TulsaLetter * Seasons Greetings!

December 19, 2016 | Vol. 66, No. 26

Dear PEI Member:

The PEI staff (pictured above with this year’s Toys for Tots donations) wishes you—our PEI members and friends—the merriest of Holiday seasons and a most prosperous New Year. If we can ever be of service, please let us know. That’s why we are here!

Early-bird registration for the 2017 University of Innovative Distribution (UID), March 5-8, at the JW Marriott in Indianapolis, closes Jan. 11.

UID’s concentrated educational program is tailored specifically for professionals in the wholesale distribution industry. PEI members who have attended in recent years have given the event rave reviews.

PEI believes so strongly in this program that the association is offering $600 scholarships to the first 30 members who register. Simply enter “PEI17” in the “Promo Code” section of the online registration form. Note: Many UID classes sell out well in advance, so early registration is strongly encouraged.

CEOs, branch managers, sales and marketing professionals, operations managers, purchasing and inventory personnel, and manufacturers all can benefit from UID. To view the full menu of courses and register, visit www.pei.org/uid.

The Fiberglass Tank & Pipe Institute (FTPI)
has published a white paper called “Overfill Prevention of Petroleum Underground Storage Tanks and Adverse Unintended Consequences.” Among other conclusions, the paper reports that actuation of ball float vent valves pressurizes USTs at levels that, over time, may weaken tank seams and fitting penetrations, which may cause product or vapor releases. The paper is available for download on the FTPI site.
The Fuels Institute has released a new report entitled “Assessment of the U.S. Fuel Distribution Network.” This report provides an overview of the United States’ liquid fuels distribution infrastructure so that those with the ability to affect the market better understand how it operates. The report may be downloaded from the Fuels Institute’s website.

The Portland, Oregon City Council has voted to prohibit new fossil fuel bulk storage facilities
with a capacity of more than 2 million gallons. The measure also limits the expansion of existing facilities. The Portland area had been identified by several multinational energy companies as a potential location for new storage terminals to support fuel exports to growing markets in the Far East.—The Oregonian, Dec. 14, 2016
We estimate that the 2016 CNG market is around 40% smaller than the peak 2014 North American CNG market, but there is still a lot of activity and interest. Retail CNG, serving both Class 8 and light-duty vehicles, has been the hardest hit segment.”—Jared Hightower, Vice President of Sales for ANGI Energy Systems, as quoted in PetrolPlaza, Dec. 12, 2016
“[T]he five-member California Public Utilities Commission unanimously approved a decision directing PG&E to move ahead with what will be the country’s largest utility-led EV charging deployment. The ‘Charge Smart and Save’ plan includes 7,500 EV charging points in workplaces, multi-unit residential buildings and disadvantaged communities, and is capped at a cost of $130 million.”—Greentech Media, Dec. 16, 2016

Georgia signage company.
A & W Sign Company Inc., 1985-A Veterans Memorial Highway, Austell, GA 30168, has applied for service and construction division membership. Cliff Wiley is president of the firm, which was established in 1990. The company provides re-imaging for convenience stores and builds canopies.  Sponsored for PEI membership by John Harris, HarrisEqp, Byron, Georgia. www.aandwsigncompany.com
South Carolina canopy provider.
Enloe, Inc., P. O. Box 95, Aiken, SC 29802, has applied for service and construction division membership. Neil S. Winter is president of the firm, which was established in 1975. The company builds canopies and provides re-imaging for convenience stores. Sponsored for PEI membership by F. Jeff Futrelle, MecoAgusta, Augusta, Georgia. www.enloeinc.com
California compliance testing company.
Petroleum Tank Testing Inc., 42143 Valley Vista Drive, Lancaster, CA 93536, has applied for service and construction division membership. Edward Graves is president of the firm, which was established in 1988. The company provides compliance testing and services. Sponsored for PEI membership by Don Petroni, PtrMktgEqp, Placentia, California.



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The TulsaLetter (ISSN 0193-9467) is published two or three times each month by the Petroleum Equipment Institute. Richard C. Long, Editor. Opinions expressed are the opinions of the Editor. Basic circulation confined to PEI members.