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IOMA 2008 Tabletop Show

The 2008 IOMA Tabletop Show is scheduled for Oct. 15, 2008 at the Burlington Marriott in Burlington, Mass. The Special Projects Committee specifically designed this event to feature our associate member/vendors and service suppliers and reward our regular member customers and staff.  The 08 Tabletop Show promises to deliver:

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Rheem Introduces Total Access Training

Rheem Heating & Cooling (Fort Smith, Ark.) has introduced its Total Access Training. Available at www.thetrainingnetwork.com, this new, online multimedia training component includes several pre-existing courses for contractors and technicians that address seasonal climate issues and environmentally friendly solutions. Available around the clock, Total Access Training is designed to help Rheem and Ruud contractors further expand their knowledge while growing ...

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NEW Oil Venting Guide

Field Controls, (Kinston, N.C.) has developed a new 16 page guide to venting oil-fired appliances. The guide discusses the basic principles of venting and the evolution of venting technology ‘ from the chimney through power and direct venting. While serving as an information guide for the newcomer to venting, it also details product options that the veteran will appreciate with ...

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Small Fuel Dealers Stay Small

SBA revises small business size standards to account for higher oil prices, inflation Soaring fuel oil costs added one more worry to heating oil dealers’ growing list’the danger of losing their small business status. The rule under the North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) had based the small business size for fuel oil dealers on annual average receipts or total ...

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ASTM Approves B5

The efforts of the National Oilheat Research Alliance (NORA), the National Biodiesel Board (NBB) and the manufacturers led by R.W. Beckett met with success on June 18, 2008 in Vancouver, Canada, as the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) approved a 5 percent blend of biodiesel in heating oil. This effort has been underway for several years, as NORA ...

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Connecticut Diesel Excise Tax Rate Increase

By an act of the Connecticut legislature, the state’s diesel excise tax rate increased from its present 37 cents per gallon up to 43.4 cents per gallon, adding 6.4 cents per gallon to the tax, effective July 1, 2008. The full DRS bulletin is found at the ICPA Web site.

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NEFI Compliance Kit

NEFI Compliance Kit The IRS is now enforcing EPA sulfur spec regulations and requirements for diesel fuel, kerosene and heating oil. If you sell, transport or store these fuels, you must be in compliance. Failure to comply may result in fines of up to $32,000 per day, per violation. And, the IRS will be providing fuel compliance officers (FCO’s) to ...

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ICPA on Retailer’s Credit Issues

The Independent Connecticut Petroleum Association met with the federal Small Business Administration and the state of Connecticut’s Energy Office at the Office of Policy & Management on July 7 and with the state of Connecticut’s business advocate Rob Simmons on July 8 concerning heating oil retailer credit/capitalization issues. Recently, 95 out of 165 of ICPA’s heating oil retailers using electronic ...

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Sign Up Now For 2008’s Official Nora-PMAA-NEFI Heating Oil Conference ‘ Visions 2008

The meeting will be held Sept. 8-10, 2008 at the Boston Logan Airport Hilton Hotel. You can go to www.VISIONS2008.org to register or reserve a tabletop. Sponsorship opportunities are also available.  To book a hotel room at the Hilton, go to  www1.hilton.com/en_US/hi/hotel/BOSLHHH-Hilton-Boston-Logan-Airport-Massachusetts/index.do  and enter the group code NEF to get the NEFI Visions rate. 

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American Energy Coalition Creation

Across the country, utilities are taking advantage of the current discrepancies in fuel pricing and promoting oil heat to gas conversions. In response, home heating oil dealers have banded together to create the American Energy Coalition (AEC), a new grassroots organization committed to a direct, aggressive response to this challenge. AEC’s mission is to become the premier organization for competitive ...

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