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Which alternative energies will lead us into the future?    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
When Tom Murphy, associate professor of physics at the University of California, first approached the topic of societal energy in 2004, he became aware for the first time that our energy future was not in the bag, and proceeded to explore alternative after alternative to judge the viability and potential pitfalls of various options. He studied the scales at which different energy sources might contribute, and the practical complexities involved. The good news is that energy flows and sources that qualify as abundant — or at least potent — do exist. However, many of the alternatives represent ways to produce electricity, which applies only to about one-third of our current energy demand. The immediate threat is therefore the short term liquid fuels crunch we will see when the global petroleum decline commences within the decade. More

Hawaii company seeks to harness geothermal energy
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VideoBriefPaying less for electricity and harnessing renewable energy resources — that's the proposal a Honolulu company has to power parts of the state. Some who were once strongly opposed to geothermal energy say they are now joining the effort. In the 1980s geothermal energy was an extremely controversial topic. Taking what some call a gift from Madame Pele to power Hawaii homes resulted in protestors and a lawsuit that made its way to the Supreme Court. Now former opponents say tapping into the Hawaii energy source is a good alternative to fossil fuels. More

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TransCanada to build Texas segment of Keystone XL pipeline
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TransCanada Corp. will proceed with building a $2.3 billion segment of its Keystone XL oil pipeline from Oklahoma to the Texas coast so that it isn't delayed by U.S. approval for the rest of the line. The company, based in Calgary, expects the segment to begin carrying crude from the Cushing, Okla., storage hub to refineries on the U.S. Gulf Coast as soon as mid-year 2013, according to a recent statement. TransCanada is separating the Cushing line from its application to President Barack Obama for approval of a Keystone expansion that will bring crude into the U.S. from Canada's oil sands. More

 Updates from OESP

An invitation to attend the New England Bioheat® Symposium
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Join the evolution by attending the March 22 event to be held at Fenway Park in Boston. The doors open at 8:15 a.m. and the event will be 8:30–4 p.m. This is an opportunity for oilheat dealers to learn how Bioheat can transform their businesses. You can register by visiting When you click to register, you'll get a complete agenda for the symposium. For those attending, use the Yawkey Way Entrance. In addition to gaining knowledge and learning about the great marketing outreach program, attendees will receive a free Bioheat® Playbook, a tour of Fenway Stadium and a chance to win a free truck wrap.

There is no registration fee, thanks to the generosity of the National Biodiesel Board and MA Oilheat Council, which have underwritten this event. But all are asked to contribute a minimum of $50 per person to the Home Base Foundation,

World renowned energy expert to address HVACR educators
HVACR & Mechanical Conference for Education Professionals    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The keynote speaker for the 2012 industry-wide HVACR & Mechanical Conference for Education Professionals, to be held March 12-14 at the Cheyenne Mountain Resort in Colorado Springs, Colo., will be internationally and nationally renowned Rajan Rajendran. Dr. Rajendran is the V.P. of Engineering Services and Sustainability at Emerson Climate Technologies in Sidney, Ohio.

Dr. Rajendran will address HVACR educators from across the country on Tuesday, March 13. Educators will learn the pros and cons of the refrigerants being considered in the industry today and how these choices can affect the direct emissions and energy consumption of the equipment being used. Educators will also learn the latest on the development of the next generation refrigerants and how adopting these refrigerants can impact our industry.

OESP along with a host of other trade associations — ACCA, AHRI, AMCA, ASHRAE, HARDI, HRAI, IAQA, IHACI, NAFA, NATE, PHCC and RSES — are co-sponsoring this newly named Conference for Education Professionals, formerly known as the Instructor Workshop. Registration for the conference, as well as a complete list of speakers and exhibitors, is available at

Roth Double-wall Oil Storage Tank

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Reminder about closing dates
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Scholarship applications are due to be received at the national office by March 1. Our Spring Board meeting will be held 10 a.m. Saturday, March 10, at the Hilton Garden Inn, 50 Raritan Center Parkway in Edison, N.J. There are still tickets available for the March 4 fundraiser for Danny. Raffle tickets are also available.

