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DOE Updates National Reference Standard for Commercial Buildings to 90.1-2013

Following preliminary analysis that ASHRAE/IES's 2013 energy efficiency standard contains energy savings over the 2010 standard ' 8.5 percent source energy savings and 7.6 site energy savings ' the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has issued a ruling that establishes the 2013 standard as the commercial building reference standard for state building energy codes.

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EIA Short-Term Energy and Winter Fuels Outlook

Release Date: October 7, 2014 Highlights ·       EIA projects average U.S. household expenditures for natural gas, heating oil, electricity, and propane will decrease this winter heating season (October 1 through March 31) compared with last winter, which was 11% colder than the previous 10-year average nationally. Projected average household expenditures for propane and heating oil are 27% and 15% lower, respectively, because of lower heating demand and prices. Lower heating demand and higher prices contribute to natural gas and electricity expenditures that are 5% and 2% lower than last winter (see EIA Short-Term Energy Outlook and Winter Fuels Outlook slideshow).

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NORA Renames Web Site

The National Oilheat Research Alliance has renamed its new website as www.NORAweb.org. The new site, with a modern, user-friendly interface, is a source for news, events, education, research updates and more.

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ASHRAE, AHR Expo Return to Chicago for 2015 Winter Conference, Expo

Registration is open for ASHRAE's 2015 Winter Conference in Chicago where attendees have the chance to discuss and examine the latest topics in the building industry, network; participate in technical tours; attend ASHRAE Learning Institute courses; earn professional credits; and obtain ASHRAE certifications. 

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Sprague Resources LP Announces Closing of Metromedia Energy Acquisition

Sprague Resources LP announced on Oct. 1 that its wholly owned subsidiary, Sprague Operating Resources LLC, has completed the purchase of Metromedia Gas & Power, Inc.'s natural gas marketing and electricity brokerage business assets for $22 million in cash and the assumption of liabilities under pre-existing forward supply contracts.

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