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The Jones Act in a Clean-Energy Economy

Can 100-year-old legislation be applied to 21st century technologies?
Can 100-year-old legislation be applied to 21st century technologies? 2020 marks the centennial anniversary of the Merchant Marine Act of 1920. Known as the Jones Act, section 27… https://oilandenergyonline.com/articles/all/jones-act-clean-energy-economy/

Industry Priorities Under a New President & Congress

The new federal landscape and what it means for the heating industry
The 2020 election is now behind us — well, sort of. As this issue of Oil & Energy went to press, President Trump had not yet conceded, and control of the United States Senate was… https://oilandenergyonline.com/articles/all/industry-priorities-under-new-president-congress/

2020 Federal Election Outlook

A final preview of the upcoming election and possible implications for the heating fuels industry
A final preview of the upcoming election and possible implications for the heating fuels industry In his acceptance speech for the 2020 Republican Nomination, President Donald… https://oilandenergyonline.com/articles/all/2020-federal-election-outlook/

The Politics of the RFS

Missing RVOs, gap SREs and campaign trail promises
Missing RVOs, gap SREs and campaign trail promises In a webinar on the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) held during this year’s Virtual HEAT Show, one attendee typed into the Q&A… https://oilandenergyonline.com/articles/all/politics-rfs/

Biofuel & Electrification at a Glance


Charting key regional and state legislation, policies, standards, 
goals and incentives for reducing greenhouse gas emissions
Renewable Blending Standards By State
 State Heating Oil On-Road CT B2-B20 requirement in place, dependent on laws in contiguous states (Act 10-74) Department… https://oilandenergyonline.com/articles/all/biofuel-electrification-glance/

UNBANNED!

The Brookline building code change that would’ve banned fossil fuel hookups in newly built or significantly renovated homes was rejected by the Massachusetts Attorney General
The Brookline building code change that would’ve banned fossil fuel hookups in newly built or significantly renovated homes was rejected by the Massachusetts Attorney General A… https://oilandenergyonline.com/articles/all/unbanned/

TCI Moves Forward

Opposition from New Hampshire governor raises concerns among Massachusetts businesses
Opposition from New Hampshire governor raises concerns among Massachusetts businesses We have the economic impact of the coronavirus and high unemployment, but we also have low… https://oilandenergyonline.com/articles/all/tci-moves-forward/

Heating Fuel Industry Stops an Immediate, Dire Threat

Massachusetts regulators unanimously rejected a building code amendment that would’ve banned heating oil and propane hookups in all newly built or renovated homes statewide
Massachusetts regulators unanimously rejected a building code amendment that would’ve banned heating oil and propane hookups in all newly built or renovated homes statewide The… https://oilandenergyonline.com/articles/all/heating-fuel-industry-stops-immediate-dire-threat/

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/

Heating Fuel Industry Applauds Tax Credit Extension

Federal tax credit will help advance higher blends of Bioheat® fuel
In an important move that will help the heating oil industry achieve its goals of higher blends of renewable fuel and significant reductions in greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions,… https://oilandenergyonline.com/articles/all/heating-fuel-industry-applauds-tax-credit-extension/

The Jones Act: 100 Years Later

Century-old Merchant Marine Act comes under scrutiny yet again, but this time some changes are actually coming
Heating fuel dealers know the story: 100 years ago, Congress passed the Merchant Marine Act of 1920, requiring all goods shipped between U.S. ports to be transported by U.S.… https://oilandenergyonline.com/articles/all/jones-act-100-years-later/

“Out of Step”

EPA finalizes biofuel volume requirements, small refinery exemption method
On December 19, 2019, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) finalized volume requirements under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) program for 2020 for cellulosic biofuel,… https://oilandenergyonline.com/articles/all/out-step/

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/

RFS in Distress

Industry calls for increased biofuel volumes and significant reforms to waiver process
Last month, the National Biodiesel Board submitted comments on the Environmental Protection Agency’s annual proposed Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) rule. NBB argued that EPA must… https://oilandenergyonline.com/articles/all/rfs-distress/

Massachusetts’ Green Communities

$14.9 Million Awarded to Communities for Clean Energy Projects
“The projects funded by these grants will allow cities and towns across the Commonwealth to reinvest their energy savings in vital public services like schools, public safety, and… https://oilandenergyonline.com/articles/all/massachusetts-green-communities/

Policy Pressures Rising

More climate measures introduced in House & Senate
At a hearing titled “Building America’s Clean Future: Pathways to Decarbonize the Economy,” Democratic leaders of the Energy & Commerce Committee said they would work to achieve… https://oilandenergyonline.com/articles/all/policy-pressures-rising/

Price Went Up

FMCSA increases fines for trucking violations
On July 31, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) increased the civil penalty amounts that drivers and carriers can be fined for violating federal trucking… https://oilandenergyonline.com/articles/all/price-went/

Industry Strongly Criticizes EPA Biofuel Proposal

The EPA has released its proposed biofuel volume requirements under the RFS
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has released its proposed volume requirements under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) program for cellulosic biofuel, advanced… https://oilandenergyonline.com/articles/all/industry-strongly-criticizes-epa-biofuel-proposal/

Industry Leaders Write Trump on IMO 2020

Letter recommends restoring Northeast Home Heating Oil Reserve
IMO 2020: What You Need to Know Starting January 1, 2020, the sulfur limit for ships’ bunker fuel will be 5,000ppm Based on current limit of 35,000ppm (HSFO), this is an 86%… https://oilandenergyonline.com/articles/all/industry-leaders-write-trump-imo-2020/

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