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Rhode Island passes statewide Bioheat requirement
Biodiesel Magazine
The governor of Rhode Island signed landmark legislation recently that will ensure all of the state's heating oil becomes Bioheat by 2014. Starting July 1, 2014, every gallon of oil heat in the state will contain at least 2 percent biodiesel. The Bioheat blend is a greener heating oil gaining popularity in Northeastern and Mid-Atlantic states.
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Lawmakers seeking to make Massachusetts 1st state with carbon tax
The Republican
Setting out on what they say will be a long campaign, lawmakers are seeking to pass legislation that would tax carbon at $5 per metric ton. The carbon tax would boost taxes on gasoline by about 3.5 cents per gallon, with the final amount to be determined by the Department of Revenue. The bill would also add new taxes to consumers of heating oil and firewood, though the lawmakers say much of collected tax revenue under their proposal would be given back to taxpayers through a proposed doubling of the personal income tax exemption and other measures.
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RIP peak oil theory?
By Lucy Wallwork
The recent closure of the famously "peakist" website The Oil Drum has been interpreted by some as the final whimper of an intellectual project that finds itself disproved amid today's unconventional energy boom across the U.S. and elsewhere. It looks like the "peak oil" theme has been put aside by Hollywood, but how far can we consign the theory to the dustbin?
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  Sid Harvey's Introduces the Sure-Flo De-Scaling System
Sid Harvey’s F10 Odorless De-Scaling System safely removes lime and scale build up from tankless water heaters. The odorless solution changes color from red to yellow as it works and back to red to indicate when the process is complete. The kit includes a pump, hoses, bucket with lid, and de-scaling chemical as well as an acid neutralizer to restore PH so the used solution may be safely discarded. Helps restore maximum efficiency for peak performance and satisfies warranty service requirements. The Sure-Flo Descaling system is available at all Sid Harvey branches.

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Reasons to belong to a chapter
Summertime, for many of our chapters, means "taking a break" from regular meetings. That doesn't mean members don't get together for events. For example, Garden State recently hosted their annual fishing trip.

Several of the chapters hosted their tournaments this summer.

Getting together to relax and enjoy the company of fellow members is one great reason to belong to a chapter.

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Web presence for the chapters
Last fall, National offered our chapters a chance to have a website built. To support the effort, we picked up 25 percent of the cost for development. To date, five new sites are up and running, four are in progress and another six agreed to take advantage of the opportunity.

National, too, is building a new site and the chapters will gain added recognition of their sites through our site.

Here is an example of completed sites from two chapters: Rhode Island and Susquehanna Valley.

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Oil Heat Retreat: Sept. 12-15
OESP is kicking off the fall season with our annual Oil Heat Retreat. This year we'll host our event on Long Island. You don't need to be a director or even a member to join us but we would appreciate your registration. Registration helps us plan for our event.

Thursday (for those that arrive early), we'll have an opening reception at the Ramada Hotel. You can make your hotel reservations by calling 631-758-2900 and reference OESP. The inclusive single rate is $159 and the double rate is $189.

Friday, we'll head to Brookhaven Labs. Dr. Tom Butcher is setting up a tour for our group and later in the day, he'll host an Energy Roundtable. Spouses (or members that don’t wish to go to Brookhaven) will take a paddleboard lunch cruise.

That evening we'll have food and beverages at the hotel. Saturday, after our board meeting, we will get on the bus that will take us into wine country where we'll enjoy dinner and local wines.

Register and make your hotel reservations today.

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Last call
OESP will host two unique workshops on July 29 and 30.

Monday, Ralph Adams and Tim Begoske, trainer for Field Controls, will team up to deliver another module of the Home Comfort Academy: Sell More Products and Higher Efficiency Products.

Tuesday, Dan Holohan will work with trainers — professional trainers, those responsible for training their technicians and those that do sales presentations. Everyone can learn new techniques that will enhance their skill set.

Full outlines for both of these classes can be found on our home page. The cost to attend is $99. Each workshop begins at 8 a.m. and they will both be held at the ICPA School — 10 Alcap Ridge Road, in Cromwell, Conn.

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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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Vermont heating oil dealers expect stable winter prices
The Barre-Montpelier Times Argus
Oil prices have spiked in the last week or so, driving up the price of gasoline and other fuels. But looking ahead to winter, prices are forecast to stabilize, said Michael Kundrath of the state Department of Public Service. The federal Energy Information Administration is forecasting that heating oil will average $3.73 a gallon this year, 3 cents less than last year, and fall again in 2014 to $3.61 a gallon.
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Department of Energy to allocate $8 billion for efficiency initiatives
The Energy Collective
As part of the Climate Action Plan recently announced by President Barack Obama, the Department of Energy has announced an additional allocation of $8 billion through its loan program for projects that work toward reducing greenhouse emissions — most notably to curb atmospheric carbon dioxide and methane — mainly produced through the use of fossil fuels.
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Look beyond the numbers on your meter
Contracting Business
Seasoned technicians experience a time in their careers when experience begins to draw them beyond the numbers on a meter and into a new world of holistic HVAC system problem solving. This change only happens when a technician decides to move beyond the pack and works to excel in their chosen profession. This is a tough yet exciting transition that brings a reward of its own. Let's look at what it takes to begin this move beyond the rest of the pack.
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Can America's energy infrastructure survive severe weather?
The International
America's energy system is struggling in the face of severe and costly weather events and disasters caused by climate change, a report by the U.S. Department of Energy revealed on July 11. The damage wrought by severe weather is mostly being felt in the energy sector. The report has brought to focus the energy infrastructure's vulnerability to severe weather events caused by global warming.

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White paper highlights economic benefits of biomass thermal bill
Biomass Magazine
A recent white paper published by FutureMetrics investigates the positive economic impacts of the Biomass Thermal Utilization Act of 2013, which was introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives in May. The bill aims to provide incentives to install residential, commercial and industrial biomass heating systems by altering Section 25 D of the Internal Revenue Code to provide a 30 percent investment tax credit to qualifying residential heating systems.

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Heating fuel mandate could drive biodiesel growth
Accesswire via COMTEX via MarketWatch
Biodiesel has seen its share of controversy and volatility over the past couple years, with government mandates stirring public concern and the RIN crisis throwing prices for a loop. But, it's becoming increasingly clear that biodiesel is an industry that's both rapidly growing and here to stay, especially as it moves into the heating fuel industry.

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Hydropower and geothermal energy in 2013
Hydropower accounts for more electricity production than solar PV, wind, and geothermal combined. In 2012, hydropower accounted for 16 percent of the world's electricity production. However, hydropower gets far less press because it is a mature technology with a much lower annual growth rate than most renewables. Like hydropower, geothermal electricity is a relatively mature renewable technology, which is reflected by its modest 4 percent annual growth rate over the past five years.
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5 things small biz owners need to do to prepare for Obamacare
Jacksonville Business Journal
Although the Obama administration has delayed by a year the employer mandate to provide health insurance, small businesses still need to prepare. Johnny Laurent, vice president and general manager of Sage Employer Solutions, has put together a list of tips designed to eliminate some of the guesswork and give small business owners a starting point.
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Time management tips for small businesses
In the past two decades, time management has become increasingly challenging. Time feels like it has sped up for everyone. Add to all of this the pressures from Internet and smart phones with social networking sites like Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter. It means that you are constantly distracted. Here are five tips to help with your time management.
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