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The USA — World's new dominant energy swing producer
The Desert Sun
A comprehensive interview with T. Boone Pickens, arguably the nation's leading expert on energy and fossil fuel markets generally, designated America as the world's new "swing oil producer." This means that the U.S. has replaced the disparate number of OPEC constituents, whose majority, led by Saudi Arabia, has been the arbitrator of industry pricing, since its coming into existence almost 50 years ago.
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Think twice about surge protection & power conditioning
You've probably seen ad copy something like this: "Today's residential systems contractors face unprecedented challenges where high resolution, trouble-free operation is required. From inducing AC ground loops, video hum bars, static bursts, damage from AC line surges and variable audio and video performance, comprehensive control and conditioning of AC power is no longer an option."
Being fair can improve your construction business
By Nate Budde
Honesty, respect, integrity, ethics. These values are the backbone of any successful business. In the construction industry, every party on a project is so interconnected that these four values are not just important to a single party or one contract, but are fundamental to the entire project.
Not too late
OESP’s summer forum takes place next week at the Kalahari Resort. So what happens at one of these events? All members – including manufacturers and reps have a chance to participate in our future. Our goal is to build a working business plan that guides us for the next couple of years. With the Executive Director, Judy Garber, retiring from this position next June, we will be searching for a replacement late fall. The plan will help us design a job description so that the Association gets resumes of candidates that fit our goals.
You can still register by visiting - http://thinkoesp.org/events/calendar/#id=119&cid=656&wid=801 – while there you will also find the phone number and driving directions for the Kalahari Resort.
For those coming to the forum or, anyone who wishes to take the new NORA Gold Warm Air/Air flow class can do so by registering on our site as well. Ralph Adams will be teaching this class on August 5th at the Kalahari Resort. The cost is modest to take the class and be one of the 1st to gain this new certification.
Our Oilheat Retreat will be held on Cape Cod, October 1-4th. We’ll offer a day of education on Thursday and then Friday, we’ll have Dave Holdorf, Taco teaching the new NORA Gold Hydronics Class. So this will be an opportunity again to gain a second NORA Gold certification. Thursday’s classes are complimentary and we’d like to secure a lunch sponsor for this day of education on the cape. Interested? Send an e-mail to email@example.com. Your logo will be added to our website as the “official” sponsor for that day.
After class on Friday – we’ll begin the social part of this popular, relaxing and fun event. Again, you can register at www.thinkoesp.org.
Oil inventories soar above 5-year seasonal average
Midland Reporter -Telegram
Crude oil inventories in the U.S. increased recently creating a decrease in oil prices. Meanwhile, gasoline stocks decreased as travelers took to the highways, and for the first time in nine years diesel fuel prices averaged less than gasoline prices. Oil inventories finished above the five-year seasonal average, and oil prices dropped to $49 per barrel.
Leaky sink? Order a plumber on Amazon.
The Washington Post
Amazon announced that it's expanding its on-demand home services business — transparently named "Amazon Home Services" — to 15 new cities, including Washington, D.C.
The program was already operating in New York, San Francisco, Seattle and Los Angeles, offering users an easy way to book plumbers, electricians, cleaners and other people who can handle the things you may need around the house.
Plastic materials and processing advancing wind energy
By Don Rosato
The vast majority of the total tonnage used in wind turbine blade manufacturing are glass fiber and thermoset (primarily epoxy and vinyl ester) resins. Let’s take a look at new wind energy resin/fiber material, processing and testing advances.
The increasing size of wind turbine blades poses a big challenge to designers and engineers to design lightweight structures that meet the requirements in terms of stiffness and, predominantly, fatigue.
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Renewables accounted for nearly 70 percent of new electrical generation in the US during the first six months of 2015
According to the recently-released “Energy Infrastructure Update” report from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission's Office of Energy Projects, wind energy accounted for 1,969 megawatts (MW) of new generating capacity — or more than half (50.64 percent) of all new capacity year-to-date.
5 things HVAC contractors need to know about Wi-Fi enabled thermostats
With Wi-Fi enabled thermostats predicted to outsell standard digital thermostats in the next five years, smart contractors are making room for Wi-Fi thermostats on their trucks and in their business plans.
To ensure you are taking advantage of the opportunities provided by the rapid change to this market, the thermostat team at Emerson has put together this list of five things every contractor needs to know about Wi-Fi enabled thermostats.
Americans' air conditioning habit is eco-friendly
The Washington Post
The weather in Washington, D.C., and Berlin, Germany, has been pretty similar recently. There is one striking difference between the two capitals, though: Whereas many Americans would probably never consider living or working in buildings without air conditioning, many Germans think that life without climate control is far superior.
American tourists on the other side of the Atlantic Ocean, however, have been left stunned by Europeans' ability to cope with heat, even at work spaces or in their private homes.
SMARTair makes going wireless easy for Smart buildings
Security Middle East
SMARTair™ makes going wireless easy for Smart buildings by moving to wireless access control without busting the budget. SMARTair™ from TESA is a seamless step up from any organisation’s mechanical master key system.
The key to secure success? Its unmatched simplicity.
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