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ASHRAE online course series adds commercial energy audits
Contracting Business
Given the tremendous growth in emphasis on energy efficiency in existing buildings, private markets are looking for cost-effective investments to make in buildings. Energy efficiency represents an excellent opportunity to provide great returns while helping the environment and improving indoor environmental quality. One way to learn what building improvements are needed is to conduct an energy audit. A new course from ASHRAE offers guidance on best practices and other information relevant for building owners, managers and government entities.
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Vermont heating oil dealers expect stable winter prices
Rutland Herald
It's that time of year when residents of Vermont are finding ways to stay cool. But it's also the time of year when some homeowners are thinking ahead a few months to when they'll be reaching for their thermostat and not their air conditioner. 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.
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Heating oil, kerosene prices on rise in Maine
Portland Press Herald
Gov. Paul LePage's office says heating fuel prices are on the rise in Maine. The Republican governor's Energy Office said that the current average price statewide for certain heating oil is $3.42 per gallon. That's up three cents from the previous week and up six cents from two weeks ago. Lepage's office says the higher prices can be attributed to a number of factors, including increased production and refining of crude oil in North America.
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  Ductless Mini-Split Kit
Sid Harvey’s introduces a time-saving idea to speed the installation of the most popular mini split systems. The Sid Harvey Mini-Split Installation Kit includes communication cable, drain hose, disconnect, whip, ring terminals, and cable ties to make installation quick and easy and comes in either 25 foot or 50 foot lengths. The Mini-Split Installation Kits are available at all Sid Harvey branches.

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    Rhode Island passes statewide Bioheat requirement (Biodiesel Magazine)
Lawmakers seeking to make Massachusetts 1st state with carbon tax (The Republican)
Look beyond the numbers on your meter (Contracting Business)
Oil Heat Retreat: Sept. 12-15 (OESP)

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Welcome to our latest corporate member — Fleetmatics
Fleetmatics is a leading global provider of fleet management solutions for small and medium-sized businesses delivered as software-as-a-service. Our solutions enable businesses to meet the challenges associated with managing local fleets, and improve the productivity of their mobile workforces, by extracting actionable business intelligence from real-time and historical vehicle and driver behavioral data.

Fleetmatics' intuitive, cost-effective Web-based solutions provide fleet operators with visibility into vehicle location, fuel usage, speed and mileage, and other insights into their mobile workforce, enabling them to reduce operating and capital costs, as well as increase revenue. Fleetmatics serves more than 17,000 customers, with over 300,000 actively subscribed vehicles worldwide.

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Have you visited
Oil Heat Cares
Take a moment and visit The site has been updated and there is a video that was shown at our awards banquet this year. Thanks to all who have supported OHC.
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News from BioHeat®
Biodiesel Education Network
The BEN (Biodiesel Education Network) Newsletter has been reintroduced and will be a quarterly educational tool. Take a moment and sign-up to receive this informative newsletter.

Another tool being released in September is the new Biodiesel-e2e app. The intent of this tool is to assist biodiesel industry professionals by creating an online and mobile interactive tool to educate and guide the handling and use of biodiesel throughout all facets of the industry infrastructure.

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Oil Heat Retreat — Sept. 12-15
This event is shaping up beautifully! For those planning to attend (and you don’t have to be a director to attend), our visit to Brookhaven Labs will be exciting. Guests will visit the Center for Functional Nanomaterials, National Synchrotron Light Source (NSL and the Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider. You can read about these by visiting their website.

After the tour, we will spend the remainder of our time in the South Room (former officer's club) — you techies will really enjoy this room. There will be a working lunch included.

For those (especially spouses) who wish to do something else, we're planning a paddleboat luncheon cruise.

Register today.

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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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Critics sound alarm on South Portland plan to ban tar sands oil
Portland Press Herald
A proposed ordinance aimed at banning so-called Canadian tar sands oil from flowing through South Portland, Maine, could unintentionally shutter the petroleum industry there, critics of the measure said at a recent hearing. Executives, attorneys and employees of South Portland's largest oil-based businesses raised the alarm at the hearing before the South Portland Planning Board, where architects of the ordinance met face to face for the first time with the industrial interests poised to campaign against it.
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Copper industry launches app for plumbers, HVAC techs and contractors
Contractor Magazine
Plumbers, HVAC technicians and contractors working out in the field now have a new app that makes it easier and quicker to obtain information about copper tube, piping and fitting as well as different joining methods and applications.
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Hiring your next expert
Contracting Business
Here's the cold, hard fact: the HVAC industry is 20,000 technicians short of being fully staffed. With a low supply, the demand is high, and the competition to find talented workers is paramount. Apply these guidelines when recruiting for your team.

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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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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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Commercial HVAC sales success via customer retention
Contracting Business
In the commercial HVAC sales arena, you have to be organized enough to not only go after a new book of business, but to keep existing customers happy so they continue to do business with you. In his Commercial Service Sales column, Earl King helps you understand the importance of retaining your customer base.
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States take a shine to solar energy
USA Today
The U.S. has tripled its solar-power-generating capacity since 2010 and increased it tenfold since 2007, according to a new report from the non-profit advocacy group Environment America. The report said California, Arizona, Nevada, Hawaii, New Mexico and New Jersey lead the country when it comes to the amount of electricity being generated from the sun's energy. Although those are some of the country's sunniest states, the report says it's the political commitment that makes the most impact: Lawmakers in those states have passed solar-friendly laws and regulations.
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Small business tips: Do you really need a business plan?
None of us want to hear it when we're starting up a new venture, but sooner or later the question will appear: "Do you have a business plan?" In reality, most entrepreneurs don't take the time, or don't even think of writing a plan. So the big question is, do you really need one?
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