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EPA expands definition of heating oil under RFS
Biomass Magazine
The U.S. EPA has published a final rule to expand the definition of heating oil under the renewable fuel standard. According to the agency, the amendment expands the scope of renewable fuels that can be used to comply with the RFS by adding an additional category of compliant fuel produced from qualifying biomass that used to generate heat to warm buildings or other facilities. The new category of fuels is referred to as "fuel oils."
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Price of crude oil drops amid government budget stalemate
The Associated Press via The Washington Post
The cost of crude oil dropped to close to $102 a barrel as the U.S. government ceased some operations on Oct. 1 following a budget stalemate in Washington, D.C. Experts said events in Syria and Iran have also played a part in the slipping oil prices.
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Air quality improvements are saving lives in New York City
Environmental Defense Fund
Mayor Bloomberg recently announced significant improvements in New York City’s air quality over the last five years. One of the initiatives in Mayor Bloomberg’s PlaNYC — the citywide sustainability program with 127 initiatives in action — is NYC Clean Heat, which helps buildings switch to cleaner heating fuels in the most cost-effective manner.
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Long Island Chapter does it again
OESP
Talk about teamwork. When it comes to Oil Heat Cares projects, the Long Island Chapter has to be No. 1 for doing it the way the founders of OHC envisioned. Their members get together on a Saturday and get the job done. Each one of the projects is special and the latest is no exception.

Wayne Lawrence, of Petro, learned that R. Marchese, a Vietnam veteran, lost his job because of health issues. He suffers from Agent Orange exposure and was recently diagnosed with Guillain-Barre Syndrome. Mr. Marchese's boiler was leaking and needed it replaced, but lacked the ability to pay. OHC volunteers made it happen. Special thanks go to Weil-McLain for donating the boiler and to Petro for supplying miscellaneous materials and photography, compliments of Mike Dwyer.

A "new volunteer" can be seen in the photo — Andrea Grabowski, a CSM with Petro, joined the team for this project.

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Looking forward to 2014
OESP
Yes, it is early October and the weather is beautiful. But 2014 will be here before we know it. Behind the scenes a new website is being designed and soon will be unveiled. Our new association software that will be incorporated into the website. Yes, we've been promising this, but you will finally see it unveiled this month.

What's new for 2014? The Roadshows, of course! This exciting new format will be take place May 12-13 at the Mohegan Sun in Montville, Conn., and Sept. 22-23 in Gettysburg, Pa. More Roadshow information will be available with the unveiling of the new site.

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2014 Oil Heat Retreat
OESP
We will host our annual retreat Sept. 19-21, in Gettysburg, Pa. It will be tied with our second Roadshow. The annual Golf Tournament, as well as the Care to Ride event, will be held in Gettysburg. Both events will be held on Sunday. Because many people will already be in Gettysburg, it made logistical sense.
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Online Learning Center
OESP
Have you visited our online learning center on the OESP website? There are a number of great classes and plenty of refreshers stored there. Give it a try! If you don't recall your username and password, just ask. Just another benefit that our members enjoy!
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HydroStat Universal Replacement Control

HydroStat: An ideal replacement and upgrade for most common aquastat models. In addition to replacing the temperature functionality of the older control, HydroStat offers fuel-saving Boiler Reset through on-board Thermal TargetingTM or with optional outdoor sensor. Low Water Cut-Off functionality can be activated when installed with a Hydrolevel Electro Well.
Bugs in my Fuel!

Sid Harvey’s introduces a new single use application size Biobor JF biocide, one of the most effective fuel oil treatments on the market today. The 16 ounce bottle of Biobor JF will treat up to 1,280 gallons while the newly introduced 4 ounce bottle serves as a shock treatment for a 275 gallon tank. Biobor is used by all branches of the military and is proven to be a remedy for tanks contaminated with Hydrocarbon Utilizing Microorganisms (HUM-Bugs). Biobor JF is available at all Sid Harvey branches. www.sidharvey.com
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Progress in efficient HVAC technology incremental
FierceEnergy
With HVAC accounting for roughly 40 percent of commercial building energy consumption worldwide and energy costs rising, interest in efficient commercial HVAC systems that exceed minimum efficiency standards and requirements for commercial and institutional buildings is growing. But technological progress is incremental because it lacks major leaps or disruptive technologies, according to Navigant Research.
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'Cracking the code' on residential solar
FierceEnergy
A new report issued by the Clean Energy Finance and Investment Authority and SmartPower, a non-profit that engages communities in energy efficiency and clean energy to promote behavior change, reveals a way to reduce the soft costs that have traditionally been an obstacle to residential solar power. The report calls the model "proven" for dramatically reducing the cost barrier that has stood in the way of wide-scale adoption of residential solar power in the United States.
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DOE supports new renewable energy storage system
Oilprice.com
Large-scale, low-cost energy storage is needed to improve the reliability, resiliency and efficiency of next-generation power grids. Energy storage can reduce power fluctuations, enhance system flexibility and enable the storage and dispatch of electricity generated by variable renewable energy sources such as wind, solar and water power. Now, one technology seems sufficiently promising that it is receiving funding from the U.S. Department of Energy's Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability Energy Storage Program.
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Do efficiency standards create manufacturing jobs?
Midwest Energy News
The 2009 federal stimulus program put thousands of contractors and tradespeople to work weatherizing low-income homes and retrofitting government buildings. A new report by a Wisconsin nonprofit suggests such investments in energy efficiency may also play a role in growing manufacturing jobs, too.

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Skilled trades offer path to prosperity
Capitol Weekly
Once, college was seen as the destination for the smartest high school students. Now, however, some of the smartest young people may be those who decide not to go to a traditional college, but instead pursue a career in the skilled trades. According to AOL Jobs, six sought-after skilled trades positions include plumber, electrician, auto mechanic, construction manager, HVAC and aviation maintenance.

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Can quality maintenance exclude the duct system?
Contracting Business
There's lots of talk around the industry about quality maintenance. The struggle is to boil down ACCA/ANSI/ASHRAE 180 to something that can be used in the field. What impact would adding ducts to your service agreements have on the quality of your maintenance? Let's take a look at how adding the duct system to your service agreements could have significant comfort and performance benefits to your customer and to your bottom line.

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Geothermal and HVAC graduate level textbook now available from McGraw Hill
Contractor Magazine
McGraw Hill Education has published a follow-on graduate level textbook to its highly successful "Geothermal HVAC: Green Heating and Cooling" undergraduate textbook, published in 2011. The new volume, " Modern Geothermal HVAC: Engineering and Controls Applications," was designed for graduate level students and industry professionals who wish to deepen their knowledge of geothermal applications and advanced hydronics.
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Tips to help small business owners minimize taxes
Clifton Journal via NorthJersey.com
There are 23 million small businesses in America, according to the U.S. Small Business Administration. Although each business is unique, you can be sure that they have a common desire to minimize their taxes and make the most of the deductions for which they qualify. The New Jersey Society of Certified Public Accountants offers these tips on how to achieve those goals.
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6 tips for effective employee communication
ZaneBenefits
Communication is key in nearly every aspect of small business. Communication is a two-way street, and this can easily be overlooked. Almost all management knows that communication has to go down the corporate ladder, but some miss the point that communication must go back up, from the employee to the employer, just as easily. Here are six tips for small businesses and HR on ensuring that your company communicates effectively.
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