|Dear PEI Member:
On June 15, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) gave final
57 companies to sell gasoline-ethanol blends containing up to 15 percent
EPA's action came as a result of its final approval of the
companies' misfueling mitigation plans (MMPs). The companies whose plans were
approved had notified EPA in writing that they wished to use the March 2,
2012, model plan submitted by the Renewable Fuels Association (RFA). Before
approving their requests, EPA sought more information about how E15 would be
dispensed, particularly from blender pumps. After working with RFA and
individual plan submitters, EPA determined that an addendum to RFA's
retailer handbook, which is referenced in the model plan, provided the
necessary information for EPA to approve the individual plan submitters'
EPA explains on its website that it may seek additional information
and/or require additional refueling mitigation measures, as appropriate,
considering the company's specific circumstances. It is possible that, as
E15 enters the market, the Agency will notify companies with approved MMPs
if additional measures are necessary.
As a result of EPA's action on June 15, these 57 companies have met all
Clean Air Act requirements related to E15 and may lawfully introduce E15
into the marketplace. Petroleum marketers are reminded that there are
a number of additional factors, including requirements under other federal,
state and local laws, that may affect the distribution of E15.
COMMITTEE MEMBERS SOUGHT FOR EMERGENCY GENERATOR FUEL SYSTEM INSTALLATION
PEI is soliciting individuals who would like to serve on the committee
responsible for writing PEI's Recommended Practices for the Installation
of Fueling Systems for Emergency Generators and Fuel Oil Supplied Boiler
Systems (tentative title). The document would apply to the installation
of aboveground and underground atmospheric, shop-fabricated gasoline or
diesel fuel tanks, associated piping and ancillary equipment for stationary
standby or emergency generators.
All members of the committee will be expected to attend three two-day
meetings over an 18-month period, beginning early next year. While
committee members pay their own travel expenses, PEI pays for the meals
during the meetings. Only individuals having relevant experience with
fueling systems for emergency generators should apply. Those people interested in
serving on this committee should contact Chris Bouldin at
firstname.lastname@example.org by July 13 to volunteer or learn
more. All interested individuals should include a brief statement describing
their experience with these systems and why
they are interested in serving on the committee. All
appointments to the committee will be made by PEI
president Joey Cheek.
PEI DISTRIBUTOR PROFITABILITY
SURVEY DEADLINE JUNE 30
How does your company measure up? The PEI Distributor Profitability
Survey is the best way to benchmark your financial well-being to industry
norms and receive recommendations for specific
changes you can make to improve your bottom line.
The deadline for participation in the survey is June 30. Please complete
and return your PEI Distributor Profitability Survey questionnaire by
clicking here. All information is
handled with complete confidentiality. There is no cost to participate as
the PEI Distributor Survey is a benefit of your membership in PEI.
If you have questions on any aspect of the Survey or the process, please
contact Chris Bouldin at email@example.com.
EPA Clears E15 For Sale at U.S. Gas Stations
PEI Seeks Volunteers to Serve on Emergency Generator
Installation RP Committee
PEI Distributor Profitability Survey Responses Due June 30
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Chinese-Japanese investment group agreed to buy Saab Automobile and
convert the bankrupt Swedish manufacturer into a maker of electric cars. The
first vehicle made under the new plan will be based on Saab's 9-3 car and
will go on sale early in 2014, with China as the main market, said purchaser
National Electric Vehicle Sweden AB and the bankruptcy administrators for
New York State has awarded $4.4 million to 10 companies,
municipalities and other entities to help fund the installation of some 325 new electric
charging stations across the state.
Speedway announced June 5 that it will acquire 10 stores across Ohio and
northern Kentucky from Road Ranger, in exchange for a Chicago-area truck
stop and cash. In addition to that deal, Speedway announced in late May that
it has completed the purchase of 87 Gas America stations it had agreed to
buy in February.
The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) has withdrawn a
proposed revision to the Stage II vapor recovery program state
implementation plan (SIP) that would have requested U.S. EPA to waive the
requirement to implement Stage II in the five outlying Dallas-Fort Worth
counties of Ellis, Johnson, Kaufman, Parker and Rockwell. The action follows
EPA's final rule determining that widespread use of on-board refueling vapor
recovery (ORVR) technology has occurred. TCEQ stated in a press release that
the current Stage II program requirements in Texas will remain in place
until the TCEQ determines if it is appropriate to modify the Stage II
Tanknology Inc., Austin, Texas, announced June 13 that Tottal
Inspecciones Perú S.A.C. of Lima, Peru, has become an
international licensee of the company.
OmegaFlex, Inc., Exton, Pennsylvania, has hired Gary Baker as the
director of business development of their industrial division. He brings
more than 30 years of experience in all facets of fuel system design, repair
and sales. Baker can be reached at 713-409-5227.
Gilbarco Veeder-Root, Greensboro, North Carolina, has named Travis
Bouck as vice president of marketing for North America. In this role, Bouck
will lead Gilbarco's marketing team in positioning and product strategy,
business development and new product identification.
