January 4, 2017 | Vol. 67, No. 1
Dear PEI Member:
Craig Hoyer, president of Kubat Equipment & Service Co., Denver, Colorado, became the 67th president of the Petroleum Equipment Institute on Jan. 1. He succeeds Steve Trabilsy, president of Accurate Tank Technologies, North Aurora, Illinois. Robert Peavey, president of Pumptex, Inc., Beaumont, Texas, is PEI’s vice president.
One of Hoyer’s first duties was to appoint committees for 2017. In all, 179 people were named to serve on 25 PEI committees. This includes 18 members who have not previously served on a PEI committee. As in years past, the number of qualified PEI members who asked to serve exceeded the number of open committee positions. Although we were not able to place all of our would-be volunteers, we want to acknowledge and thank all who offered their services. If you are interested in serving on a committee in 2018, email your committee preferences to Rick Long at email@example.com.
You can find a complete list of all committees and committee members here.
REGISTRATION OPENS FOR PEI
The event launches with a welcome reception and dinner on Tuesday evening, April 25. This is an ideal opportunity to network, catch up with old friends and meet new friends.
Conference education begins with a workshop by Diane Thielfoldt on multigenerational communications, “A Guide to the Changing Workforce: Four Generations, One Workforce.” Thielfoldt is co-founder of The Learning Café. This highly interactive, skills-focused event will provide practical tools to help attendees thrive in today’s work space.
Linda Larsen, entrepreneur and best-selling author, also will lead several sessions, including “Playing to Win: It’s Not Your Mother’s Playground Anymore.” Larsen will illustrate the different ways men and women approach situations and explain how to solve problems and strengthen professional relationships.
Another sure-to-be-popular event is a panel discussion featuring the insights, perspectives and experiences of five extremely accomplished PEI Women members:
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Early-bird registration for the PEI Women Conference is $495 ($595 for nonmembers) through Feb. 28. After Feb. 28, the fee increases to $595 for members ($695 for nonmembers). Registration includes all sessions and materials, one lunch, two receptions and two dinners. The nonmember registration fee also includes a lifetime PEI Women membership.
PEI’s negotiated room rate at the conference hotel is $169 plus tax Sunday, April 23 through Thursday, April 27, and $249 for the Friday and Saturday nights before and after the event. Book your room early to make sure you get PEI’s special rate.
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EPA EXTENDS REGS RULE
The REGS rule would reclassify ethanol blends from E16 to E83 as flex fuels approved for use in flex fuel vehicles. According to the EPA, this would “clear the way for the expanded production and use of high ethanol fuel blends at a lower cost, and thereby the opportunity for increasing demand.” The reclassification also would exempt these blends from certain gasoline quality standards, including summertime Reid Vapor Pressure (RVP) requirements in certain states.
While applauding the expansion of the higher ethanol blends, ethanol advocacy groups have expressed concerns that the REGS rule would have the unintended consequence of disadvantaging E15, just as this fuel is making inroads into the market. If the REGS rule is adopted as proposed, E15 would be the only ethanol blend without RVP relief.
The 2012 rule gradually increases the CAFE standards for the nation’s fleet to 54.5 miles per gallon by 2025. However, the rule also requires EPA to make a “Midterm Evaluation” of the standards for model years 2022-2025 by April 2018.
On Nov. 30, 2016, EPA, acting well in advance of that deadline, launched the Midterm Evaluation and opened a 30-day comment period on its determination that the averages for model years 2022-2025 are appropriate.
Within days, three auto industry groups and two states (Ohio and Michigan) petitioned EPA to either withdraw the Midterm Evaluation or extend the comment period to at least 120 days. The additional time, they argued, was necessary for stakeholders to provide thorough input on a mandate they believe will cost the industry billions of dollars.
On Dec. 22, 2016, the EPA rejected all of the requests to delay the Midterm Evaluation or extend the comment period.
DOE AWARDS $7 MILLION IN
Collectively, the eight research projects will provide detailed data and analysis on the combustion and performance characteristics of a wide range of diesel, biodiesel, biofuel and other alternative fuel blends. DOE will use the results to develop strategies for improving conventional spark-ignition engine efficiencies and enabling next-generation, advanced compression ignition engines.
UID EARLY-BIRD REGISTRATION ENDS JAN. 11
PEI is offering $600 scholarships to the first 30 members who register—reducing the early-bird registration fee from $1,095 to $495.
UID’s concentrated educational program is tailored specifically for professionals in the wholesale distribution industry. CEOs, branch managers, operations managers, sales and marketing professionals, purchasing and inventory personnel, and manufacturers all can benefit from this exceptional educational opportunity. To view the full menu of courses and register, visit www.pei.org/uid.
NACS EXHIBITOR ADVISORY COMMITTEE
The NACS EAC gives exhibiting companies a voice on issues related to the NACS Show and fosters better communication among the exhibitors, on-site service contractors and show management. The committee also develops initiatives intended to keep the NACS Show relevant, current and viable.
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