October 26, 2017 | Vol. 67, No. 21
Dear PEI Member:
The 2017 PEI Convention concluded Oct. 20 in Chicago after four days of intensive networking, exceptional trade show exhibits and informative education sessions. With 1,532 registrants, paid attendance was 7.9 percent above the 2016 Atlanta convention and 12.8 percent above the association’s last convention in Chicago (2011). Here are a few highlights.
At the annual membership meeting on Oct. 19, delegates elected Robert Peavey, president of PumpTex Inc. in Beaumont, Texas, as the 68th president of PEI. Peavey, whose one-year term begins Jan. 1, currently serves as PEI vice president. He will succeed 2017 PEI President Craig Hoyer, president of Kubat Equipment & Service Co. in Denver.
Charlie Burns, president of Oscar W. Larson Co. in Clarkston, Michigan, was elected to a one-year term as PEI vice president, effective Jan. 1.
Eight individuals elected this summer as directors for PEI’s odd-numbered districts and the Service & Construction Division were installed into office for two-year terms: Tom Dion, Wildco PES, Bloomfield, Connecticut (District 1); BJ Benton, United Pump & Controls, Suwanee, Georgia (District 3); Eric Scott, The Southern Company, Memphis, Tennessee (District 5); Mike Bakken, Valley Petroleum Equipment, Grand Forks, North Dakota (District 7); Ryan Rethmeier, Western Pump, San Diego, California (District 9); Brian Shelton, Clawson Tank, Clarkston, Michigan (District 11); Brad Hoffman, Tanknology, Austin, Texas (District 13); and Ben Stallings, Fatboy Electric, Kansas City, Missouri (Service & Construction Division).
Among the most popular of the 26 educational sessions in Chicago were Brian Beaulieu’s economic outlook; Art Sodermark’s video-enhanced talk on confined spaces; Joey Cheek’s analysis of the true cost of labor; Kathryne Newton’s suggestions for finding and keeping the right employees; panel discussions on cybersecurity and fuels/fuel equipment; and a UL-led conversation on evolving standards for sumps, fittings, accessories and fiberglass tanks.
For the first time, PEI conducted a special session in Spanish for Latin American members. More than 90 Spanish-speaking attendees learned about vapor recovery, diesel exhaust fluid and key market metrics in Latin America.
The annual State of the Industry presentation at the membership meeting included lots of good news for distributors and manufacturers:
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In its two meetings in Chicago, the PEI board of directors:
On behalf of the board of directors and PEI staff, thanks to all of you who attended, exhibited and helped at this year’s convention. If you were a registered attendee, please complete the short, post-convention survey that was sent out yesterday. Your feedback will be invaluable as PEI’s Education & Convention Committee plans the 2018 PEI Convention in Las Vegas (Oct. 7-10).
SIGNALS SUPPORT FOR RFS, E15
“While the process for determining the final RVO [Renewable Volume Obligation] rule is ongoing, it would not be appropriate for the agency to prejudge the outcome of the rulemaking process,” Pruitt said in the letter. “Nevertheless, preliminary analysis suggests that all of the final RVOs should be set at amounts that are equal to or greater than the proposed amounts, including at least 2.1 billion gallons for biomass-based diesel in 2018 and 2019.”
Pruitt also expressed openness to working with Congress to allow the year-round sale of E15 gasoline. Under current law, summertime sales of E15 are prohibited in most of the country.
Ethanol advocates maintain that allowing the nationwide, year-round sale of E15 would greatly accelerate availability and sale of the higher ethanol blend. However, a recent survey of PEI distributors suggests otherwise. Nearly 66 percent of the survey participants said that allowing the summertime sale of E15 would have little to no effect on the number of retailers offering the fuel.
SERVICE TECH TRAINING COMMITTEE APPOINTED
FEDERAL UST DEADLINES: ONE YEAR TO GO
Additional information on SPA and non-SPA requirements and deadlines is available on the EPA website, here.
MAINTENANCE BROCHURE FROM STI/SPFA
"Particularly with today's newer fuels, poor operations and maintenance procedures for monitoring and removing water from storage tank systems can lead to a number of risks, from phase separation to fuel quality degradation and damage to the entire storage system," said Wayne Geyer, executive vice president of STI/SPFA.
The easy-to-understand brochure encourages owners and operators to monitor and remove water from their ASTs in order to maintain product quality and reduce business risk. The brochure may be downloaded from the Fuel Storage Tank System Maintenance tab at www.steeltank.com.
STATES PLAN EV CORRIDOR
The governors’ memorandum of understanding, released at a National Governors Association energy summit in Denver, asks state leaders to report on possible strategies by April 1, 2018. Although the memorandum does not include specifics on the effort’s cost or scale, Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper has estimated 50 to 60 fast-charging stations would be required for Colorado's key highways.
FOUNDATION HURRICANE RELIEF UPDATE
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