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HOUSE BILL WOULD
ELIMINATE CORN ETHANOL MANDATE
Rep. Bob Goodlatte (R-VA) introduced a
bill in Congress February 4 which would cap the amount of ethanol allowed in
gasoline at 10 percent and eliminate the renewable fuel standard’s (RFS’s)
corn ethanol mandate. The RFS, strengthened in a 2007 energy law, requires
15 billion gallons of conventional corn ethanol and 21 billion gallons of
advanced ethanol in the nation’s motor fuel supply by 2022. Goodlatte’s
bill, the RFS Reform Act of 2015, would remove the conventional ethanol
blending requirement from the RFS, leaving only the requirement for
petroleum refiners to blend advanced biofuels, such as biomass-based diesel
and cellulosic ethanol, into the fuel supply.
The Kroger Co. will take delivery of 40 heavy-duty liquefied natural gas
(LNG) trucks over the next several months. The trucks will service a group
of the company’s Fred Meyer Stores in Oregon and southwest Washington. The
trucks will be refueled from a private LNG fueling station at Fred Meyer’s
Clackamas (Oregon) Distribution Center. Kroger has not made definite plans
to expand LNG in other locations to fuel its delivery fleet of over 1,500
A bill (SB 0158) was introduced in the Rhode Island Senate February 5
that would provide a 30 percent tax credit of the cost of equipment and
installation of alternative fuel dispensing and storage equipment. The bill
includes E85, compressed natural gas, LNG, propane, hydrogen and
electricity. The bill was referred to the Senate Finance Committee.
“Retail margins exploded 3.5¢ higher in 2014 thanks to a stellar
fourth quarter. This, combined with growing gasoline demand and a slight
drop in card fees, allowed for the greatest year on record for the gasoline
retailing industry. Margin revenue surpassed $25 billion. Retailers were
able to achieve an all-time record high of 17.9¢ per gallon on average in
2014 for regular grade. The all-grades pooled average also set a record high
at 18.6¢ per gallon.”—Lundberg Letter, January 5, 2015.
LSI Industries Inc., Cincinnati, Ohio, has hired John Bagwell as the
president of its technology division. Prior to joining LSI, he was president
of TacTouch, Inc.
James A. (Jim) Wiegert, a 35-year veteran of the petroleum equipment
industry, died January 23 in Manhatten, Kansas, after a long and courageous
battle with ALS. He was 69. Jim worked for Derby Oil after serving in
Vietnam and later worked in various operations and sales management
positions with Ray’s Petroleum Equipment Inc. and Double Check Company Inc.
He is survived by his wife, Cheryl; a son, Jamie; daughters Sarah Hayhurst
and Holly Parikh; and three grandchildren.
Minnesota distributor. Lube-Tech ESI, 850 Mendelssohn Avenue North,
Golden Valley, Minnesota 55427, has applied for distributor division
membership. Daryl Anderson is general manager for the firm, which was
established in 2012. The company sells, installs and services lubrication
and petroleum marketing equipment, and represents Balcrank, Fluidall,
Franklin, Graco, HuskyCorp, Liquidynam, Morrison and RhinoTank. Sponsored
for PEI membership by Peter Christensen, S&RSalesMN, Burnsville, MN.
Oman distributor. Apex Mechanical Engineering LLC, P. O. Box 243, Azaiba,
Oman CP 130, has applied for distributor division membership. Zubin Thomas
Mathew is project manager for the firm, which was established in 1999. The
company supplies, installs and maintains fuel dispensing pumps, submersible
pumps, piping, tank level gauges and leak detection systems. Apex represents
ELAFLEX, Franklin, Goodyear, LqdCntrols, Tuthill and Tatsuno. Sponsored for
PEI membership by Tatsuya Aoyagi, Tatsuno, Minato-ku, Tokyo, Japan.
Car wash chemical provider. Diamond Shine Inc., 1340 East 289th
Street, Wickliffe, Ohio 44092, has applied for affiliate division
membership. Scott Soble is president of the firm, which was established in
1989. The company manufactures and distributes car wash chemicals and
detergents. Sponsored for PEI membership by Paul Fazio, SonnysEnt, Tamarac,
German business-to-business information source. PetrolPlaza, Am
Krebsgraben 15, Villingen-Schwenningen, Germany 78048, has applied for
affiliate division membership in PEI. Bruno Borewitsch is CEO of the firm,
which was established in 1998. PetrolPlaza is an online information source
for the petrol retailing, fuel logistics and car wash markets. Sponsored for
PEI membership by Karsten Ehlers, ELAFLEX, Hamburg, Germany.
Ohio compliance testing and service firm. National Testing
Contractors Association, 9881 York-Theta Drive, Unit D, North Royalton, Ohio
44133, has applied for affiliate division membership. Dennis Oberdove is
managing partner of the firm, which was established in 2004. National
Testing Contractors Association represents regional contractors to provide
national coverage for testing and inspecting aboveground and underground
storage tanks, lines, secondary containment and cathodic protection.
Sponsored for PEI membership by Dawn Brooks, PurporaEng, Saukville, WI.
New Hampshire contractor. Gold Eagle Contracting, Inc., 62 Black
Brook Road, Meredith, New Hampshire 03253, has applied for service and
construction division membership. Glenn Worsmann is president of the firm,
which was established in 1991. The company performs all types of fuel system
work, including the installation and removal of underground and aboveground
storage tanks. Sponsored for PEI membership by Thomas J. Dion, WildcoPtr,
Ohio tank cleaning company. Rite-Way Industrial Service, Inc., 3520
Rohr Road, Groveport, Ohio 43125, has applied for service and construction
division membership. Donald C. Blair is president of the firm, which was
established in 1991. Rite-Way specializes in cleaning underground and
aboveground storage tanks. Sponsored for PEI membership by Charles Burns,
OWLarsonCo, Clarkston, MI.
ADMITTED TO PEI
- Deidra Boyd, QuikTrip Corporation, Tulsa, OK (O&E)
- Alcindor Bonamy, Sun Oil Limited, Nassau, Bahamas (O&E)