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Data center design: HVAC systems
Consulting-Specifying Engineer
In the information age, data centers are one of the most critical components of a facility. If the data center isn't reliable, business can't be done. This article reviews data center cooling and HVAC systems.
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Energy Department launches competition to encourage the creation of innovative energy apps
Energy.gov
As part of the Administration's commitment to a clean energy future, the Energy Department is launching a contest to promote the creation of new apps designed to address today's energy challenges. The Apps for Energy II contest, which is the second contest in the year-long American Energy Data Challenge, will encourage contestants to leverage ideas developed during the American Energy Data Challenge's first contest, and open data sources.
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US heating oil futures hit session high on large distillate draw
Reuters
U.S. ultra low-sulfur diesel futures, more commonly known as heating oil, rose to a session high after U.S. government data showed a larger-than-expected draw in distillate stocks. Distillate stocks fell by 3.21 million barrels last week, compared with expectations of a 900,000-barrel draw in a Reuters poll.
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Roadshow registration is now open
OESP
We are officially open for business! Visit www.thinkoesp.org to make your hotel reservations as well as register for our 1st Roadshow that will be held in Mohegan Sun, in Uncasville, Conn. Early Bird pricing is good until April 1st. All reservations for the event that are received by April 1 will be in the running for a two-night complimentary stay at Mohegan Sun in a fabulous suite.

There are a variety of registration packages to meet your specific needs. These range from the full two-day event package to an "After Work" package for those who need to spend the day on the job but still want to enjoy evening networking events. There are also one-day passes, as well as a guest-pass option for spouses. Check it out!

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This week's winner

Rick Ruggieri, Petro, Cranston branch is the winner of a $25 gift card to either Starbucks or Dunkin Donuts.

We are trying to motivate members to activate their membership at www.thinkoesp.org. All members in good standing have been sent a link to activate their account. That link is only good for 24 hours (for security reasons — 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 card each week through February to a lucky winner. In order to win, you must activate your account. Why? We have lots more association business on the member side and that will continue to grow.

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Benefit seminar: April 9
OESP
We will again award scholarships to students that are furthering their careers in HVAC. Even though we won't be hosting an Awards Banquet this year, your Board of Directors voted to give awards to students. This year the chapters will help make it special for the winners.

We do have co-supporters for the scholarships. We also host an annual golf tournament. But we still need to be proactive to protect the future of this fund. Our good friend Dan Holohan will be offering a benefit seminar, April 9, at the Holiday Inn, in Grandville, Pa. You can register online or call 888-552-0900.

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  PRODUCT SHOWCASES
Carlin 48245 Now with Smart Ignition

Extend the life of ignitors with Carlin’s new 48245 primary control with Smart Ignition. The 48245 runs in Intermittent Duty (or “constant” duty) when needed to prevent loss of flame. Smart Ignition switches to Interrupted Duty when it can to dramatically extend the life of the ignitor or transformer. The Model 48245 is the smart replacement for 3-wire controls. www.carlincombustion.com
Sid Harvey's Introduces Sure-Flo De-Scaler Kit

Sid Harvey’s new Sure-Flo safely removes lime and scale from tankless heaters. The odorless solution with color change indicators tell you the process is complete. Includes pump, hoses, bucket, descaling chemical and acid neutralizer for safe disposal. Helps restore efficiency and satisfies warranty requirements. Available at all Sid Harvey’s www.sidharvey.com
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HVACR industry ClimateTalk Alliance lays groundwork for future
Contracting Business
The ClimateTalk Alliance is a group of HVAC manufacturers and other stakeholders who are working together to create a residential building mechanical system communications standard to help consumers live in more comfortable, healthy and economical homes. During the 2014 AHR Expo, the ClimateTalk Alliance advisory board gathered together to discuss the future of this open communications building management protocol.
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Solar energy global market drivers and challenges
By Don Rosato
The worldwide solar energy or photovoltaic demand reached only 29 gigawatts (GW) last year, a 5 percent year-over-year increase. This is the first time in 10 years that the year-over-year photovoltaic industry market growth has been less than 10 percent. For supply and demand to have been balanced during 2012-13, end-market demand should have approached the 45 GW level. This overcapacity is having a significant effect on companies all along the supply chain as the industry consolidates.
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LG helps HVAC contractors get ahead with 'LG Excellence Contractor Program'
PRNewswire via The Sacramento Bee
LG Electronics USA has expanded the "LG Excellence Contractor Program," a comprehensive training and contractor recognition program designed to assist independent HVAC contractors in selling, installing and servicing LG residential home comfort solutions. The program helps set participating contractors apart from their competitors with extensive technical and customer care training on today's advanced ductless HVAC systems.
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Suspects wanted in rash of oil deliverymen robberies in New York
News 12 Long Island
Police say they will be stepping up patrols after a recent rash of robberies targeting New York oil deliverymen on Long Island. According to police, there have been four robberies of home heating oil trucks in Nassau County in the last five weeks.

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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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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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Emerson Climate Technologies offers products and solutions for CO2 systems
Contracting Business
Emerson has expanded its offerings of electronic controllers, expansion valves and system protectors. The E2 controller, designed to provide complete control of HVAC units, refrigeration racks, condensers and lighting, is now capable of controlling and providing remote visibility of the entire CO2 cascade or booster system.
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10 pro online reputation management tips for local businesses
Search Engine Land
Online marketing experts have spent a lot of time providing advice on managing online ratings and reviews for local businesses — but reputation can have much broader impact than your reviews in Yelp and Google. The Internet has made it so the barriers between one customer and another are far reduced — word-of-mouth can now travel almost literally at the speed of light.
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