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Ultra-low sulfur diesel futures contract replaces heating oil
CME Group Inc.'s heating oil contract on the New York Mercantile Exchange has been renamed ultra-low-sulfur-diesel futures after the April contract, the last to reflect higher-sulfur fuel, expired March 28. The name change comes after CME Group Inc. amended its benchmark heating oil futures contract last April, lowering sulfur specifications to 15 parts per million from 2,000 parts and expanding the listed months an additional three years beginning with the May contract.
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Heating oil fee increase would replenish cleanup fund for NH under House bill
Union Leader
The New Hampshire House voted to add a quarter of a penny per gallon to a heating oil fee used to pay for fuel oil tank cleanups and replacements. The current charge is 1 cent a gallon and was 1.25 cents until several years ago. The fee was reduced by .25 cent after the fuel oil discharge cleanup fund had surpluses for a number of years. The Department of Environmental Services and the Oil Fund Disbursement Board recommended the fee increase to replenish the fund.
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Top 10 loss control tips for 2013: Eye injury safety programs
By Dennis Truitt
Frequently, eye injuries fall into a very close second place behind hands and fingers in the workplace. It is typical to see these accidents taking up about 15 percent of the injuries sustained to worker body parts. Interestingly, many of these injuries are easily preventable. In fact, most of the incidents that are cited involved either failing to wear eye protection, or failing to select the correct type of eye protection. You can prevent a lot of incidents by conducting a hazard assessment to determine company needs.
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Industry Pulse: Does your company feature a hazard recognition and assessment program for eye safety?

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Sid Harvey’s, the world’s largest heating components remanufacturer offers a warranty that is one year longer than their new counterparts up to 5 years. They offer over 1,700 remanufactured components to save you time and money on service calls and lower your inventory cost.

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Encouraging technician lead generation (Contracting Business)
AC refrigerant ban impacts suppliers, technicians and consumers (St. George News)
Connecticut state commerce committee kills heating oil tax bill (Hartford Courant)

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It's all about education ... and more
With our annual convention, we focus heavily on the variety of classes a person can attend and the ease of getting needed CEU's for NATE, NORA and even those involved in the RSES (CEH requirements for CM/CMS).

But our event provides attendees with all kinds of networking opportunities — and that involves having some fun.

For starters, our Opening Reception, which is co-sponsored by Grundfos, is complimentary to all and there will be food and beverages. The popular band, Wayback Machine will be entertaining the group. The band is fun and one of their band members is a member of OESP.

Prior to our Awards Banquet on Tuesday night, we'll have a cocktail party sponsored by Taco.

Our Closing Event on Wednesday night is co-sponsored by Honeywell. This event promises to be lots of fun. We will have music, food and beverages and even a competition — after making our fancy Derby Hats earlier that day we'll have a light fashion show. Participants can even enjoy a carriage ride around the Hershey Lodge.

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For those that want to visit Lancaster, Pennsylvania
We have put together a trip to Lancaster, Pa. The bus will leave the Hershey Lodge at 9 a.m. and head to the Amish Experience Theater and the Fisher Family Homestead before for stopping for lunch at the Plain and Fancy Restaurant After lunch, we will head to the Farmlands Tour and then stop at the Kitchen Kettle Village before returning to Hershey by 4 p.m. The cost is $85.

You can register and pay for these events during the registration process or online through our new quick purchase link — Event Tickets — which allows a person to quickly purchase tickets for these events, as well as a round of golf.

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A special welcome to our latest corporate members
Pennsylvania Petroleum Association and B.J. Terroni Company are our latest Corporate Members. We would like to extend a special welcome to both of these groups and their representatives.

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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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Call for contributors
In an effort to enhance the overall content of The Advantage, we'd like to include peer-written articles in future editions. As a member of OESP, your knowledge of the industry lends itself to unprecedented expertise. And we're hoping you'll share this expertise with your peers through well-written commentary. Because of the digital format, there's no word or graphical limit and our group of talented editors can help with final edits. If you're interested in participating, please contact Ronnie Richard to discuss logistics and possible payment to the author for submission.
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Maine company makes biofuel from leftover cooking oil
VideoBriefWith a few added chemicals and some serious filtration, Maine Standard Biofuels, in Portland, Maine, takes leftover cooking oil from restaurants and creates heating oil for home and biodiesel for cars and trucks. The company collects oil and grease from more than 600 restaurants around northern New England.

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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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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. The cost is $129 per person.

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New England renewable energy a hard sell in region
The News Journal
Establishing a New England market to buy renewable energy seemed a laudable goal when governors committed last year to bulk purchases of wind and solar power to knock down the price while reducing the region's reliance on fossil fuels. But putting together details about what types of renewable energy the six states will buy in the groundbreaking deal is snared in a patchwork of rules, state laws and disagreements over how even to define alternative energy.
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Peaks Island, Maine, homeowners warm up to weatherization program
The Forecaster
While memories of this winter are receding, Peaks Island residents are gearing up for the next one through a program that may create warmer, more energy-efficient homes for 20 percent of island households. As many as 100 of the island's 500 year-round homes and cottages will be expertly weatherized at low cost, thanks to funding from the Efficiency Maine energy trust and a collaboration between the Peaks Environmental Action Team and the Island Institute, a nonprofit environmental group.
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Retaining existing customers and increasing sales
Contracting Business
Regardless of what business you're in, it's easier to sell to existing customers than it is to get new ones. We know the biggest problem for small contractors is that they spend most of their time working in their businesses and not enough time working on their businesses. Most customers only buy a new heating and air conditioning system two or three times in their lifetime. Without built in repeat business we have to find unique ways to generate additional sales. What are you doing to generate those sales from existing customers?
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Maine home heating oil drops 3 cents a gallon
The Associated Press via NECN
A weekly survey has found that average price of home heating oil in Maine has dropped three cents a gallon to $3.66. The Governor's Energy Office said that the average price was 19 cents lower than this time last year. Around the state, the average price ranged from a high of $3.81 in northern Maine to a low of $3.57 in the southwestern part of the state.
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Educational experience: HVAC systems and energy efficiency in K-12 schools
Consulting-Specifying Engineer
Engineering work on K-12 schools is complex — and not just because of dwindling school budgets. The facilities must meet a broad range of exacting standards coming from officials and state regulatory bodies, in addition to meeting energy efficiency standards. HVAC, energy efficiency and sustainability are discussed in this Q&A.
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Diagnostic instruments can bring harmony to a refrigeration service call
Contracting Business
Correct application and use of diagnostic instruments are essential for harmony between you and your refrigeration customers. As a business owner or service manager, you want to be confident that your technicians are using tools correctly and are aware of all the tips and tricks that make field service a melodious experience.
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