NEWS FROM THE US
NEWS FROM THE UNITED STATES
BY KRISTEN WRIGHT
EDITOR IN CHIEF, PEI
Kristen Wright is editor in chief of the PEI Journal. Reach her at
firstname.lastname@example.org. The Petroleum Equipment Institute is a trade
association whose more than 1,600 member companies in 80-
plus countries manufacture, distribute and service petroleum
marketing and liquid handling equipment.
The U.S. claims the top spot again for petroleum
and natural gas production. A bipartisan
bill seeks to raise E15 awareness at the
pump among boaters and owners of smaller
engines. A Deloitte survey shows U.S. companies
are reducing their carbon footprints
despite relaxed environmental regulations
of the Trump administration. And registration
opens for the 2018 PEI Convention at
the NACS Show in Las Vegas.
United States leads the world in petroleum
natural gas production.
The U.S. remained the world’s No. 1 producer
of petroleum and natural gas hydrocarbons
in 2017, according to the U.S. Energy
Information Association. U.S. production
in 2017 reached a record high.
U.S. natural gas production edged past
that of Russia, the world’s previous top producer,
in 2009. U.S. production of petroleum
hydrocarbons surpassed that of Saudi
Arabia, the previous leader, in 2013. U.S.
petroleum and natural gas production has
increased by nearly 60 percent since 2008.
Bipartisan bill promotes E15 consumer
awareness at pump.
Two members of the Congressional Boating
Caucus on May 16 introduced a bill that
would increase consumer awareness on
how to safely use fuel containing more than
10 percent ethanol.
Austin Scott, a Republican from Georgia,
and Lois Frankel, a Democrat from Florida,
introduced the Consumer Protection and
Fuel Transparency Act of 2018 to eliminate
consumer confusion about engines in boats,
motorcycles, pre-2001 model year vehicles
and outdoor power equipment that are prohibited
from using fuel containing more than
10 percent ethanol.
A 2017 Harris poll commissioned by the
Outdoor Power Equipment Institute revealed
• 63 percent of customers assume any gas
sold at a gas station is safe for all engines.
• 95 percent of boats are fuelled at retail
• 7 percent of consumers know E15 is prohibited
in all engines except late model automobiles.
The Consumer Protection and Fuel Transparency
Act of 2018 would direct the Environmental
Protection Agency to:
• Revise labelling requirements for E15 fuel
• Solicit input and requirements for the new
labels from industries that manufacture vehicles,
engines and equipment prohibited
from using E15 (boats, lawnmowers, chainsaws,
motorcycles and snowmobiles).
• Include “WARNING” on labels no smaller
than 5-by-7 inches.
• Include pictograms on the labels that
depict products prohibited from using E15
(boat, lawnmower, chainsaw, motorcycle
• Include other indicators on the labels in
consultation with the American National
• Test label effectiveness with a focus
• Develop a public education campaign
with the affected industries that improves
awareness of E15 and the vehicles, engines
and equipment prohibited from using E15.
• Include consumer outreach at the point
of sale, before dispensing and in the public
• Submit a report to Congress no later than
one year after enactment of the act regarding
public education efforts and including
data and metrics on consumer awareness
of appropriate uses of E15.
Deloitte: U.S. companies reduce carbon
Despite the Trump administration’s easing
of environmental regulations, U.S. companies
are increasingly reducing their carbon
footprints on their own.
Research by Deloitte, “Resources 2018
Study - Businesses Drive, Households
Strive,” found that most U.S. businesses and
customers are committed to environmentally
In addition, consumers think the government
should set an energy vision and path,
but the private sector is more proactive in
managing resources for cleaner, more affordable
Eighty-seven percent of businesses surveyed
knew that the U.S. pulled out of the
Paris climate agreement, and 4 in 10 are reviewing
or changing their energy management
policies in response. The study also
• The number of companies with carbon
footprint goals hit 61 percent in 2018. In
2017, it was just more than half.
• 74 percent of residential consumers said
climate change is caused by humans, up 6
percentage points from 2017.
• Businesses expect gasoline or diesel vehicles
to make up 49 percent of their transportation
fleets by 2020, opening the door
for hybrid and alternative-fueled fleets.
• 56 percent offer EV charging stations
• 59 percent of businesses generate some
electricity on-site. Of those, 13 percent use
renewables, 13 percent use on-site co-generation
and 10 percent use on-site battery
Registration opens for PEI convention
at NACS show
Registration is now open for the 2018
PEI Convention at the NACS Show, the fuel
and fluid handling equipment and services
industry’s largest annual event, which take
place from the 7-10 October in Las Vegas.
Early bird attendee registration is $295 for
PEI and NACS members and $495 for nonmembers
through June 25.
A one-day early bird attendee rate is
available for $195 for members and $395 for
To register or for further information visit
www.pei.org/show or contact Ryan Tuttle on
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