Registration will soon open for our 2012 Convention and Trade show to be held May 20-24, in Providence, R.I.

Air / Dirt "Combi"
The Spirovent® air eliminator and Spirotrap® dirt separator are now available as one product combining the world class features and benefits of both models. The VDR Series in brass construction for residential and light commercial applications comes in NPT or sweat connections in sizes from
1” to 2”. MORE
New tekmarNet® Touchscreen Thermostat

The extra large touchscreen display allows you to easily adjust 7-day programmable schedules and room temperatures to optimize energy savings. Designed for simplicity and convenience, the tekmarNet® Thermostat 552 has all the sophisticated engineering to enhance comfort but can now be controlled with just
a simple touch.
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B100 Oil Filter Gaskets

Sid Harvey’s, your Oil Heat Innovator, announces the industry’s first line of fuel oil filters that come with UL-approved BIO gaskets. BIO gaskets are approved for use with bio-fuel blends rated up to and including B100. Sid Harvey’s operates 80 branches nationally. 605 Locust St., Garden City, NY 1150 (516) 745-9200.

 In The News

Green energy puts green in homeowner wallets
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Two and a half years ago, Steve Stewart erected a 100-foot windmill at his Barstow, Calif., home. Stewart is no eco-crusader, but he does know a good deal when he hears it. Although the windmill cost $53,000, Stewart paid only $32,000 thanks to state tax incentives. His electric bill has zeroed out from $2,000 annually before, and most months he can even sell back surplus power to his local utility, Southern California Edison, netting as much as $500 per year. Homeowners across the country are doing similar math. Soaring energy costs, generous government and utility incentives plus the falling price of technology are leading more Americans to replace their conventional power or heating sources with renewable ones. More

Your Web content should sell comfort, not just furnaces
Contracting Business    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Perhaps you've seen him: the nodding, smiling homeowner who has no idea what your technician is talking about. In fact, your technician — who's just doing his job, trying his best to explain the advantages of the customer's new furnace — lost him five minutes ago, at "98 percent AFUE." Like any industry, the HVAC industry is full of jargon. But because heating and cooling contractors dwell in a world of mechanics, efficiency ratings and evolving technology, the HVAC industry can be even more confusing than many to typical homeowners. Here's where your HVAC blog comes in. More

Need to manage remote workers? There is a software for that
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Today's office is heavily reliant on computers for everything, but some positions haven't changed with technology. Whether your small business has a staff of repair workers, cleaning people or delivery workers, chances are you have at least one staff member who spends most of the day away from a computer. These employees need to stay in touch just as much as your desk workers. In fact, by automating many of your processes, you can save time and money, as well as free up your employees to take on more work. But with so many choices, how does a company know which automation software to choose? More

Electric bill will vanish, home builder says
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Residents living in the SheaXero, Shea Homes' new no electric bill home, might never pay a power bill again. By making use of solar power and energy efficient features and designs, the home produces as much electricity as it uses, Shea says. Solar power for the homes are provided through a partnership with SolarCity. In addition to the homes producing much of their power, they also have a number of energy saving features to decrease the amount of energy needed. Some of those features include energy efficient HVAC systems, Energy Star appliances, dual-pane windows, programmable thermostats and CFL bulbs. More

Viewpoint: What's really happening to America's solar industry?
IndustryWeek    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
There's been a lot of negative press about the American solar industry in the past few months because six companies went bankrupt in 2011, even after receiving government loans. At least 12 U.S. manufacturers have suffered layoffs, plant shutdowns or bankruptcies over the past two years. What's behind the financial trouble that many of these American solar companies have experienced? More

New research shows air quality problems linked to wood and pellet stoves
The Associated Press via WABI-TV    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Preliminary findings from University of Southern Maine researchers have linked wood stoves and pellet stoves with potential indoor air quality problems. The team of faculty and students began its work last spring, examining indoor airborne smoke and ash particles from firewood and wood pellets. Researchers found traces of at least 10 heavy metals in wood and pellet ash, including copper, arsenic and lead. More
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