2017. Worldwide electric vehicle sales soared to over 1.7 million, with China claiming about half of the global EV market. Still, EVs only represent about 2 perce…
In 2018, U.S. sales of electric vehicles (EVs) grew to over 361,000, up over 80 percent from 2017. Worldwide electric vehicle sales soared to over 1.7 million, with China claiming… https://oilandenergyonline.com/articles/all/dominating-electric-vehicle-market/

Oil & War

The Oily Beginning: WWI Oil became a key factor in military might in the decade before World War I when the UK Royal Navy and US Navy shifted from coal to oil as a source of power. Other major navies soon emulated this transition. By 1939, all naval vess…
  Oil & War February 19, 2019 Oil And Energy 2019, Government Policy, January/February 2019, Top Stories By Captain Paul E. Mawn USN (Ret.) The Oily Beginning:… https://oilandenergyonline.com/articles/all/oil-war/

Members of Congress Grill Utilities Over Natural Gas Explosions

Federal lawmakers slammed executives from Columbia Gas for inadequate preparation and response to the gas explosions that rocked New England’s Merrimack Valley region in September.
Federal lawmakers slammed executives from Columbia Gas and its parent company, NiSource, for inadequate preparation and response to the gas explosions that rocked New England’s… https://oilandenergyonline.com/articles/all/members-congress-grill-utilities-over-natural-gas-explosions/

2018 Mid-Term Election Results & Impacts

Record voter turnouts were recorded across the country on November 6, 2018 as Americans came out like never before to participate in a mid-term election. While many election forecasters correctly predicted a “Blue Wave” of Democratic incumbents and candid…
Record voter turnouts were recorded across the country on November 6, 2018 as Americans came out like never before to participate in a mid-term election. While many election… https://oilandenergyonline.com/articles/all/2018-mid-term-election-results-impacts/

Mid-Term 2018 Election Outlook & Impact on the Industry

Oil & Energy takes a look at how the 2018 election could affect the liquid heating fuels industry.
Election Day is Tuesday, November 6, 2018. All 435 members of the House of Representatives, and 33 out of 100 Senators are on the ballot this year. At the state level, 39… https://oilandenergyonline.com/articles/all/mid-term-2018-election-outlook-impact-industry/

Renewing or Refining the RFS

The first Renewable Fuel Standard, or RFS1, was passed into law as part of the Energy Policy Act of 2005 and expanded into RFS2 with the passage of the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007. As chief counsel at the Senate Committee on Environment a…
The first Renewable Fuel Standard, or RFS1, was passed into law as part of the Energy Policy Act of 2005 and expanded into RFS2 with the passage of the Energy Independence and… https://oilandenergyonline.com/articles/all/renewing-or-refining-rfs/

New England Grid Needs Broader Market Changes to Address Fuel Security

In a region that is already fuel-constrained, the lack of regional energy infrastructure in the Northeast has residents paying some of the highest electricity rates in the country. Now, New England’s grid could be at risk of losing two of its major energy…
In a region that is already fuel-constrained, the lack of regional energy infrastructure in the Northeast has residents paying some of the highest electricity rates in the… https://oilandenergyonline.com/articles/all/new-england-grid-needs-broader-market-changes-address-fuel-security/

Year-Round E15 and Small Refinery Waivers

These are challenging times for American farmers. Low commodity prices, plummeting RIN values, and the prospect of trade wars are taking a toll on the agriculture economy. In June, EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt spent time with farm groups and ethanol pro…
These are challenging times for American farmers. Low commodity prices, plummeting RIN values, and the prospect of trade wars are taking a toll on the agriculture economy. In… https://oilandenergyonline.com/articles/all/year-round-e15-and-small-refinery-waivers/

“We Have Unity”

The National Biodiesel Board (NBB) has officially ceased its nearly-decade-old effort to convert the $1-per-gallon Biodiesel Tax Credit (BTC) from a blender credit to a producer credit. Reuters broke the news on May 25, 2018, though Oil & Energy and ot…
The National Biodiesel Board (NBB) has officially ceased its nearly-decade-old effort to convert the $1-per-gallon Biodiesel Tax Credit (BTC) from a blender credit to a producer… https://oilandenergyonline.com/articles/all/we-have-unity/

Propane Industry Supports Fair Legislation for Emergency Deliveries

The story of old man winter tightening product flow for the deliverable fuels industry is well documented and bears not repeating here. However, one plot point that has shifted in recent years is consumer response to runouts and delivery delays.
The story of old man winter tightening product flow for the deliverable fuels industry is well documented and bears not repeating here. However, one plot point that has shifted in… https://oilandenergyonline.com/articles/all/propane-industry-supports-fair-legislation-emergency-deliveries/

What is “Clean” in 2018?

Recent changes in state marijuana laws and Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) rules related to the use of synthetic opioids have raised some serious questions among commercial drivers and their employers. Which drugs are allowed with a pr…
Recent changes in state marijuana laws and Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) rules related to the use of synthetic opioids have raised some serious questions… https://oilandenergyonline.com/articles/all/what-clean-2018/

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