Dear PEI Member:
PEI’s Recommended Practices for the
Design, Installation, Operation and Maintenance of Compressed Natural Gas (CNG)
Vehicle Fueling Facilities (PEI/RP1500-15) is now available from the
Although CNG fueling facilities are common in many
parts of the world, CNG stations are relatively rare in North America. In
recent years, dramatic increases in natural gas production in the U.S. have
given CNG a cost advantage over traditional liquid motor fuels. As an
example, the street price today for a gasoline-gallon-equivalent of CNG in
Oklahoma is 99 cents. This cost/price advantage has provided the incentive for
many fleet operators and some members of the general public to look to CNG
as a way to significantly reduce fuel costs.
The recommended practices developed by PEI apply to
outdoor CNG refueling facilities that receive quality natural gas from a
utility or non-utility distribution system, remove moisture from the gas,
compress the gas to several thousand pounds per square inch, store limited
quantities of compressed gas, and dispense the gas into vehicle fuel
cylinders. The document covers time-fill and fast-fill fueling methods,
commercial fleet fueling facilities (which may be open to the public as
well), retail fueling facilities, and fueling appliances intended to fuel a
small fleet of vehicles.
PEI/RP-1500 is PEI’s most ambitious recommended
practice to date. Containing 116 pages, RP1500 begins by describing the
characteristics of natural gas, explains how a vehicle is filled with CNG,
describes the basic components of a CNG system, and goes into great detail
showing how a CNG station is designed, constructed, connected and tested.
Guidelines are also provided for the proper operation and maintenance of a
CNG fueling system.
PEI Issues RP on CNG
RP1100 Comment Deadline March 20
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Massachusetts. The commonwealth recently passed new underground storage tank
regulations which require cathodic protection testers to be certified. To
help meet this new requirement, the Steel Tank Institute (STI) is offering a
cathodic protection tester certification class in Worcester, Massachusetts,
on April 7-8. For further details, click
Missouri. “Missouri’s Department of Natural Resources plans to propose new
rules for USTs later this year. It is likely the DNR will propose a deadline
of July 1, 2017, after which any newly-installed underground tank or piping
will have to be double-walled. The DNR’s rule package may also contain new
equipment testing requirements and/or requirements for owners/operators to
periodically inspect their UST equipment; these provisions will likely be
triggered by new federal rules expected to be published soon.”—Latest Leaks,
a newsletter of the Missouri Petroleum Storage Tank Insurance Fund, February
Wisconsin. The Wisconsin Storage Tank Program Material Approvals are now
here. They can also be accessed through the main storage tank page by
clicking on the “Storage Tank Administrative and Technical References” link.
COMMENTS TO CHANGE DEF RECOMMENDED PRACTICE DUE MARCH
The PEI DEF (Diesel Exhaust Fluid) Committee is soliciting comments to
revise PEI’s Recommended Practices for the Storage and Dispensing of Diesel
Exhaust Fluid (PEI/RP1100-10). If you have suggestions or recommendations
for improving PEI/RP1100, submit them online at
www.pei.org/rp1100. Instructions for submitting comments are provided on
the website. All comments must be received by Friday, March 20, 2015, to be
considered. If you have questions or need further information, contact Chris
email@example.com or 918-236-3964.
EARLY BIRD DEADLINE APPROACHING FOR PEI WOMEN
Register now for the inaugural PEI Women Conference, to be held April 29 –
May 1, 2015, in Denver, Colorado, at the Embassy Suites Downtown. The
conference will feature several top-notch speakers, including the first
female F-14 Tomcat fighter pilot in the U.S. Navy and Carolyn Hoskinson,
director of EPA’s Office of Underground Storage Tanks. Attendees will have
the opportunity to connect and learn from each other throughout the
conference. Click if you'd like to learn more about
the first PEI Women Conference
and/or register. You may also register by contacting Sondra Sutton at 918-236-3967.
And be sure to click on the preregistered attendee list—it already reads
like a Who’s Who of women in the industry.
Early-bird registration closes March 4. The early-bird
rate is $395 for PEI Women members ($495 for nonmembers, which includes a
lifetime membership in the PEI Women program). After March 4, the
registration fee increases to $495 for PEI Women members; $595 for
nonmembers. The fee includes all sessions, materials and meals.
HOTEL DEADLINE IS FRIDAY FOR SERVICE & CONSTRUCTION
Book your hotel room now for the 2015 PEI Service & Construction Managers
Conference. The S&C Conference is the event of the year for service and
construction professionals. The meeting will be held March 19-21, at the
Doubletree by Hilton Orlando at SeaWorld, Orlando, Florida. Registration for
PEI members is $395 ($695 for nonmembers). The fee includes all conference
materials, three general sessions, four roundtable discussions, three meals
and two receptions. You can register online or by contacting Sondra Sutton
at 918-236-3967. Note that hotel reservations must be made by February 27 to
obtain PEI’s group rate. To register for the conference and book your room,
2015 Service & Construction Conference page.
PROMOTIONS AND APPOINTMENTS
Emco Wheaton Retail Corporation, Wilson, North Carolina, has appointed Brian Bykowski as southeast sales manager. Formerly with J. W. Kennedy, Bykowski
has 17 years experience in the petroleum equipment industry.
Mike Long & Associates, Inc., Concord, North Carolina, has announced that
Chris Hicks has joined the firm as a territory manager. With an office in
Birmingham, Alabama, Hicks will cover Mississippi, Alabama, western
Tennessee, western Georgia, and the Florida panhandle. Office phone:
“Cheaper gasoline means tougher sledding for producers of ethanol. Ethanol
makers are looking to the export market for a hike in sales, but low oil
prices, a stronger dollar and the softening global economy will keep a
damper on exports. To spur sales, producers will lobby gas stations to add
E15 dispensers.”—Kiplinger Letter, January 30, 2015.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) plans to issue its proposal
for Renewable Fuels Standards for 2014, 2015 and 2016 by June 21, 2015,
according to Christopher Grundler, a director at EPA’s Office of Air Quality
and Transportation. Grundler made his comments on February 19 during the
annual conference of the Renewable Fuels Association.
Murphy USA will offer E15 to customers in the suburbs of Chicago and Houston
later this year, according to a February 12 announcement from the company.
Dominican Republic distributor. JR Integral S.R.L., C/Rafael A. Sanchez #50,
Ens. Quisqueya, Santo Domingo 10149, Dominican Republic, has applied for
distributor division membership. Jaime R. De Los Santos P. is manager of the
firm, which was established in 2010. The company represents AdvEarth,
Diversified, Harco, PemcoFL and RCITech. JR Integral also builds and
maintains service stations. Sponsored for PEI membership by Adele Azcuy,
PemcoFL, Hialeah, FL.
New York installation company. C. A. Norris LLC, P. O. Box 275, Attica, New
York 14011, has applied for service and construction division membership.
Charles Norris is owner of the firm, which was established in 2004. The
company installs and removes underground storage tanks and related
equipment. Sponsored for PEI membership by Christopher LaFever, S&WSerNY,
East Syracuse, NY.
Pennsylvania service company. Care’s Quality Service, LLC, 177 Derr Road,
Bernville, Pennsylvania 19506, has applied for service and construction
division membership. Dean M. Care is owner of the firm, which was
established in 2014. The company services retail and commercial fueling
equipment components. Sponsored for PEI membership by Steven C. Baer, B&FPtrInc,
ADMITTED TO PEI
- Jennifer Washburn, Stripes LLC, Corpus Christi, TX