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Renewable energy gets more green in 'fiscal cliff' deal
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Tax credits for renewable energy sources, energy efficient homes and appliances, alternative fuels and even electric motorcycles were all extended as part of the "fiscal cliff" deal between congressional Republicans and President Barack Obama. The wind industry saw a huge windfall with the one-year extension of the production tax credit for renewable energy. Other renewable energy sources like geothermal and biomass also benefit from the extension of the production tax credit. More

OESP accepting applications for Dave Nelsen Scholarship Program
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The National Association of Oil & Energy Service Professionals is still accepting applications for the Dave Nelsen Scholarship Program. "The oil and energy industry is continually looking for qualified technicians," says Judy Garber, OESP Executive Director. "OESP's mission is education and we're taking the lead by supporting our future technicians through annual scholarships." More

Relief Act changes taxes for small businesses
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The U.S. American Taxpayer Relief Act approved by Congress Jan. 1 contains provisions with important implications for businesses large and small. In this roundup, Small Business Trends examines some of the most important elements your company may need to consider. More

 Updates from OESP

A follow-up to the OHC Project recently completed by Al Breda, Sippin Energy
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Last week, we shared with you a couple of OHC projects. One of them pertained to the Barden family, who lost their child in the Sandy Hook tragedy. This project brought something very positive into the lives of more than the Barden family. Thanks to an article in the Republican American Newspaper, many folks in the Newtown area felt the warmth that Oil Heat Cares provides and a chance to read something positive.

The article highlighted that in a crisis, many people want to do something but don't know what. Sippin was committed to assisting the Bardens during this time. When Sippin technician Bill McNamara responded to a water leak Dec. 20, he noticed that the entire heating system was in need of a replacement. Normally, he would have suggested this to the homeowner. Instead, he spoke with Gary Sippin and the project was put in motion.

The Barden family now has a new Energy Kinetics Boiler and Roth Tank and the chimney was relined by CT Chimney & Venting. Thank you to all that donated the products and time.

2013 membership dues
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Have you paid your 2013 membership dues? Have an invoice? If so, you can pay via credit card online — visit or call 888-552-0900 to pay over the phone or to request an invoice. More

The new year brings new training opportunities
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There are two Daikin Altherma training classes being sponsored by Vernon Bitzer. The National trainer for Daikin Altherma, Stephen Meurs, will teach these all-day classes on Jan. 22 at the Joseph Ambler Inn, 1005 Horsham Road, in Ambler, Pa., and on Jan. 24 at the Lehigh Career and Technical Institute, 4500 Education Park Drive in Schnecksville. Each class begins at 8:30 a.m. and ends at 5:00 p.m. The cost is $25. To register, contact Jason Mangos at 484-390-2002.

Keep in touch with other classes and meetings by checking our calendar.

Our 60th Annual Convention and Trade Show
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Our 2013 Convention and Trade Show will be held in May 19-23 in Hershey, Pa. The trade show is free to all and hours are 11 a.m.-5 pm., Tuesday, May 21 and 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Wednesday, May 22. There will be a full schedule of training classes announced shortly. Stay tuned to our website for all updates.

Some wonderful news to share
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At our annual awards banquet last year, Zachary Baylor, who attends the Pennsylvania College of Technology in Williamsport, Pa., was awarded a Weil-McLain/NAOESP $5,000 scholarship. The association just learned that Zach got a 92 percent — the highest score out of 34 students on the NORA bronze exam. Kudos to Zach!

 In The News

Maine home heating oil up 4 cents a gallon
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Maine's average price of home heating oil is up 4 cents to $3.69 a gallon. The results of a weekly survey show northern Maine had the highest average price while the lowest price was found in the western part of the state. The Governor's Energy Office said while prices are climbing, the upward trend appears to be slowing. More

Rhode Island families wait for heating assistance
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VideoBriefHeating assistance for low-income families in Rhode Island was already a month behind schedule because of a computer glitch at the state level. Now a month later, families are still waiting for the oil truck. The state says the problem lies with community action programs — the local nonprofit groups that distribute heating money. More

Fiscal bill gives biofuel maker an extra spark
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A Maine business that recycles used cooking oil into a clean-burning fuel will benefit from an obscure piece of the "fiscal cliff" legislation that Congress passed Jan. 2. Tucked into the 157-page bill to avert federal spending cuts and some tax increases was language that reinstated a $1-a-gallon tax incentive for producers of biodiesel in 2013, and made it retroactive to January 2012. The National Biodiesel Board estimates that the credit will help support 112,000 jobs and boost production this year. More

Taco's New 3350 pressure reducing valve
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Taco's new 3350 valve is used to automatically feed water to a hydronic system whenever pressure in the system drops below the pressure setting of the valve. The 3350 PRV reduces incoming pressure and automatically maintains system pressure to the valve's adjustable set point. If the system pressure drops below the valve's set point, it will automatically add water to the system. The 3350 is suitable for systems with fill pressure requirements between 10-50 PSI and features a fast-fill button with automatic reset. More

Extension of credit for energy-efficient existing homes
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On Jan. 2, President Barack Obama signed "The Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012" into law. There are important energy efficiency tax credit provisions in this law you should know about. In addition to its many other tax provisions, the bill retroactively reinstates the 25C tax credits for highly efficient HVAC and water heating equipment that expired at the end of 2011. More

Congress breathes life into wind energy    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The U.S. government recently announced it was issuing a request to see whether or not there was any competitive interest in leasing more than 100 square miles of an area off the coast of Long Beach, N.Y., for wind development. Plans spelled out by the New York Power Authority could open the door for 350 megawatts of renewable energy for area consumers. The federal government said the measure was part of the Obama administration's "all-of-the-above" energy strategy that envisions a diverse resource base. More

5 must-do tips for small business success in 2013
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Small business owners are a hard working bunch. But relentless focus on closing that next deal, keeping the books in the black and constantly putting out fires can be harmful to a business in the long term. While drive and ambition are admirable qualities, there are times when it's OK to take a step back and take stock. Here are some tips for small business owners that want to better their chances of success in the new year. More

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