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April 2017 Issue

Biofuels Stakeholders Issue Statement on Oral Arguments for 2014 – 2016 Renewable Volume Obligations

April 24, 2017

In response to oral arguments held earlier today by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit on the petition for review of the Renewable...

NACS Fights Renewed Efforts to Repeal Pro-Competition, Pro-Consumer Swipe Fee Reform

April 26, 2017

Lyle Beckwith, Senior Vice President of Government Relations of the National Association of Convenience Stores (NACS), issued the following statement on the...

  • 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 ...

  • Vendor View: The New Retail Fuel Customer Base

    April 12, 2017

    Sourced from “Fueled for Thought” by Joe O’Brien, Source North America Corporation   Twenty years ago, the business buzz phrase was “paradigm shift.” Today, the buzzword is “disruption.” Whatever the term, the notion is worth considering. There are ideas afoot in today’s retail fuel market that indicate a change to the conventional business model is under way. ...

  • Policy Brief: Trump Rolls Back Clean Power Plan, Reviews CAFE Standards

    March 29, 2017

    By Keith Reid   As he promised during the campaign, President Trump has essentially backed out of the Obama administration EPA’s Clean Power Plan. The “Energy Independence” executive order signed on March 28 at EPA asks the agency to review and essentially roll back the rule. For details of the rule click HERE.   “Today I’m ...

  • Vendor View: Managing Aging USTs with Facts and Confidence

    March 25, 2017

    By Brian Derge, Tanknology   In the 1980s, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) was at work developing the first comprehensive set of regulations governing underground storage tanks (USTs). Simultaneously, the retail fuel industry was working to upgrade existing locations throughout the U.S. and add new ones at a rapid pace. At that time, retail ...

  • Wells Fargo Survey: Small Business Optimism Surges to Pre-Recession Levels

    March 25, 2017

    Small business owners are the most optimistic they have been since the start of the Great Recession, according to the latest findings from the Wells Fargo/Gallup Small Business Index, conducted February 6 – 10. In the quarterly small business survey, which measures the optimism of small business owners, the overall index score increased significantly to ...

Weekly Energy Market Situation, April 24, 2017

April 24, 2017

Bears Take Control OPEC-non-OPEC deal may be unraveling Crude oil tanker movements reach a record Gasoline supply up; gasoline demand down Natural gas storage...

April 28, 2017: Prices Recovering on OPEC-non-OPEC Cuts, U.S. Earnings and Geopolitics

April 28, 2017

Analysis by Dr. Nancy Yamaguchi   Oil markets showed some trading ups and downs this week, and the price trend was generally down until this morning. The...

NBB Argues for Higher Advanced-Biofuel Volumes Before the D.C. Court of Appeals

April 24, 2017

The National Biodiesel Board (NBB) argued before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit on April 24 regarding the Renewable Fuel...

NRF Asks Congress to Protect Swipe Fee Reform That Has Saved Consumers Billions

April 26, 2017

The National Retail Federation (NRF) and retailers from across the country went to Capitol Hill on April 26 as Congress held a hearing on legislation that...

Refresh, Refuel, Reduce and Recycle at Your Local Convenience Store

April 21, 2017

If you’re like most Americans, you probably empty the trash in your car every time you fill up your gas tank at your local convenience store.   Seven in...

Casey’s General Stores to Offer E15 and E85; Expands Availability to Rural America

April 26, 2017

Casey’s General Stores, Inc., a Midwest convenience store chain, announced it will expand consumer choice by offering higher ethanol blends of E15 and E85 at...