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The Department Of Energy just increased its outlook for oil prices by $20 per barrel
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The Department of Energy's Energy Information Administration has released its Annual Energy Outlook for 2012, and the big theme in the report is uncertainty. But it's pretty sure oil prices are going to go up. More

Maine deadline nears on pre-paid oil contracts
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The deadline is drawing closer for Maine fuel dealers who offer pre-paid contracts to register with the state. The deadline is June 30. A new consumer protection law requires a fuel dealer who offers prepaid contracts for home heating oil, kerosene or liquefied petroleum gas to Maine residents to register the dealer's intent to offer such contracts with the Department of Professional and Financial Regulation. More

Department of Energy study says U.S. could have 80 percent renewable power by 2050
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A new study published by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory indicates renewable power could contribute up to 80 percent of the nation's electricity needs by 2050 using existing, commercially available technology. Though the transition won't necessarily be easy, the report is a strong endorsement of expanding renewable power. More

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 Updates from OESP

Clam boil
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Do any of you know what a clam boil is? The Rhode Island Chapter hosted its biannual event Tuesday, June 25. Judy Garber will report back next week and will even share a few photos. Rhode Island Chapter will no doubt do a great job.

Check it out: More pictures from the trade show
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Our 2012 convention and trade show page has been updated. You'll find some fun photos to view. On behalf of the Association, we wish to thank all of our exhibiting companies and the attendees that took the time to visit Providence, Rhode Island. What a great venue! More

Our new Online Training Center is open
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By now you should have received an email alerting you to the news that our new Online Training Center is open. If you are a member in good standing, the email gave you your username and password. Otherwise, you would have received an email that permitted you the opportunity to purchase access to the classes — a fee of $99 permits you access to all of the sessions that were audio taped and synced with the presentation.

This is just the start of our online training. We do have plans for the future that will allow for basic testing, etc.

Speaking of the Online Training Center — Home Comfort Specialist Academy
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We have mentioned that we'll be launching a new program: the Home Comfort Specialist Academy. This new program is designed to help those who sell for their company — both inside and outside personnel — learn more so they can be an informed representative of the company. A lot of work is going into this program and you can see the launch, presented by Ralph Adams, by visiting our online training center.

As part of our Oilheat Retreat, Sept. 27-30, Ralph will be presenting one of the modules noon-6 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 27. Details to follow.

 In The News

Utilities could benefit from zero energy buildings revenue
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An increasingly sustainability-focused marketplace and growing interest in cutting edge of technology is driving the production of zero energy buildings. According to Pike Research, over the next few decades, cost decreases and performance improvements in existing technologies (energy-efficient HVAC systems, for example) and innovation in emerging technologies (such as triple glazed windows, energy storage, LED lighting and solar panels) driven by stringent government regulations, will help make zero energy buildings a reality. More

Connecting to the future with integrated technologies
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No attempts to anticipate future demands on the heating, ventilation, air-conditioning and refrigeration industry can be successful without carefully considering the mega trends currently facing the industry. Once viewed separately, energy efficiency, the Smart Grid, wireless technology and renewable energy are beginning to converge, the result of evolving technologies that are connecting these trends in new ways and offering those who follow them a glimpse over the horizon to see how the future will unfold. More

Geothermal energy: The world's hottest investment
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Geothermal energy is often overshadowed by other forms of alternative energy, but the fact is, geothermal energy in 2010 actually produced twice as much power as solar and wind combined. And its growth prospects are improving. More

Wind sector considers life without the PTC
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The U.S. wind power industry has lived and died by production tax credits over the years, and with the prospect of expiration finally looming at the end of this year, industry players are working hard to build a future without it. U.S. installations are set to fall off a cliff in 2013 with Navigant Consulting estimating additional incremental capacity between 1 and 4 GW, down dramatically from more than 9 GW in 2012. More

New Jersey governor may sign bill to increase solar requirement
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New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, whose administration has called solar power an economic "albatross," is expected to sign legislation that would increase the amount of solar energy state utilities must buy. The New Jersey State Assembly approved a bill that requires utilities to obtain 2.05 percent of their power from solar projects in 2014, up from less than half of one percent of the state's power now. More

Officials: North Dakota energy policy is model for country
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North Dakota's robust and diverse energy sector can provide a model for creating jobs and help reduce the nation's dependence on foreign oil, officials said. Sen. John Hoeven and Gov. Jack Dalrymple were among the speakers at the Renewable Energy Action Summit in Bismarck. They, along with government and industry officials, said North Dakota's energy policy has expanded traditional and renewable energy sources, advanced technology, provided certainty for developers, spurred investment and created jobs. More

Clear, clean truck designs connect with customers
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Perhaps it's a sign of the times. Compared with the past, this year's Tops in Trucks entries showed a lot less flash and a lot more restraint. Multi-color, graphic heavy wraps dominated entries in the early years of the contest, which started in 2007 — before the recession. But just as they've learned to do more with less in other areas, this year's winning contractors have learned how to say more with simple fleet designs. Clarity and straightforwardness are definitely in as contractors respond to customers' deepened appreciation for honesty and trustworthiness. More


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