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NORA Technical Workshop

Industry professionals, including representatives of the heating oil industry in Europe, exchange information about the latest developments in fuels and technology By Stephen Bennett A technical workshop hosted by the National Oilheat Research Alliance, led by its president, John Huber, featured a program devised by Dr. Thomas Butcher, NORA’s director of research. Presenters discussed topics in four categories: Advanced Burner Concepts; Ultra-Low ...

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Report: Southern New England Energy Conference

Education on a range of subjects was on offer in Newport, R.I. By Stephen Bennett Informational and educational seminars, including a session on building a biofuels business, and another on leveraging service contracts to boost revenues, filled the program of the Southern New England Energy Conference. Organized by the Connecticut Energy Marketers Association, the Massachusetts Energy Marketers Association, and the ...

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Heating Season Fuels Outlook: 2016-2017

By Stephen Bennett Fuel inventories are plentiful going into this heating season. What does that signify for this final quarter of 2016 and the first four months of 2017? Fuel Oil News interviewed three experts for their thoughts: Philip J. Baratz, president of Angus Energy, a firm that helps companies manage fuel price volatility, and offers business consulting services and ...

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OESP Service Manager of the Year: Mike Hodge of Griffith Energy Services

By Stephen Bennett Mike Hodge is a staunch supporter of technical education. In the late 1960s and early 1970s Hodge’s stepfather owned a small oil company, and that’s where young Hodge received his initiation into the trade, helping his stepfather, and then going on to attend a vocational-technical school in Howard County, Maryland. “In those days they called it ‘plumbing ...

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Report: Northeast Propane Show

Propane marketers and equipment vendors convened in Boxborough, Mass. By Stephen Bennett The Northeast Propane Show provided an opportunity for 1,400 exhibitors and attendees to “get some education, see some new products, ask a lot of questions and go home excited about what they do, ready to grow their business,” said Joe Rose, president of the Propane Gas Association of ...

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COHA Wants Data

Reliable information about leaks and spills is hard to get. COHA is working on that. By Stephen Bennett In this age of “Big Data” the Canadian Oil Heat Association is working to promote consistent, detailed reporting of leaks and spills, to be followed by prompt remediation. Development of a so-called information hub “so everybody’s working off the same information,” was ...

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The ABCs OF Truck Building

A truck is a working tool that can be made to work better with informed spec’ing choices By Stephen Bennett Fuel oil and propane dealers getting ready to order a new truck know they have decisions to make, and that one of the first is: Should they stick with the same specs as last time, or change up a few ...

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