Energy association drops ‘petroleum’ from name

Source: By Mike Lee, E&E News reporter • Posted: Wednesday, October 14, 2020

A trade group for filling-station owners dropped the word “petroleum” from its name this week, citing its growing portfolio of alternative energy sources and liquid fuels.

The Energy Marketers of America, formerly the Petroleum Marketers Association of America, will continue to lobby for policies that boost gasoline, diesel fuel and heating oil, but also plans to advocate for research on biofuels and engine efficiency, according to a fact sheet. It’s also pushing for federal funding to reduce emissions from legacy diesel engines and funding for the National Oilheat Research Alliance, which focuses on efficiency and sustainability for the heating oil industry.

The group says any policies on electric vehicles should consider their full impact and “should allow for an orderly and efficient transition considering the market viability and the real environmental profile of the electricity sources.”

“The fact is, liquid fuels are part of the solution when it comes to emissions reductions,” Rob Underwood, the group’s president, said in an email.

Improvements in liquid fuels have helped reduce emissions, even while vehicle travel increased, the group said. The association represents 60,000 filling stations and heating-oil distributors around the country, most of them independent.

The decision follows a similar tone change by the American Petroleum Institute and other trade groups. API leaders, including President Mike Sommers, began referring to the drilling industry as the “natural gas and oil” industry, a nod toward gas’s role in reducing pollution from electric power generation (Energywire, Jan. 8).