November 7, 2019 | Vol. 69, No. 21
Dear PEI Member:
The past month brought plenty of opportunities to listen — at the 2019 PEI Convention at the NACS Show in Atlanta, at a fuels conference in Las Vegas and at the Association of State and Territorial Solid Waste Management Officials (ASTSWMO) annual conference in Washington, D.C.
The members, regulators and other stakeholders I met on the road had lots of good ideas, but even better questions. Four themes, in particular, kept reappearing:
But what will keep members’ momentum going in 2022? I heard that question more than any other.
Even if the answer isn’t yet clear, keep asking the question. How can you turn the success of the past few years into a foundation for the next big thing, whatever it might be? As “the leading authority for fuel and fluid handling equipment,” PEI will support our members’ quest through this newsletter, the PEI Journal, conferences, education and other resources.
“Will our state provide funds to help replace aging USTs?”
Nevertheless, so far, state financial assistance for tank removals remains spotty. At this point, Colorado wins the gold medal for shifting the focus of its petroleum storage tank fund from cleanup to release prevention. Among other benefits, owners and operators replacing USTs in the Centennial State can receive grants of $1 per gallon of tank volume removed.
The Questions We Hear
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How can Colorado be that generous? Three reasons top the list: the state’s fund is healthy; the Department of Oil and Public Safety has excellent aging data for the state’s UST population; and the regulatory authorities have adopted a long-term perspective.
States without one or more of these characteristics might not be as generous.
“Does whatever happens in Washington really matter?”
But does it really matter?
Yes, it does. A fractured Congress might not do much. But executive action, regulatory rulemakings and guidance documents can do great harm or great good for individual businesses. You have to pay attention — and PEI will continue to report on the changes that could affect you.
E15 for real?”
But that number could grow soon. As vehicles become more fuel-efficient and liquid fuel volumes fall, E15 will be one way to meet the statutorily required Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) volumes.
Other market factors also point toward greater adoption of the higher level ethanol blend. The EPA’s decision to allow year-round E15 sales is part of the calculus. Congress’ failure to renew the biodiesel tax credit negates that fuel’s price advantage. If automakers, as expected, move toward higher-compression engines, E15 could provide the higher octane those engines will need. Finally, two sources confirmed to PEI this week that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is considering another round of grants for the blender pumps and infrastructure upgrades necessary to store, meter and sell E15.
Ask the right questions, and you just might find the right answers.
INSTITUTE REVIEWS EV ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACTS
“Overall, the consensus from the literature is that while EVs produce zero tailpipe emissions, they are still a source of emissions due to the generation of electricity they consume, their production, disposal, recycling, etc.,” according to a Fuels Institute press release. “For example, one report noted that manufacturing an EV can generate up to two times more greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions than when manufacturing an ICE. However, reports also indicate that because a mid-size EV can emit up to 51% less GHG than a gasoline-powered mid-size vehicle, this manufacturing disadvantage might be overcome within 4,900 miles of travel.”
Download “Supercharged: The Environmental Impact of Electric Vehicles” at www.fuelsinstitute.org.
North Carolina service provider. Eastern Fuel Systems Inc., 133 Ketchie Dr., Mooresville, NC 28115, applied for service and construction division membership. Joseph Penney owns the company, which was established in September 2018. Eastern Fuel Systems Inc. provides service and installation services. Sponsored for PEI membership by Glen Corkill, Source North America, Addison, Illinois.
Florida service provider. GCM Transports SA, 222 Phoenetia Ave. Apt #8, Coral Gables, FL 33134, applied for service and construction division membership. Javier Sevilla is project manager for the firm, which was established in 2007. GCM Transports SA installs gasoline dispensers and provides complete maintenance services. Sponsored for PEI membership by John Ellsworth, John M. Ellsworth Co. Inc., Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
Massachusetts car wash POS manufacturer. Washify
Services LLC, 1208 VFW Parkway, West Roxbury, MA 02132, applied for
manufacturer division membership. Greg Snow is marketing manager for the
company, which was established in 2012. Washify Services LLC manufactures
integrated point-of-sale systems for car washes. The products are sold
primarily through distributors. Sponsored for PEI membership by Carol Schram,
PECO Carwash Systems, Auburn Hills, Michigan.
manufacturer. Guangzhou Leared Automatic
Equipment Co. Ltd., No. 235 Shinan Road, Dongyong Town, Nansha District,
Guangzhou City, China, applied for manufacturer division membership.
Catherine Liu is marketing director for the company, which was established
in 2006. Guangzhou Leared Automatic Equipment Co. designs and manufactures
fuel dispensers and accessories sold primarily through distributors.
Sponsored for PEI membership by Wang Li, Zhejiang Jiasong Technology Co.
Ltd., Wenzhou, China.
Oklahoma investment firm. Infinity Capital
Partners, 1611 N. Broadway Ave., Oklahoma City, OK 73103, applied for
affiliate division membership. Christopher Lee is managing partner of the
firm, which was established in 2016. Infinity Capital Partners helps
companies raise capital for growth or acquisitions, sell their businesses
and restructure or refinance debt. Sponsored for PEI membership by Lyndell
Thomas, Hooten Equipment Co., Springdale, Arkansas.
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