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Competition

It’s said that competition brings out the best—in athletics, in business—in almost any endeavor you can think of. Fuel marketers face intense competition from other energy sources and other technologies, and that’s where the National Oilheat Research Alliance comes in. NORA has released its latest annual report, and it notes that since its authorization by Congress in 2000, it has ...

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Registration Open for Women in Energy Conference

The 3rd Annual Women in Energy Conference will be held May 20-21, 2018, in conjunction with the Eastern Energy Expo at Foxwoods Resort Casino in Mashantucket, Conn. The Women in Energy association invites all industry professionals to register online at http://easternenergyexpo.com. The Conference education program includes presentations on leadership, new technology, financial empowerment, effective communication, and more. There will be ...

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Gruber Is Named National Sales Manager of AquaMotion

AquaMotion, Inc., Warwick, R.I., manufacturer of energy-efficient circulators and instant hot water recirculation systems, named Rich Gruber national sales manager. Gruber will be in charge of a network of some 20 sales representatives, OEM sales and wholesaler customers. Gruber formerly was utility sales manager for Rheem Water Heating of Montgomery, Ala., and Northeast sales manager in the Specialty Products Division ...

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Blue Cow Software Introduces Interface to Sage Intacct

Blue Cow Software, Inc., Lynnfield, Mass., introduced an interface between its Ignite software and Sage Intacct, a cloud-based financial management solution. “Many Ignite Software users are looking for an accounting software that can handle multi-dimensional reporting so they can break down reports by their office locations or businesses,” said Nick Quaratiello, Blue Cow Software’s vice president of operations. Blue Cow ...

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Hydrostat Training Videos

Hydrostat training videos can be found on Hydrolevel.com under the “Videos” tab, or by clicking on http://hydrolevel.com/videos-2/. The videos cover installation, settings, thermal targeting, outdoor reset, and more.

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Analyst: Next OPEC Meeting Looms Large

Political tension with Iran provided a recent boost to West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude, helping to push it to $65/B, with a $5/B discount to Brent, writes analyst Paul Kuklinski. WTI increased 36% from $49/B in 4Q16 when the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) announced its agreement with Russia and other non-OPEC producers to cut production to the ...

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Bergquist Introducing New CFlexliner at NPGA Expo

As the propane industry continues to evolve, so too do the solutions customers have access to. At the National Propane Gas Association Expo (NPGA), April 6-8 in Atlanta, wholesale propane equipment distributor Bergquist, Inc., is introducing the CFlexliner from Chicago Fittings at Booth 407. Chicago Fittings’ X-Riser is a product aimed at removing a minimum of two below-grade joints per riser when compared ...

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The Press Is On

Over the past few years, I have watched new techniques evolve in our profession, along with new equipment that offers higher efficiencies. Think about the controls that help pinpoint service-related issues on most types of heating and cooling equipment. On the A/C side, think of how far this industry has come. An example is mini-splits. Most manufacturers have developed new ...

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Fuel Oil and the Grid

“The health and safety of New England’s 14 million residents and the vibrancy of its economy depend on a reliable power supply, and that requires fuel security—that is, a reliable supply of the various fuels used to generate the region’s electricity.” That’s from a report by ISO New England, operator of the region’s six-state power system. As fuel oil suppliers ...

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All Systems are Go

Renewables and technology are driving change in energy and utilities, writes Colin Beaney of software provider IFS. Renewables, smart homes, artificial intelligence (AI) and the Internet of Things (IoT) will have a massive impact on how energy and utility companies address the market this year and beyond. Global capacity for renewables will double over the next 10 years. Every year ...

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