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About Downstream Business

Trust our editors to keep you informed

In a world filled with data, actionable information specific to your business needs can be scarce. Hart Energy’s new DownstreamBusiness.com is the “go-to” website for relevant, reliable, and timely market intelligence on the global downstream industry. Through the site, we deliver all the information once relayed in our specialized newsletters, covering everything from global refining and petrochemicals to gasification markets and conventional vehicle fuels to ethanol and additional biofuels.

The goal of DownstreamBusiness.com is simple: to serve as the industry’s one-stop source for news, data, analysis and insights about downstream oil and gas technologies and market developments worldwide.

The History of Downstream Business

For over 20 years, Hart Energy has delivered targeted downstream coverage through a variety of platforms, including its highly sought-after e-newsletters, such as Ethanol and Biofuel News and Global Refining & Fuels Today, and its award-winning Downstream Business magazine (formerly FUEL magazine). Today, the new DownstreamBusiness.com gives you a 360-degree view, providing original reporting as well as in-depth data services, news and analysis. This world-class coverage crosses key verticals and industry sub-sectors such as: 

  • Refining & Processing
  • Fuels
  • Petrochemicals
  • LNG
  • Alternative Energy
  • Syngas
  • Policy & Regulation

Meet the Editors


Peggy Williams is a certified petroleum geologist, and prior to joining Hart Energy in 1992 she worked as a petroleum geologist in the industry. During a 16-year career in petroleum geology, Williams was an equity partner in an independent firm devoted to natural gas prospect generation. Williams holds a B.A. in geology from the University of Rhode Island, a Master’s in Energy Resources from the University of Pittsburgh, and an M.S. in Technical Communications from the University of Colorado. 

Email: pwilliams@hartenergy.com


Bryan Sims is executive editor of DownstreamBusiness.com and a regular contributor to Downstream Business magazine.  He reports on biofuels, alternative fuel and refining technologies, petrochemicals, as well as energy technology. Sims received the 2015 Hart Energy Award of Excellence for feature writing and, in 2013, won the top editorial prize for energy writing from FOLIO: magazine, the leading publication serving the U.S. media industry. Prior to joining Hart Energy, Sims held the position of associate editor for BBI International, covering biofuels for the company's two premier publications. Before covering biofuels, he wrote for two daily newspapers located in Wahpeton, N.D., and Crookston, Minn. Sims is a retired veteran of the Army National Guard. He holds a B.A. in communications from the University of North Dakota.

Email: bsims@hartenergy.com
Twitter: @bsimshart


Brandy Fidler is associate editor of DownstreamBusiness.com where she reports on the petrochemical industry. Fidler also writes several departments and feature articles for Downstream Business magazine. She joined Hart Energy in October 2014 and has more than five years of editorial experience. Fidler was previously a staff writer for a national publication in Dallas, Success Magazine, and also wrote website content for a major tennis retailer. Fidler holds a B.A. in journalism from the University of North Texas.

Email: bfidler@hartenergy.com
Twitter: @brandyfidler