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NYC biodiesel-blended heating oil requirement starts
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As New York City residents prepare for another winter, they can take comfort in knowing their oilheat is among the cleanest in the nation. Starting Oct. 1, every gallon of oilheat in the city contains at least 2 percent biodiesel. The blend is known as bioheat fuel, a greener heating oil that is gaining popularity in Northeastern and mid-Atlantic states. More

Home heating oil in good supply for upcoming season in Baltimore
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If you heat your home or business with fuel oil in the Baltimore area, the latest word is that prices will be about the same as last season. That could depend on geopolitical events and how cold the winter might get. But even with conflict in the Middle East, supply does not seem to be an issue according to one industry authority. The current supply is holding at about 35 days, Pete Horrigan with the Mid-Atlantic Petroleum Marketers Association said. More

The supposed decline of green energy
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Here's a surprising new fact about energy in the U.S.: the percentage of our power coming from the greenest sources — that is, the non-hydroelectric renewables such as solar, wind, geothermal and biomass — has doubled in just four years to nearly 6 percent. This significant win for clean energy has gone mostly unnoticed in the press. If anything, the story has been the opposite: recent reports herald the decline of wind, and for a year the media has made a big deal out of the demise of solar panel manufacturer Solyndra. More

Solar energy tax credit may be saved by Washington gridlock
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A stalemate in Washington next year over tax reform could help solar developers by preserving the 30 percent investment tax credit for solar projects until it expires at the end of 2016. Regardless of who wins the Nov. 6 U.S. presidential election, Congress is expected to target tax loopholes and government subsidies as part of an effort to rein in federal spending and cut the deficit. But an agreement between Democrats and Republicans is not expected to come easily, and an impasse could keep the ax away form the tax credit. 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.

What the future of wave energy looks like
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Recently in Portland, Ore., leaders of the young wave-energy industry met at the Oregon Wave Energy Trust conference to see what they have in common. The answer, at least when it comes to design, is: not much. While the wind industry has, for the time being, agreed on the design of wind turbines and the solar industry knows what a solar panel looks like, the endeavor of turning ocean energy into usable electricity is experiencing a Wild West period of innovation. More

It's time for your drive-by energy audit
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It's the Google Maps for home efficiency. At the rate of 2 to 3 million buildings per month, energy monitoring startup Essess is prowling the streets of America snapping images of inefficient windows, wasted heat and other energy sucks to build an "ecosystem" around saving energy. More

 Updates from OESP

7th Annual Oilheat Retreat comes to a close
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Just as our mission describes, we're all about education. We started the 7th Annual Oilheat Retreat with the teaser class, How to Sell a Warm Air Furnace with A/C. This is the first of many modules that will be part of our Home Comfort Specialist Academy. Feedback on this program was great. The overall goal of the program is to turn a good salesman into a home energy specialist. Good salesman can sell anything from cars to furniture, but a home energy specialist looks at the entire home and delivers on the promise of a comfortable, safe and energy-efficient living space.

So stay tuned for the full launch of our new Home Comfort Specialist Academy to kick off in 2013.

Of course, being part of an association includes socializing and we certainly did that as well. Friday, we had an organized tour of Scranton, Pa., the Electric City. All would agree that we have a renewed respect for those that brought the "black gold" out of those mines.

Scranton is a fine example of the many small cities around this country that supported the growth of our nation. The architecture is amazing in this city. Our hotel, the Radisson, was a converted train station and according to some of our guests, there were visitors from days gone by that still are roaming around!

Stay tuned for information about next year's retreat!

An added educational bonus
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After Saturday's board meeting, Dan Holohan worked with our group with Tips On How to Enhance Your Training Skills. This presentation was so well received that we'll be bringing Dan back on the road to do a couple of these one-day workshops. Anyone who is responsible for training will benefit from this fun, interactive workshop. The dates for those workshops will be announced shortly.

This is just another one of our Train-the-Trainer sessions that are being designed to help you and your company.

 In The News

Memphis, Tenn., companies make budgets greener by saving energy
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Being green comes with a return on investment for companies and it's more than the satisfaction of knowing they helped the planet. Energy savings fattened PepsiCo's bottom line by $80 million in 2011, and 3M saved $43 million in energy that year, according to EPA data. U.S. companies use 10-30 percent more energy than they need each year, said Walt Tunnessen, national program manager for the EPA's Energy Star program. More

HVAC Excellence designates 2 certified master HVACR educators
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HVAC Excellence, based in Washington, D.C., has announced that the title of Certified Master HVACR Educator has been conferred upon Luther Knouse of SCI in Bellefonte, Pa., and John Demarco Jr. of Morris County Votech in Stanlope, N.J. Knouse and Demarco join an elite group of teachers nationally that have earned the CMHE title. Technicians with several years of experience in the HVACR field can take a variety of topical technician certifications from a number of organizations. More

6 ways successful teams are built to last
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It takes great leadership to build great teams. Leaders who are not afraid to correct course, make the difficult decisions and establish standards of performance that are constantly being met — and improving at all times. Whether in the workplace, professional sports or your local community, team building requires a keen understanding of people, their strengths and what gets them excited to work with others. More

Austin approves incentive dollars for HID Global, solar rebates
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Tarrytown Pharmacy in Austin, Texas, has been in business for more than 70 years. Now in a newer location, owner Mark Newberry's considered installing solar panels. "We actually did some due diligence and looked into it," he said. "It was just pretty cost prohibitive so it fell off the map at that time." Rebates from Austin Energy and the federal government were not part of the original equation, but given new council incentive movements, Newberry is considering installing an array on his roof. More

11 reasons why now is the best time to stop procrastinating and start your own business
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Ever thought about starting your own business but aren't sure if now is the right time? Now more than ever is the time is to claim your small business portion of the market and start realizing your dreams instead helping someone else build their fulfill their own dreams. Ashley Neal's post will detail why you need to stop procrastinating and start your own business today. More

How to engineer systems in mixed-use buildings: HVAC and controls
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Three engineers offer their view on the most important factors to consider when designing and installing building automation systems and HVAC systems in mixed-use buildings. More


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