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Carbon tax will not be on 2014 ballot
The Boston Globe
A group of environmentalists has dropped its campaign to place a so-called carbon tax on the next statewide ballot, citing the complexity of the issue, weak fund-raising, and potential constitutional challenges to the question. The group, the Committee for a Green Economy , had hoped to place a question on the 2014 ballot asking voters to approve a new tax on gasoline, heating oil and other fossil fuels based on the amount of carbon dioxide they produce, with the aim of reducing pollutants that contribute to climate change.
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Opinion: N.J. Bio-Based Heating Oil Act is a natural progression for domestic energy
Times of Trenton via NJ.com
The New Jersey Legislature should be commended for considering progressive legislation that will reduce the carbon intensity of our state's fuel, encourage new capital investment in New Jersey and support small businesses. Sponsored by Sens. Kip Bateman and Jim Whelan and Assembly members John Amodeo and Celeste Riley, the New Jersey Bio-Based Heating Oil Act requires all heating oil in the state to have a low percentage of biodiesel blended into it by 2014.
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US Energy Department reports record growth in wind power
Examiner
VideoBriefThe U.S. Department of Energy released two new reports touting the growth of wind power in the United States. The Wind Technologies Market Report discusses growth of wind as an energy source to power electric generation. The report on distributed applications highlights the increased use of wind-powered generation near where the electricity is used, so-called distributed generation.
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Coming up
OESP
Have you registered yet for Dan Holohan's Classic Hydronics, Sept. 10, at the Holiday Inn, in Timonium Md.? This all-technical seminar will begin at 5 p.m. with a buffet dinner and a start time of 5:30 p.m. for the seminar. Cost is $129 per person. You can register on our website or 888-552-0900.

You can also register to attend the Oil Heat Retreat. Anyone is invited to the event to be held Sept. 12-15 at the Ramada, 1730 N. Ocean Ave., in Holtsville, N.Y. Call 631-758-2900 now and reference OESP for hotel reservations. The inclusive rate includes all functions — daily and evening.

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Oil Heat Cares in motion
OESP
Helping our neighbors in need continues with a new project spearheaded by the L.I. Oil and Energy Professionals.Thanks to Building Hope for Long Island (N.Y.), Dylan, who has Duchenne muscular dystrophy, along with his mother, are getting a brand new energy efficient home. OHC will play a big part in this project by installing a new high efficiency oil fired boiler.Next week we will share with you more about this project and recognize the many kind contributors that are helping make this project happen.

This news story from WCBS-TV will give you an idea of the program and the good that they are doing for those in their neighborhoods.

If anyone reading this wants to join a great group of guys, contact Robert O'Brien for more details.

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Have you checked these tools?
OESP
We've got some great tools on our website that you might not be aware of — the online training center. We have classes from our 2012 and 2013 online — view the power point synced with the audio. Members have passwords to access the learning center.

The Buyers Guide is a great reference tool for all kinds of things. If you are looking for something unusual, try the guide or looking for contact information check out the guide. Both of these useful tools are accessible from your phone or computer.

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Alliance hopes biomass can take off in New York
Your News Now
Sixty megawatts. Enough to power 60,000 homes. The conversion of the old coal plant on Fort Drum, in Jefferson County, N.Y., by ReEnergy has the capability to produce that energy, all with wood product that would normally be wasted. That's the branches, the stumps, dead trees. It's called biomass.
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3 small business accounting tips you can't ignore
Business 2 Community
It's easy to neglect good accounting practices. When April 15 is months away, it's tough to feel the incentive to hold onto your receipts. But when Tax Day comes around and you still haven't gotten your act together, you always wish you had started a little earlier. Follow these essential tips to keep your accounts in order year-round.
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The hidden value of UV-C
Contracting Business
Originally, the goal for UV-C was to eliminate the proliferation of mold and gram negative bacteria on cooling coils and in drain pans, to mitigate occupant complaints associated with this common contaminant source in air conditioning equipment. However, in addition to improving indoor air quality, a hidden value of UV-C is its ability to restore cooling capacity, reduce maintenance and increase the potential for energy savings.

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Department of energy has overestimated energy efficiency standard costs
CleanTechnica
A new report from the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy provides data that shows that the Department of Energy has a systemic problem in calculating its estimates of how much new efficiency standards will cost. The Department regularly projects that manufacturers selling more efficient appliances will have to increase their costs, when in fact the cost of production actually decreases over time.

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HVAC system thermostat wars: We need to provide education, not seek legislation
Contracting Business
In the modern world, every business specialty is up for grabs. This is true in the HVACR industry as well. Thermostat installation and replacement can now be done by the homeowners as well as security specialists, home automation companies and more. Some people want to have legislation in place to control who does this work. That is a mistake.

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Report: Solar energy costs dropping nationally
The Business Review
The cost of going solar has dropped in New York by 44 percent over the past five years, a trend that's playing out across the country. Solar energy has become one of the fastest growing industries in the nation, according to a report by the Department of Energy's Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.
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Economizer repair opportunities are everywhere
Contracting Business
Economizers have stepped into the spotlight recently as one of the prime opportunities for energy savings in the commercial sector of the HVAC industry. It's proposed, with little argument from those in the field, that upwards of 80 percent of airside economizers are non-functional. If that's true, opportunity is calling any mechanical contractor willing to step up and take this bull by the horns.
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Top 10 time management tips for entrepreneurs
The Globe and Mail
Running a business is difficult. Starting one with little support can be nearly impossible. Add to that family commitments and personal commitments, and you'll quickly start to feel overwhelmed. But there is a two-word solution that most successful business owners will tell you is key to their success: time management.
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