October 8, 2020 | Vol. 70, No. 20
Dear PEI Member:
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) launched a data-rich, interactive map Oct. 1 on underground storage tanks (USTs) and leaking USTs (LUSTs) in the U.S. Developed in cooperation with the Association of State and Territorial Solid Waste Management Officials (ASTSWMO), the UST Finder application provides:
The UST Finder can help regulators, owners, operators, contractors and emergency personnel:
Launch data came from 2018 and 2019 state reports. The EPA will update the data as new information becomes available. The UST Finder application includes a quick start guide and user manual.
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To introduce the UST Finder’s functions, features and benefits, the EPA and ASTSWMO will host an informational webinar from 1 to 2:15 p.m. Central, Tuesday, Oct. 13. Learn more and register at register.gotowebinar.com/register/1739856614520832013.
CONEXXUS: EMV FORECOURT INSTALLATIONS LAG
In response to COVID-19 safety concerns, 81% also plan to install contactless EMV payment systems at their fuel islands.
Survey findings reflect responses from owners and operators of 18,819 retail sites. Download the complete results here.
Made possible by the 35 members of the PEI Priority Club, the interview-style sessions will be 35 minutes long. Ian Heller, founder and senior partner of Distribution Strategy Group, will moderate the series with economist and forecasting expert Alex Chausovsky, senior business advisor at ITR Economics.
The first webinar is at 2 p.m. Central, Wednesday, Oct. 14. Learn more and register here.
PEI BUSINESS OUTLOOK SURVEY, VIRTUAL CONVENTION & EXPO
The PEI Virtual Convention & Expo also includes education sessions on convenience retail disruptions, regulatory developments, succession planning, forecourt modernization, electric vehicles (EVs), COVID-19 safety practices and the economy. For a short video interview with Alan Beaulieu, president of ITR Economics, who will present “Economic Foresight in the COVID-19 Era” click here.
Registered attendees can watch the sessions live Nov. 10-12 and on demand at their convenience through Dec. 31. Learn more about the event and register here.
MORE SCR-EQUIPPED TRUCKS ON THE ROAD
Since 2011, the EPA has required that all new heavy-duty (classes 3-8) trucks be equipped with SCR technology, which injects diesel exhaust fluid (DEF) into the exhaust stream to reduce nitrogen oxide (NOx) emissions and particulate matter.
EPA UPDATES BIOFUELS, FLOOD RESOURCES
EPA OUST also revised the 24-page Underground Storage Tank Flood Guide. The reference provides helpful information on flood preparation, post-disaster actions and financial assistance. At OUST’s request, PEI staff reviewed and made several suggestions for this new edition.
CONSUMER EV INTEREST GROWS
In the U.S., hybrid electric vehicles (41%) were the top alternative power preference. Battery electric vehicles (BEVs) were the first choice of 8% of consumers.
Despite these numbers, the study noted that market factors reduce the likelihood of preferences turning into purchases. For example, 34% of U.S. consumers would not pay any more for an EV than for a comparable internal combustion vehicle. Only 12% are willing to pay $3,000 more.
“Electric vehicles are often sold and promoted on the basis that they’ll cost less to maintain and repair versus gasoline-powered vehicles. In a whitepaper released Thursday, the consumer advocacy organization behind Consumer Reports, informed by CR’s reliability survey data, tested that boilerplate assumption against its real-world data, finding that electric vehicle drivers are typically saving big — an average of 50% versus equivalent gas vehicles, over the life of the vehicle.” — Green Car Reports, Sept. 25
Mike Long & Associates Inc. celebrated its 30th anniversary Oct. 1. Founder Mike Long is a past president and board member of the Manufacturers’ Representatives Educational Research Foundation (MRERF).
South Carolina service company. Parliament Petroleum Services LLC, 3277 Neely Ferry Road, Laurens, SC 29360, applied for service and construction division membership. Robert Gay is co-owner of the company, which was established in July 2019. Parliament Petroleum Services LLC is a full-service installer and service company for petroleum equipment and automotive lift equipment. Sponsored by Mike Vegeais, Freedom Electronics LLC, Kennesaw, Georgia.
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The TulsaLetter 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.