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Southern New England Energy Conference, NORA Workshops: Sept. 24-25

The Southern New England Energy Conference and NORA Technical Workshops will be held concurrently, Monday, Sept. 24 and Tuesday, Sept. 25 at the Newport Marriott in Newport, R.I. This will be the fifth annual conference for petroleum marketers, retailers, and wholesalers of heating oil, Bioheat, diesel, gasoline, propane, and kerosene. For more information, and to register, visit https://sneec.weebly.com/ The NORA ...

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Dispatch from Canada: Code Changes Are Expected to Reduce Spills, Leaks

Changes to the minimum oil heat installation standard in Canada, known as CSA B139, are designed to reduce heating oil leaks and spills, thereby decreasing environmental damage, reports Michael Freill. Understandably, such occurrences negatively effect the homeowner and have been a stain on the oil heat industry’s reputation. Freill writes: The insurance industry has, in general, been responsible for clean-up ...

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Columbia Gas to Replace Merrimack Valley Distribution System After Fires, Explosions, a Death and Dozens of Injuries

Columbia Gas of Massachusetts committed to a complete replacement of the natural gas distribution system in the Merrimack Valley after gas-fueled fires and explosions in Andover, Lawrence and North Andover on Thursday, Sept. 13. One person was killed, dozens were injured and thousands were displaced by the fires and explosions, The Boston Globe and other news outlets reported. Columbia Gas is ...

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Sprague Raises More Than $175,000 for Charity; $1.75 Million Over 29 Years

More than 165 people attended Sprague’s 29th annual charitable and customer appreciation golf outing on Monday, Aug. 6, in support of both the Muscular Dystrophy Association of New Hampshire (MDA) and Big Brothers Big Sisters of New Hampshire. The golf event and auction, which took place at the Wentworth by the Sea Country Club in Rye, N.H., raised more than ...

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Star Group Offers 25% Matching AEC Contribution

The American Energy Coalition announced that for the sixth straight year, Star Group L.P. (comprising Petro, Meenan, Champion, Griffith, Carroll and others) will match all contributions to the AEC Fall Fundraising Campaign with 25 cents on every dollar contributed. The decision by Star Group President and CEO Steven J. Goldman, first announced by Star Group Senior Vice President of Acquisitions ...

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Women in Energy’s NYC Event Inspires, Connects

When she tried to join the local plumbers’ union in 1994, Judaline Cassidy said, she was told to “go home and do the dishes.” She persisted. Cassidy went on to become the first woman elected to the Examining Board of Plumbers Local 1 of New York City. Cassidy, a tradeswoman and the founder and director of “Tools and Tiaras,” talked ...

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John H. White, Jr. Reassumes CEO Role at Taco

The Taco Family of Cos.’ chairman and owner, John H. White, Jr., returned to the role of company CEO. The company, based in Cranston, R.I., also announced that John White III and Benjamin White have been named vice presidents of Taco Comfort Solutions. “Nearly four years ago I asked Wil VandeWiel to take the company into Europe and grow our ...

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Registration Opens for the 2019 ASHRAE Winter Conference

Registration is open for ASHRAE’s 2019 Winter Conference, to be held in Atlanta, Ga., Jan. 12-16, at the Omni Hotel Atlanta at CNN Center and the Georgia World Congress Center. Registration for the conference provides entry to the co-sponsored  AHR Expo, to be held Jan. 14-16 at the Georgia World Congress Center. The ASHRAE Winter Conference features eight conference tracks, tours, social events, and a ...

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Energy Distribution Partners Acquires Carolina Propane

Energy Distribution Partners, based in Chicago, Ill., acquired Carolina Propane Gas Corp. of Orangeburg, S.C. EDP announced the acquisition on Aug. 30. Carolina Propane was established by the Watford family in 1994 and has served residential, commercial and agricultural customers for nearly 25 years. Besides its headquarters in Orangeburg, Carolina Propane has a second location in St. Matthews, S.C. Carolina ...

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DataOnline Acquires Independent Technologies

DataOnline announced that it acquired Independent Technologies, whose largest division, Wesroc, is a provider of tank monitoring systems to the North American propane market, offering cellular, satellite, and LoRa technology. Along with DataOnline’s recent acquisition of Germany-based Wikon GmbH, the combined businesses will serve more than 1,000 customers in more than 75 countries across Europe, Asia, and the Americas, DataOnline ...

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