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In this issue...
  • Oil ends mixed after mild rig count drop, heating oil spikes
  • Pennsylvania waives some restrictions for heating oil, propane gas drivers
  • New Hampshire bill would make failure to deliver heating fuel violation of consumer protection act
  • Registration is now open for our 61st Annual Convention & Trade Show
  • 2015 Dave Nelsen Scholarship
  • Welcome to the National Biodiesel Board — our latest Corporate Member
  • New IRS regulations on tangible property could be disastrous for contractors
  • New York City council member introduces bill to increase biofuel in home heating oil
  • How to ensure air barriers prevent building mold, moisture problems
  • EIA US Atlantic Coast high sulfur heating oil stocks fall to new record low
  • Guide to ASHRAE 90.1 changes.
  • Alert customers of the dangers of alternative heating

  • Oil ends mixed after mild rig count drop, heating oil spikes
    Reuters
    Crude prices ended mixed on Friday as the number of U.S. rigs drilling for oil fell far less than expected this week, while heating oil jumped 6 percent after severe winter cold crimped output at three refineries. News that at least three refineries, accounting for more than two-thirds of the U.S. East Coast's refined output, are being disrupted by single-digit temperatures sent heating oil futures to six-month highs.
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    Pennsylvania waives some restrictions for heating oil, propane gas drivers
    WHTM-TV
    The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation has temporarily waived certain restrictions on truck drivers hauling heating oil and propane gas. Acting PennDOT Secretary Leslie Richards said the temporary waiver will give drivers more time to reach homes and businesses in need. PennDOT waived the normal federal hours of service limitations for drivers, who usually must take a mandatory rest period after 11 hours behind the wheel. The limit for driving hours is extended to 14 hours.
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    New Hampshire bill would make failure to deliver heating fuel violation of consumer protection act
    Fuel Oil News
    New Hampshire Senate Bill 100 (SB100) is proposed legislation introduced by Sen. Dan Feltes. If SB100 were to pass it would make the failure to deliver heating fuel in the winter, after the customer pays an arrearage or enters into a reasonable repayment plan, a violation of the consumer protection act.
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    Registration is now open for our 61st Annual Convention & Trade Show
    OESP
    Plan now to attend our event to be held May 18-21, in Hershey, Pennsylvania. The event will be held at the Hershey Lodge and Convention Center. Thanks to our sponsors, we have free technical classes on Tuesday and Wednesday, and we have a terrific line-up of sessions. Visit our website to view the schedule and check out the session outlines. Keep checking back because we will continually be tweaking sessions information.
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    PRODUCT SHOWCASE
      The Best Just Got Better! Introducing the new SMART-FLO+
    Sid Harvey’s new Smart-Flo+ De-Aerator provides today’s technicians with state-of-the-art bio technology. Smart-Flo+ (#P131-45) offers superior flow characteristics over competitive models. It includes Sid Harvey’s B20 10-Micron spin-on filter, easy access mounting bracket and vacuum gauge. Available this heating season at all Sid Harvey branches nationwide – go to www.sidharvey.com
     


    2015 Dave Nelsen Scholarship
    OESP
    The March 13 deadline is approaching for the 2015 Dave Nelsen Scholarship. If you know anyone that is continuing their education in the HVAC field, suggest they apply. They need to write a 500 word essay and complete the application. There is also a checklist available that will help the applicant better write their essay.
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    Welcome to the National Biodiesel Board — our latest Corporate Member
    OESP
    The National Biodiesel Board is the national trade association representing the biodiesel industry in the United States. The group works to create sustainable biodiesel industry growth through education, communication, governmental affairs, technical and quality assurance programs. Serving as the coordinating body for research and development in the U.S., the National Biodiesel Board is comprised of state, national and international feedstock and feedstock processor organizations, biodiesel suppliers, fuel marketers and distributors, and technology providers.

    We welcome NBB!

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    IN THE NEWS


    New IRS regulations on tangible property could be disastrous for contractors
    Contracting Business
    Tax day, April 15, is now less than two months away. Do you have everything sorted out for your contracting business? On Contractor Magazine's website, CPA and CFO of Keeping Score Inc. and Norhio Plumbing Michael Bohinc, wrote that new regulations from the IRS are already in effect and could seriously impact this year's taxes for your business.
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    New York City council member introduces bill to increase biofuel in home heating oil
    Queens Gazette
    New York City Council Member Costa Constantinides introduced INT. 642, which would increase the use of biodiesel in home heating oil. The bill would mandate that home heating oil contain a five percent blend of biofuel by October 2016 and create a framework to up that blend level every five years until we reach 20 percent by 2030. The current mandate, Local Law 43 of 2010, required home heating oil to contain a two percent blend by 2012.
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    How to ensure air barriers prevent building mold, moisture problems
    ACHR News
    After seeing numerous examples of building problems due to air barrier defects, Liberty Building Forensics Group is warning that air barrier goals set by architects aren't always achievable by contractors and can even lead to failure. Building moisture that leads to water damage and mold is supposed to be kept out by air barriers. However, accurate knowledge of how they function and how they can be built varies widely in the industry, noted LBFG.
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    EIA US Atlantic Coast high sulfur heating oil stocks fall to new record low
    Platts
    High sulfur heating oil stocks on the U.S. Atlantic Coast plummeted to a record low for a second consecutive week, according to information released Feb. 19 by the Energy Information Administration. Stocks on the East Coast fell 497,000 barrels to 5.95 million barrels in the week ended February 13, the lowest level since the EIA began collecting the information in 1993.
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    Guide to ASHRAE 90.1 changes
    Consulting-Specifying Engineer
    VideoBrief In this broad overview of a key industry standard, find out about the most significant changes to ASHRAE Standard 90.1-2010 in an effort to continue to reduce commercial buildings' energy use. Both commissioning and energy providers will benefit from understanding the largest update to the standard in a decade.
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    Alert customers of the dangers of alternative heating
    Contracting Business
    Most every HVAC contractor likely has at least one customer who has been waiting to update their HVAC system. Perhaps they've waited a bit too long and are starting to supplement the system with alternative heating during the coldest days of the winter. Be sure to let these customers know that alternative sources of energy, such as heat lamps and space heaters, can be very dangerous.
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