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New Hampshire lawmakers search for means of regulating prepaid heating oil contracts
Concord Monitor
In the aftermath of delivery issues from Fred Fuller Oil and Propane Co., the New Hampshire House will take up a bill this month that would regulate prepaid heating oil contracts. The issue has been the subject of several bills proposed at the State House in recent years. But lawmakers have been unable to find a solution that is feasible for both state regulators and oil companies.
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What's new in ASHRAE 90.1-2013
Consulting-Specifying Engineer
The changes in ASHRAE Standard 90.1-2013 are not as radical as the changes made in 2010, which reduced the energy consumption of minimally compliant designs by approximately 30 percent compared to 90.1-2004. But while the 2013 edition does not result in as large a drop in energy use as was seen three years ago, the changes in this latest version still are significant.
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Outstanding job, 'Team Connecticut'
OESP
Due to the cold winter temperatures this year, Oil Heat Cares is getting a large number of requests, but the board carefully makes sure only those that properly match our mission get a free system. On Jan. 19, many people got together to provide Harvey Bullis, of Waterbury, Conn., a World War II vet, and his daughter with a new oil heating system. His daughter, who is currently unemployed after 35 years working for a local hospital, is his main caregiver.
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New fundraiser for Oil Heat Cares
OESP
We host one fundraiser for OHC annually and the next Care to Ride event will be held Sept. 21, in Gettysburg, Pa. Because it is on a Sunday, we are hoping to get more young people and families participating in this event. Stay tuned for further details about this charitable event.
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How to tap the sun's energy through heat as well as light
MIT News
A new approach to harvesting solar energy, developed by MIT researchers, could improve efficiency by using sunlight to heat a high-temperature material whose infrared radiation would then be collected by a conventional photovoltaic cell. This technique could also make it easier to store the energy for later use, the researchers say.
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New Hampshire introduces virtual net metering of renewables for utility customers
PV-Tech
The state of New Hampshire has put in place new interim rules governing the use of virtual net metering for renewable energy generators of up to 1MW capacity. Under the new rules, renewable energy generators will sign up as "hosts" of the program. The distribution utility company will be responsible for paying for the host generator's surplus electricity on a monthly basis.
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Nest acquisition revives Google's energy management strategy
Energy Priorities
Google announced that it is purchasing Nest Labs, which makes Internet-connected thermostats. Twitter lit up with remarks, mostly forecasting one of three outcomes: the death of Nest, the rise of the connected home or Google's world domination by way of placing advertising absolutely everywhere.
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Objectives, strategies and tactics
Contracting Business
As New Year’s resolutions begin to fade quickly from memory, we need to return our focus to business basics so we can fill the pipeline. It is important to set your objectives. As you develop your objectives, avoid vague or unmeasurable objectives. You want your objectives or goals to be SMART — specific, measurable, achievable, relevant and timed.
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How to find hidden duct obstructions
Contracting Business
So, you discover a supply duct with no airflow coming out of the register. The fan is on, the damper is open and the other registers have airflow. The obvious conclusion is a blocked duct. The challenge is locating the obstruction so you can fix it. Let's take a look at how to locate hidden duct blockage with a pressure gauge and several 3/16-in. test holes.

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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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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.

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State support paves way for federal funds for Maine offshore wind project
Composites World
The Maine Aqua Ventus project, a pilot offshore wind farm project designed to prove the feasibility of floating offshore wind turbines, has received a key approval from Maine utility regulators, opening the way for U.S. federal funding. The Maine Public Utilities Commission approved a term sheet for the 12-MW Maine Aqua Ventus project proposed by Maine Prime Technologies. The project will produce about 43,000 MWh/year of energy at $0.23/kWh, with an annual increase of 2.5 percent per year for 20 years.
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10 sanity-saving tips for entrepreneurs
BusinessNewsDaily via Fox Business
Small business owners have a tendency to want to do it all. They jam-pack their schedules and overload their to-do lists, pausing only to sleep — if they're lucky. With so many things on their plates, entrepreneurs rarely feel like they're able to take the time to refresh and recharge. The problem is, constantly running around and stressing about your business means you're probably not at your peak performance levels.
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