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Energy Department to revitalize a loan guarantee program
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Six months after the expiration of a federal loan guarantee program that backed $16 billion in loans to solar, wind and geothermal energy projects, the Energy Department has decided to offer a smaller set of similar guarantees by tapping another pot of money appropriated by Congress last year. The department said that it had sent letters to potentially eligible companies inviting them to apply for the new money. More

Watchdog finds solar energy loan was 'rushed'
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Federal financial experts weren't consulted on a half-billion-dollar federal loan to a failed solar company until the last minute, and only then had "about a day" to complete their review, an internal watchdog concluded. The report from the Treasury Department's inspector general found that the department's review was "rushed" and began only after the Energy Department was poised to sign off on the terms of a $528 million loan to Solyndra Inc. The review was completed a day before Energy issued a press release saying it was approving the loan with conditions. More

Geothermal Energy Association reports on growth seen in the US
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Geothermal energy is experiencing strong growth in the U.S. according to the Geothermal Energy Association. Geothermal energy has been growing in popularity in the U.S. recently as an alternative to fossil-fuels. The country is focused on an "all-of-the-above" energy plan which has it pursuing various renewable fuels. The association has released a new report showing the growth of the geothermal industry in 2011. More

TruTech Expo 2012, July 16-19, Brecksville, OH

Did you register yet? Expect four full days of discussion, lectures, and a "continuous hands on laboratory" covering what we do best, Measurement Science. Training topics include Advanced Diagnostics in HVAC, Applied Building Performance and Level 1 Thermography. Don’t miss it. Click here for more information.

 Updates from OESP

Great news about Danny
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Many of you have been cheering for Danny Gentile as he recovers from his accident. You will be pleased to know that he has been moved to the Mount Sinai Rehabilitation Hospital, 490 Blue Hills Ave., Hartford, Conn., 06612. If you wish to send him a card, he is in Room 15.

His goal is to attend the May meeting of his chapter as well as the convention. All of your thoughts and prayers certainly have gone a long way towards his healing.

Have you registered yet?
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Online registration is now open for our annual convention and trade show to be held May 20-24 in Providence, R.I. Registration is free for you and your staff.

The convention will include a great trade show, plenty of education and a lot of fun. For example, our annual golf tournament will be held on Monday, May 21. This year our tournament will be held at the Swansea Country Club. Registration begins at 9 a.m. for the 10 a.m. shotgun start. We are still looking for a major sponsor — the Box Lunch Sponsor. This is our main fundraiser for our scholarship.

The chairman of this event is George Fantacone, from Santoro Oil and a national V.P. His personal goal is to raise $10,000 from this event. So help him by registering for golf, securing a Tee Box (the $150 fee is a great way to promote your company) or snagging the Box Lunch Sponsorship.

To download a sponsorship form, visit the golf page on our website.

Those that attend the Awards Banquet Tuesday night will have an opportunity to meet some of our 2012 scholarship winners. This year we will be awarding six scholarships. Each includes a $5,000 award thanks to our co-sponsors — Delevan, Taco, Honeywell, Weil-McLain, R.E. Michel and the James McComas Award (sponsored by the Mid-Atlantic Chapter). Each of these co-sponsors pay $2,500. We match the award.

You can also register and pay for the awards banquet during the registration process.

Coming soon to a computer near you
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You may have noticed that the format of our electronic news has changed dramatically — thanks to our partner, MultiView. They help us deliver a higher quality of news. But there is more to come.

One of the complaints we get about the variety of courses we offer is that there are so many good ones from which to choose, it makes it difficult. At the conclusion of our 59th Annual Convention and Trade Show, you will be able to continue to benefit from what was presented at the conference.

We want you to benefit from opportunities to continue to learn and grow professionally. That is why we are offering all OESP members free access to our Online Learning Center. You will be able to extend your conference experience with recorded sessions from our classes and gain deeper insight into the trends shaping our industry. This is just one additional benefit you’ll gain by being a member of the National Association of Oil and Energy Service Professionals.

Stay tuned for an email after the conference that will provide you with instructions on how to take advantage of this new benefit.

