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PPA Vs. Peoples

Gallitizen homeowners who converted to natural gas expressed their frustrations over the high monthly fees that appeared on their bills, more than twice what residents of nearby Cresson pay.
February 28 was an unseasonably warm day for Gallitzin, PA, with a high of 57º and a low that just barely hit freezing. However, the people of this central Pennsylvania borough… https://oilandenergyonline.com/articles/all/ppa-vs-peoples/

Oilheat Industry Stands Up for LIHEAP

On March 16, 2017, President Trump’s Office of Management and Budget released “America First: A Budget Blueprint to Make America Great Again.” Dubbed “the skinny budget,” the budget request comprised just 53 pages and called for the outright elimination o…
Editor’s Note: This article went to print before an omnibus spending bill was approved by Congress, which continued flat funding for LIHEAP through FY 2017. A follow-up story will… https://oilandenergyonline.com/articles/all/oilheat-industry-stands-liheap/

NEFI Forms Task Force to Examine Tax Reform Proposals

NEFI recently announced the creation of a new Task Force to monitor and discuss federal tax reform proposals of interest to the home heating industry.
The New England Fuel Institute (NEFI) recently announced the creation of a new Task Force to monitor and discuss federal tax reform proposals of interest to the home heating… https://oilandenergyonline.com/articles/all/nefi-forms-task-force-examine-tax-reform-proposals/

Report: New England Doesn’t Need Gas Pipeline

With or without a pipeline, existing laws and regulations are expected to significantly decrease natural gas use for electric generation in New England. As a result of this decrease in natural gas use, the ANE pipeline is expected to produce net costs for…
A recent report prepared for several environmental and consumer groups concludes that New England does not need a new natural gas pipeline and that the proposed Access Northeast… https://oilandenergyonline.com/articles/all/report-new-england-doesnt-need-gas-pipeline/

EIA Projects Flat Energy Consumption With Changing Mix

The U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) recently offered its views of the energy marketplace between now and 2040 in its 2017 Annual Energy Outlook. The outlook offers multiple scenarios based on different variables. The central set of project…
The U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) recently offered its views of the energy marketplace between now and 2040 in its 2017 Annual Energy Outlook. The outlook offers… https://oilandenergyonline.com/articles/all/eia-projects-flat-energy-consumption-changing-mix/

A Bright New Day for Oilheat

Tom Santa, CEO of Santa Energy Corp., has a longstanding interest in fuel quality. Now Chairman of the National Oilheat Research Alliance (NORA), Santa appreciates the improvements in fuel quality that are occurring as the sulfur content of heating oil de…
Tom Santa, CEO of Santa Energy Corp., has a longstanding interest in fuel quality. Now Chairman of the National Oilheat Research Alliance (NORA), Santa appreciates the… https://oilandenergyonline.com/articles/all/bright-new-day-oilheat/

GAO Criticizes Renewable Fuel Standard

The U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) recently released two reports on the federal Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) that raised concerns about the program’s performance. The RFS is important to the heating oil industry because it provides financial…
The U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) recently released two reports on the federal Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) that raised concerns about the program’s performance.… https://oilandenergyonline.com/articles/all/gao-criticizes-renewable-fuel-standard/

Massachusetts Looks to Deploy Electricity Storage

Massachusetts is looking to enhance the performance of its electric grid by increasing the deployment of energy storage capacity. The administration of Gov. Charlie Baker recently issued an in-depth report, entitled State of Charge, that outlines a pla…
Massachusetts is looking to enhance the performance of its electric grid by increasing the deployment of energy storage capacity. The administration of Gov. Charlie Baker… https://oilandenergyonline.com/articles/all/massachusetts-looks-deploy-electricity-storage/

Building New England’s Largest Energy Storage Project

In October, Massachusetts’ first utility-scale battery project got under way in the town of Sterling—and it’s a big one—the largest in New England. Sterling Municipal Light Department (SMLD) is building a 2-megawatt, 3.9 megawatt-hour battery storage sys…
In October, Massachusetts’ first utility-scale battery project got under way in the town of Sterling—and it’s a big one—the largest in New England. Sterling Municipal Light… https://oilandenergyonline.com/articles/all/building-new-englands-largest-energy-storage-project/

How Clinton and Trump Stack Up

Now that the Democratic and Republican conventions are complete, here is a capsule look at the candidates’ energy policies as expressed in their platform documents.
EDITOR’S NOTE: The following article was published by the Connecticut Energy Marketers Association and is reprinted with permission. Now that the Democratic and Republican… https://oilandenergyonline.com/articles/all/how-clinton-and-trump-stack/

