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Massachusetts Passes Advanced Biofuels Bill

Massachusetts Passes Advanced Biofuels Bill The Massachusetts House of Representatives has passed legislation that would make Massachusetts the first state in the nation to exempt cellulosic ethanol from state gasoline taxes. The bill also requires diesel fuel and oil heat distributors to start adding biodiesel or renewable diesel to their fuel blends in 2010. ‘The House has taken another meaningful ...

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Intelligent Warmth – New TV Spot

The National Oilheat Research Alliance (Alexandria, Va.) has collaborated with the Consumer Education Committee, headed up by Larry Scuder, and the advertising agency Bubble Group to prepare a 30 second television commercial. The commercial shows the reliability, efficiency, dependability and the true value of oil heat.  The commercial is available for viewing at nora-oilheat.org, under the tab ‘TV Ads,” located ...

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NYC Oil Heat Service & Installation Competition

This year the Annual NYC Oil Heat Service & Installation Competition was recently held at Saunders Trade and Technical School in Yonkers, N.Y. The competition was comprehensive with a written test and a digital thermostat programming competition judged by NAOHSM’s Judy Garber. Several members of the local chapters and NAOHSM attended as guests and judges. Students competed on various practical ...

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South Carolina Ballots for Joining NORA

National Oilheat Research Alliance (Alexandria, Va.) has announced that South Carolina is interested in joining the alliance. South Carolina engaged NORA because of the success that NORA has accomplished over the past several years. ‘We look forward to becoming part of the alliance,” said Michael Fields, executive director of South Carolina Petroleum Marketers Association. Companies joining NORA receive multiple benefits, ...

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Industry marketer running for Congress

Jim Buhrmaster, the president of Buhrmaster Energy Group, a family-owned small business with a diverse portfolio of home heating and cooling products and services, is running as a Republican for New York’s 21st Congressional seat in the U.S. Congress. Buhrmaster currently serves as vice chairman of the Schenectady County Legislature’s Intergovernmental Cooperation Committee. This is his second term in the ...

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VISIONS 2008 Conference to Confront Most Pressing Issues

The one conference dedicated to learning and planning for the future of heating oil operations and the diversified home energy business will land in Boston at the Logan Airport’s Hilton Hotel Sept. 9 and 10. Advance events on Monday, Sept. 8, include a National Oilheat Research Alliance board of directors meeting and scheduled biodiesel plant tour. VISIONS 2008 will focus ...

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Petroleum Executive Awarded

At the recent 30th annual meeting of the New England Women’s Business Organization (NEWBO) at the Fairmont Copley Plaza, Quest Awards were presented for women of distinction, women of influence and women of community involvement. Loretta DeGrazia, president and CEO of East Coast Petroleum of Stoughton, Mass., received the award for exemplary community involvement.  DeGrazia was honored for her charitable ...

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A.O. Smith Receives Facet of Hr Excellence Award

A. O. Smith (Ashland City, Tenn.) has been  awarded the 2008 Facet of HR Excellence Award for Human Resource Management Practices from the Middle Tennessee Society for Human Resource Management (MTSHRM) and the Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce (NACC). The Facet of HR Excellence award is designed to recognize quality human resources policies and practices in Nashville-based organizations. Now in ...

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Leading Biodiesel Firm Strongly Supported

Credit Suisse Customized Fund Investment Group on behalf of New York Common Retirement Fund (New York), RNK Capital and Lyrical Partners closed on a $15.5 million financing round into Innovation Fuels (Albany), rapidly emerging renewable fuel company that manufactures, markets and distributes biodiesel fuel to customers around the world.  Innovation Fuels is the first biodiesel refinery company supported by all ...

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INCREASES IN RAW MATERIALS AND FUEL COSTS FORCE TACO TO RAISE PRICES FOR RESIDENTIAL PRODUCTS

INCREASES IN RAW MATERIALS AND FUEL COSTS FORCE TACO TO RAISE PRICES FOR RESIDENTIAL PRODUCTS Taco, Inc. (Cranston, R.I.) is increasing prices on its residential product line. The newest price increase became effective on June 1. Prices increased by an average of 6.5 percent for Taco circulators, controls and electronic components. Continuing double-digit price increases for raw materials plus unprecedented ...

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