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Report: Energy-efficient HVAC market worth $33.2 billion by 2020
The global market for energy efficient HVAC (heating, ventilation and air conditioning) systems will be worth $33.2 billion annually by 2020, according to a new report from Navigant Research. Currently worth $17.2 billion, the market is expected to grow by 94.2 percent in the next seven years, with the Asia Pacific region predicted to take a majority share of global revenue.
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Maine: An energy and economic analysis
Canada Free Press
Maine does not have fossil fuel reserves of its own, but it has vast renewable energy potential. Because of its substantial use of wood as fuel, the state has the highest percentage of non-hydroelectric renewable energy use in the country. Maine produces more electricity from burning wood and wood waste than any other state, as these resources provide over a quarter of the state's electricity. Maine is the only New England State in which industry is the leading energy-consuming sector, accounting for 34 percent of its energy consumption in 2010.
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New Hampshire wood industry's renewable energy efforts tangled up in legislative wrangling
New Hampshire Business Review
A renewable energy bill supported by the New Hampshire wood industry might end up being a casualty in the ongoing battle legislative dogfight over Obamacare. Senate Bill 148 centers on how much biomass-produced energy utilities would need to buy to meet the state's renewable energy standards and how much they would have to pay if they don't meet the standards.
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Have you visited our Online Learning Center?
As a member benefit, you can access the audio and some of the presentations from several of our classes that were presented at our 2013 convention and trade show in Hershey. Just visit "OESP's Online Learning Center" on our webiste. You will find information from our 2012 and 2013 classes. Scroll down to find our latest sessions.

It is free to members — just enter your username and password. If you don't have it, just ask.

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Reflections of our 60th Annual Convention & Trade Show
Take a few minutes and visit our website to get a wrap-up of our 2013 event. There are some great photos on the page and recognition of our 2013 winners!
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Relax, learn and network
While on the site, be sure to check out the details about our 8th Annual Oilheat Retreat, to be held Sept. 12-15, on Long Island, N.Y. For those of you who think of Long Island as the "big city," you will be pleasantly surprised.

If you want to avoid the drive, there are very inexpensive and direct flights from Baltimore to Islip Airport, for example.

Once there, leave the driving to us! We won't be spending too much time in the hotel because there is so much to do in the area. For starters, we'll travel to Brookhaven Labs on Friday. Attendees will get a tour of the entire facility and end the afternoon with a roundtable discussion lead by Dr. Tom Butcher. The main topic will be "energy." After seeing the facility, all kinds of ideas will pop into your head. And for the ladies (or others that prefer relaxing) we are planning something very special for them. Later that evening we'll have food and beverages at the hotel.

After our board meeting Saturday (and after lunch) we'll head out to Wine Country. We'll explore a beautiful area of the island. We have a couple of tours of wineries set up and we'll enjoy dinner that evening at Baiting Hollow Winery.

So join us for a nice long week-end before we all get busy with the winter of 2013-14!

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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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Sage survey of small and midsized businesses finds cautious optimism at work
Contracting Business
As America's small and midsized businesses continue to weather economic uncertainty and rising business costs, many are keeping tight reins on hiring. The results of the snapshot survey of hiring plans, conducted among 973 executives of small and midsized businesses in the U.S., appear to reflect the latest unemployment numbers from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. As reported in April, the country's unemployment rate was little changed at 7.5 percent, with an estimated 11.7 million people unemployed.
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John Lanier named NATE chief operating officer
Contracting Business
The Air-Conditioning, Heating and Refrigeration Institute (AHRI) announced the appointment of John Lanier to be Chief Operating Officer of North American Technician Excellence (NATE). Lanier will report to AHRI President & CEO Stephen Yurek. As COO, Lanier will plan, direct and coordinate the operations of NATE, managing daily operations and executing full responsibility for, and oversight of, all of NATE's programs.
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7 tips for improving small business cash flow
In many cases, with business owners focused primarily on day-to-day operations, cash flow is only a focal point when there is a problem. But business owners who establish proactive strategies for cash management are able to avoid those problems and create new growth opportunities through reinvestment by making their capital work better for them.

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DOE: World has 10 years of shale oil
Financial Times via CNBC
Global shale resources are vast enough to cover more than a decade of oil consumption, according to the first-ever U.S. assessment of reserves from Russia to Argentina. The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) estimated "technically recoverable" shale oil resources of 345 billion barrels in 42 countries it surveyed, or 10 percent of global crude supplies.

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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 U.S. homes and businesses would benefit from burning switchgrass biofuel pellets in basement furnaces.

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Nanoparticle opens the door to clean-energy alternatives
Penn State via ScienceDaily
Cheaper clean-energy technologies could be made possible thanks to a new discovery. Research team members at Penn State University have found that an important chemical reaction that generates hydrogen from water is effectively triggered — or catalyzed — by a nanoparticle composed of nickel and phosphorus, two inexpensive elements that are abundant on Earth.
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5 tips for creating a successful small business brand
Business 2 Community
With the tools available to small businesses today, it is possible to build a strong and successful brand without a huge budget, but what should you be concentrating your efforts on? Here are five key points that will help you turn your business idea into a brand that customers will love and your competitors will envy.
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Researcher studies indoor air particles and their movement
National Science Foundation via Research & Development
Most people worry about the quality of the air they breathe outdoors, while giving little thought to the contaminants that may be circulating in their own homes. Yet, with only a few exceptions, such as certain urban environments, outdoor air is cleaner than indoor air. Researchers are gathering data that ultimately could provide insights into developing new materials for indoor surfaces — where pollutant particles land — and improving other systems that are involved, such as ventilation.
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Zoning board must rehear Smartfuel request to relocate
After leaving Massachusetts, Smartfuel of America moved to Seabrook, N.H., in 2008, when it was seen by many in town as a job creator and a "green" company. Smartfuel collects used vegetable oil from restaurants and food processors, then processes it into an alternative energy source. Known as biofuel, the product can be burned as a cleaner type of heating oil and even as fuel for vehicles that use biodiesel.
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