Author Archives: Stephen Bennett

Hedging and History

We often will use technical analysis in our discussions with clients to help them make decisions on both short-window hedging and long-term hedging as they look toward the next heating season, writes Richard Larkin, founder of Hedge Solutions. Then he asks, What is technical analysis, exactly? And he explains: In short, it is a discipline that traders employ to help ...

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Weil-McLain Hosting Online Sessions for Contractors

Residential and commercial heating contractors can hone their boiler technology skills and training this spring by participating in Weil-McLain’s Knowledge Builder Sessions taking place twice a week in March, April and May. The weekly educational sessions are hosted by the technical training team from the designer and manufacturer of hydronic comfort heating systems. The sessions on high- efficiency residential boilers are held ...

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GAO: 36,000 Public Schools Need HVAC Upgrades

About half (an estimated 54%) of public school districts need to update or replace multiple building systems or features in their schools, according to the General Accounting Office’s national survey of school districts. For example, an estimated 41% of districts need to update or replace heating, ventilation, and air conditioning systems in at least half of their schools, representing about ...

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What’s Triggering Smart Thermostat Purchases?

New research from Parks Associates finds 23% of U.S. broadband households that recently bought a smart thermostat report that an incentive, discount, or rebate from their energy provider triggered that purchase. The firm’s Smart Product Market Assessment: Smart Thermostats, which identifies key market drivers and barriers and assesses market growth via topline market forecasts, reports that 61% of smart thermostat owners acquired ...

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Letter from NYSEC: Bioheat Is New York’s Real, Readily Available Carbon Solution

A North Babylon homeowner wanted a green heating solution. What he did not realize was that he already was using green energy with his existing heating equipment. Unfortunately for this consumer, the promise of “low-cost” electric heating went unfulfilled, writes Rocco J. Lacertosa, CEO, New York State Energy Coalition. Across downstate New York — from Westchester County, through New York ...

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NEFI & ABFA Partner in ‘Net-Zero by 2050’ Pledge

The National Energy & Fuels Institute and the Advanced Biofuels Association will work together to promote government policies and industry initiatives that support use of biofuels in the home energy market, the groups announced. The liquid heating fuel retailers comprising NEFI and the biofuel producers comprising ABFA said they want to promote solutions that will help to achieve net-zero economy-wide ...

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R.W. Beckett Extends B20-Approval to Commercial Burners

R.W. Beckett, North Ridgeville, Ohio, announced March 8 that it approved its commercial burners CF375, CF500, and CF800 for use with biodiesel blends up to 20% (D396 for B6-B20). In September, Beckett approved the AF and AFG model burners and its entire line of tank accessories for use with B20. The B20-ready liquid fuel burners are designed to meet high-efficiency ...

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Husson University and United Way Sponsor Fourth Annual ‘Walk for Warmth’

Husson University Student Government, in partnership with the United Way of Eastern Maine, sponsored the fourth annual Walk for Warmth on Saturday, Feb. 27, raising more than $1,000 from registration fees, individual donations and t-shirt sales. The United Way of Eastern Maine will distribute the money to local families in need of heating assistance. The 5-kilometer fun run and walk ...

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Eurofuel-NORA Conference on Future of Liquid Heating Fuels: May 20 & 27

The National Oilheat Research Alliance and the European Heating Oil Association (Eurofuel) will host their second annual conference, Low-Carbon Liquid Heating Fuels: Putting the Pieces Together, on May 20 and 27. Presented online, the event will feature experts addressing the transition to low-carbon fuels. “The magnitude of the challenges posed by the energy transition requires a variety of solutions,” Moritz Bellingen, chairman ...

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Fracking Prohibited in Delaware River Basin

The Delaware River Basin Commission approved a final rule prohibiting high-volume hydraulic fracturing (HVHF) in the river’s basin, it announced Feb. 25. In a separate action, the Commissioners directed the executive director to propose amendments to update the Commission’s rules concerning importation of wastewater from outside the basin and exportation of basin waters. The first action was adopted with the ...

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