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Connecticut state commerce committee kills heating oil tax bill
Hartford Courant
A bill that would have created a tax on heating oil and propane in Connecticut died when commerce committee chairs decided against sending it for a vote. The proposed state tax — initially 1.5 cents per gallon and escalating to 3.5 cents per gallon in 2015 — would have plugged a hole for funding state efficiency programs that had been filled in a patchwork fashion until now with funds from the federal stimulus or regional environmental groups.
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Biomass-based heating systems cheaper and cleaner than oil-based ones
A new study by the USDA Agricultural Research Service has found that burning biomass is far cheaper, more efficient and cleaner than burning heating oil. The study shows that millions of US homes and businesses would benefit from burning switchgrass biofuel pellets in basement furnaces. Economically, switchgrass is cheaper than heating oil, especially in the North East where heating oil prices are generally higher.
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Big Oil and Venezuela: A new dawn?
By Lucy Wallwork
The news of the recent death of Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez might not have sent shockwaves across the energy world, but U.S. oil executives and domestic politicians alike will be watching closely the news coming out of Caracas in the aftermath. Presidential elections will be held April 14, and there are serious doubts over whether "Chavismo" can survive Chavez. Given renewed American buoyancy over oil resources, the question of securing imports of Venezuelan oil may not touch the nerve it once did. But what exactly does the comandante's death mean for the global oil industry, and for the U.S. in particular?
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  B100 Oil Filter Gaskets

Sid Harvey’s, your Oil Heat Innovator, announces the industry’s first line of fuel oil filter that come with UL-approved BIO gaskets. BIO gaskets are approved for use with all 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.

Industry Pulse: Will a new regime change Venezuela's policies toward the United States?

Last week's survey question No. 1: What do you think of Hubbert's peak oil theory?

Last week's survey question No. 2: Do you have job hazard analyses for specific tasks in your work environment?


Get your CEU's in 1 convenient location
OESP’s convention, to be held May 19-23, in Hershey, Pa., is one-stop shopping when it comes to getting needed CEU’s for you and your technicians. Whether it is for NORA Silver and/or Gold, NATE or even RSES (CEH requirements for CM/CMS), you can conveniently earn CEU's. Some of our classes will earn the attendee 3 CEU's. To get an idea of the variety of classes, visit the list on our website and register all of your personnel.

You will find management classes, classes geared towards gas service and new technologies, standard classes — such as the basics of oil pump training — updates on oil tanks and more.

You can also take the Gold Review and test.

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Don't miss out on Classic Hydronics
Dan Holohan will be presenting this all-technical class April 16 at the Lehigh Career & Technical Institute, at 4500 Education Park Drive, in Schnecksville, Pa. The event begins at 5 p.m. with a buffet dinner, followed by Dan's seminar. Things will wrap up about 8:45 p.m. You can take a tour of their HVAC classrooms at 4 p.m. Their facility is quite impressive. You can register and pay from our home page. The cost is $129 per person.

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Respect goes full circle
Last week at the Garden State Chapter meeting, members were surprised to find a delegation of Connecticut members visiting their chapter meeting. Why would they travel such as distance on a "school night?" They wanted to surprise them by bringing Danny Gentile to the meeting. This chapter was so supportive, both with fundraising and moral support, in the recovery process of Danny. He, along with fellow members, just wanted to give them a special thank you.
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Event Tickets link has been added
As you prepare to attend the convention, you might want to purchase some tickets for certain events. You can easily do it by going to our home page and under calendar/events you will see a link for Event Tickets. You can purchase tickets for golf, awards, theme night and the "Trip to Lancaster" Tour.
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Carlin Upgrades Primary Controls

Following the launch of the Universal Replacement ProMaxx 70200 Primary in 2012, Carlin is pleased to introduce the Series E line of primaries. With an improved look, retrofit terminals, LED lights, pump prime and better protection against water, these revised models are direct replacements for Carlin’s 40230, 48245, 50200, and 60200.
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    Peak oil — Myth vs. reality (By Zara Rahman)
Heating oil dealers rally against new tax for efficiency programs (The Hartford Courant)
Listening and reacting can be a good thing (OESP)
Pre-buy heating oil contract protection for consumers up for vote (The Associated Press via
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Encouraging technician lead generation
Contracting Business
Lead generation is not natural for technicians. Making repairs is natural. They are on a service call to get the system working again. Short of a cracked furnace heat exchanger or DOA compressor, anything beyond a repair isn't a consideration. Yet, with the right expectations, atmosphere, process, training and incentives, technicians will generate replacement leads.

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9 entrepreneurship principles you shouldn't forget
Small Business Trends
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. Here are 9 entrepreneurship principles you shouldn't forget, to help you be more successful.

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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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Heating oil companies face inquiry on purity of fuel
The New York Times
State and federal authorities are investigating whether several New York heating oil businesses cheated tens of thousands of customers for years, selling fuel diluted with recycled or waste oil, according to law enforcement and city officials. In addition, two related civil lawsuits make accusations against two other companies that in recent years have sold tens of millions of gallons of oil to New York City and New York State for schools, housing complexes, universities, hospitals and other buildings.
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AC refrigerant ban impacts suppliers, technicians and consumers

In 2004, the EPA began enforcing restrictions on the consumption of all hydrochlorofluorocarbons nationwide in an effort to minimize environmental impacts. When those restrictions increased in 2010, the use of R-22 was banned in all new AC systems and its production and import were cut sharply. Both HVAC suppliers and service companies are feeling the squeeze of minimized availability of R-22. Suppliers must pay a higher price to buy R-22 from manufacturers, and service companies must pay more to buy from suppliers in turn. There are benefits, however.
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The biggest small business tax mistake
Income taxes and small business ownership go hand in hand. Since you can't avoid paying the IRS, your best bet is to execute strategies and implement small business tax tips to reduce your tax liability and minimize the headaches you experience during a typical spring tax season. But according to a new study by accounting software provider, Xero, many small business owners find that tax season only amplifies their inability to manage their finances and overall tax burden.
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New Jersey reaches 1 GW of installed solar power
Power Engineering
The New Jersey Board of Public Utilities announced the state's solar industry has surpassed 1 GW of installed solar energy. According to the board, the state had 1,008.4 MW of solar capacity installed through 20,340 solar projects as of the end of February. According to a statement from the board, the state has more than 15,500 residential solar installations, 3,000 commercial solar installations, 300 solar installations at schools and 200 government solar projects.
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5 easy pieces of energy legislation
National Journal
After half a decade in which the energy debate in Washington has been dominated by political posturing and produced almost no legislative action, both Democrats and Republicans who work on energy policy say they're optimistic about prospects for a number of single-issue energy bills in this Congress.
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Your smooth tax season next year starts now
Business News Daily
If you own a business, now is the time to begin thinking about your 2013 tax return. Before you know it, tax day will be here and tax season will be under way. Advanced planning and preparation can help ensure that your business is ready for tax season. Here is a look at what you should be doing between now and the end of the year in order to properly prepare for your 2013 tax filing.
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