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  • Cold winter weather increases Northeast distillate demand, but conditions are moderating
  • EIA: Refinery outages likely won't disrupt fuel supply
  • PHMSA pushing for increased pipeline safety amid US energy boom
  • OESP welcome newest members
  • Calling all golfers
  • Join us in raising funds for the Dan Holohan instructor's scholarship
  • Connecticut oil dealers battle cold, snow, prices and policy
  • Use the air changes calculation to determine room CFM
  • Contractor Comfort Index up again in February
  • Wood pellet heating a growing sector
  • Advocates want biodiesel added to New York heating oil
  • US small business owners have positive economic outlook for 2015
  • Pilot program aims to prepare high school students for jobs in HVAC field

  • Cold winter weather increases Northeast distillate demand, but conditions are moderating
    U.S. Energy Information Administration via Dairy Herd
    The Northeast is experiencing a colder-than-normal winter. Population-weighted temperatures from October through February were 11 percent colder than the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration projected at the start of the heating season, 10 percent colder than the 10-year average and 1 percent colder than last winter. The cold weather increased demand for distillate fuel for residential and commercial space heating.
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    EIA: Refinery outages likely won't disrupt fuel supply
    Fuel Oil News
    Planned refinery maintenance during the first half of 2015 is not expected to adversely impact the supply of gasoline and distillate, according to a new survey by the Energy Information Administration. Barring unusually high unplanned outages, planned outages that extend beyond the planned time frame or higher-than-expected demand, supply of gasoline and distillate should be adequate in all regions.
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    PHMSA pushing for increased pipeline safety amid US energy boom
    By Ross Lancaster
    During the last five years or so, the United States has seen a big increase in oil and gas pipeline mileage and total barrels. While this boom has undoubtedly helped the U.S. to become one of the world's largest oil and gas producers once again, the added infrastructure and billion more barrels means that more chances exist for potentially fatal accidents. To address the safety concerns, initiatives and goals for pipelines, three expert professionals spoke at the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration Safety Forum at NACE Corrosion 2015.
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    OESP welcome newest members
    OESP
    OESP wishes to welcome these new members: Douglas Eberling, DME Maintenance, Long Island Oil Heating and Cooling Chapter, and Chris Felch, D. Frichard Co., Seabrook, New Hampshire. We welcome both of these two new members. There is still time to take advantage of our six-month trial membership — but don't wait too long. This opportunity will expire May 1.
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    Calling all golfers
    OESP
    Tied with our annual convention and trade show, which will be held May 17-21, in Hershey, Pennsylvania, we'll host our Dave Nelsen Golf Tournament. The tournament is critical to the success of our Scholarship Program. We need golfers and we need sponsors to support the event. There is an affordable price point for all sponsorships. You can register and pay for golf when you register for the convention, or download this form and pay via check or credit card.
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    Join us in raising funds for the Dan Holohan instructor's scholarship
    OESP
    By now most of you know that Dan Holohan is retiring from teaching his popular seminars. As a tribute to him, we've established the Dan Holohan Scholarship. When asked about criteria for the award, Dan asked that it be for those that teach future technicians, whether at a tech school or college. Instructors can use the grant money to further their education, apply it to something special they need for their classroom or anything that will enhance their talents as an HVAC instructor.

    The first award will be announced at our August Forum to be held at the Kalahari Resorts, a new property in Pennsylvania.

    You can help us raise money by registering and attending one of Dan's last seminar, Classic Hydronics. You can register again when you register for the show or directly from our home page. This seminar will begin at 2 p.m. Wednesday, May 20, immediately following the show.

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    Connecticut oil dealers battle cold, snow, prices and policy
    The Connecticut Mirror
    You would think Chris Herb would be a very happy guy. As leader of Connecticut's oil-delivery businesses this is the winter of his dreams — some of the lowest worldwide crude prices in years and the coldest February in Connecticut ever. But Herb is more like a guy under siege.
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    Use the air changes calculation to determine room CFM
    Contracting Business
    Engineering room airflow may present a real challenge when balancing an HVAC system. Most calculations only use the heat loss or gain of a room to decide on required airflow and often don't take into consideration required room ventilation needs. Let's take a look at how an air change calculation may simplify this step in your air balancing.
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    Contractor Comfort Index up again in February
    ACHR News
    The February Contractor Comfort Index shows that contractors continue to feel positive about short-term growth in 2015, according to ACCA. For February 2015, the CCI scored a 77, revealing that contractors are feeling better than they were 12 months earlier when the CCI ranked at a 72.
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    Wood pellet heating a growing sector
    South Coast Today
    Wood pellet-burners may be few, but their numbers are growing. "It's going to be one of the big new heating sectors in the near future," said Bram Claeys, the Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources' deputy director for renewable and alternative energy development. Northern New England, according to the the Vermont-based Biomass Energy Resource Center, leads the nation in wood pellet use, and Massachusetts may be an emerging market for the biomass fuel.
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    Advocates want biodiesel added to New York heating oil
    The Associated Press via The Record
    A coalition of environmental groups and renewable energy advocates want New York to require all heating oil sold in the state to include at least 2 percent biodiesel. The proposal passed the Assembly's Committee on Environmental Conservation on March 17. Its sponsor is Assemblyman Steven Englebright, a Long Island Democrat who says a biodiesel standard would reduce carbon emissions while boosting the state's agricultural industry.
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    US small business owners have positive economic outlook for 2015
    Fuel Oil News
    Endurance International Group released the results of a survey of its U.S.-based small business customers. The survey found that 66 percent of small business owners have a positive economic outlook for 2015 as compared to 2014. However, a majority (69 percent) remains deeply skeptical that the new leadership in Congress will be able to address issues important to small businesses.
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    Pilot program aims to prepare high school students for jobs in HVAC field
    WESA-FM
    In Jim Seagriff's classroom at Pennsylvania's Taylor Allderdice High School, there are a half dozen furnaces and boilers. A small closet area is set up the way a basement would be. Goggle-clad teenagers adjust knobs on mock refrigerators. These are HVAC students in the Career and Technical Education program. By the time they graduate, they could have up to 23 college credits and certificates to work in the heating, ventilation and air conditioning field.
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