The biodiesel industry expressed
disappointment with the final RVO numbers, particularly the EPA’s failure to
increase the 2019 biodiesel volume above the 2.1 billion gallons set for
National Biodiesel Board
had pushed for increasing the 2019 biodiesel volume to 2.5 billion gallons.
advocates such as the Renewable Fuels
Association (RFA) are generally heartened by the 2018 RVOs. RFA
President and CEO Bob Dinneen said,
“Maintaining the 15 billion-gallon conventional biofuel requirement will
accelerate investments in the infrastructure necessary to distribute
mid-level ethanol blends like E15 and E30, and flex fuels like E85.”
distributors, the question is how great that acceleration will be. Our guess
is that individual fuel marketers will make their fuel offering decisions
mostly on other factors, including the competitive environment in their
local market, the availability of infrastructure grants and whether E15
equipment upgrades can be combined with other capital investments.
On Jan. 1, 2016, Mexico ended Pemex’s 75-year monopoly of the Mexican retail
fueling market. Two years later, the effects of that reform continue to
build. BP recently opened its 100th Mexican retail location, and at about the
same time, Shell and ExxonMobil entered the market with their first retail
the risk of fuel shortages and market disruptions, Mexico’s energy ministry
also announced a new motor fuel strategic reserve policy. Beginning in 2020,
suppliers that sell fuel to retailers must maintain an inventory of at least
five days’ average sales. In 2025, the inventory reserve requirements
increase to 10 to 13 days of inventory, depending on volume.
VEHICLE TAX CREDIT SURVIVES
As previously reported in the TulsaLetter,
the tax reform bills passed by the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives
took different stances on the $7,500 electric vehicle (EV) tax credit
currently offered to EV purchasers. (See Nov. 14, 2017 TL.) The House bill
eliminated the credit, and the Senate bill preserved it.
tax reform package announced Dec. 13 by the joint House-Senate conference
committee charged with reconciling the two bills sided with the Senate. So,
the EV credit will continue if, as Republicans predict, that bill is passed
and signed into law next week.
BIRD RATES FOR 2018 YE CONFERENCE END TODAY
Early bird registration for the
2018 PEI Young Executives Winter Conference
closes today. The conference, Feb. 7-9, 2018, at the Hermitage in Nashville,
Tennessee, is open to PEI member company employees aged 21-45.
conference keynote speaker is Garrison Wynn, author of The Real Truth
About Success: What the Top 1% Do Differently, Why They Won't Tell You, and
How You Can Do It Anyway! A panel of five industry experts also will
discuss “What I Would Tell My Younger Self.”
registration saves $100 off the regular conference fee ($595 for Young
Executive members; $695 for non-members). To learn more and register,
D. KEMP SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATIONS AVAILABLE
The PEI Foundation awards $1,000 Charles D. Kemp
Scholarships annually to deserving dependents of PEI member company
Scholarship applications for the 2018-2019
academic year are now being accepted. To be eligible, an
applicant must be a dependent of a full-time employee of a member company in
PEI’s manufacturer, distributor, service and construction, or affiliate
divisions. The applicant also must plan to enroll as a full-time
freshman for the 2018-2019 academic year at an accredited four-year college
or university. Recipients are selected based on academic achievement,
leadership, character, need, and the applicant’s intent to contribute to the
future of the fuel and fluid handling equipment industry.
information and to download the scholarship guidelines and application form,
www.pei.org/foundation. The deadline
for submitting applications is March 31, 2018.
APPOINTMENTS AND TRANSITIONS
Caliber Professional Sales Services added
Lesley Bolcato to its sales team. Bolcato will be responsible for sales
in Austin, San Antonio and nearby areas of Texas.
D&H United Fueling Solutions announced three appointments: Gary
Baker, Houston branch manager; Cliff Mudd, Houston service
manager; and Amy White, Houston office coordinator.
Husky Corp. named Grenny Sutcliffe vice president of sales.
Sutcliffe will oversee Husky’s sales team and distributor network globally
for all company brands, including its complete line of fuel nozzles and
Carletta Denison retired as membership director of the Petroleum
Equipment Institute (PEI) after nearly 42 years of service to the
association and the industry. The entire PEI staff thanks Carletta for her
always sunny disposition and her tireless devotion to our members. You may
send your own good wishes and thanks to Carletta at
Farmer, who has been with the PEI staff for six years, has been
promoted to manager of membership services. For any membership questions or
needs, you may reach Teresa at 918-236-3969 or
Dover Fueling Solutions opened a 90,000
square-foot manufacturing facility in Navi Mumbai, India. The facility has
the capacity to produce 20,000 fuel dispensers per year.
