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HVACR distributor sales up 6.2 percent in January
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Heating, Airconditioning and Refrigeration Distributors International reported that North American HVACR average distributor sales for January 2012 were up 6.2 percent. HARDI's monthly TRENDS Report showed growth in six of seven U.S. regions, three in double digits. Canadian distributors kicked off January with a slight decline, but did improve their annual growth rate. However, all eight HARDI regions reported higher inventory levels than the same time last year. More

Power grid must adapt to handle renewable energy
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Every day, with the flick of a switch, millions of Americans tap into the electricity grid. It's a web of power stations, transformers and transmission lines that span the continent, distributing electricity like veins and arteries distribute blood. Electricity has to keep flowing all the time. Grid operators constantly match what power plants are producing with what people need. It's the world's biggest balancing act. So what happens when you add in unpredictable sources of electricity, like wind or solar power? More

Massachusetts boosts fuel assistance, seeks to delay utility shut-offs
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The state of Massachusetts has added funding to a fuel assistance program meant to help low-income people heat their homes. An additional $21 million will bring the maximum benefit for the winter for oil customers to $1,095; a $5 increase over last year. This is the latest effort to shore up the mainly federally-funded Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program, which started the winter with a 58 percent budget cut. More

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Maine's average heating oil price stays at $3.86
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The average price of home heating oil in Maine remains at $3.86 a gallon for a third week in a row. The weekly survey of the Governor's Office of Energy Independence and Security found a low of $3.62 per gallon in southwestern Maine and the highest price of $4.17 in central Maine. Office Director Ken Fletcher said that Maine's focus should be on providing guidance on energy improvements for homes, buildings and factories. More

 Updates from OESP

Registration for our 59th Annual Convention and Trade Show is open
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Visit and you'll see how easy it is to register you and your personnel for our event to be held in Providence, R.I., May 20-24.

During the process you can also pre-purchase your tickets for golf, the awards banquet and the closing event. Speaking of the closing event, those that participate will get a chance to enjoy the city and some of its wonderful restaurants. Wednesday night begins with a cocktail party, sponsored by Grundfos, in the Rotunda Room of the Convention Center. Guests will have time to register for dinner at one of three fabulous locations. All will be escorted to the restaurant and enjoy dinner with a group of industry friends. After dinner, we'll all meet up again in the Rotunda Room for dessert, compliments of Honeywell.

Spouses (or members) events
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Our Association supports spouses by putting together some programs just for them. This year we are trying something a little bit new. Members often say, "The programs are really nice, I wish that I could participate." This year we encourage that. We will have a very interesting walk for charity on Monday. It is part of the Care to Ride Event that raises money for Oil Heat Cares. Instead of simply taking a walk, we have hired a tour guide to walk with us on Benefit Street, which is a real outdoor museum. It is a very historic area where you will get to see fine examples of Colonial and Victorian homes. This stretch of homes is over one mile in length.

The other program we are offering is Meet the Chef Tour of Providence, R.I. Keep in mind that Providence is home to the Johnson and Wales University — the world's largest Culinary Institute. Because of the school, there are many fine restaurants located throughout the city. The tour will depart from the entrance to the Westin at 1 p.m. on Tuesday and return at 4 p.m. This is a trolley tour and participants will visit award winning kitchens of chefs. The first stop will be at the Cook and Brown Public House, a cozy East Side Eatery. The second stop will be Gracie's Restaurant where you'll meet Chef Mathew and get a view of his rooftop garden a few blocks away. Some tastings are also planned. This event has an $85 fee, but members will get a $50 credit back after the convention thanks to the chapters of our association. If this interests you, register early — the deadline is April 15.

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And the Cup is turned over
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Last year, Don Farrell and the Long Island Oilheating and Cooling Professionals and the Delaware Valley Chapters shared the honor of being awarded the 2011 OHC Cup. At our recent Board of Directors meeting held in New Jersey, Matt Spink, President of the LI group, turned the Cup over to Ed Peter and the Delaware Valley Chapter.

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Think about when this commercial ran for the support of Oil Heat. Paul Nazzaro shared this with us. It is funny and rather risqué for the time. As Paul suggests, turn up your volume and enjoy. More

 In The News

Motiva to switch heating oil tanks to diesel in New Jersey
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Motiva Enterprises LLC will convert its high-sulfur diesel heating oil storage at the Sewaren terminal in New Jersey to ultra-low-sulfur diesel to accommodate new environmental regulations in New York. Tanks for heating oil with a maximum of 2,000 parts per million sulfur will now store ultra-low-sulfur diesel of 15 ppm, a limit effective July 1 in New York. The Sewaren terminal, a delivery point for contracts traded on the New York Mercantile Exchange, will receive the less polluting fuel by ship and pipeline. More

7 common small business tax misperceptions
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One of the biggest hurdles in running a small business is staying on top of the numerous obligations to federal, state and local tax agencies. The complexity of tax law generates a lot of folklore and misinformation that also leads to costly mistakes. On the flip side, it is surprising how many small businesses actually overpay their taxes, neglecting to take deductions they're legally entitled to that can help them lower their tax bill. More

National building audit to reset crucial energy use benchmarks
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The recent explosion of efficiency efforts across the country has slashed energy use in U.S. buildings, but by how much, exactly? After fits and starts, a federal statistics agency is finally poised to begin finding out. Early this year, the Energy Information Administration, the analysis arm of the Department of Energy, quietly resumed an elaborate energy audit of thousands of commercial buildings. More

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New technology gives HVAC system a brain
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Swiss researchers have created a brain for the central heating and air conditioning system with one goal in mind: energy efficiency. Most central heating systems react to a single parameter — the outside temperature — when regulating the output. Researchers at Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne developed a system that uses multiple parameters and then learns what is best for your house by incorporating sensors and a layer of intelligence modeled on an artificial neuronal network. More

Geothermal wells to save energy
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After weeks, or even months of preparation, Alaska well driller Tim Hlavnicka sank his first well and hit nothing but gravel. He was thrilled. Hlavnicka's company, Aquasource, was drilling the first of the wells for the new Library, Archives and Museum building's innovative geothermal heating system. Use of geothermal heat to augment the building's baseline heating system of traditional fuel oil boilers will help keep the project's future heating costs down. More

State energy office announces Illinois Energy Now Trade Ally Program
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The Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity's State Energy Office announced the Illinois Energy Now Trade Ally Program to further energy efficiency efforts in Illinois. The new Trade Ally program will help forge partnerships between trade allies and their public sector clients to provide more energy efficient building solutions that will result in increased energy savings in schools, municipality buildings and government facilities. More

Small business: Diversify and focus on customer service to survive down economy
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Small businesses haven't had access to government bailouts, and the key for them to succeed in tough economic times is to diversify. The days of businesses sticking to their guns and expecting to attract a certain type of customer are over, and businesses need to evolve to adapt to the changing market. Taking risks can be scary in a down economy, but those risks can pay off in the long run. More
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