Author Archives: Stephen Bennett

AEC: Utility Commissioners Push for Natural Gas

AEC is sounding the alarm about a new threat to oil heat that is far broader than any posed by an individual gas utility. The National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC), a Washington, D.C., group, has established a “Natural Gas Access and Expansion Task Force” to study ways to bring natural gas to “un-served” or “under-served” areas of the ...

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OESP 2016-2017 Award Winners

James Mahoney of Eastern Oil Co. in Peekskill, N.Y., received the Service Manager of the Year award at the OESP awards banquet, held during the Eastern Energy Expo in Hersey, Pa. Mahoney has worked at Eastern Oil for 37 years. He remembers attending monthly dinners sponsored by what was then the National Association of Oil Heating Service Managers, where as ...

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Knowing the Codes

Working in the trades we find that issues related to codes can come up on a daily basis. I recently heard about a contractor that was doing a large commercial job involving several thousand dollars in equipment and material. The job was shut down for two reasons. One, code violations. The other was improper licensing. In another case a pool ...

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Proposed Rule on Minimum Motor Carrier Liability Insurance to be Withdrawn

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) will withdraw a rulemaking designed to explore the pros and cons of increasing liability insurance minimums for motor carriers, news outlets and trade groups report. The agency is withdrawing the rule because of a lack of data from insurance providers and carriers, according to the reports. John V. Kulik, executive vice president of ...

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Cummins Announces Compatibility with Select Renewable Diesel Fuels

Engine maker Cummins Inc., Columbus, Indiana, announced that the B4.5, B6.7 and L9 engine platforms are compatible with paraffinic renewable diesel fuels meeting the EN 15940 specification. Both On-Highway and Off-Highway versions of the B6.7 and L9 platforms and all vintages are approved to use paraffinic diesel fuels in North America, helping to reduce the carbon footprint of Cummins-powered bus, ...

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Research: Warm Air Furnace Demand Rose in 2016

Warm air furnaces comprise the vast majority of overall demand, with 64% of total value sales in 2016. Forced air heating is preferred in the U.S., installed in both commercial and residential buildings. These and other trends are presented in “Heating Equipment Market in the U.S.,” a new study from The Freedonia Group, a Cleveland-based industry research firm. Demand for warm air ...

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ASHRAE Responds to U.S. Paris Accord Announcement

The American Society of Heating, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) issued a statement on June 2 saying the Trump administration’s decision to withdraw the U.S. from the Paris Agreement “does not change or alter ASHRAE’s commitment to accelerate the transformation to a more sustainable global built environment.” Tim Wentz, president of the Society, said, “Our mission will not waiver ...

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OSHA Says It Intends to Extend Compliance Date for Crane Operator Certification Requirements

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration announced that it will propose to extend the compliance date for the crane operator certification requirement by three years to Nov. 10, 2017. The proposal would also extend to the same date the existing phase-in requirement that employers ensure that their operators are qualified to operate the equipment. OSHA issued a final standard on ...

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Analysis: Diesel Vehicle Market Growing Fastest in Northeast

The U.S. added more than 280,00 new clean diesel passenger vehicles across the country last year, with Northeastern states showing the fastest growth, led by Vermont, Maine and New Hampshire, according to a Diesel Technology Forum analysis of the latest vehicles in operation (VIO) data compiled by IHS Automotive. Texas, California and Florida have the highest numbers of diesel vehicles. “This level of increase ...

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Trump Announces Withdrawal from Paris Climate Accord

“In order to fulfill my solemn duty to protect America and its citizens, the United States will withdraw from the Paris Climate Accord,” President Donald J. Trump announced in the White House Rose Garden. The U.S. will begin negotiations to reenter either the Paris Accord or an entirely new transaction “on terms that are fair to the United States, its ...

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