Generations of kids who watched PBS’s long-running Sesame Street remember each episode of the groundbreaking program being “brought to you by” the letter “F” or “J” or—
well, take your pick.
In that same spirit, this special section of the PEI Journal is brought
to you by the letter “E.” Three “E” words are currently dominating
the conversation, the thinking and, soon, the decisions of petroleum
marketers, equipment distributors and manufacturers alike.
With E15 continuing its long and winding march to the marketplace, two major U.S. dispenser manufacturers announced last year that their standard dispensers are fully compatible with and warranted for use with the new, higher-blend ethanol fuel. But what protection does that statement really offer marketers? To find out, PEI asked the two manufacturers a series of penetrating—and practical—questions. To read their sometimes surprising answers, see page 32.
Electric cars have become part of the United States’ national energy
policy almost overnight, with President Obama now aiming to put
1 million electric vehicles on the road by 2015. As the technology
improves, battery lives are extended and charging stations begin to
sprout up, PEI members are wondering: What does it all mean for our
industry? Is electric an opportunity, a threat or a mixture of both? See
our report on page 42.
Fuel dispensing equipment is expected to operate successfully and
safey when exposed to today’s—and tomorrow’s—motor fuels. As a
result, the need for reliable inspection and maintenance procedures
has never been greater. That’s where the all-new PEI/RP500—
Recommended Practices for Inspection and Maintenance of Motor Fuel
Dispensing Equipment comes in. Beginning on page 47, you can check
out the important changes in the just-released revision of this crucial
On behalf of the PEI Journal—and with great thanks to the letter “E”—I
hope you enjoy this very special theme section.
General Manager, PEI,
and Managing Editor, PEI Journal