 In The News

MIT: Building energy use not primed to occupancy
Environmental Leader    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
MIT researchers have found that energy use does not always correspond to occupancy. Their study, "ENERNET: Studying the dynamic relationship between building occupancy and energy consumption," examined two MIT buildings and found that while electricity use corresponds to occupancy fairly well in those spaces, the activity of heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems in the buildings does not correlate closely to occupancy. More

10 tax tips to cut this year's bill
The Huffington Post    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
There's one thing worse than that sick-in-the-gut-feeling you get paying a big tax bill: the idea that you left money on the table. And yet many small-business owners do exactly that, by not claiming all the business tax credits and deductions they qualify for. They overlook credits or deductions, either because they think it's too complicated or it's so new, they aren't even aware of it. More

Roth Double-wall Oil Storage Tank

Increase your company’s bottom line with a product that’s top-of-the-line. Introducing the Roth Double-wall Oil Storage Tank (DWT). Seamless polyethylene inner tank and leak-proof, corrosion resistant steel outer tank for maximum protection. Roth tanks come with a 30-year product warranty up to $2 million in insurance. Watch our video for more information.

At University of Minnesota-Morris, alternative energy on par with low-priced fossil fuels
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Officials at the University of Minnesota-Morris were thrilled to find out that even with natural gas prices at 10-year lows, heating the campus with biomass was a competitive alternative to burning fossil fuels. The news puts the university even further down the path of cutting its carbon emissions. It also affirms the school's place as one of the nation's most sustainable campuses. The school's energy strategy relies on corn cobs. More

The secret ingredient to making solar energy work: Salt
Forbes    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The solar thermal power plant business is all about big. Square miles of mirrors in the desert surround 600-foot-tall towers to generate massive megawatts of electricity for multibillion dollar price tags. Big Solar's ability to compete against fossil fuels, though, could come down to grains of salt. More

Alternative energy: North Dakota's prairie winds waning
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The Coteau des Prairie hills that form a hummocky spine through North Dakota's McIntosh County provide a perfect platform for wind turbines. They've been chosen as the site for a sprawling 200-megawatt wind farm — one of 20 wind projects that have been permitted or are in the regulatory pipeline in North Dakota. But more than a year after the Ashley Wind Energy Project was approved, not a single turbine has been erected, and landowners who signed leases with the developer were told in December that the project is on hold. More

Air / Dirt "Combi"
The Spirovent® air eliminator and Spirotrap® dirt separator are now available as one product combining the world class features and benefits of both models. The VDR Series in brass construction for residential and light commercial applications comes in NPT or sweat connections in sizes from
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The Benefits of tekmarNet® House Controls
We've brought outdoor temperature reset, domestic hot water and zoning with indoor temperature feedback all together in one control, making it the most energy efficient on the market. Retrofit installations are simple and quick to wire, saving you time and effort.
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Sid Harvey's 3/K-2 Flow-Control Oil De-Aerator
Sid Harvey’s offers the newly redesigned 3/K-2 Flow-Control Oil De-aerator which also helps warm oil for consistent viscosity and burner performance. Flow-Control features a third float for better performance in high vacuum installations. TUV Tested and rated for use with 100% bio-diesel and ambient temperature up to 140°F; 5 year warranty; 20 year life expectancy.

Survey: Overwhelming majority of small business owners optimistic
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After years of living under the rain cloud of recession, things may finally be looking up, at least judging by the results of a recent survey conducted by SurePayroll. The SurePayroll Scorecard, which looks at national, state and regional hiring and salary indices as an indicator of the overall U.S. economy, showed that 70 percent of small business owners are optimistic about the state of their businesses. More

Heading into A/C season, energy supplier lands exclusive deal
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Direct Energy Inc., an electricity supplier, scored an exclusive marketing deal with the city of Bridgeport, Conn., and its partner, Titan Energy, just as New England gears up for the power-heavy consumption season of spring and summer. That deal could mean Bridgeport residents will receive information on Direct Energy programs when tax bills are mailed out. In exchange, the city will get 100th of a cent from each sale to help it fund future affordable and green power projects. More
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