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Critical Infrastructure

Vaccine prioritization discussions bring heating fuel delivery drivers’ and service technicians’ designation as essential workers back to the fore
Vaccine prioritization discussions bring heating fuel delivery drivers’ and service technicians’ designation as essential workers back to the fore Before March 2020, when was… https://oilandenergyonline.com/articles/all/critical-infrastructure/

Penalty!

FMCSA increase fines for trucking violations
FMCSA increase fines for trucking violations On January 11, 2021, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) increased the civil penalty amounts that drivers and… https://oilandenergyonline.com/articles/all/penalty/

NEFI Publishes Updated COVID-19 Resources

Recommended best practices and regulatory updates for the liquid heating fuel industry
Recommended best practices and regulatory updates for the liquid heating fuel industry On the following pages is a list of recommended best practices and regulatory updates as… https://oilandenergyonline.com/articles/all/nefi-publishes-updated-covid-19-resources/

La Niña Winter Unfolds But Not Without Surprises

December evolves with dominant Polar Vortex, El Niño-like upper air pattern
December evolves with dominant Polar Vortex, El Niño-like upper air pattern As I penned this article on December 2, 2020, the Northern Hemispheric pattern was in a state of flux.… https://oilandenergyonline.com/articles/all/la-nina-winter-unfolds-not-without-surprises/

Propane Providers Band Together

When Tropical Storm Isaias left over 800,000 Connecticut customers without power, propane dealers from in and out of state answered the call
When Tropical Storm Isaias left over 800,000 Connecticut customers without power, propane dealers from in and out of state answered the call They say pictures speak louder than… https://oilandenergyonline.com/articles/all/propane-providers-band-together/

La Niña Is a Lock

But will this winter follow the historic path of past La Niña events?
But will this winter follow the historic path of past La Niña events? There is little or no doubt the upcoming 2020-21 winter season will feature a La Niña pattern across the… https://oilandenergyonline.com/articles/all/la-nina-lock/

A Ferry Different Approach

Maine’s Casco Bay Lines awarded $3.2M for diesel hybrid ferry
Maine’s Casco Bay Lines awarded $3.2M for diesel hybrid ferry Maine’s Casco Bay Island Transit District will receive $3.2 million in federal funds to purchase a diesel-electric… https://oilandenergyonline.com/articles/all/ferry-different-approach/

Tackling Our ‘New Normal’

How one fuel wholesaler has adapted to the post-pandemic business environment
How one fuel wholesaler has adapted to the post-pandemic business environment We got an early start preparing our fuel and lubricants business for what the COVID-19 virus might… https://oilandenergyonline.com/articles/all/tackling-our-new-normal/

The World Has Changed. Here is How to Thrive

Two Words: Delivery. Optimization
Two Words: Delivery. Optimization Years ago: There weren’t back-office systems, just index cards and file folders with photocopies and handwritten notes. There weren’t on-board… https://oilandenergyonline.com/articles/all/world-has-changed-here-how-thrive/

What Winter?

Lack of prolonged wintertime cold continues across the Northeast
Lack of prolonged wintertime cold continues across the Northeast You have to go back to either the 2013-14 or 2014-15 winters to find a pattern that was favorable for persistent,… https://oilandenergyonline.com/articles/all/what-winter/

Driver Guidance for Operating in Areas of Social Unrest

Protests across our nation have put professional drivers on the front line once again
Protests across our nation have put professional drivers on the front line once again The American Trucking Associations, ATA Safety Management Council (SMC) and the ATA… https://oilandenergyonline.com/articles/all/driver-guidance-operating-areas-social-unrest/

Busy Atlantic Hurricane Season Predicted for 2020

Multiple climate factors indicate above-normal activity is most likely
Multiple climate factors indicate above-normal activity is most likely An above-normal 2020 Atlantic hurricane season is expected, according to forecasters with NOAA’s Climate… https://oilandenergyonline.com/articles/all/busy-atlantic-hurricane-season-predicted-2020/

COVID-19 Clears the Air

Carbon emissions expected to plummet in 2020
Carbon emissions expected to plummet in 2020 The U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) released a forecast projecting that U.S. energy-related carbon dioxide (CO2)… https://oilandenergyonline.com/articles/all/covid-19-clears-air/

New Trucking Rules Help Fleet Managers

It’s been a busy six months for transportation regulators
It’s been a busy six months for transportation regulators New regulations and programs from the federal government will help truck fleet managers do their jobs, by providing… https://oilandenergyonline.com/articles/all/new-trucking-rules-help-fleet-managers/

Recommended Practices

NEFI’s Recommended Business Practices for Heating Fuel Dealers During the Coronavirus Pandemic
NEFI’s Recommended Business Practices for Heating Fuel Dealers During the Coronavirus Pandemic Click here to download NEFI’s Recommended Business Practices guide. NEFI’s… https://oilandenergyonline.com/articles/all/recommended-practices/

Propane Supplies Threatened by Canada Rail Troubles ... Again

Protester blockades create choke points across key supply lines
The logistics of bringing a steady supply of propane into the Northeast region have never been simple. The Jones Act prevents foreign vessels from transporting marine shipments… https://oilandenergyonline.com/articles/all/propane-supplies-threatened-canada-rail-troubles-again/

Making Sensors Make Sense

Preventive maintenance tune-ups are on the calendar for every fuel delivery company. Addressing equipment problems now helps avoid loading and delivery delays later. That’s what customers always hear, but how many dealers can follow their own advice when …
Preventive maintenance tune-ups are on the calendar for every fuel delivery company. Addressing equipment problems now helps avoid loading and delivery delays later. That’s what… https://oilandenergyonline.com/articles/all/making-sensors-make-sense/

What’s Behind Propane Tank Freeze-Ups?

As many in the industry will attest, it had been a few years since we experienced a “normal winter,” with warmer-than-average weather spanning the country. As a result, until this past winter, freeze-ups hadn’t been a widespread issue. While much of the b…
As many in the industry will attest, it had been a few years since we experienced a “normal winter,” with warmer-than-average weather spanning the country. As a result, until this… https://oilandenergyonline.com/articles/all/whats-behind-propane-tank-freeze-ups/

From Lessons Learned to Lives Saved

In February, the National Transportation Safety Board released its Most Wanted List of Transportation Safety Improvements for 2019-2020.
In February, the National Transportation Safety Board released its Most Wanted List of Transportation Safety Improvements for 2019-2020. First issued in 1990, the Most Wanted… https://oilandenergyonline.com/articles/all/lessons-learned-lives-saved/

Truck Tolls Pose Potential Logistical, Economic Hurdles

Talks of infrastructure reform as a potentially unifying issue have been making news since Donald Trump was elected president back in November 2016. Twenty-six months later, “President Trump, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McC…
Talks of infrastructure reform as a potentially unifying issue have been making news since Donald Trump was elected president back in November 2016. Twenty-six months later,… https://oilandenergyonline.com/articles/all/truck-tolls-pose-potential-logistical-economic-hurdles/

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