|Dear PEI Member:
Registration and housing are now open for the 2011 PEI Convention at the
NACS Show in Chicago, October 1-4, 2011. The event will occur at McCormick
Place, just 3 miles from the city's major hotels.
PEI headquarters will be at the Sheraton Chicago Hotel and Towers. This
is where many PEI events will take place, including the 10-Group Meetings
the Young Executives Roundtables and Reception, and the After-Hours Lounge.
Several other downtown hotels also have room blocks reserved for PEI members, including
the Crowne Plaza, the Doubletree and the Hyatt Regency. Consider making your
reservations early so you can take advantage of the variety of housing
options and choose what best suits your needs.
The PEI Convention will open with Kick-Off Breakfast keynote speaker
Michael Durant, whose story is the inspiration behind the best-selling book
and Academy Award-winning film Black Hawk Down. Durant has turned his
experiences as the pilot of the Black Hawk helicopter Super Six Four, which
was shot down in Mogadishu, Somalia, into a compelling and powerful story of
survival and motivation.
The PEI Board of Directors is convening later this week for its mid-year
meeting, and will finalize the convention sessions that have been proposed
by the PEI Education Committee. As always, PEIís sessions promise to bring
you the latest information about issues that impact your business. Look for
more information in upcoming communications.
PEI is pleased to provide deep discounts for early registrants. Full
early-bird registration is only $295 for PEI members and $495 for
non-members. Full registration includes admission to the education sessions,
all three days of the trade show, the PEI Industry Reception and the NACS
Welcome Reception. Early-bird rates are available for a limited time only,
so register now to get the biggest savings.
Special group discounts also are available to companies that bring five or
more employees to the convention. This year, spouses also qualify for group
registration discounts. Go to
www.pei.org/show for further information and to register and reserve
housing. If you need assistance with registration or hotel reservations,
donít hesitate to call us at 918-494-9696.
EPA TO MARKETERS: E15 STILL ONLY LEGAL FOR FLEX-FUEL VEHICLES
The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) wrote a letter
March 24 to industry representatives in response to "a number of inquiries"
EPA has received asking "whether it is currently legal for retail gasoline
stations to sell gasoline blended with more than 10 percent ethanol for use
in motor vehicles and nonroad engines."
PEI 2011 Convention Registration/Housing Open
EPA Clarifies E15 Use
Report: More Ethanol, Less Gasoline
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April 28, 2011
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EPA reiterated that E15 blends
cannot be sold for use in 2001 and newer conventional- fueled vehicles until
EPA completes the conditions of the E15 waivers granted for using E15 in
those vehicles. Those conditions include the registration of the fuel
mandated by the Clean Air Act and the issuance of labeling requirements for
pumps dispensing E15. Both of these conditions are expected to be completed
by EPA within the next several months. Until that time, E15 may be sold
only for use in flexible-fueled vehicles or engines.
To avoid significant civil penalties for improper fuel blending, EPA
suggests that retail gasoline stations currently selling gasoline blended
with more than 10 percent ethanol for use in flex-fueled vehicles "take
appropriate steps" to prevent misfueling. EPA wrote that the likelihood of
violations can be reduced if the retailer selling more than 10 percent
ethanol affixes "warning labels to all pumps dispensing this product
informing the public that the product may only be used in
flexible-fueled vehicles or engines." EPA also encouraged fuel providers to
"employ other strategies at their facilities that are cost-efficient and
effective in further reducing the risk of misfueling."
REPORT: U.S. WILL USE LESS GASOLINE, MORE ETHANOL, THIS DECADE
Gasoline demand in the United States is expected to decline during the
present decade as vehicles become more fuel-efficient and more ethanol is
blended into gasoline. That is one of the key findings contained in a new
report, Global Petroleum Market Outlook 2011, published by
international consultant group Purvin & Gertz. The portion of the report
that centered around ethanol―according to the Oil
- The percentage of ethanol in the U.S. gasoline supply pool will rise 14
percent from current levels by 2020. Most of the increase in U.S.
consumption will come from an increase in the use of E10. E15 likely
will be in use, too. However the degree to which it will make inroads remains
- Corn-based ethanol produced in the U.S. will continue to dominate
supply, but there also will be a sharp rise in imports of ethanol produced
from sugar cane in Brazil.
- There will be a slight rise in the use of E85 in flexible-fueled
- Cellulosic ethanol does not have much of a future in the U.S. because
the technology needed to produce it is too expensive.
MORE ETHANOL NEWS
Twelve groups representing auto, marine, motorcycle, outdoor power
equipment, personal watercraft and snowmobile groups filed a petition last
week with the U.S. EPA, asking the agency to ensure the continued sale and
availability of gasoline blends no greater than 10 percent.
South Dakota Governor Dennis Daugaard signed the "Blender Pump
Freedom" bill into law last month. The law gives gasoline station owners the
ability to install ethanol blender pumps and other biofuel-related offerings
without having to receive franchise agreement approval.
