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Refrigerant shortage driving up AC repair costs
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The soaring cost of some refrigerants will mean sharply higher air-conditioner repair costs this spring, experts say. The refrigerant known as R-22 is being phased out because it eats Earth's protective ozone layer. R-22 air conditioners were made until 2010, and millions still operate. R-22 prices have tripled since January. Homeowners who would have paid $100 to recharge an R-22 system last year can now expect to pay $300 to $350, says an industry group, the Air Conditioning Contractors of America. More



New legislation could help clean energy firms get financing
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Rep. Doris Matsui, D-Calif., a member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, has introduced the Small Business Clean Energy Financing Act, legislation that aims to help small businesses in the clean energy sector gain access to financing. The Small Business Administration provides, on average, $13 billion annually for the program, and only a small portion of these loans go to clean energy companies. Matsui says her new legislation would help fill that gap by directing the SBA to establish a clean energy program within the loan program. More

Sources of renewable energy are as old as the sun and wind, but how viable are they?
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For decades, naysayers have pointed to the expense of renewable energy sources, relatively high in comparison to formerly abundant sources of fossil fuels. But with those resources dwindling and emerging economies such as China and India competing for limited supplies, fossil fuels are becoming more expensive while several popular green energy technologies are coming down in price. Although renewable energy sources constitute only a small fraction of energy being produced in the U.S., those numbers are on the rise. More

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BP CEO: US wind energy incentives should be extended
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The U.S. tax credit for wind power, due to end Dec. 31, should be extended to spur new projects, according to BP Alternative Energy Chief Executive Officer Katrina Landis. Landis said that wind-power developers are putting U.S. projects on hold while waiting to see if Congress approves an extension of the Production Tax Credit. If the credit is allowed to lapse, installations of turbines in the U.S. may fall as much as 95 percent to 500 megawatts in 2013 from this year. More

 Updates from OESP


2012-14 slate of officers
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At our March 10 Board Meeting, the Nominating Committee, which was comprised of past national presidents, Boltz, Hinkley and Bessette, announced the slate of officers for 2012-2014. Elections will take place 7 a.m. Tuesday, May 22. This meeting will be held at the R.I. Convention Center, Room 557.

The slate includes: President, Al Breda, Fairfield County Chapter, Vice Presidents; Ralph Adams, Mid-Atlantic Chapter; George Fantacone, Rhode Island Chapter; Angel Gonzalez, New York City Chapter; Scott Vadino, South Jersey Chapter; Treasurer, Mike Hodge, Mid-Atlantic Chapter; and Secretary, Steve Schwanger, Southeast Pa. Chapter.




2012 awards
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The deadline of April 1 is fast approaching for resumes to be submitted to the National Office for our annual awards. What does it take to nominate someone? Last year the Service Manager of the Year award went to Joe Boyle, Lehigh Valley Chapter. Many people are unfamiliar with Joe's accomplishments but his resume told the story. He served and continues to serve his chapter as their president. He is a veteran and he owns his own company — which in itself is an interesting story. Previously he was a barber. But during the 70's, barbers weren't needed. So he looked at other options and figured, "people will always need heat in their homes." Joe keeps his chapter meetings lively and educational with good information. He also hosts fun and family functions for the members. This is an example of how a resume should be. When making a nomination, tell a story of how this person contributes to OESP and our industry.

The Awards Committee looks forward to reading the resumes and tackling the responsibility of selecting our 2012 winners. They will be presented at our Annual Awards Banquet on Tuesday, May 22.


Monday, May 21 — Providence, RI
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Monday will be a very busy day at our annual convention and trade show and it is a great time to explore all that we have to offer. For starters, you can stay indoors and get some education. We have a full day of our next one-day topic class, How to Teach Basic Controls, by Carol Fey. Another class will be announced shortly.

Or you can go outdoors and help a couple of great causes. The annual Dave Nelsen Scholarship Tournament helps us raise funds for our annual scholarships. This year we will be awarding six scholarships, each worth $5,000. We have six manufacturers and others that support this effort, including Taco, Honeywell, Delevan (the first one to do so), Weil-McLain, R.E. Michel and the Mid-Atlantic Chapter's support of the James McComas Award. OESP supports each of these awards by matching the $2,500 commitment for each award.

The other great event is our Care to Ride Event. The motorcycle portion leaves the front of the convention center at 10 a.m., bicycles leave at 1 p.m. and the walkers and runners leave at 4 p.m. All of these folks are raising money for Oil Heat Cares, our foundation.

Join us that evening for our Opening Reception, which is sure to be an outstanding way to view Providence, R.I., and what it is known for — WaterFire — all complimentary thanks to Taco and OESP.


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What are you waiting for?
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Register today at www.thinkoesp.org. Registration and classes are free and we've got an outstanding trade show, including our outdoor area. While registering, you can pay for golf, the banquet, closing event and even make a pledge for the Care to Ride event.

 In The News


California could be set for an alternative energy gold rush with new bill
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California legislators are considering a new bill that could mean a major financial boost in alternative energy throughout the state. The bill would allow cities to create "Renewable Energy Zones," which would not be subject to voter approval. In these zones, alternative energy projects would be funded by property tax revenue. City officials would determine how much of this property tax goes toward alternative energy projects and how much would be used for its original purpose. More

Omaha, Neb., power district offers to pay customers who let utility manage their AC
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Nebraska's Omaha Public Power District is offering to pay customers who will let the utility manage their air conditioning units on peak demand days. The program is designed to help reduce peak demand for electricity by 50 megawatts this summer. OPPD customers who join this program must allow the utility to install a control device on their air conditioner. More

Here's what makes tax time more taxing for small businesses
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The two most common mistakes that small business owners make is not having insight into their financials and only talking to their accountant during tax time, a new survey reveals. For many, tax time is the only time they dive into their finances. Xero, a small business accounting software developer, surveyed 500 U.S. accountants to compile tips to help small business owners take control of their finances during tax season and beyond. More


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Energy Impact Illinois offers home performance rebate for homeowners
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Rockford, Ill., residents who make energy improvements to their homes can receive a rebate of up to $2,000 from Energy Impact Illinois, an organization that provides tools and resources to homeowners to reduce energy use. Energy Impact Illinois pairs homeowners with participating contractors to help increase home energy efficiency. More

Pennsylvania oil dealers scramble with announcement terminal will close
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Some Pennsylvania home heating oil dealers will have to find another place to get the fuel after June 1, when Sunoco Logistics plans to close its terminal outside Tamaqua borough. According to the supervisors, local fuel oil dealers estimated the closing would result in price increases of 5 to 20 cents a gallon, depending on the type of truck and the distance it would have to travel. More

Thieves target home heating oil in New Hampshire
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VideoBriefPolice departments around New Hampshire have been starting to see gas thefts. Now, in Merrimack, crooks are targeting home heating fuel, something police say they haven't seen in a long time. It's costing homeowners hundreds of dollars. Rick Saari at Rochette's Oil says stealing the oil isn't hard to do with a hose and a truck. He's got his oil locked up and says at four dollars a gallon and rising, his customers need to protect their fuel, too. More

Philadelphia neighbors band together for home efficiency
Philadelphia Inquirer    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Residents in the Queen Village neighborhood of Philadelphia were queuing up for an energy-efficiency program, EnergyWorks, that had just started in the region and is available to everyone. The program provides subsidized home-energy audits — as little as $150 for one that would normally cost $400 — and loans starting at 0.99 percent interest for the insulation, air-sealing and other work to make a home more comfortable and bring down the energy bills. More
 
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