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S&P: Shale oil boom has far-ranging impact
Fox Business
The rapid increase in U.S. shale oil production, which is expected to give the nation energy self-sufficiency by the end of this decade, is having a far-ranging impact that has spread to other industries. Oil production in the U.S. has soared amid successful shale plays in North Dakota, Texas and elsewhere. Earlier this year, the Energy Information Administration said production would soon exceed oil imports for the first time since February 1995.
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US monthly oil demand inches higher despite sharp decline in gasoline use
Hydrocarbon Processing
U.S. oil demand inched up 0.3 percent in April from a year earlier, despite a sharp 3.9 percent drop in gasoline use, the American Petroleum Institute said. Oil use of 18.393 million bpd was the second lowest in April over the past 17 years, the trade group said. Gains in demand for distillate fuel — diesel/heating oil — and catch-all other oils, which include feedstocks for petrochemical plants, offset the fall in gasoline use to nudge total demand higher.
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New coalition presses for thermal in Massachusetts state renewable policy
Biomass Magazine
A coalition of organizations focused on renewable heating technologies has formed to press for support from the Massachusetts Legislature in 2013. The Massachusetts Renewable Thermal Coalition (MRTC) is urging support for Senate Bill 1593, which will add renewable thermal energy technologies and fuels to the Massachusetts Alternative Portfolio Standard.
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Our 60th Anniversary Convention & Trade Show is a wrap
OESP
It was no accident when we selected our 2011 theme, "Christmas in July." A good way to summarize one of our events is just that; a time when good friends — exhibitors, members and potentially new members — come together to learn, socialize and network.

Hershey, Pa., is always a popular venue for us and our attendees and again this year that proved to be the case.

We had some very well attended classes, especially on AC- and gas-related topics. Our Monday management classes, too, were very well attended. We implemented a cost to attend classes this year, and pre-registration was highly encouraged. Part of that was because we'll be introducing a new format of events next year. We won't have a full trade show; instead we'll have an OESP Roadshow. The stops will be at the Mohegan Sun Casino in Montville, Conn., in May and in Gettysburg, Pa., in the fall.

The Roadshows will be designed to deliver a variety of classes: management and technical. The focus will be on the latest technologies. The displays will be smaller. We are going to "Eat, Drink and Learn" over the course of two days. So stay tuned for breaking details.

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More classes coming in July
OESP
We have two workshops scheduled to be held at the ICPA School, Cromwell, Conn.:

Monday, July 29: Tim Begoske, Field Controls trainer, will be working with Ralph Adams on a module tied with the Home Comfort Specialist Academy. The workshop will be 8 a.m.-4 p.m. The intended audience of the academy includes salespeople and inside customer service reps. Technicians who are charged with identifying sales opportunities too will benefit. The goal of this program is to give the audience the confidence to sell more equipment and in turn, have happier customers.

The morning session will delivered by Ralph Adams. Ralph is the service manager for Parker Fuel and is responsible for sales in his company. He is education co-chair of OESP and a national vice president.

The goal of the Home Comfort Specialist Academy is to help salespeople sell more products and higher efficiency equipment. He will walk attendees through the process of what a customer expects from an energy sales professional. Yes, the customer may ask you to quote on the replacement of their tired old boiler but what they might prefer are options. If you don't quote them, likely they won't ask you to add a humidifier or air cleaner.

As a participant in the workshop, we will look at the entire home; not just a piece of equipment. We will gain insight into what type of a discussion we should be having with a customer. We will also explore ways to improve their comfort while at the same time save them energy dollars and, we'll get a better understanding of the operation of a system.

After lunch, Tim will deliver a workshop titled, "Healthy Home Systems." This workshop will go over add-ons like air cleaners, UV lights and ventilation systems and ways to sell upgrades.

The cost to attend this workshop is $99 and you can register at www.thinkoesp.org.

