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November 2014 Issue

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EPA Delaying 2014 Standards for the Renewable Fuel Standard Program

November 24, 2014

On Nov. 21, 2014, EPA is announced that it will not be finalizing 2014 applicable percentage standards under the Renewable Fuel Standard program before the end...

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U.S. Senate Republicans to Make Energy Bills a Priority in New Congress: Lawmaker on Platts Energy Week

November 24, 2014

U.S. Senate Republicans will test President Barack Obama with several pro-energy production bills when the new Congress convenes in January, a key GOP lawmaker...

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    Policy Brief: Big Green Gets a Win-for Now

    November 19, 2014

    By Keith Reid On Nov. 18, a bill to authorize construction of the Keystone XL oil pipeline was defeated by one vote in the Senate (59-41), after similar legislation passed in the House. It was uniformly supported by Republicans and managed to gain 13 votes among Senate Democrats. The result is disappointing, but not surprising. ...

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    Submitted Feature: Injector Fouling In Diesel Engines – A Rational View

    November 19, 2014

    By Joe T. Joseph, Ph. D. Transportation fuels, specifically diesel fuel, play a vital role in the expanding global economy. Governments and social agencies are tightening fuel specifications and the demands from consumers for higher fuel economy and better engine performance are unrelenting. Engine manufacturers are constantly improving engine designs, particularly fuel injectors, and requiring ...

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    Why Oil Prices Declined Now and Where They Go from Here

    November 12, 2014

    By guest blogger, Doug Haugh After three years of eerie calm in the oil market volatility has returned with a vengeance. With prices down $20 in the past few months it seems the market is ignoring the wars in the Iraq, Syria, and Libya. Normally any one of those would be enough to at least ...

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    Healthcare Alert: IRS, HHS Closing the Minimum Value Plan Loophole; Early Adopters Win...

    November 5, 2014

    By Greg Cushard, vice president, and Edward Fensholt, J.D. director, compliance services, Lockton The Internal Revenue Service this morning (Nov. 4) grabbed its hatchet and played pilgrim to what it sees as a fast-growing turkey: health plans claiming to satisfy the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA’s) “minimum value” health plan standard without covering inpatient hospitalization or ...

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    Get Smart about Fleet Card Acceptance in Your Retail Locations

    October 29, 2014

    By Shane Dyer It’s undeniable that accepting fleet cards into your chain of service stations results in increased sales for both fuel and in-store items. There have been numerous studies over the years that have confirmed fleet customers buy more than typical retail customers. This is because the drivers of those vehicles are also buying ...

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Weekly Energy Market Situation, Nov. 17, 2014

November 17, 2014

Growing Oil Glut is Pressuring Prices Saudi Arabia is maintaining production, seeking to force other producers to cut supply. Conflicts among producers abound,...

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Jay Ricker Named Chairman of the Fuels Institute

November 24, 2014

Jay Ricker, chairman of Ricker Oil Co. (Anderson, IN) was elected chairman of the Fuels Institute. The election took place November 20 during the Fuels...

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GasBuddy Survey Says: 92% of Americans Traveling for Thanksgiving Plan to Drive; 71% Expect to Spend Less This Year

November 18, 2014

When Americans hit the road this year for Thanksgiving family gatherings, 31% of us say we’ll be traveling over 500 miles and another 31% will travel between...

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Ryder Offers Tips to Help Fleets Weather the Winter

November 18, 2014

In preparation for the upcoming winter season, predicted to bring below-average temperatures and heavy snowstorms, Ryder System, Inc., a leader in commercial...

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SIGMA Elects Tom Gresham as President

November 14, 2014

On Nov. 12, 2014, the Society of Independent Gasoline Marketed of America elected Tom Gresham as SIGMA President. Gresham was previously SIGMA first vice...

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2015 Alternative Clean Transportation (ACT) Expo

November 24, 2014

Gladstein, Neandross and Associates (GNA), organizers of the 2015 Alternative Clean Transportation (ACT) Expo, have released the agenda and opened early bird...