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Gas Pipeline Opponents say LNG is Underutilized

From American Energy Coalition Some energy experts believe that new natural gas pipelines are not needed in New England because the region already has an infrastructure in place to meet peak natural gas demand, according to a recent Boston Globe Article. Greg Cunningham, director of the clean energy program at the Conservation Law Foundation, a Boston environmental group, said imports of ...

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Longtime NE Oilman James Flaherty III Dies

James H. Flaherty III, 76, of Merrimack NH, formerly of Hollis and Medford MA, passed away peacefully on March 27, 2015 at the Community Hospice House in Merrimack, with his family by his side, after a short battle with AML. Born in Boston, MA on January 16, 1939, Jim was the son of the late James H. Jr. and Marguerite ...

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Microbial Fuel Contamination Detection Will Be Covered in Proposed ASTM Standard

A proposed ASTM International standard will provide a screening process to determine microbial contamination in fuel. The proposed new method will join four existing fuel microbiology methods and practices under the jurisdiction of ASTM D02.14 on Stability and Cleanliness of Liquid Fuels. The subcommittee welcomes participation in this standard’s development, particularly from those interested in joining an interlaboratory study for the test method. Workers ...

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Concerned Oilheat Members Pen Letter to President about Fuel-Switching Provision

PMAA, NEFI and a number of oilheat state associations sent a letter to the Obama Administration highlighting their concerns with language in the Health and Human Services proposed FY 2016 LIHEAP that promotes “fuel switching.” As highlighted in the letter, PMAA will be pressing members of Congress and the Obama Administration to work the industry and not against it. Additionally, ...

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U.S. Small Business Owners Have Positive Economic Outlook for 2015

Endurance International Group released the results of a survey of its U.S.-based small business customers. The survey found that 66% of small business owners have a positive economic outlook for 2015 as compared to 2014. However, a majority (69%) remains deeply skeptical that the new leadership in Congress will be able to address issues important to small businesses. The results ...

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A Matter of Degrees: How Tank Temperature affects Bacteria Growth

A sharp difference in the temperature of fuel in a large tank and fuel being added to that tank can spell w-a-t-e-r, reported Brian Savage of Savage Associates, a bulk plant system designer based in Martinsville, N.J. “If there is a major difference in the temperature between B100 and diesel fuel or heating oil we see a phase separation and ...

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No. 2 Heating Oil Follows Crude Down

A minor rally on Friday didn’t boost oil prices by much. And the latest numbers from the Energy Information Administration have residential heating oil No. 2 hovering a paltry 2 cents above the lowest price of the year. The glut of supply is keeping oil extremely low despite fluctuations caused on the markets. In the past week, prices in New ...

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EIA: Refinery Outages Likely Won’t Disrupt Fuel Supply

Planned refinery maintenance during the first half of 2015 is not expected to adversely impact the supply of gasoline and distillate, according to a new survey by the Energy Information Administration. The impact of refinery outages on product supplies during the first half of 2015 depends on many factors, including petroleum product demand, the availability of product supplies from available ...

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Free Webinar Addresses Making Profit amid Falling Oil Prices

A new webinar from Warm Thoughts aims to help marketers make ends meet amid falling oil prices. The free webinar was conducted by senior consultant Ed Cardell. It aims to answer customer questions about how fast prices fall, higher fixed prices, and developing plans to adjust budgets. It also was designed to help customer service reps deal with unhappy customers ...

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Residential Solar Electricity Installations Growing

Residential solar installations have grown in 18 of the last 19 quarters, reports a solar industry trade group. The United States installed 1,354 megawatts of solar photovoltaics in the third quarter of 2014, up 41% over the same period last year, according to the U.S. Solar Market Insight Report, prepared by GTM Research, a research and consulting firm, and the ...

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