Dear PEI Member:
After not reaching a consensus in 2007, the NCWM formed an ATC Steering Committee to resolve the question once and for all. This committee held an open meeting in August 2007 and received input from the four regional weights and measures associations and interested parties. After the committee presented its implementation proposal, the floor was open for comments.
Consumer groups were on hand to plead for equity in the market. Marketers turned out in force to express their disapproval for the concept and said that pricing is already equitable. Regulators from California pleaded for guidelines from NCWM because retailers there are already preparing to install ATC equipment. There are no federal regulations expressly forbidding the use of temperature compensation devices.
John Eichberger, representing the National Association of Convenience
Stores, suggested that “temperature compensation is a poor proxy for
measuring BTUs.” Ross Anderson of New
York, a member of the ATC Steering Committee, challenged the assumption
that consumers are getting bilked at the pump for $500 million annually, as
the Kansas City Star has alleged. Holding up a typical Bill of Lading
receipt used for motor fuel deliveries, he pointed out the document shows
both gross and net gallons—gross being compensated for temperature. “The
Kansas City Star assumed (retailers) received their inventory based on net
and sold on gross. But general accounting rules don’t let you do that,”
Anderson explained. “This... $500 million all of a sudden disappears... it
never existed in the first place.”
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Several observers noted that a cost/benefit analysis is currently being conducted in California and one is planned by the Government Accountability Office (GAO) this summer. The most common suggestion was to table the item and not vote on it at all until these studies have concluded. In the end the committee did just that, and chose not to vote on the issue this year.
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USE OF ETHANOL IN GASOLINE
EXCEEDED FEDERAL MANDATE IN 2007
RENEWABLE FUEL DISPENSER REQUIREMENTS OF NEW
Title II, Subtitle C, Section 242 provides that the Secretary of Energy, together with the Secretary of Transportation, shall determine and report to Congress annually on the market penetration for flexible fuel vehicles in use within geographic regions to be established by the Secretary of Energy.
Within 24 months of enactment, the Secretary of Energy, in consultation with the Department of Transportation, must report to Congress on the feasibility of requiring motor fuel retailers to install E85 compatible dispensers and related systems at retail fuel facilities in regions where flex-fuel vehicle market penetration has reached 15 percent of motor vehicles. The law says that the following factors should be considered:
PEI PRIORITY CLUB WELCOMES RIVERSIDE STEEL AND
ULTRA-LOW SULFUR DIESEL ISSUES
We have heard of problems with ULSD. We have found that filters have clogged up on dispensers, as well as bacteria increasing in the tank. We hear that the decrease in sulfur allows the bacteria to live. Trucking companies and municipalities tell us they are seeing injector problems in their vehicles as well. We have large truck leasing company customers who requested external filters be put on because of the fuel problems after ULSD was introduced.--Massachusetts
We are actually finding a fine particulate that looks like rust. Since the sites have FRP tanks and lines, we can only assume the substance is coming from pipelines or terminals, or the additives in ULSD are dissolving the film inside the fuel system on location or from the aforementioned areas. Not only are we overwhelmed with filter changes, but this same substance builds up on the STP check valve and the line leak detection will go into failure mode and will only go back to normal after cleaning the check valve and the valve seat in the STP head.--Texas
The ULSD is cleaning the tanks, lines and dispensers just like ethanol does. If a location has a dirty tank, lines and dispensers, this will happen. Filters should be installed before the fuel enters the meters. There are a lot of dispensers and pumps out there where the filters are at the discharge after the meters.--Massachusetts
We have a customer that began using ULSD in November. Before that they used B20. Since ULSD was introduced, we have noticed the following:
ULSD cleans tanks in the same way E10 does. Then sometimes additive packages drop out of the fuel. In both cases, the net result is plugging of filters and meters with goo, grime, particulate, etc. It is also possible for the ULSD to pick up carboxylates which are not gas soluble. They are only water soluble and plug filters, meters and valves. This contamination tends to take on the color of material it is seeing, whether it is white, black, red, rouge-rust colored, or whatever. ULSD also has a greater propensity for microbial growth. The net result here is the impact of microbial-influenced corrosion, which creates particulate contamination/slime, etc., thereby plugging and scoring filters, valves, meters, etc.--Tennessee
EXXON INVOLVED WITH
The battery film technology is being used in Electrovaya's recently-released Maya-300, a zero emission, low speed vehicle. The Maya-300 is designed for urban and neighborhood driving and has a range of up to 120 miles. The vehicle's top speed is 25 to 35 miles per hour, and is rechargeable with standard 110V outlets.
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