By Ryan Mossman, Contributing Editor The National Hurricane Center predicted an “above average” hurricane season for 2013, forecasting eighteen tropical storms and nine hurricanes. But the reality is that 2013 has been a dud with nine tropical storms and only two Category 1 strength-named hurricanes. Though hurricane season doesn’t officially end until November 30, roughly
By Brian L. Milne, Refined Fuels Editor, Telvent DTN In the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, which was followed by a less destructive but still menacing nor’easter, the fuel distribution chain in the Northeast continues to experience disruptions. Phillips 66 estimates it would take another week or two before a resumption of normal operations would occur
Brian L. Milne, Refined Fuels Editor, Telvent DTN A loss of gasoline demand in the heavily populated Northeast due to Hurricane Sandy pressed New York Mercantile Exchange RBOB futures to a 4-1/2 month low, with the contract, short for Reformulated Blendstock for Oxygenate Blending, used as a benchmark in setting spot gasoline prices. Although long
By Brian L. Milne, Refined Fuels Editor, Telvent DTN Based on the Energy Information Administration’s (EIA) Short-term Energy Outlook for May, its $3.79 gallon U.S. average for regular grade gasoline on May 7 will also be the price that gasoline averages this summer, which it defines from April through September. If realized, the $3.79 gallon
Locations are available in eight northeastern states. Cumberland Farms Inc., which operates 589 convenience store locations, is divesting 18 operating and closed convenience stores, plus two retail development sites throughout the Northeast. The 20 properties are located in a variety of urban and suburban markets in eight Northeastern states—six properties each in Massachusetts and
Gulf Oil has signaled its branded return to Maryland, by announcing a branded distributor partnership with Bedford Valley Petroleum, which plans to rebrand nine retail motor fuel outlets in Pennsylvania and Maryland to the new Gulf “Sunrise” image. “We are excited to be able to bring the Gulf family to Maryland and build upon its
By Brian L. Milne, Refined Fuels Editor, Telvent DTN Advancing wholesale gasoline costs midway through March were pared on the last day of winter, but consumers in most metropolitan regions across the U.S. will still see prices at the pump taking an escalator ride higher. The market is in the grips of a typical seasonal
By Brian L. Milne, Refined Fuels Editor, Telvent DTN Understanding the market movements for energy commodities in 2009 has become complicated. The old way of looking at the market through the lens of supply and demand seems to hold less relevance. Now, broad-based economic indicators are overruling an inventory buildup or a slump in demand.