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The future of smart HVAC systems
Triple Pundit
The future of smart HVAC systems is critical to the American economy with the cost of natural resources, especially fossil fuels, undoubtedly set to rise over the coming years. Regulations across the country have required smarter cooling and heating in new buildings, and hence new buildings will become more energy efficient. But for the millions of homes and offices built over the past decades, smart HVAC systems will become a necessary investment if companies and consumers are determined to mitigate their effects on the environment and, of course, save money.
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Iran oil sanctions push up global price
Iran's inability to export its large oil stores is pushing up the global price of oil. The situation in the Middle-Eastern country has become so dire that it has had to use oil tankers as floating storage facilities, with land-based tanks completely full of oil which, if utilized, would reduce the global price significantly. Global oil prices have a significant impact on the price of wholesale utility oils, including heating oil.
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US as leading subsidizer of fossil fuels? Do estimates matter?
By Stefanie Heerwig
If you want to know the true costs of fossil fuel subsidies in the US, you might think you can just have a look at the U.S. budget and that's it. But it's not that easy, because major organizations like the IMF, OECD or the IEA have not agreed upon a uniform methodology to measure subsidies yet, nor on a definition of subsidies. And nowhere might this be better shown in the case of the U.S., where the estimation of the costs of fossil fuel subsidies currently ranges from no subsidies at all, according to the IEA, to $6 billion estimated by the OECD and a stunning $502 billion estimated by the IMF.
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Industry Pulse: What do you think is the most accurate measure of U.S. subsidies?

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Chapter happenings
We share what others are doing so other ideas might spark an idea for others. For example, the Rhode Island Chapter is again hosting their annual Clam Boil on Tuesday, June 25. It will again be held at the famous Francis Farm in Rehoboth, Mass. They mix good local food with education. The chapter works together to bring this all together and promises to again be an outstanding event. You can attend the event by contacting The cost is $55 and the event begins at noon.

Reinventing themselves, the Boston and Southeast MA chapters recently completed their "merger." Instead of continuing to have poorly attended meetings and wondering why, the chapters looked at making a chance. They worked on merging for the past two years and are continually looking at different things. Something new they are introducing this year is a Member of the Year. They just opened up a call for nominations. It is a nice way to recognize a fellow member who strives to make the chapter successful.

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Special thank you
It needs to be mentioned that the Boston/Southeast MA Chapter has stepped up to the plate by supporting our scholarship program. Sadly one of our supporters had to back out of a commitment and we were caught off guard. Instead of having to create a special fundraiser, the chapter, after conferring with its directors, offered to support this 2013 National Award.
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Inviting all chapter leaders
Whether you are a current officer of your chapter or are thinking of getting more involved, join us on at 5 p.m., Monday, May 20, at the Hershey Lodge, Wild Rose B, in Pennsylvania. We have a couple of excellent moderators that will be on hand to lead this roundtable discussion. You will learn about effective communications, how to write a better resume — whether you use it for work or to nominate a fellow member for an award and more. It is free to participate as part of our annual convention and trade show May 19-23, at the Hershey Lodge and Convention Center.
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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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EIA: February oil use down 0.5 percent vs. year earlier
The Wall Street Journal
U.S. oil demand in February slipped 0.5 percent from a year earlier, to 18.659 million barrels a day, while crude oil output climbed 15.3 percent year-on-year to a 21-year high, government data released April 29 show. Total oil demand was the highest since October, despite year-on-year declines in all major refined products except ultra-low-sulfur diesel fuel, which powers trains and trucks and is increasingly replacing high-sulfur versions of home-heating oil.
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Analysis: Six months after Sandy, New York fuel supply chain still vulnerable
Six months after Hurricane Sandy ripped into the East Coast and triggered one of the worst energy crises in decades, there is scattered evidence companies and state agencies have moved to strengthen complex fuel supply networks against future storms. At least a few of the companies at the heart of the supply chain — the storage depots and terminals where bulk deliveries of gasoline, diesel or heating oil are stored then loaded onto tanker trucks for retail outlets — are taking action.
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NATE certification opportunities available during the OESP Convention and Trade Show
Contracting Business
North American Technician Excellence (NATE), in partnership with APR Supply Co. and OESP, are offering free NATE oil furnace and oil hydronics certification testing at the OESP Convention and Trade Show May 19-23 in Hershey, Pa. Convention attendees may take the NATE oil furnace or oil hydronics specialty certification exam, or may choose to take the NATE Core or another NATE specialty exam for a discounted price of $100 each.

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Service clinic: Make the most of pre-season A/C tune-ups
Contracting Business
As temperatures moderate, spring is often a "slow season" for contractors, compared to winter and summer, so offering special pre-season check-ups for residential ducted air conditioning systems can provide a steady stream of income at a time when there are fewer emergency service calls.

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Update on the status of the 90 percent furnace standards
Air Conditioning Contractors of America
Many contractors and homeowners are wondering about the status of the proposed settlement in the lawsuit challenging the minimum energy conservation standards that are set to go into effect on May 1. The proposed settlement was filed as a motion after several months of mediation by the principal parties involved in the litigation, the American Public Gas Association and the Department of Energy.

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Analysts see bright future for worldwide renewable energy
Renewable energy is too often viewed as a fringe industry awaiting mainstream adoption. But a deeper, holistic analysis of the data refutes this notion. In fact, recent reports show that renewable energy is actually well on its way to being the dominant method of global energy generation, even if this trend is not reflected in public opinion.
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Should the US implement a carbon tax?
The Energy Collective
Many individuals and organizations strongly advocate taxing fossil fuels consumption as a strategy to reducing U.S. carbon emissions. Besides increasing fossil fuels costs and reducing consumer demand, the carbon tax revenues could also be used to support government priorities such as renewable energy development.
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Managing mobile security in small and midsize businesses
Dark Reading
The tremendous popularity of mobile devices has created new opportunities and challenges for organizations. Employees are increasingly demanding that they be allowed to check their email, run business applications and access data from their own devices — a trend known as bring your own device, or BYOD. For the small and midsize business, there are many benefits to allowing employees to do just this. However, along with benefits come security concerns and risks.
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5 business card essentials
Contracting Business
Today's business cards are so much more than the cards we created even just a few years ago. Look at your business card. Is it interactive? Does it really say who you are and what you do? With the move to mobile technology, there is so much more that you can do to make your business cards work for you.
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