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US was net oil-product exporter for 1st time since 1949
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The U.S. exported more gasoline, diesel and other fuels than it imported in 2011 for the first time since 1949, the Energy Department said. Shipments abroad of petroleum products exceeded imports by 439,000 barrels a day, the department said in the Petroleum Supply Monthly report. In 2010, daily net imports averaged 269,000 barrels. U.S. refiners exported record amounts of gasoline, heating oil and diesel to meet higher global fuel demand while U.S. fuel consumption sank. More

Shortage of Freon worries HVAC contractors
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A jump in the cost of a common refrigerant is putting building owners in a jam — and could force some to pay for unplanned and expensive HVAC upgrades. R-22, a gas also known by the Dupont brand name Freon, is used in most commercial and home air conditioners. The wholesale price went from $4 per pound in 2010 to around $10 per pound in January. Some dealers report the price rising as much as 60 percent in the past month alone. More

5 renewable energy projects that could be game-changers
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In recent months, the promise of green energy has become a tainted subject for many Americans, mainly thanks to some high-profile cases of liquidity problems at government-funded energy firms. The green energy sector also has to now compete with a new kid on the block, the fracking industry, which has fueled a rebirth of hydrocarbon fuel production in the US. Despite these challenges, individuals and institutions are designing new, greener technologies. More

Still Smoke Spot Testing Manually?

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And the winner is ...
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March Madness came to Connecticut this past weekend. It began with a dinner Saturday evening that was organized by Wesson Energy. This event raised about $21,000. We held our fundraiser Sunday afternoon, which netted about $15,500.

Danny had to feel the love from all his friends in the oilheat industry — it was everywhere on Sunday. Attendees enjoyed themselves as they mingled with friends, enjoyed food and drink, listened to the Wayback Machine Band (thank you to the band for donating their time) and we raised money for Danny's care.

And, of course, we had the major raffle Sunday. We awarded the Kindle Fires to Rick Bologna, Westmore Fuel, and Eric Gallant, Go For Services and newest member of the New Haven, Conn., Chapter. The winner of the Apple i-Pad was Dan Holohan and the grand prize winner of the $3,500 trip was Bill McDermott of the CT Valley Chapter. Bill was not at the event to collect is prize because he'll be going in for surgery later this week. But we understand he'd love to go to Ireland. Thank you so much to the anonymous sponsor of the prizes! You made it possible for us to get many people involved in the raffle. Tickets were purchased from Maryland, Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Vermont and, of course, Connecticut.

When we try to market our industry against the natural gas industry we sometimes forget one of our major strengths — the people. We care about our own; whether it is those that work in the industry or those we serve every day — our customers! Good job everyone!

2012 national awards
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It is that time of the year where we think about our annual convention and trade show. Our annual event includes our Awards Banquet where we recognize those that excel. They go the extra mile every day — whether it is by serving customers, educating their technicians, participating in local chapters or community service. We all know someone who fits this basic description. Why not consider recognizing them this year for an award? What does it take?

Look at the highest level of award — the Hugh McKee Award. Our sitting president, George McQueeney, was awarded this honor in 2011. George served the New Haven, Conn., Chapter as their president, secretary, vice president and is still their treasurer. He is active in the Lions. He started at the national level as the secretary in 2000. George serves on the advisory board of education for ICPA. Previously, George won the Service Manager of the Year as well. He is the sales manager for East River Energy, Killingworth, Conn.

This is just one of 5 awards. We also have the Lou Ehrich Award (geared more toward wholesalers or those that work for manufacturers), Service Manager of the Year, Instructor or Educator of the Year and Manufacturer of the Year. The committee also has the flexibility of awarding a Lifetime of Achievement Award — this is a special award that the committee decides upon.

What are you waiting for? It is easy to submit a nomination for one or more of these awards. Simply put together a brief resume that outlines why this person should be recognized for their achievements and their contributions to the oil and energy industry. Deadline for receipt of applications is April 1, 2012.

A reminder about an exciting event
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Last week you heard about the opportunity to join the evolution — the evolution of oilheat, that is. This event will be held at Fenway Park, in Boston, on March 22. To register, visit

Roth Double-wall Oil Storage Tank

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 In The News

US Energy Secretary touts lasers for Hawaii geothermal development
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U.S. Department of Energy Secretary Steven Chu has high hopes that "transformative" laser drilling technology could be a boon to geothermal energy developments, especially in Hawaii. In an interview with Civil Beat, Chu called the development of laser drilling "the thing that gets me the most excited" about geothermal energy. Argonne National Laboratory, one of the federal government's oldest and largest labs, is exploring such technologies. More

Army seeking 'net zero' energy use at bases
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The Army is preparing to collect proposals for a contract vehicle worth up to $7 billion over as many as 30 years meant to help it manage energy resources at Army bases around the country. The contract vehicle is expected to be one element of a larger Army program known as Net Zero and intended to help the service reach a goal of net zero — or producing as much energy as it uses — when it comes to multiple resources. The awards will likely focus on biomass, wind, solar and geothermal energy. More

Going green: Utility bill financing
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VideoBriefOne big obstacle to improving your home's energy efficiency is the upfront cost for improvements like insulation and new windows. Julianna Razryadov, Contractor said, "The common complaint about it from our customers is not customer service, it is not the state of their house during the work, it is the initial cost and this program completely eliminates that problem." The program is called utility bill financing. More

Air / Dirt "Combi"
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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.

Official: Small businesses important to DOD energy plans
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Small businesses are an important part of the Defense Department's plans for better managing how it uses energy, the assistant secretary of defense for operational energy plans and programs said. Sharon E. Burke spoke to about 450 audience members at the Operational Energy Capabilities Improvement Fund's Small Business Conference in Crystal City, Va., March 2. "The fact is, small businesses and entrepreneurs matter to DOD," Burke said. "Small businesses are a hub of ideas and innovation." More

Low-income housing now using sun power
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With the nation's economy spiraling downward and the unemployment rate inflating, the federal government was spurred into action in 2009 to create legislation and programs aimed at pumping money back into communities across the country. From these programs, the Housing Authority of Santa Barbara saw a perfect alignment of subsidies that could be ambitiously spent on a sea of photovoltaic cells decked on rooftops of low-income housing in cities across California's Central Coast. More

Tips on making a business more efficient
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A Lean business focuses on continuous improvement by identifying waste and eliminating it. To eliminate waste, you must know how to identify it. Waste is any expenditure of effort or resources that doesn't add value — this is defined by your customer. More

Living wall technology scrubs indoor air
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Clever homemakers have known for generations that living plants inside the home clean the air, making it easier for occupants to breathe. Now, Spark Award winner Anna Dyson takes the same basic principle to build a "living wall" of plants whose rhizospheres (the area around the roots) are 200 times more powerful at removing pollutants from indoor air than are plant leaves. More
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