Utilities Benefit From Major Tax Breaks

Electric utilities benefit from billions of dollars in tax breaks every year, according to a recent report from The Institute for Policy Studies entitled, Utilities Pay Up: How Ending Tax Dodging by America’s Electric Utilities Can Help Fund a Job-Creatin…
Electric utilities benefit from billions of dollars in tax breaks every year, according to a recent report from The Institute for Policy Studies entitled, Utilities Pay Up: How… https://oilandenergyonline.com/articles/all/utilities-benefit-major-tax-breaks/

NEFI, PMAA Urge CFTC Not to Cede Authority

When Congress passed the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform Act in 2010, it mandated that the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) reform the commodities marketplace by improving market oversight. In the six years since then, the CFTC has failed to…
When Congress passed the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform Act in 2010, it mandated that the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) reform the commodities marketplace by… https://oilandenergyonline.com/articles/all/nefi-pmaa-urge-cftc-not-cede-authority/

One Voice for Oilheat

Michael Estes, owner of Estes Oil & Propane, in York, ME, is the new Chairman of the New England Fuel Institute (NEFI).
Michael Estes, owner of Estes Oil & Propane, in York, ME, is the new Chairman of the New England Fuel Institute (NEFI). After serving two years as First Vice Chairman, he succeeds… https://oilandenergyonline.com/articles/all/one-voice-oilheat/

Proposed RFS Changes Draw Diverse Reactions

In May, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced its proposed 2017 renewable fuel standards (RFS) that would raise the amount of biofuels required to be blended into gasoline and diesel from 18.11 billion gallons in 2016 to 18.8 billion ga…
In May, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced its proposed 2017 renewable fuel standards (RFS) that would raise the amount of biofuels required to be blended… https://oilandenergyonline.com/articles/all/proposed-rfs-changes-draw-diverse-reactions/

Kinder Morgan Abandons Northeast Energy Direct Pipeline

The Oilheat industry is facing a little less pressure now following last month’s decision by Kinder Morgan to abandon the proposed Northeast Energy Direct Pipeline (NED), which would have brought natural gas from the Marcellus Shale formation in Pennsylva…
The Oilheat industry is facing a little less pressure now following last month’s decision by Kinder Morgan to abandon the proposed Northeast Energy Direct Pipeline (NED), which… https://oilandenergyonline.com/articles/all/kinder-morgan-abandons-northeast-energy-direct-pipeline/

With This Message, We Can Win

It’s time for Oilheat to make some noise. The tables have turned dramatically in the Oilheat vs. natural gas debate, and last month’s news that Kinder Morgan is walking away from the Northeast Energy Direct natural gas pipeline only strengthens Oilheat…
It’s time for Oilheat to make some noise. The tables have turned dramatically in the Oilheat vs. natural gas debate, and last month’s news that Kinder Morgan is walking away… https://oilandenergyonline.com/articles/all/message-we-can-win/

LNG Export Agenda Enflames Opponents

From the Berkshires to Boston, activists are mobilizing against the construction of a pipeline that would bring fracked natural gas from the Marcellus Shale fields of Pennsylvania to New England, according to a recent report by WBUR radio in Boston. Th…
From the Berkshires to Boston, activists are mobilizing against the construction of a pipeline that would bring fracked natural gas from the Marcellus Shale fields of Pennsylvania… https://oilandenergyonline.com/articles/all/lng-export-agenda-enflames-opponents/

Commodity Market Guardians Lambaste Report

Opponents of commodity market position limits recently tried to use an agency advisory committee to advance their anti-oversight agenda but drew pointed criticism from key advocates of market fairness. Chris Giancarlo, a Republican member of Commodity …
Opponents of commodity market position limits recently tried to use an agency advisory committee to advance their anti-oversight agenda but drew pointed criticism from key… https://oilandenergyonline.com/articles/all/commodity-market-guardians-lambaste-report/

Biodiesel Blend Margins – The Art and The Science

The distribution of biodiesel-blended fuel has grown dramatically over the past 15 years in the heating oil sector. There are important, positive attributes of biodiesel-blended fuels such as reduced toxic emissions; a cleaner and better performing fuel; …
EDITOR’S NOTE: The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the policy or position of New England Fuel Institute.  … https://oilandenergyonline.com/articles/all/biodiesel-blend-margins-art-and-science/

Biodiesel Industry Is Buoyant About 2016

It was only 23 years ago that a University of Missouri researcher first powered a pickup truck on oil squeezed from soybeans, and the National Soy Diesel Development Board, today known as the National Biodiesel Board (NBB), was formed with seven members f…
It was only 23 years ago that a University of Missouri researcher first powered a pickup truck on oil squeezed from soybeans, and the National Soy Diesel Development Board, today… https://oilandenergyonline.com/articles/all/biodiesel-industry-buoyant-about-2016/

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