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Accepting Payments During Covid-19

As we are adjusting to business during Covid-19 the way we interact with our employees and customers has changed, writes Marci Gagnon. “Not only do we need to create new operational processes to keep employees and customers safe, we need to rethink how we accept certain types of payment,” Gagnon says. Here, the vice president of strategic alliances for Qualpay ...

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SBA Releases Application, Instructions for PPP Loan Forgiveness

The U.S. Small Business Administration has released the application borrowers must submit to their lenders to qualify for Paycheck Protection Loan (PPP) forgiveness, the Empire State Energy Association told members via email. The association said: The application is accompanied by a number of worksheets and instructional pages that provide clarity on a number of critical questions facing PPP loan recipients. ...

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Pennsylvania Launches LIHEAP Crisis Program

Pennsylvania Department of Human Services (DHS) Secretary Teresa Miller announced a Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) Recovery Crisis Program to help Pennsylvanians during the COVID-19 public health crisis. DHS said it started working with utility companies and deliverable fuel vendors in May to help Pennsylvanians at risk of losing access to electric, natural gas, or deliverable fuels such as ...

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2020 HEAT Show Goes Virtual

The organizers of the 2020 Heating & Energizing America Trade Show (HEAT Show) announced that this year’s event will transition to an online platform-based trade show experience. HEAT Show coordinators at NEFI and its state association partners are excited to debut a new and revolutionary trade show platform, including live webinar presentations and virtual vendor booths as well as the ...

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Eastern Energy Expo Moves to ‘On Demand’ Venue

In a bit of a twist, rather than coming to Eastern Energy Expo, Eastern Energy Expo will come to you. Eastern Energy Expo announced that the 2020 Expo will be held in an “On Demand Venue.” By bringing the Expo directly to participants using a dynamic web platform, EEE will continue to serve the energy and comfort industries—this year through ...

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‘Decarbonization’ in Rhode Island

Rhode Island is pursuing a “decarbonization” plan, prioritized by Gov. Gina Raimondo. Prepared for the Rhode Island Division of Public Utilities and Carriers and the Rhode Island Office of Energy Resources, a study, delivered on April 23, examines the relative “economic attractiveness” of several solutions for decarbonizing the heating sector, The Brattle Group, a research firm that produced the study, ...

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USDA Announces $14 Million for Biodiesel Infrastructure

Up to $100 million in competitive grants to expand availability and sale of renewable fuels are to be made available by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the department announced. USDA plans to make available approximately $86 million for implementation activities related to higher blends of fuel ethanol, and approximately $14 million for implementation activities related to higher blends of biodiesel. ...

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Beckett Offers Training Online

Beckett Corp. announced the availability of technical training online, live, on-demand, and free. “Even in the midst of social distancing, your work and education as a heating technician is essential to providing comfort and security in homes across the nation,” the company said in a statement. “That’s why we’re offering our popular training courses and materials online for your safety ...

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Earth Day Guest Column

“As our country continues to grapple with the unprecedented health crisis from the COVID-19 outbreak, the 50th anniversary of Earth Day has come upon us as a reminder of another challenge,” writes Michael A. Stivala, president of Suburban Propane Partners: “How to reduce our carbon footprint amidst the concern over the effects of climate change.” Stivala addresses that challenge here, ...

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Biofuel Plant Supplies Ethanol for Sanitizer

Western New York Energy, operator of an ethanol facility in Medina, N.Y., has adapted operations to supply distillers, manufacturing, technology, and personal care corporations across the Northeast and Canada with ethanol to produce 80% antiseptic alcohol sanitizer amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. The plant is producing over 100,000 gallons a day of tech-grade ethanol for businesses that halted operations to meet the ...

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