Author Archives: Nicholas Upton

Hedging Today: What has Changed

Price volatility has always an issue with fuel, though starting in the mid-2000s and extending up to the last couple of years there was extraordinary volatility to go along with what had become ever-increasing prices.

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To hedge or not to hedge

We, or more specifically I, take a look at hedging in this issue of the magazine. I’ll never admit to being a true expert on such subjects—I often say that if I were I would be enjoying a cocktail on my private yacht somewhere off a tropical island instead of editing a trade magazine.

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Green Marketing, Industry Experience Drives Genesee Fuel & Heating Company

By Nicholas Upton Thriving in the heating oil business is a tough job these days, but when you’re selling to a market that is incredibly environmentally focused, it can be even tougher. Yet Steven T. Clark at Genesee Fuel & Heating Company in Seattle is thriving through smart marketing, innovation and growing through close industry involvement. The company has a ...

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Trucks Powered by Natural Gas: Help or Hindrance to Emissions-Reduction Efforts?

Courtesy of the American Energy Coalition Replacing diesel with natural gas in truck fleets does not benefit the environment because of the climate-damaging effects of methane, which is the primary ingredient in natural gas, according to a recent study reported by the Wall Street Journal. The study by the Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) is important to heating oil customers, because ...

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DOE Extends Comment Period on Residential Boiler Standards

The Department of Energy has issued a pre-publication Federal Register notice extending the comment period regarding the proposed rule for energy conservation standards for residential boilers. The comment period is extended until July 1, 2015. Find more information on the rulemaking, including milestones, statutory authority, rulemaking documents, and any other related rulemakings. All notices, public comments, public meeting transcripts, and supporting documents ...

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LineGuardian Leak Prevention System Now on Sale

HALIFAX, NS – Lorax Systems Inc., a Halifax, Nova Scotia environmental solutions company announced today that after six years in the making, its LineGuardian™ fuel leak prevention system is available for purchase by home owners who heat with oil. “On a broad level, LineGuardian is the world’s first leak prevention technology that is purely mechanical: it can detect even the smallest of leaks ...

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New England Governors Revise Natural Gas Strategy

American Energy Council Governors of the six New England states have abandoned a plan to create a regional tariff to underwrite the construction of new natural gas pipelines, according to a recent article by RTO Insider. During a meeting last week in Connecticut, the governors backed away from their 2013 commitment to share the costs of new gas pipelines and ...

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2015 AHR Expo Sets Chicago Attendance Record

The 2015 AHR Expo claimed the title for the best-attended event ever held in Chicago. Preliminary figures for the world’s largest HVACR marketplace show that more than 61,000 total attendees, including 42,400 visitors, participated in the 2015 AHR Expo, January 26 – 28, at McCormick Place. According to Clay Stevens, President of International Exposition Company, five Chicago records were shattered ...

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U.S. Refiners’ Contributions to Clean Air

The American Fuel and Petrochemical Manufacturers reports that emissions from U.S. fuel manufacturers have decreased substantially over the last two decades, even as U.S. petroleum fuel production increased during the same time period. These findings, combined with other U.S. Environmental Protection Agency data showing continuous and significant reductions in all criteria pollutants economy-wide, raise further questions regarding EPA’s rationale for ...

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