August 24, 2009 | Vol. 59, No. 19
|Dear PEI Member:
PEI's 59th annual convention will be held October 21-23 at the Las Vegas Convention Center.
Exhibit space for the joint trade show with NACS is nearly sold out. This year in Las Vegas there are currently 187 companies exhibiting petroleum marketing equipment and/or services in 508 booths. Visit our Exhibits page for a list of exhibiting companies and a floor plan.
The educational sessions at the PEI convention are selected each year by the PEI Education Committee. In past years, the sessions were heavy on the business management side. While there are still some management sessions offered in Las Vegas, the convention program has a greater-than-usual emphasis on industry-specific topics designed to appeal to all PEI members. Here are the titles of what you will hear at the 2009 PEI Convention.
Click here for more detailed descriptions of the sessions.
PEI members must register by Monday, August 31, to receive the maximum discounted rate. Registration through PEI entitles you to attend all PEI convention functions and the exposition, plus any NACS educational session, including the Closing General Session featuring former President Bill Clinton. Go to the Registration page for rates, options and to register now. Click here for housing information and a reservation form.
UL ANNOUNCES NEW CERTIFICATION PATH FOR MID-LEVEL ETHANOL BLENDS
The addition of Subject 87A-E25 means that UL can now provide three certification paths for dispensers of pre-blended fuels. The other two are:
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UL added a listing for mid-level ethanol blends up to E25 to "help assure that mid-level pre-blended fuels, if adopted, can be safely dispensed," according to an August 10 press release.
Retail petroleum marketers that we spoke with are not very enthusiastic about UL's decision to certify dispensers for blends up to E25. An article in the August 14, 2009, PMAA Weekly Review does an excellent job in summarizing the attitude of its members and those marketers we talked to last week:
The new UL E25 standard may prove to be problematic for retail marketers should the E10 maximum blend be lifted or waived by the EPA. The absence of an alternative UL certification (other than costly E85 dispensers) for mid-level dispensers was a powerful argument against a wide scale retrofit of existing E10 dispensers should the EPA authorize an E15 blend. The lack of a viable alternative prompted the UL to issue a statement earlier this year that existing E10 equipment was compatible for E15 use. Now that a UL dispenser certification capable of handling an E15 blend has been developed, there may be more pressure from regulatory authorities to change out existing E10 dispensers for mid-level pumps if the EPA authorizes a higher ethanol blend for conventional fueled vehicles.
PEI ELECTIONS COMPLETED: MASCOTT AND PERRY ELECTED
FLEX-FUEL VEHICLE AND EQUIPMENT BILL INTRODUCED IN SENATE
The bill also seeks to accelerate the use of ethanol blend pumps that would offer at least three different blends of ethanol, including blends ranging from zero percent ethanol to E85. Federal grants up to 50 percent of the total cost of installing blender pumps and storage tanks would be available, with $1 billion made available through 2014. "Major fuel distributors," defined as "any person that owns a refinery and directly markets the output of a refinery," would be required to install blender pumps according to a schedule described in the bill.
The auto industry has universally opposed flexible-fuel vehicle production mandates in the past and is certain to oppose this legislation. But something has to be done to meet the federal renewable fuels requirement, so this bill might get some attention. It has been referred to the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation.
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