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ASHRAE Congratulates Senate on Passage of Energy Policy Modernization Act

ASHRAE expressed support for the passage on April 20 by the U.S. Senate of the Energy Policy Modernization Act, marking an important step toward making buildings in all sectors more energy efficient. The Senate passed the Act by a vote of 85 to 12. The bill contains numerous building energy code provisions that were supported by ASHRAE. “The passage of ...

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API: Gov. Cuomo’s Rejection of Constitution Pipeline an Assault against Consumers and Businesses

API Executive Director for Market Development Marty Durbin said Gov. Cuomo’s rejection of the Constitution Pipeline is a clear example of politics coming before the interests of U.S. workers and consumers. He didn’t mention other constituencies API is said to represent, such as heating oil and propane dealers. “The Cuomo administration’s decision to reject permits for the Constitution Pipeline is ...

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AEC: U.S. Senators Don’t Want Natural Gas Pipeline

New York’s two U.S. senators came out last week against the proposed Northeast Energy Direct natural gas pipeline and urged federal regulators to reject it, according to an article in the Albany Times Union. In a joint letter to Federal Energy Regulatory Commission Chairman Norman Bay, Senators Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand urged rejection of the pipeline for environmental, health ...

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Biofuel Trade Associations Ask Congressional Leaders to Extend Advanced Biofuel Incentives

Six biofuel trade associations sent a letter to House and Senate leaders asking Congress for a multiyear extension of advanced biofuel tax credits. The Advanced Biofuels Business Council, Algae Biomass Organization, Biotechnology Innovation Organization (BIO), Growth Energy, National Biodiesel Board and Renewable Fuels Association sent the request in a letter to Senate and House leaders, Senate Committee on Finance leaders, ...

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API: Administration’s Policy Shuns American Consumers, National Security, and Weakens Energy Future

Inconsistent with the will of American voters, governors and members of Congress who overwhelmingly support offshore oil and natural gas exploration and development. “The decision appeases extremists who seek to stop oil and natural gas production which would increase the cost of energy for American consumers and close the door for years to creating new jobs, new investments and boosting ...

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NORA Revises Gold Technicians’ Certification

Oilheat service technicians wishing to upgrade their NORA Silver Certification to the prestigious Gold level now have a revised and updated Gold program to follow. To achieve Gold Certification status, a Silver Certification is a prerequisite and the technician must successfully complete four of eight Gold certification topic modules. Currently, six of the eight modules are available for credit including ...

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Berks-Schuylkill Oil Heat Association Donates $4,500 to the Salvation Army

The Berks-Schuylkill Oil Heat Association donated $4,500 to both the Berks and Schuylkill County Salvation Army on Feb. 18, 2016, with each corps receiving half of the total donation. Since 2006, the BSOHA annual charitable donation has directly helped the heating needs of local residents to a total contribution of $50,540. Kevin Polito,Pottsville Corps; Mary Metzger Pottsville Corps; Tony Calafaty,  ...

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AEC: Utility Charges Ratepayers Extra Because the Weather Was Warm

December 2015 was unusually warm on New York’s Long Island, so a local natural gas utility is imposing a surcharge on customers to help make up for a revenue shortfall caused by reduced energy sales, according to a News 12 Long Island article. The station reported that the utility PSEG will charge customers a “revenue decoupling adjustment,” which will raise ...

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API Applauds House Workforce Bill to Promote Diversity in the Energy

The American Petroleum Institute strongly supports House passage of HR 4583, “To promote a 21st century energy and manufacturing workforce”. The bill will urge collaboration among federal and state governments, educational institutions, industry, and labor to encourage and promote diversity in the energy industry. “America is the No.1 producer of oil and natural gas in the world, and we need ...

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NORA Embarks On a $1 Million Consumer Outreach Program

Using the internet and social media to bring a half-million visitors to its consumer website The decade from 2004 through 2014 was one of the most challenging ever for the oilheating industry. Warm winters, high and volatile fuel prices and strong political and environmental movements against hydrocarbon fuels all converged to make a difficult time for both heating oil suppliers ...

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