CNG/LNG IN THE NEWS
TravelCenters of America LLC
(TA) and Shell Oil Products US (Shell) and its affiliates have entered
into a memorandum of understanding to construct (Shell) and operate (TA) at
least 200 liquefied natural gas (LNG) fueling lanes in at least 100 TA
locations. The companies expect the first LNG fueling lanes to be open for
business in 2013. TA operates a network of 238 travel centers under the
brand names TravelCenters of America, TA and Petro Stopping Centers.
Rebates offered through Oklahoma Natural Gas (ONG) and approved by
the Oklahoma Corporation Commission June 18 provide incentives for
Oklahomans to power their vehicles with natural gas. The rebates are $2,500
for vehicles that run solely on natural gas, $1,500 for cars that run on
natural gas and gasoline, and $2,500 for residential systems that allow owners to refuel their vehicles at home. The utility will pay the
rebate through a 25-cent per gallon-equivalent surcharge at the 25 ONG-owned
natural gas fueling stations in the state. The surcharge will raise prices
at ONG dispensers from the current $1.11 per gallon equivalent to $1.36. ONG
is prohibited by law from making any profit on CNG vehicle fuel sales.
Argonne National Laboratory says that natural gas as a transportation
fuel has both adequate abundance and cost advantages that make a strong case
to focus interest on the technology as a real game changer in U.S. energy
security. "In terms of consumer ownership and use costs, the case to make a
switch from current fuels to CNG is much more compelling than for other
alternative fuels like ethanol and electricity," said Mike Duoba, an
engineer at the Argonne's auto research center.
STARTING A C-STORE IS NOT SO EASY
A five-state study of the regulatory business climate by the Southwest
Minnesota State University Marketing Advisory Center found the hardest
business to start was a gasoline station/convenience store. The study
attributed that finding to the number of permits required from different
state agencies governing the sale and handling of food, fuel and lottery
CNG dispensing equipment manufacturer. Tulsa Gas Technologies, Inc.,
4809 South 101st East Avenue, Tulsa, Oklahoma 74145, has applied for
manufacturer division membership in PEI. Tom Sewell is president of the
company, which was established in 1990. Tulsa Gas Technologies manufactures
CNG dispensing equipment and related components which are sold through
distributors. Sponsored for PEI membership by Richard D. Dixon, Hoidale,
Wichita, KS. www.tulsagastech.com
Brunei Darussalam installation and service firm. Han S.L. Sdn Bhd, P. O.
Box 281, Gadong Post Office, Negara Brunei, Brunei Darussalam BE3978, has applied
for service and construction division membership. Low Yeow Wei is director
of the firm, which was established in 1999. The company installs and
services fuel dispensing pumps and tank level management systems. Sponsored
for PEI membership by David Ngiam, Haneflex, Singapore.
Quebec service contractor. R. Dumas (2007) Inc., 1765 Effingham,
Terrebonne, Quebec J6Y 1R8, has applied for service and construction
division membership. Jean-Guy Dumas is the president of the firm, which was
established in 2007. The company services and maintains pumps, consoles, POS
systems, fuel management and tank gauging systems. R. Dumas also installs
aboveground petroleum equipment. Sponsored for PEI membership by Ken
Pittman, KMDDis, Montreal, Quebec.
Massachusetts installation contractor. Petroleum Engineering,
Inc., 12 William Way, Bellingham, Massachusetts 02019, has applied for
service and construction division membership. Ralph P. Meier is president of
the firm, which was established in 1989. The company primarily serves as an
installation contractor building new stations and convenience stores.
Sponsored for PEI membership by John Nolan, JWKennedy, East Providence, RI.
Tennessee service provider. MVI Field Services, 2200 Clifton Avenue,
Nashville, Tennessee 37203, has applied for service and construction
division membership in PEI. Willo Smith is president and CEO of the firm,
which was established in 2011. The company provides regulatory compliance
inspections, facility management, underground storage tank and Stage II
vapor recovery training, and facility assessments. Sponsored for PEI
membership by Glen Corkill, SourceIL, Addison, IL.
Michigan lighting company. BDT Lightsource, 31659 Glendale, Livonia,
Michigan 48150, has applied for affiliate division membership. Michelle
Tokarz is executive administrator for the firm, which was established in
2009. The company provides retrofit solutions for induction lights for
station canopies. Sponsored for PEI membership by B. F. Larson, OWLarsonCo,
Clarkston, MI. www.bdtlightsource.com
ADMITTED TO PEI
- Ford's Equipment, Macon, GA (dis)
- Loxahatchee Electronics Corp., Royal Palm Beach, FL (mfr)
- Natural Gas Vehicle Institute, Las Vegas, NV (aff)
- Ontrak Software, Indian Land, SC (aff)
- Global Control Solutions, LLP, Raleigh, NC (aff)
- Ursa Engineering Inc., Redding, CA (S&C)
- EFS West, Valencia, CA (S&C)
- Petro Tank Solutions, LLC, Birmingham, AL (S&C)
- AFD Management services, Nassau, Bahamas (S&C)