Fall Energy Conference & Annual Meeting

October 14th - 15th | State College, PA

October 14th

Conference Registration & Badge Pick Up 

Time: 11:00 am – 6:00 pm

Location: Rotunda Lobby

Local Association Meeting

Time: 12:00 pm – 1:15 pm

Location: Mt. Nittany Room

Description: Board meeting for the South Central Pennsylvania Energy Association

AccuWeather Facility Tour

Time: 1:30 pm – 3:15 pm

Location: 385 Science Park Rd, State College, PA 16803

Description: Tour the facility which has recognized and documented he most accurate source of weather forecasts and warnings in the world. AccuWeather serves more than 1.5 billion people daily to help them plan their lives and get more out of their day through radio, television, newspapers, smart phones, tablets, connected TVs, the AccuWeather Network and AccuWeather.com. Additionally, AccuWeather produces and distributes news, weather content, and video for more than 180,000 third-party websites. Among AccuWeather’s many innovative and award-winning features available free to the public are MinuteCast® Minute by Minute™ forecasts with Superior Accuracy™. Furthermore, AccuWeather serves more than half of Fortune 500 companies and thousands of businesses globally.


Leadership Seminar: Yes, You Can Find your Blue Ocean Strategy!

Time: 1:30 pm – 3:15 pm

Location: Faculty Staff Club 2


Come Hear Andrea J. Simon, Ph.D. Show you How to “See, Feel and Think” in New Ways

What is a Blue Ocean Strategy? Rather than compete with others for the same customers, blue ocean strategy is a way to find new market space, capture demand, and tackle the unmet needs of customers who could use you but aren’t, today.

She has conducted over 400 workshops with CEOs and their key leaders on Blue Ocean Strategy and has worked with dozens of clients on their Blue Oceans, in all types of industries across the globe.

Before launching her business, Dr. Simon was an executive in financial services firms and healthcare systems, all of which had to adapt to fast-changing times.

Today, once again the times are a’ changing. How do we make sure we are well positioned for the future that is going to be very different than today? Is our strategy the right one to capitalize on the transformations taking place in technology, in business management, in human resources, and among our clients?

Maybe it is time to think about your Blue Ocean Strategy. Her talk will help us see our businesses through a fresh lens. We will learn about Blue Ocean success stories. We will do a strategic canvas to help us see our business today and what it could become in the future. And, we will leave ready to find out more about how we can create a new market, not just compete in the one that is there today.

Joint Heating Fuel & NORA Committee Meeting

Time: 3:30 pm – 5:00 pm

Location: Ballroom A/B

Propane Committee Meeting

Time: 4:30 pm – 5:30 pm

Location: Mt. Nittany Room

Local Association Meeting

Time: 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Location: Writing Room 3

Description: Board meeting for the Delaware Valley Fuel Dealers Association

Opening Reception

Time: 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Location: Alumni Lounge/Lobby


Supplier Hospitality Event

Time: 8:00 pm – 11:00 pm

Location: Faculty Staff Club

Current Hospitality Suite Host:

October 15th

Conference Registration & Badge Pick Up 

Time: 7:00 am – 12:00 pm

Location: Rotunda Lobby

Breakfast Buffet & Federal Update 

Time: 7:30 am – 8:30 am

Location: Ballroom CDE

Seminar #1: PES Refinery Closure & Future Market Ramifications 

Time: 8:30 am – 9:45 am

A panel of industry experts will review how the closure of the largest oil refining complex on the U.S. Eastern seaboard will impact supply throughout the Mid-Atlantic Region moving forward.


Thomas (TJ) Zeth – Director, Pipeline Market, Buckeye Partners

Debnil Chowdhury – Head of North American Refining, IHS Markit

Greg Gill – Wholesale Market Manager, Monroe Energy LLC

Seminar #2: 10 Years, 5 Years, 3 Years, 1 Year – Trends and Plans for Energy Marketers

Time: 9:50 am – 10:35 am

Should you expand through acquisition? Should you just ride it out or maybe pack it in and run for the hills (or Florida)?  Before answering, you need to consider what your company is going to look like in ten years or five years or next year, if you stay on your present course.

Attendees will be shown statistics on growth and attrition trends in the delivered fuel industry.  You will see how these trends have affected energy marketers and will continue to affect them into the future.  Learn how some savvy marketers have gone against the trends to continue to grow and prosper.  If you are not in it for the long term then we will explore some mid-term and short-term strategies to maintain maximum profitability and enhance company value.  This is one of those business programs where you will walk away with a clearer vision for your business.

Warning:  Some of the information contained in this presentation will shock you, but you need to know it.

Speaker: Steve Abbate, President, Cetane Associates

Seminar #3: Open for Business – Disaster Preparation & Recovery

Time: 10:40 am – 11:10 am

The cornerstone to every strong risk management plan is how to prepare and react to the unexpected events outside of a business’s control. Disaster planning will focus on steps a business should take prior to any catastrophe to help ensure expedited recovery and the ability to resume servicing customers as quickly as possible. Operations, employees, key contacts, IT resources, finances, and other aspects will be examined to ensure proper planning is happening every day to prepare for the unexpected.


Jon Medo, Federated Insurance

Greg Kalvonjian, Federated Insurance

Seminar #4: Upcoming FMCSA Changes 

Time: 11:15 am – 12:00 pm

Topics will include updates on the following items:

  • New hours of service rules: potential extending the 100 air mile exception to 150 air miles and the 12 to 14 hours short haul change
  • New entry level driver training (effective February 2020)
  • New Drug and Alcohol Reporting Testing Clearinghouse that becomes effective January 2020
  • Changes in the Medical Examiner‘s certificate and process
  • Insulin dependent drivers allowed to have medical certificate
  • New Placarding requirements for placarding to the lowest flash point for straight and mixed loads of gasoline, diesel fuel/heating oil


Tim Cotter, Pennsylvania Division Administrator, Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration

Lunch & Annual AccuWeather  2019 – 2020 Winter Forecast 

Time: 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Location: Ballroom CDE

Seminar #5: How Carbon Tax & Greenhouse Gas Reduction Policies will Impact your Business

Time: 1:00 pm – 1:50 pm

On January 8, 2019 Governor Wolf signed a new executive order setting a statewide goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 26 percent by 2025 and 80 percent by 2050 from 2005 levels. This initiative will directly target fossil fuels by potentially introducing policies geared toward capping and reducing carbon emissions from the power sector. Carbon emissions would be taxed with the intention of using the funds towards investing in green technology and infrastructure. This seminar will further explain these programs and address how our industry can adapt to the challenges they create.


Patrick McDonnell, Secretary, PA Department of Environmental Protection

Seminar #6: Medical Marijuana in the Petroleum Industry 

Time: 2:00 pm – 2:50 pm

This session will explore the impact of medical marijuana legalization on employment, including impacts to:

  • DOT drivers
  • Safety-sensitive positions in the petroleum industry
  • Hiring and retention
  • Random and reasonable suspicion drug
  • Reasonable accommodations
  • General workplace safety


Mark Hipple, Associate, McNees Wallace & Nurick LLC

Annual Membership Meeting

Time: 3:00 pm – 3:30 pm

Location: Ballroom CDE

Please note the program schedule for the 2019 Fall Energy Conference & Annual Meeting may be modified. Attendees will receive a finalized program in early October.

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