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Heating oil dealers rally against new tax for efficiency programs
The Hartford Courant
Heating oil dealers are rallying against a tax proposed to fund the some of Connecticut's efficiency projects. The tax on heating oil and propane — 1.5 cents per gallon until July 2014, 2.5 cents per gallon until July 2015 and 3.5 cents per gallon going forward — would feed into a fund set aside for programs that audit and outfit home to make them more energy efficiency. The heating oil dealers see it as the latest attack from the state on their livelihood.
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Pre-buy heating oil contract protection for consumers up for vote
The Associated Press via Seacostonline.com
New Hampshire's Senate is expected to vote on a bill that would expand protections for consumers who enter into pre-paid fuel agreements for home heating oil, kerosene or liquefied petroleum. The bill would give dealers the option of maintaining a letter of credit, a futures contract or a bond representing 75 percent of the total prepaid deposits.
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Peak oil — Myth vs. reality
By Zara Rahman
Since the late 1950s, when M. King Hubbert first came up with his now-famous "Hubbert's curve" to describe the world's oil production rising, peaking and then falling in a convenient bell-shaped curve, the peak oil theory has gained in popularity. It has been adopted by some environmentalists lobbying for the adoption of alternative energy sources and some scientists predicting that the doomsday will inevitably come, when the world's oil demand far outstrips global supply, leaving us energy-less and suffering for it. But technological and economic developments in recent years have brought a new, unexpected conclusion to the peak oil story.
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Listening and reacting can be a good thing
OESP
PPMCSA's new technical trainer, Tim Wolf, has been busy meeting with members. And based upon input from them, he has put together a very aggressive training schedule for this upcoming season. There are classes on controls, troubleshooting high efficiency gas hot air systems, high efficiency condensing gas boilers and, of course, the meat and potatoes for the oil heat industry — Gold Certification.
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Cold weather all over the world
OESP
OESP's annual European trip took place last week. It was our longest trip and began in Paris before the ISH show in Frankfurt, Germany. We have always had wonderful weather on past trips. But not this year. We had six inches of snow. Who wants to spend their trip money on boots?

The group wishes to thank Taco for a lovely evening at the Schlosshotel in Kronberg. This castle was built by Empress Victoria Friedrich and completed in 1893. It is an impressive German castle that provides guests with a living history to touch and feel.

If you wish to join us on one of our trips, the next will be to Italy. This is tied with the Mostra Convegno Expo, March 18-21, 2014.

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And the winner is
OESP
The generosity of the industry in which so many of us work is felt continually. It starts with our foundation, Oil Heat Cares. As an oil heat association that is evolving into all types of energy related businesses, the question comes up periodically, “What about Oil Heat Cares?” Our by-laws are strictly for new oil-fired equipment. But that doesn’t stop us from “doing the right thing.” When Bob Daros, from Heritage Fuel, came to OHC with a project he wished to do with propane, we got to work.

In addition to being an owner of Heritage Fuel and member of the Westchester Chapter, Bob Daros has also been a volunteer fireman for 27 years and currently serves as the fire commissioner. At the height of Hurricane Sandy, on Oct. 30, he and his crew were called to the scene of a fallen tree. Neighborhood pals, Jack Baumler, 11 years of age, and Michael Robson, 13, died that night when a nearly 100-foot oak tree crashed into the family room of the Baumler home in North Salem, N.Y. They are currently rebuilding the home and Bob wishes to install the heating and air conditioning.

Just about everything needed was donated but we still needed a little cash — and Wohler stepped up to the plate and donated a piece of test equipment. The winner of the analyzer was Frank Wilsey. Thank you to Wohler and our friend "Steamhead" (aka Frank).

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Register for our Annual Convention and Trade Show
OESP
Get registered today at www.thinkoesp.org. We have something for everyone, whether you are a manager or technician who needs NORA and NATE CEU's. Even a special tour to Lancaster County, Pa., is being offered. Check it out and register for our 60th Annual Convention and Trade Show May 19-23, at the Hershey Lodge and Convention Center in Hershey, Pa.
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$600 Efficiency Maine rebates still available
Wiscasset Newspaper
There's a silver lining to this long, snowy winter: Efficiency Maine is offering a $600 rebate for making your home more energy efficient. The rebate is available for a limited time, and the process starts with a free energy consult from Evergreen Home Performance. Consults include infrared analysis to help you and your BPI-certified Energy Advisor understand where heat is leaking out of your home.
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Top 10 loss control tips for 2013: Job hazard analysis
By Dennis Truitt
Now that you have identified the potential risks posed to your firm, it is time to dig a little deeper. Begin the process by using a standardized checklist to make sure that everyone is using the same system and is on the same page. Your goal to get the program off the ground should be creating comfort with the process of analysis. Once that standard is created, the comfort level is high and all users have mastered the tool, you can begin to modify the specifics to meet your firm's goals.
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Region racks up big savings in Connecticut energy incentives
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Businesses, towns and residential customers combined to save well over $50 million last year in energy costs, thanks to state incentives that a report said are helping Connecticut take a significant step forward in providing a healthier environment. The report said more than 500,000 state residential customers participated in energy-saving programs last year.

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Lawmakers ask for suggestions on best way to design a carbon tax
The Washington Post
Four Democrats in Congress recently unveiled a brand-new proposal for a carbon tax. The set-up is simple: The U.S. government would slap a fee on fossil-fuel emissions and refund the revenue back to the public. But there's a twist: The precise details of the carbon tax have yet to be thrashed out. The four lawmakers are soliciting public comments for how big the tax should be and how best to rebate the money.
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Is SEO a dead end for contractors?
Contracting Business
Most business owners build a website as a way to have a presence on the Internet. We've heard how this can be a great tool to generate new business, schedule service calls and put a personality on the business. But if you spend tons of money on Search Engine Optimization, is it still working for you and is it worth the expense?
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US share of the global solar market grew strongly in 2012
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The U.S. is becoming a major force globally when it comes to new solar installations. According to the 2012 Solar Market Insight report from GTM Research and the Solar Energy Industries Association, America installed 3,313 megawatts of solar capacity last year — accounting for 11 percent of total global installations. That's up from 7 percent in 2011.
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The reasons as to why businesses fail can be many. The reason most businesses fail is because entrepreneurship is a lifestyle shift, which most entrepreneurs do succeed in. It is, however, the mind shift that's an integral part of entrepreneurship that remains incomplete. Most entrepreneurs do make mistakes during the startup phase. Here are 9 entrepreneurship principles you shouldn't forget, to help you be more successful.
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