In addition to heating fuels and NORA technical sessions, our conference is the only one in New England that also addresses motor fuel, jobber and c-store topics. Whether you run a hundred stations or just one, you'll find these sessions educational and impactful. Note that a few of these sessions apply to both heating and motor fuel distributors.
Motor Fuels Track - Monday, September 18
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM Carbon Tax Proposals - How Government Wants to End Fossil Fuels Steve Dodge, American Petroleum Institute; Matt Cota, Vermont Fuel Dealers Association Policymakers at the national and state levels have put a bullseye on fossil fuels and have targeted them for termination. A carbon tax seems to be their method of choice. Nationally, a group of prominent Republicans have advanced a carbon tax proposal. Connecticut saw a very egregious carbon tax this year that was defeated. In Connecticut, for example, the tax on gasoline would start at 14.7 cents/gall, and increase to 39 cents/gall in year 5, and 67 cent/gall by year 10. And Vermont has experienced legislation as well. This session will look at national, regional and state carbon tax proposals. Steve Dodge is with the national association representing the Majors; Matt Cota runs the VT equivalent association of CEMA. Ballroom A
11:15 AM - 12:15 PM Electric Vehicle Technology - Tesla's Outlook Will Nicholas, Sr. Policy Manager, Tesla Connecticut's new energy plan is calling for 2 million new electric vehicles on the road over the next 30 years - that's over 90% of the passenger car fleet in the state! This session will look at this topic from the standpoint of electric vehicle technology (see another session on Tuesday for EV infrastrucure). The world's most notable EV manufacturer, Tesla, will discuss where EV technology is today, how it has rapidly evolved over just the past few years, and the prospects for future development. It's well possible that the EV car just five years from now will be nothing like what's on the road today. This fascinating session will take you "under the hood" of this fast-changing technology. Ballroom D
2:30 PM - 3:30 PM ULSD Tank Corrosion Dan Jenkins, Iron Ox Gas station owners nationwide have experienced corrosion problems with their ULSD tanks. This session will look at the causes for corrosion, and will present all the various solutions and how they work to some degree or another, or don't work at all. Does one solution fit every tank at every station, or must an "all-of-the-above" strategy be looked at? Dan Jenkins has studied this problem very closely and will present his practical and technical observations. Ballroom A
3:45 PM - 4:45 PM ULSD Corrosion - Sumps and Exterior Components Dan Jenkins, Iron Ox Unfortunately, ULSD corrosion isn't just confined to USTs at gas stations. Corrosion will insidiously work its way into sumps, fasteners, couplings and all sorts of other components of your UST system. This informative session will look at inspection practices, spotting early warning signs, films vs coatings, preventive maintenance, new construction best practices, and best practices for fasteners and couplings, among others. Ballroom D
Tuesday, September 19
8:30 AM - 9:30 AM PMAA Update on Federal Motor Fuel Issues Rob Underwood, PMAA President We're fortunate to have PMAA's president visit our conference to give us a federal update on motor fuel issues. This will be a wide-ranging discussion on regulatory developments on tax, environmental and transportation topics, as well as legislative prospects. Recent PMAA newsletters have covered subjects such as pump labeling, the RFS Rule, future Cafe standards, and USTs in flood zones. This briefing at our conference next month will cover all the latest breaking national news as they affect motor fuels, jobbers and c-stores. Ballroom D
9:45 AM - 10:45 AM EV Infrastructure and Expansion Lee Grannis, Capitol Clean Cities Connecticut's new energy plan is calling for 2 million new electric vehicles on the road over the next 30 years - that's over 90% of the passenger car fleet in the state! But the state does not discuss the infrastructure needed for this kind of huge rollout. That's where organizations like Capitol Clean Cities comes in, since they're already involved throughout the state in building alternative fueling stations. We'll discuss the energy plan and just what infrastructure is needed for 2 million EVs. We'll discuss EV charging technology, where it's headed, whether it's suitable for gas stations, and how you can get into installing them. This complements Monday's session on EV technology. Ballroom D
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM Connecticut Motor Fuels Legislative Agenda Chris Herb, CEMA As we've traditionally done at our Annual Meeting, this session will be an open roundtable discussion of CEMA's legislative agenda for 2018, and legislative activity for 2017 as the state, as of this writing, still doesn't have a budget. We've suggested to legislators a number of revenue enhancing ideas, such as beer in c-store sales and minimum cigarette markup. Given our budget, now may finally be the time such ideas get some traction. We'll also discuss environmental and energy policy, and return to tank fund and tank liability issues and possible insurance remedies. Ballroom D
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