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EPA direct rule expands definition of heating oil
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The Environmental Protection Agency is issuing this direct final rule to amend the definition of heating oil in the Renewable Fuel Standard program under the Clean Air Act. This amendment will expand the scope of renewable fuels that can generate Renewable Identification Numbers as heating oil to include fuel oil produced from qualifying renewable biomass that will be used to generate heat to warm buildings or other facilities where people live, work, recreate or conduct other activities. Heating oil will be allowed to generate RINs, provided that the fuel oil meets the other requirements specified in the RFS regulations. More

85 percent of global consumers want more renewable energy
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Two recent studies commissioned by Vestas show there is a strong appetite for renewable energy across the globe. According to the Global Consumer Wind Energy Study put out by TNS Gallup, which gauges consumer tastes on energy, 85 percent of global respondents want more renewable energy in the market. The survey also noted 49 percent of those surveyed would be willing to pay more for renewable energy. More

Intelligent HVAC controls market shows resiliency
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The global intelligent HVAC control systems market has been resilient in the face of an extended period of economic weakness and the market is currently in the middle of a paradigm shift, according to a new ARC Advisory Group study. Most existing systems are basic analogue based electrical systems and these still make up the majority of the installed base. However, the majority of projects that are being designed and commissioned today utilize digital architecture, IP based communications, and web accessibility to increase the breadth and capabilities of these systems. More

3/K-2 Flow-Control Oil De-aerator

Sid Harvey’s offers the newly redesigned 3/K-2 Flow-Control Oil De-aerator which also helps warm oil for consistent viscosity and burner performance. Flow-Control features a third float for better performance in high vacuum installations. TUV Tested and rated for use with 100% bio-diesel and ambient temperature up to 140F, the Flow-Control 3/K-2 carries a 5 year warranty and has a 20 year life expectancy.

 Updates from OESP

Training opportunities
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Our mission is education and the New Hampshire/Vermont Chapter supports this mission in every way. For example, it has three classes during the month of October. These important schools will be held at the Manchester Community College, 1066 Front St., in Manchester, N.H. The chapter keeps the costs very affordable to members and non-members alike. The schedule for includes: Programmable Aquastat/Reset and Primary Controls, taught by Ron Cote of Carlin, Oct. 3; Modulating/Condensing Gas Boilers, taught by Guy Woolard of Triangle Tube, Oct. 10; and Steam Boilers and Steam Principles, taught by Glenn Stanton and Rick Gendro, Oct. 17. All classes begin at 6:30 p.m. and end at 9:15 p.m. Some classes earn the attendees needed CEU's. For further information, Al Little would be happy to assist. Call 603-224-8538.

This is a great example of delivering education at the local level and using the resources of a local technical school or college.

ISH and Paris/Normandy
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Finally! Wow, trying to pull this annual trip together was very challenging but we are ready to take your reservations. The dates are March 7-16; two nights in Normandy, two nights in Paris and four nights in Wiesbaden, a suburb of Frankfurt. The cost includes air from Newark, N.J., and taxes, all hotel rooms, transfers, train and ISH tickets, some dinners and all breakfasts, a tour of the Normandy region, insurance and more. Knowing people wanted to tie-in a trip to Normandy and Paris, we really had to work hard to get this pricing affordable and we've done that. It is just a little more than we paid in 2011. Single Rate is $3,750 and the Double Rate (sharing a room) is $3,100 per person. We have space for a maximum of 35 people.

As always, your commitment needs to include one-third the price of the trip (per person) and we'll set-up additional payments tied with our payments to the travel agency. Interested? Contact Judy Garber 888-552-0900 or This trip will sell out fast.

Reminder of our Board Meeting
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10 a.m. Sept. 30 at the Radisson in Scranton, Pa.

 In The News

Next-generation energy modeling
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Since 2001, the Department of Energy has released the energy modeling calculation engine called EnergyPlus as a new generation flagship tool meant to combine the best features of the multiple previous tools funded through the federal government. In the past, the DOE has generally released a public domain engine and allowed third-party developers to create interfaces; however, there has been limited uptake as the more familiar DOE-2 based software is still generally acceptable for energy code compliance. More

Small business tips: How to start an employee wellness program
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One way for small-business owners to keep health insurance costs down is to implement workplace wellness programs for employees. Jon Morgan, physical activity coordinator for the Wisconsin Department of Health Services, responded to some questions regarding how small businesses can start wellness programs. More

Massachusetts city locks in solar energy prices lower than traditional sources
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Residents and businesses in Newburyport, Mass., now qualify for lower solar energy rates than rates for traditional sources of energy under the Solarize Massachusetts Program. As a result of Solarize Mass, the average Newburyport participant who enters into a contract to buy solar electricity will now pay an average of 12 cents per kilowatt hour. This rate is lower than the average statewide price of 15 cents per kilowatt hour for traditional energy sources, which are a mix of coal-fired, nuclear or natural gas generation. More

Green heating heads underground
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There are about 580,000 geothermal heat pumps in use in the nation, a number expected to grow to 2.24 million by 2035, estimates the U.S. Energy Information Administration. Geothermal is also becoming one of the main renewable-energy sources used to generate electricity in the U.S. More

Vo-tech committee attempts to reopen HVAC program
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The joint operating committee of the Georges Township, Pa., area vo-tech agreed to advertise again for an instructor of a program that was placed on hiatus due to the empty position. Officials of the Fayette County Career and Technical Institute had temporarily suspended the heating, ventilation and air conditioning program due to low enrollment and problematic attempts of finding a certified instructor. More

3 affordable energy management apps your business should know about now
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New technologies are being designed to meet the increased demands stemming from new benchmark reporting laws, organizational efforts to reduce consumption and an overall emphasis on meeting ambitious environmental performance goals. That said, technologies don't have to be a hefty investment for a company. In fact, some standalone applications are downright cheap. More


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