VFDA Fuel Line Newsletter

first_imgStrike Over   Vermont Fuel Dealers Association A tentative agreement has been reached with the 3,200 Canadian National rail employees who were on strike for more than a week. CN employees returned to work(link is external) yesterday afternoon. Delays are expected as the surge of backlogged traffic works its way through the rail network. It will take some time before everything gets back to normal. In collaboration with NPGA, PGANE and our state association partners, VFDA is still working on a regional waiver for propane transports from federal hours of service regulations in response to the logistical issues posed by the work stoppage.Tank MemoThe Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation issued a guidance document (found here(link is external)) which urges fuel dealers to suspend routine inspection of tanks until after the winter is over. Please note that this is not a suspension of inspections on first fills for new customers or first fills on new tanks. The document also provides clarification on hand filling tanks that have been red tagged. More information about Vermont’s AST Regulations can be found at vermontfuel.com/tank(link is external).  TanksThe 2019 VFDA Tank Rebate Program is closed. Since 2018, VFDA and NORA have helped more than 800 Vermonters get a new oilheat tank by distributing over $200,000 in rebates. Our goal is for all Vermonters to have their tanks inspected to ensure they are safe and meet Vermont’s AST regulations. Go to vermontfuel.com/tank(link is external) to learn more.1740 degrees days have been recorded in Montpelier since July 1. That’s 4% more than the ten year average but about the same as last year.__________VFDA Training: Get Certified, Stay Certified.Propane/Natural Gas Continuing Education — December 11 — Rutland  Class full.Propane/Natural Gas Continuing Education — January 8(link is external) — WillistonBasic Oilheat Tech Training — February(link is external) — RutlandPropane CETP  Series — March(link is external) — MontpelierPropane/Natural Gas Continuing Education — March 27(link is external) — BerlinBasic Oilheat Tech Training — May(link is external) — Montpelier__________News of NoteThere are more 50 city governments across the country contemplating regulations that would ban the use of of fossil fuels. Residents of Brookline Massachusetts voted earlier this month to ban natural gas, propane and oilheat(link is external) on all new construction and renovations.Scientists have yet to discover, and entrepreneurs have yet to invent, anything as remarkable as hydrocarbons in terms of the combination of low-cost, high-energy density, stability, safety, and portability(link is external).  Batteries aren’t the solution. At least not yet. The annual output of Tesla’s Gigafactory, the world’s largest battery factory, could store three minutes’ worth of annual U.S. electricity demand. It would require 1,000 years of production to make enough batteries for two days’ worth of U.S. electricity demand. Meanwhile, 50–100 pounds of materials are mined, moved, and processed for every pound of battery produced.Tesla claimed its pickup truck was ‘bulletproof’ — then smashed its windows(link is external) with a metal ball.Vermont’s Commerical Vehicle Enforcement Unit inspected hundreds of trucks last week. Go to vermontfuel.com/crash(link is external) to check out the latest incident report and find out who got stopped and for what.________News from DCA provision extending the $1 per gallon biodiesel tax credit (BTC) through 2021 was included in the Growing Renewable Energy and Efficiency Now (GREEN) Act proposed by House Democrats earlier this month. The provision also provides for a retroactive extension of all sales from Jan. 1, 2018, to the date of enactment. Should the GREEN Act pass through, the biodiesel tax credit would go down each year from $1/gal to 75-cents to 50-cents to 33-cents before it is phased out in 2025. The Fuels Institute recently released a literature review of the environmental impact of electric vehicles as compared to an internal combustion engine titled “Supercharged: The Environment Impact of Electric Vehicles.” The report notes that while an EV does not have tailpipe emissions, its production and operation still produce significant global climate change emissions due to such factors as the source of electricity charging the battery, energy usage and the efficiency of the vehicle, and manufacturing and production. Overall the report concludes that there are numerous variables that drive the environmental impacts and that “there is no consensus break-even set of conditions that need to occur in order to realize the environmental benefits that the public attributes to the adoption of EVs.” The environmental benefits of EVs are predicated on widespread build-out of infrastructure, electricity generated by renewables, and other variables that can impact carbon emissions. Click here(link is external) to download the study.Copyright 2019 by the Vermont Fuel Dealers Association.  All rights reserved. Montpelier. vermontfuel.com(link is external)last_img read more

Kenai Peninsula School Board Makes Decisions on Budget and Transportation

first_imgErkeneff: “A lot of work went into that over a lot of years. We have an excellent program here and we’ve really put a lot of work into having our teachers become be the best they can be and effective evaluations. So that piece has been put into place.” The board has also set their three goals for the new school year which include funding public education, connecting with the staff and school, as well as promoting a shared value and responsibility for public education across the school district and the entire peninsula. The agenda last night included discussion on how teachers will be evaluated. During a 4:00pm work session, this was determined and the school board has approved it. FacebookTwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Last night, the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District held a meeting that ended with answers to lots of questions about the upcoming 2016-2017 school year.center_img Pegge Erkeneff, Communications Specialist for the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District recaps the transportation contract and budget…. Erkeneff: “The budget’s still fluid in that we’re waiting to hear what the legislature is going to do, even though the fiscal year has already started. So we do have funds in our general fund account to make up for that increased deficit that we discovered a couple weeks ago. But we have issued all our teacher contracts and will be honoring all of those and then the transportation piece, we’re looking at a new tenure contract so we’re paying attention to that and how that’s going to be awarded.”last_img read more