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May 2017 Issue

American Drivers Surpass 1 Billion Miles on E15

May 24, 2017

American consumers have helped E15—a fuel containing 15% ethanol and 85% gasoline—reach a significant milestone.   According to Growth Energy’s...

EIA: Fuel Economy Improvements Are Projected to Reduce Future Gasoline Use

May 24, 2017

Principal Contributors: David Stone and Mason Hamilton   Source: U.S. Energy Information Administration, Annual Energy Outlook 2017   Anticipated...

  • Vendor View: Addressing Corrosion and Microbial Growth in Today’s Fuel Environment

    May 22, 2017

    Photo: A corroded flapper valve from a diesel tank, next to another flapper valve from the gasoline tank at the same site.   By Brad Hoffman, Tanknology, Inc.   The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) began to phase in ultra-low-sulfur diesel (ULSD) in 2006, with stringent regulations intended to virtually eliminate sulfur from diesel fuel and thereby ...

  • U.S. Consumers Positive About Energy Industry, but Sentiment Erodes Between Generations

    May 12, 2017

    Americans value oil and gas for important reasons, but those motivations do not necessarily translate into support for the industry’s future. Eighty percent of consumers responding to a recent nationwide poll conducted by EY agree that the oil and gas industry is important to the U.S. economy, and 79% see it as an important job ...

  • Phishing: The Biggest Cyber Threat Today

    May 8, 2017

    By Bill Boeck, Lockton   A strong argument can be made that phishing1 (including its variants, clone phishing,2 spear phishing,3 whaling4 and smishing5) is the most important cyber threat facing companies and individuals today. Phishing allows criminals—known as phishermen—to exploit human weaknesses, to obtain information and access systems that are otherwise well protected. The consequences ...

  • Vendor View: Do You Know the ABCs of the EPA 2018 UST Regulation...

    May 1, 2017

    By Peter J. Cochefski   It was 1988 when the world of retail fueling in the United States changed forever—and for the better. That’s when the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)—in response to the shocking revelation that thousands of underground storage tanks (USTs) were leaking petroleum products and contaminating groundwater supplies—introduced a program, which included ...

  • Allstate/USA TODAY Small Business Barometer Uncovers Surging Optimism and Innovation on Main Street

    April 26, 2017

    In a revealing analysis of America’s small business environment, the second annual Allstate/USA TODAY Small Business Barometer  finds increasing optimism and innovation among small business owners, despite the rising cost of doing business. Nine in 10 local entrepreneurs say the benefits of owning a business outweigh the challenges.   The Allstate/USA TODAY Small Business Barometer ...

  • Vendor View: Bugs Cause Fuel System Damage, Part Two

    April 17, 2017

    Frederick J. Passman, Ph.D., Biodeterioration Control Associates, Inc.   My last article discussed the opportunity costs caused by dispenser flow-rate reduction. I’ll open today’s article with a few photos that I’ve selected from my collection of thousands of dirty, fuel-system photos.      Going clockwise from the top left: slime-coated fuel dispenser filter next to its ...

Weekly Energy Market Situation, May 22, 2017

May 22, 2017

OPEC Production Cut Expiration Raises Concerns Saudi Arabia and Russia concede need to extend cut History shows extending cuts has little market impact History...

EIA Gasoline and Diesel Retail Prices Update (Week Ended May 22, 2017)

May 23, 2017

Analysis by Dr. Nancy Yamaguchi   The Energy Information Administration (EIA) released its weekly data on diesel and gasoline retail prices for the week...

NATSO Issues Statement on Trump Administration’s Proposal Calling for Tolls and Commercial Rest Areas

May 24, 2017

NATSO President and CEO Lisa Mullings issued the following statement on the Trump administration’s budget proposal that would like to...

EIA: Crossover Utility Vehicles Blur Distinction Between Passenger Cars and Light Trucks

May 24, 2017

Photo: Hyundai Tucson CUV   Principal Contributors: David Stone and Mason Hamilton   Source: U.S. Energy Information Administration, based on...

NACS: Low Gas Prices Likely to Increase Vacations, but Not Miles Driven

May 22, 2017

Low gas prices will likely lead to increased summer vacation spending but won’t lead to longer trips, according to a survey of gas customers conducted by the...

RFA Launching “Ethanol Days of Summer” Contest to Report Prices

May 24, 2017

Beginning on Memorial Day, the Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) is launching an “Ethanol Days of Summer” contest, allowing both retailers and consumers to...