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PennDot relaxes rules for home heating fuel delivery drivers
KWY-TV
The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation has granted a temporary waiver of hauling restrictions for home heating oil suppliers that are having difficulty keeping up with demand in this bitter winter weather. For the next few weeks, restrictions on the number of hours that commercial drivers hauling heating fuel can work will be relaxed in Pennsylvania.
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NATE ushers in changes to their HVAC technician certification program in 2014
Contracting Business
In a recent press conference, NATE Chief Operating Officer John Lanier explained how 2014 is bringing some exciting changes to the NATE organization and the industry. He announced major changes to its certification program for heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration technicians. The organization is adding new benefits, including an online Career Center for NATE-certified technicians, revising its certification period and certification maintenance requirements and will soon introduce new and updated certification exams.
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Venezuela hasn't delivered heating oil to US nonprofit
Bloomberg
Citgo Petroleum, the U.S. unit of state-run Petroleos de Venezuela SA, hasn't delivered its annual oil supply for Joseph Kennedy II's home heating assistance program. "We very much hope that the Venezuelans will come through as they did for so many years under President Chavez's leadership," Kennedy, president of Citizens Energy Corp., said in an emailed statement. In the meantime, the Boston-based nonprofit is unable to go forward with deliveries of heating oil to low-income households.
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Call for assistance
OESP
At the recent New Haven (Conn.) Chapter meeting, it was learned that one of its members, Eric Fiengo, outside salesman for Bender Supply, lost his house and belongings in an accidental fire.

The chapter took up a collection and quickly raised $571. Attendees donated $271 and Diane Corona donated her half of the 50/50 winnings, raising the total to $321. Additionally, the chapter passed a motion to donate an additional $250.

At present, the family is living with relatives, but will need items household items, such as bed linens, towels etc.

Our Association is always generous, thus we are sharing this information about helping one of our own get back on their feet. For those in the area that wish to make a donation, just drop it off at Bender Supply, 550 Grand Ave, New Haven, Conn. Attn: Bob Weber. For those outside the area, gift cards would be perfect and easy to mail to the family.

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And the winner is
OESP
This week's first winner of the $25 coffee gift card is George Milton, Pioneer Valley Chapter. George gets to choose between Starbucks or Dunkin Donuts.

We are trying to motivate members to activate their membership at the OESP website. All members in good standing have been sent a link to activate their account. That link is only good for 24 hours (yes, we try to protect your information). If you haven't taken action, you will need to send us an email and we will resend the link.

We will be awarding a gift card each week through February to a lucky winner. In order to win, you must activate your account. Why? We have a lot more association business on the member side and that will continue to grow.

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Have you paid your 2014 membership dues?
OESP
We will be sending reminders out next week to those that haven't yet paid. If you didn't receive an invoice, let us know and we will get your membership up to speed.

Later this month we will be mailing new membership cards and a newsletter. Be sure to look out for those items.

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Federal heating subsidies in spotlight after cold grips nation
NBC News
The nation is emerging from a deep freeze but with winter just beginning, the federal safety-net program for home heating becomes all the more important — and there's less money for it now than last year. The 2011 Budget Control Act, which cuts discretionary spending, reduced the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program or LIHEAP program by about $155 million in Fiscal Year 2013, to $3.3 billion.
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HVAC OEMs like new DOE rules for rating commercial systems
Contracting Business
United Technologies Corp. and the Appliance Standards Awareness Project recently praised the U.S. Department of Energy for finalizing new methods for rating and certifying commercial HVAC, water heating and refrigeration equipment. The negotiated rule was developed by the first working group convened by DOE's Appliance Standards Rulemaking Federal Advisory Committee.
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New Hampshire closes Fuller Oil hotline; customer complaints can be filed with the attorney general
TheTelegraph
New Hampshire has closed a hotline that was established to help Fred Fuller Oil & Propane Co. customers who couldn't get heating oil, after more than 1,850 people called it in five days. Response times for home heating oil delivery by Fuller Oil "are now apparently sufficient to ensure the health and safety of customers," said a statement from Gov. Maggie Hassan's office announcing the closure.
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Battery promises renewable energy breakthrough
Laboratory Equipment
A team of Harvard scientists and engineers has demonstrated a new type of battery that could fundamentally transform the way electricity is stored on the grid, making power from renewable energy sources such as wind and solar far more economical and reliable.
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Tri-State Biodiesel will recycle MetLife Stadium's used cooking oil into heating oil to be used during the Super Bowl
New York Daily News
A Hunts Point, N.Y., company that converts French fry oil into heating fuel will be heating up events around MetLife Stadium during Super Bowl Sunday. Tri-State Biodiesel is transforming MetLife Stadium's used cooking oil into heating oil that will be used for Super Bowl soirees, and to keep tents outside the stadium warm.

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EIA report: Biggest energy producing states are also biggest users
The Huffington Post
Dense, urban states — especially New York — and sprawling, energy-producing states stand out in newly-updated state energy analyses the U.S. Energy Information Administration released in late December. The report shows how the states stack up for renewable and fossil fuel energy consumption and production. The analyses emphasize how New York and California are leaders in energy efficiency despite also being among the nation's largest energy consumers.

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Maine heating oil companies face greater delivery challenges with freezing temperatures, winter storms
Bangor Daily News
Truck drivers for heating oil companies in Maine are facing "a nightmare" on their deliveries as they deal with frantic freezing customers, icy driveways and oil tanks buried by snow and ice. The recent winter storms and extreme cold temperatures are stretching the ability of heating oil companies to keep up with demand from customers. As a result, dealers are asking customers to be patient as the environmental conditions impede their ability to make deliveries.

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5 tips for preparing for 2014 taxes
Fox Business
Tax planning very rarely makes it on people's new year's resolution lists. But perhaps 2014 should be the year you vow to achieve a greater level of understanding about your taxes and to properly organize and plan for your liability. Not only would this pledge make your life easier come tax season, it could also end up keeping more money in your bank account. Here are some tips to get rolling on fulfilling this resolution.
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10 tips for organizing your small business this year
Small Business Trends
An organized business is a productive business. You may not consider yourself blessed with natural organizational skills, but now is the perfect time to get your business and work space organized. Here are 10 tips to help you do that and get on track in the new year.
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