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In this issue...
  • Apprenticeship programs are a win-win
  • Despite setback, approval of Keystone XL looks likely in 2015
  • Nest Labs becomes NATE recognized training provider
  • We welcome these new members to the Association
  • Remember your 2015 dues
  • Convention and Trade show 2015
  • Our new LinkedIn group
  • 2 upstate New York heating oil associations unite to establish the Upstate New York Energy Association
  • OHCNH to push for ULS heating oil
  • Solar and wind energy start to win on price vs. conventional fuels
  • Looking to share your expertise?
  • Is your company prepared for another downturn?
  • 5 easy ways contractors can work with millennials
  • Heat pumps reduce greenhouse heating oil bills

  • Apprenticeship programs are a win-win
    Springfield News-Leader
    Annually, millions of young adults around the globe complete apprenticeships in order to gain the skills and experiences necessary to get good jobs. Yet few Americans are familiar with how modern apprenticeships work. In 2012, half a million British citizens experienced apprenticeships, while only 100,000 U.S. citizens had that opportunity. A growing number of educators and business leaders want to change that.
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    Despite setback, approval of Keystone XL looks likely in 2015
    By Lucy Wallwork
    It looks like the change in political winds following the resounding Republican victory in the midterm elections will bring the Keystone XL pipeline decision closer. The bill may have narrowly failed in the Senate, but Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper — Keystone XL's greatest champion — is about to gain some friends in Congress. Even before the game-changer of the midterms, Harper was publicly buoyant about the prospects for approval of Keystone XL, a long-delayed 830,000-barrel-per-day pipeline to carry Canadian oil sands to U.S. Gulf Coast refineries.
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    Nest Labs becomes NATE recognized training provider
    ACHR News
    Nest Labs has become a North American Technician Excellence Recognized Training Provider, registering its Nest Thermostat Installer Training to qualify for NATE continuing education hours. The training course is part of the recently launched Nest Pro Tour, during which the Nest Pro team will tour the country to show contractors how they can grow their businesses by selling and installing Nest products. At the end of the training session, Nest will help contractors enroll in the Nest Pro program and receive exclusive training and tools, live VIP support and referrals to help grow their business.
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    We welcome these new members to the Association
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    Charles Manolakos, of Boilers R Us, Lindenhurst, New York, joined the Long Island Chapter, and James Marmer joined the Delaware Valley Chapter.
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    Remember your 2015 dues
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    Invoices have either been electronically sent to you or, in the case of those who don't have an email registered with us, mailed. If you need that invoice electronically submitted to you, just let us know and we'll get it over to you.
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    Sid Harvey’s Pump Testing Manifold checks pressure and vacuum quickly and accurately on all fuel units up to 300 psi. It features liquid filled gauges, flexible lines, and smooth operating valves. The vacuum side has flare fittings for both 3/8” and ½” lines while the pressure side features color coded lines and fittings for all fuel units including Riello. www.sidharvey.com
     


    Convention and Trade show 2015
    OESP
    Hershey, Pennsylvania, here we come! Our annual event will be held May 17-21. Our new convention and trade show will be launched shortly. We have an education meeting set-up in early December, so we'll soon be able to share classes that will be offered in May.

    In the meantime, if you have any suggestions of classes you would like us to offer, please let us know.

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    Our new LinkedIn group
    LinkedIn via OESP
    We recently sent you information about our new LinkedIn OESP group. Initially this will be for members only. It will be a place where members can share their thoughts and ideas about products, services and more. So visit the group, and if you are a member of OESP, you will be accepted immediately.
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    IN THE NEWS


    2 upstate New York heating oil associations unite to establish the Upstate New York Energy Association
    Fuel Oil News
    The Oil Heat Institute of Eastern New York and Oil Fuel Institute of Central New York have merged to establish a new trade group that shall henceforth be known as the Upstate New York Energy Association. The merger brings together two heating industry institutes that had existed side-by-side since the 1960s.
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    OHCNH to push for ULS heating oil
    Fuel Oil News
    As reported on last month, the Oil Heat Council of New Hampshire has been considering supporting a move to bring a low-sulfur requirement to the state. A meeting held on Nov. 13 has set this as a formal policy goal.
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    Solar and wind energy start to win on price vs. conventional fuels
    The New York Times
    For the solar and wind industries in the United States, it has been a long-held dream: to produce energy at a cost equal to conventional sources like coal and natural gas. That day appears to be dawning. The cost of providing electricity from wind and solar power plants has plummeted over the last five years, so much so that in some markets renewable generation is now cheaper than coal or natural gas.
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    Looking to share your expertise?
    MultiBriefs
    In an effort to enhance the overall content of The Advantage, we'd like to include peer-written articles in future editions. As a member of OESP, your knowledge of the HVAC industry lends itself to unprecedented expertise. And we're hoping you'll share this expertise with your peers through well-written commentary. Because of the digital format, there's no word or graphical limit. Our group of talented editors can help with final edits. If you're interested in participating, please contact Ronnie Richard to discuss logistics.
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    Is your company prepared for another downturn?
    Supply House Times
    reacherous periods in the HVAC business is when times are good and new construction is booming. Why is that? Consider the scenario: Homebuilders, for example, are pulling out of the construction doldrums and suddenly are having trouble finding good contractors to install the HVAC systems in all the new homes they're selling. So contracting companies will expand their staff and operations. And then the day suddenly arrives when people stop buying new homes and these same contractors suddenly have no new business.
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    5 easy ways contractors can work with millennials
    Contracting Business
    Most of the millennial generation has been raised on computers and technology. From an early age, everything has been digital, from the games we play, to how we communicate, to how we learn. A contracting business can also take advantage of a millennial's unique skillset to help the business use of technology flourish.
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    Heat pumps reduce greenhouse heating oil bills
    Foster's Daily Democrat
    Preliminary results of a University of New Hampshire research project investigating the potential cost savings of using heat pumps to heat and cool greenhouses suggest that heat pumps could substantially reduce heating oil consumption. In the fall of 2013, a heat pump system was installed in one of two identical greenhouses at the Woodman Horticultural Research Farm to both heat and cool the greenhouse. In the spring of 2014, researchers found the heat pump system reduced heating oil consumption by 255 gallons.
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