October 8, 2013| Vol. 63, No. 20

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Legislation was introduced last week in the Senate by Sen. Tom Harkin (D-Iowa) that would create a system of supports to build up the nation's renewable fuel infrastructure.

The bill (S.1563) would create a $1 billion grant program for the installation of ethanol pumps at gasoline stations, require the Department of Energy to issue new regulations that compel major fuel distributors to install at least one ethanol pump at half of their gasoline stations by 2022, and create a loan guarantee program to fund renewable fuel pipelines.

According to a draft version of S.1563, the $1 billion in appropriations for the blender pump grant program would be authorized between fiscal 2014 and 2018. The grants would be available to purchase and install blender pump fuel infrastructure (pumps and tanks are specifically mentioned) necessary to sell ethanol fuel blends, including E85. The federal share would be limited to 50 percent of the total cost of the project. Major fuel distributors would not be eligible for a grant. However, the Harkin legislation would force major fuel distributors to install at least one blender pump at 10 percent of their gasoline stations by 2016 and to increase that amount to 50 percent by 2022. The bill defines "major fuel distributor" as "any person that owns a refinery or directly markets the output of a refinery."

The bill was introduced September 30 as the government shutdown took center stage, so details are still sketchy. Original co-sponsors of the bill are Sens. Al Franken (D-Minn.), Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) and Tim Johnson (D-S.D.).

If you haven't already RSVP'd for the Annual PEI Membership Breakfast and Meeting in Atlanta, please do so here so we can get a solid tally for ordering breakfast. It will be held Monday, October 14, from 8:30 to 9:45 in the morning at the Georgia World Congress Center, Room B312. This is the one time a year we all gather to tend to PEI business. PEI President Terry Cooper will address the membership and preside over the election of PEI officers and the installation of new directors. I will share my perspective on the state of the industry and give some ideas about what the future holds. There is no additional charge. Your badge is your ticket. We encourage all PEI members to attend and enjoy this excellent opportunity to see old friends in the industry, as well as meet new ones.

Harkin Introduces Ethanol Infrastructure Bill

PEI Membership Breakfast

PEI/RP1000 (Marina Installation) To Be Revised

PEI Young Executives Winter Meeting

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The 2013 PEI Marina Fueling System Installation Committee is soliciting comments on PEI's Recommended Practices for the Installation of Marina Fueling Systems (PEI/RP1000-09). The publication describes how to construct a marina fueling facility that is protective of human health and the environment, easy to maintain, an
d user-friendly for both the operator and the customer.

The 26-page document offers recommendations for materials, design and installation procedures suitable for a variety of marine environments, including:

  • fresh and salt water
  • still and moving water
  • stable, tidal and fluctuating water levels.

PEI members, regulators, tank owners, marina operators and trade associations are encouraged to comment on and suggest changes to the document.

If you have suggestions or recommendations for revisions to RP1000-09, submit them online at www.pei.org/rp1000. Instructions for completing the form are provided on the website. As a reminder, all PEI recommend practices are available for comment 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.

All comments to this document must be received at PEI by Friday, November 22, 2013, to be considered by the committee for the next edition of RP1000. If you have any questions or need further information, contact Bob Young at byoung@pei.org or (918) 236-3966.

Registration is now open for PEI's 2014 Young Executives Winter Conference, February 6-8, 2014, at the Caribe Hilton in San Juan, Puerto Rico.

The keynote speaker for the event is Chip Madera, a leadership development expert who works with organizations that want to increase their performance potential. Madera has an extensive client list that includes The Mayo Clinic, Verizon, Westinghouse, AT&T, GE Capital and Gatorade. 

The Winter Conference early registration fee is $395 for PEI Young Executives members and $495 for non-members (non-member fee includes a one-year Young Executives membership). Spouses or guests also are invited to attend for a fee of $125, which includes all meals and receptions. These registration fees are valid until December 13, 2013. 

The conference room rate for the Caribe Hilton is $199 per night, excluding taxes and resort fees. The housing deadline is January 3, 2014. Reservations can be made via phone at (787) 721-0303. Please make hotel reservations early, as only a limited number of rooms are available in the PEI room block. The special block rates are available from February 3-11, 2014.

To register for the event, or to view a detailed schedule for the conference, visit www.pei.org/ye. Questions regarding Young Executives Winter Conference registration should be directed to Sondra Sutton at (918) 236-3967 or ssutton@pei.org.

OPW, A Dover Company, has promoted Keith Moye to vice president of global marketing. He has served as the vice president of sales and marketing for OPW Fueling Components, North America, since 2008. Parrish Evans was promoted to director of sales for OPW's newly formed Retail Fueling Business Unit. Evans was most recently OPW's eastern regional sales manager.

Sunoco Inc. has purchased Mid-Atlantic Convenience Stores (MACS), Richmond, Virginia, for an undisclosed sum. MACS operates convenience stores and gasoline stations in Maryland, Delaware, Virginia and Washington, D.C. Included in the purchase were 71 convenience stores that were rebranded to Circle K locations earlier this year and 230 dealer-operated sites.

Georgia service provider.
Automotive Equipment Experts Inc., P. O. Box 3018, Loganville, Georgia 30052, has applied for service and construction division membership. Kyle Colegrove is owner of the firm, which was established in 2006. The company provides automotive and fleet facilities with oil equipment, air compressors and exhaust systems. Sponsored for PEI membership by Jessica Larkin, Balcrank, Weaverville, NC. www.automotiveequipmentexperts.com


  • Quick Welding Company Ltd., Nassau, Bahamas (S&C)
  • RSSE Inc., Redding, CA (S&C)
  • Range Light LLC, Chicago, IL (aff) 
  • Roxann Schaefer Ewing, Enterprise Holdings, St. Louis, MO (O&E)


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The TulsaLetter (ISSN 0193-9467) is published two or three times each month by the Petroleum Equipment Institute. Robert N. Renkes, Executive Vice President, Editor. Opinions expressed are the opinions of the Editor. Basic circulation confined to PEI members.