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Rethinking Budget Customers in a Subscription Economy

Hulu, Netflix, Birchbox, Blue Apron, Peloton, Disney Plus, Dollar Shave Club.These companies range in services from streaming, to food, to fitness. The one thing they have in common is that, unlike heating, these services are not necessities and until a year ago they were considered luxuries in most households. Marci Gagnon, vice president, strategic alliances, Qualpay. Over the past year ...

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NEFI Proposes Industry Survival Fund

Half-cent-per-gallon rack fee to protect, grow industry for future generations. 70% funds state association efforts, 30% national. Opt-out program would run Q3 2021 to Q4 2024. By Sean Cota, NEFI & Tom Tubman, AEC Since 2000, economic and political forces have driven some 3.5 million homes to convert from heating oil to other fuels, primarily natural gas and electricity.             ...

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Introducing ‘Renewable Revolution’

A new column by Tom Tubman of the American Energy Coalition and Sean Cota of the National Energy & Fuels Institute The oil heat industry came together on September 16, 2019 to adopt the Providence Resolution during NEFI’s HEAT Show (Heating & Energizing America Trade Show). It was an easy decision at the time, given the multitude of state legislative ...

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Kelly Burke: Massachusetts Passes ‘Aggressive’ Climate Bill

Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker signed into law Senate Bill 9 “An Act Creating a Next Generation Roadmap for Massachusetts Climate Change Policy” that includes provisions described as “some of the most aggressive greenhouse gas emissions reductions targets in the country.” The ultimate goal of the bill is for Massachusetts to achieve net-zero carbon emissions by 2050, and includes 5 year ...

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The Night the Lights Went Out in Texas

On the evening of Sunday, Feb. 14, as the sun went down over the great state of Texas, so did outside temperatures. As the temperatures continued to fall that evening and on into the early morning hours of Monday, Feb. 15, at around 2 a.m., electric generators in Texas began to fall victim to the low temperatures, and lights began ...

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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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Social Media: Helping or Hurting Your Business?

Shane Sweet asks: Who has the ball on your company social media accounts? As I pen this in mid-January, over the past few days and in numerous discussions with industry folks, everyone seems to be a bit disturbed about the current divisiveness among Americans, and to my surprise, this level of concern seems to be equally shared by those who ...

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AEC Calls Electric Vehicle Mandates Wrongheaded

An executive order issued by California Gov. Gavin Newsom bans sales of new fossil-fueled vehicles by 2035. It is no surprise that this executive order emanated from California. Incentives — tax credits and rebates — failed to get the desired results, so the state turns to mandates to impose its will on citizens. Even with $12,000 in state and federal ...

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‘Fred’ is Threatened: Competition Turns Ugly

Everyone has competition, and how the competition deals with one another, or conducts themselves “out in the open,” speaks volumes. In early November I was chatting with the gent who delivers fuel to my home in Vermont about the competitive dynamic between local fuel companies. I commented that the fuel industry is relatively small, particularly here in Vermont where we ...

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