Petroleum Solutions Inc. (PSI) announced an agreement with
ChargePoint, the world’s leading electric vehicle (EV) charging network,
under which PSI will introduce EV charging to retail, private and municipal
fueling facilities. The company’s electrical services, lighting solutions,
fuel generator services and EV charging stations will be offered under the
“PSI Energy Solutions” banner.
Tanknology Inc. signed a new international licensee in Honduras.
Based in San Pedro Sula, SERTESA (Servicios Técnicos S.A.) will provide
underground storage tank (UST) and line tightness testing using Tanknology’s
Robert Chmarney, former president and vice
president of Corey Construction Co. (Corey, Inc.) died Nov. 2.
Chmarney was a licensed Pennsylvania tank installer and master electrician.
Survivors include his wife, Marie; stepson, William Douglass; two grandsons,
Bailey and Tyler; sister, Audrey Waxmonsky; brother, David and his wife,
Chris; nieces, Jeanette, Krista and Nicole; and nephews, Joseph and Michael.
“The Atlanta City Council
recently passed ordinance 17-0-1654, which will require all new residential
homes and public parking facilities to accommodate electric vehicles.
ordinance requires 20 percent of the spaces in all new commercial and
multifamily parking structures be EV ready. It also requires that all new
development of residential homes be equipped with the infrastructure needed
to install EV charging stations, such as conduit, wiring and electrical
capacity.”—Atlanta Journal Constitution,
Nov. 30, 2017
“The Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that manufacturers added 31,000
workers in November, extending the gain of 23,000 in October. More
importantly, the sector has added an average of 15,545 employees on net per
month so far in 2017 — quite a turnaround from the loss of 16,000 workers in
2016 as a whole.”—Monday Economic Forecast, Dec. 11, 2017
“Motorists will fork over more than $75 billion in gasoline taxes this
year, an all-time record high, as governments continue to claim
shortages of road funding. Weight national average tax: 54 cents gal.”—Lundberg
Letter, Nov. 15, 2017
Peru software provider. Open Comb Systems E.I.R.L., Calle Las Dalias
1414 Pi. 2, Urb. AVEP, Lima 15083, Peru, has applied for affiliate division
membership. Alvaro Aguayo is operations manager for the firm, which was
established in 2007. The company develops point-of-sale and forecourt
software and an electronic billing system. Sponsored for PEI membership by
Keith Moye, OPW-FC, West Chester, Ohio.
Egypt import and export company. Egyptian Company for Import &
Export, 7 Ali Hassan St., Maamal El Alban, Cairo 7, Egypt, has applied for
affiliate division membership. Maged Ghattas is the general manager of the
firm, which was established in 2005. The company specializes in importing
petroleum devices and equipment for fueling stations. Sponsored for PEI
membership by Marcelo Caio Z. Fernandez, Zeppini, Sao Paulo, Brazil.
California service and environmental company. California Hazardous
Services, Inc., 1431 E. Saint Andrew Place, Santa Ana, CA 92705, has applied
for service and construction division membership. Belinda Bain is president
of the firm, which was established in 1978. The company specializes in fuel
system compliance, testing, maintenance, repairs and fuel filtering/tank
cleaning. Sponsored for PEI membership by B. A. Scowley, ShldsHarpr,
Mexico installation company. Electromecanica Hernandez S De RL De CV,
Calle Parque Nacional Copala 114, Parques del Sur, 37536, Mexico, has
applied for service and construction division membership. Ruben Hernandez
Gonzalez is the sales manager of the firm, which was established in 2015.
Electronmecanica Hernandez is an installation company. Sponsored for PEI
membership by David Fiala, FMGLLC, Maitland, Florida.
Florida installation company. Petro Flow, Inc., P.O. Box 8010,
Southport, FL 32409, has applied for service and construction division
membership. Dwain Sapp is president of the firm, which was established in
2006. The company offers installation and servicing of gas station
equipment, tanks and point-of-sale equipment. Sponsored for PEI membership
by Kevin R. McKinney, McKinney, Mobile, Alabama.
Chia-Ma Car Wash Systems, Taibao City, Chaiyi County, Taiwan (aff)
Alaniz Associates Corp., Covina, California (S&C)
Service Bay Solutions, Knoxville, Tennessee (S&C)