Sales of E85 in Iowa reached an all-time high last year of 9.31
million gallons, a 43 percent increase over 2009 sales, according to the
Iowa Renewable Fuels Association.
PEI MEMBER NOTES
Jones & Frank, headquartered in Raleigh, North Carolina, has acquired
the assets of Smith & LaMountain and Petroleum Solutions, Inc.,
both located near Springfield, Massachusetts. The acquisition will allow the
company to serve customers on the eastern seaboard from Boston to Atlanta.
Nupi Americas, Inc., Houston, Texas, has appointed five firms to
represent the company: RC Ford Associates, Inc. (Illinois, Indiana,
Kentucky, Ohio and lower Michigan); S & R Sales, Inc. (North Dakota,
South Dakota, Minnesota, Wisconsin and upper Michigan); Centennial Rep
Agency, Inc. (Idaho, Montana, Wyoming, Utah, Colorado and New Mexico);
Yeager and Associates (Maine, Vermont, New Hampshire, Massachusetts,
Connecticut, Rhode Island, New York, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware,
Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia and Washington, D.C.); and Lucas Ford
Associates, Inc. (North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Alabama,
Georgia and Florida).
OPW, A Dover Company, has named Ann Miller vice president of human
resources. She will report directly to David Crouse, OPW's president.
STATIONS CHANGE HANDS IN NEW ENGLAND
Nouria Energy Corp. and Nouria Energy Ventures I LLC have purchased 80
Shell-branded retail gasoline stations located in Massachusetts and New
Hampshire from Motiva Enterprises LLC. As part of a simultaneous
transaction, Getty Realty Corp. has acquired 66 of those stations in a
sale/leaseback transaction with Nouria Energy Ventures.
Steel tank manufacturer. Newberry Tanks, 205 North Walker Avenue, West
Memphis, Arkansas 72301, has applied for manufacturer division membership.
Brian Brinkley is vice president and general manager for the firm, which was
established in 1951. The company manufactures aboveground and underground
steel storage tanks approved by UL, STI, NFPA and EPA. The tanks, which
can be used to store all types of petroleum fuels, blended fuels, aviation
fuels and bulk oil, are sold through PEI distributors. Sponsored for PEI
membership by Kelly A. Mulligan, Morrison, Dubuque, IA.
High-performance epoxy coating and lining manufacturer. Bridgeport
Chemical LLC, 291 West McCallen Street, Sikeston, Missouri 63801, has
applied for manufacturer division membership. Rob Russell is vice president
of the firm, which was established in 1951. Bridgeport Chemical manufactures
a thick-film, high-performance epoxy coating and lining for industrial use.
The material is sold through distributors. Sponsored for PEI membership by
David G. Russell, TankTechMO, Blodgett, MO.
Arkansas installation and testing firm. Arkansas Petroleum Solutions,
LLC, 220 Mill Pond Road, Conway, Arkansas 72034, has applied for service and
construction division membership. Nathan Huggins is the owner of the firm,
which was established in 2009. The company installs, services, calibrates
and tests petroleum marketing equipment. Sponsored for PEI membership by
Thomas Brown, NatlPtrEqp, Attalla, AL.
Hong Kong contractor. Beijing JSD Petroleum Equipment Technology
Co., Ltd., 704 Prince Edward Road East, Unit 01, 22F, New Trend Centre,
Kowloon, Hong Kong, has applied for service and construction division
membership. Wayne Tong is a director for the firm, which was established in
2005. The company is a specialized contractor, providing design,
construction, installation and maintenance to its customers. Sponsored for
PEI membership by Valentina Amadei, NUPI, Castel Guelfo, Italy.
Maryland petroleum equipment installation and service contractor. Petroleum Site
Works, Inc., P. O. Box 627, College Park, Maryland 20741, has applied for
service and construction division membership in PEI. Clerice Shipley is CEO
of the firm, which was established in 2003. The company installs, maintains,
repairs and removes storage tanks, piping, monitoring wells and vapor
recovery equipment. Sponsored for PEI membership by Galen C. Heaps,
PetroSupMD, Elkridge, MD.
MEMBERSHIP TRANSFER REQUEST
Petroleum Equipment Service, Inc., 1901 Memorial Boulevard, Kerrville,
Texas 78028, has requested its membership in PEI be transferred from the
service and construction division to the distributor division. The
company represents Blueline, ChampLabs, Cim-Tek, Flex-Ing, Franklin,
HuskyCorp, PetroClear, RedJacket, Smithpipe, Tuthill, Universal, Vaporless,
VeederR, VeriFone, WatcoTanks and Wayne. The transfer is sponsored by DruAnn
Boler, BolerEqp, Midland, TX, and William I. Reinhart, A&APumpSA, San