Tuesday, July 30: Dan Holohan will be working with our Trainers. He delivered a mini session at our convention as well as at our Oil Heat Retreat. As a trainer you are always looking at ways to improve your training. This full day workshop will begin at 8:00 a.m. and end when the audience decides an end time.

Anyone that does training as a professional, trains for their technicians or is considering doing training will benefit from this workshop. Attendees will learn:
  • Where to begin — training is an event and learning is a process.
  • A non-linear way of thinking and working
  • Taking control of PowerPoint — Yes, together we will build and deliver a very short presentation.
For a full outline visit our website www.thinkoesp.org. The cost to attend this workshop that is tied with our ongoing Train-the-Trainer program and is $99.

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Maine Omnibus Energy Bill cleared by committee
The Portland Press Herald
A legislative panel voted 12-1 to endorse an ambitious package of proposals aimed at lowering Maine's high electricity and heating costs. The so-called Omnibus Energy Bill, which incorporates ideas from at least nine separate bills, would encourage the expansion of natural-gas pipelines into New England, increase funding for energy-efficiency efforts and provide financial assistance to help low-income families switch to more affordable heating systems.
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New Hampshire's fuel oil cleanup fund
New Hampshire Union Leader
People in New Hampshire will be paying a little more for heating oil after the Senate approved House Bill 185, which adds a quarter of a penny per gallon fee used to fund fuel oil tank cleanups and replacements. The current charge is 1 cent a gallon and was 1.25 cents until several years ago, after years of surpluses in the fuel oil discharge cleanup fund.
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Making an irresistible offer
Contracting Business
How do you make an irresistible offer? What do you need to include? How do you add value you to your product and service? It all starts with knowing your customer. If you know what motivates them, it's easier for you to reach out and push their hot buttons.

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Geothermal guide 1st in RSES 'Sustainability Series'
Contracting Business
Refrigeration Service Engineers Society (RSES) has published "Understanding Geothermal Systems," the first title in the RSES Sustainability Series. A comprehensive study and resource manual that serves as a best practices guide for the design, installation and maintenance of geothermal systems, this book draws on the author's more than 30 years of hands-on geothermal field experience.

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Heating oil dealers rally against new tax for efficiency programs
The Hartford Courant
Heating oil dealers are rallying against a tax proposed to fund some of Connecticut's efficiency projects. The tax on heating oil and propane — 1.5 cents per gallon until July 2014, 2.5 cents per gallon until July 2015 and 3.5 cents per gallon on forward — would feed into a fund set aside for programs that audit and outfit home to make them more energy efficiency.

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Parker and Twigg: Work to be done on thermal efficiency
Burlington Free Press
Scudder Parker, the policy director for Burlington-based nonprofit Vermont Energy Investment Corporation, outlined how the corporation, which operates Efficiency Vermont, views this year's session. In a recent telephone interview, he was joined by George Twigg, VEIC's director of public affairs.
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Don't pay penalties and fees: Avoid business compliance pitfalls
Small Business Trends
For a small business, the number of filings required in a given year can be overwhelming. It may seem like trivial paperwork, but it's actually pretty important. Failure to file required paperwork can lead to fines and penalties. And as states are facing rising budget deficits, they're looking to ramp up their collection efforts and increase revenues any way possible. Penalties and fines can range anywhere from $175 to $400.
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5 team leadership tips for small business
Small Business Computing
Behind practically every success stands a strong team. Effective team leaders bring the best out of their colleagues and accomplish the goals they set for their groups.
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LG introduces 17 SEER Mega Inverter line
Contracting Business
LG Electronics has introduced a new series of heat pump duct-free split HVAC products, the LG Mega Inverter line, combining technological advances with a sleek, modern style to provide what company sources describe as an elegant HVAC solution. Available in 9,000, 12,000, 18,000 and 24,000 Btu/h capacities, the LG Mega Inverter is ideal for applications demanding higher efficiencies, including a wide range of residential and light commercial settings.
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