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Solar Power: Looking Beyond the Rooftops

We’ve all seen the rapid growth in solar installations over the past few years. We can also see how solar technology is evolving, and the applications just seem endless.
We’ve all seen the rapid growth in solar installations over the past few years. We can also see how solar technology is evolving, and the applications just seem endless. MIT… https://oilandenergyonline.com/articles/all/solar-power-looking-beyond-rooftops/

Background Checks Can Strengthen a Workforce

Many business owners would agree that one of the most difficult aspects of running a successful operation is finding employees who possess suitable work ethics and who will remain on the job for an extended period of time. A high turnover rate can come at…
Many business owners would agree that one of the most difficult aspects of running a successful operation is finding employees who possess suitable work ethics and who will remain… https://oilandenergyonline.com/articles/all/background-checks-can-strengthen-workforce/

After Mild Start, Winter Should Gain Some Bite

The 2013-2014 winter started off very cold in the north-central states and the colder than normal conditions expanded eastward with time and eventually overwhelmed the entire Northeast.
EDITOR’S NOTE: After a disappointing winter in 2015-16, Fax Alert Weather Service Meteorologist John Bagioni sees signals for a more hopeful season ahead, with a decent… https://oilandenergyonline.com/articles/all/after-mild-start-winter-should-gain-some-bite/

NYC Will Move to B5 Next Year and Then to B20

New York City is increasing the biodiesel blend rate in Bioheat® Fuel to B20 as an integral part of its aggressive greenhouse gas reduction strategy.
New York City is increasing the biodiesel blend rate in Bioheat® Fuel as an integral part of its aggressive greenhouse gas reduction strategy. The New York City Council last… https://oilandenergyonline.com/articles/all/nyc-will-move-b5-next-year-and-then-b20/

Monitoring Can Reduce Costs, Attract New Customers

Heating oil and propane marketers can gain important advantages in cost and competitiveness by using tank monitors strategically, according to a veteran monitoring expert at an industry-leading provider.
Heating oil and propane marketers can gain important advantages in cost and competitiveness by using tank monitors strategically, according to a veteran monitoring expert at an… https://oilandenergyonline.com/articles/all/monitoring-can-reduce-costs-attract-new-customers/

Study Indicates Carbon Benefits of Biodiesel Are Increasing

Biomass-based fuels present a tremendous opportunity to transition toward a more sustainable mix of renewable energy. This was a key theme of an alternative fuels workshop hosted recently by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) in Macon, GA. The workshop e…
Biomass-based fuels present a tremendous opportunity to transition toward a more sustainable mix of renewable energy. This was a key theme of an alternative fuels workshop hosted… https://oilandenergyonline.com/articles/all/study-indicates-carbon-benefits-biodiesel-are-increasing/

Tank Installation: The Case for Polyethylene

It’s fall again and that means football, apple cider, pumpkin pie, and new propane tank sets. More than likely you have your tank set installation routine down pat. Btu load? Check. Properly sized regulators and pigtail? Check. Distance from tank to bu…
It’s fall again and that means football, apple cider, pumpkin pie, and new propane tank sets. More than likely you have your tank set installation routine down pat. Btu load?… https://oilandenergyonline.com/articles/all/tank-installation-case-polyethylene/

Massachusetts Looks to Deploy Electricity Storage

Massachusetts is looking to enhance the performance of its electric grid by increasing the deployment of energy storage capacity. The administration of Gov. Charlie Baker recently issued an in-depth report, entitled State of Charge, that outlines a pla…
Massachusetts is looking to enhance the performance of its electric grid by increasing the deployment of energy storage capacity. The administration of Gov. Charlie Baker… https://oilandenergyonline.com/articles/all/massachusetts-looks-deploy-electricity-storage/

AEC E-Alerts Are Vital Resources for Oilheat Marketers

The American Energy Coalition (AEC) has for over five years published email blasts, known as “e-Alerts”, which highlight news stories of interest to Oilheat marketers and customers. Topics cover a wide range of subjects from natural gas pipeline safety, t…
The American Energy Coalition (AEC) has for over five years published email blasts, known as “e-Alerts”, which highlight news stories of interest to Oilheat marketers and… https://oilandenergyonline.com/articles/all/aec-e-alerts-are-vital-resources-oilheat-marketers/

Spread the Word About Premium Fuel

As an Oilheat dealer, it’s hardly in your purview to educate customers on the importance of home maintenance. And you certainly don’t need to tell them about the enormous amount of time, energy and money that goes into it. But you can tell them about an o…
As an Oilheat dealer, it’s hardly in your purview to educate customers on the importance of home maintenance. And you certainly don’t need to tell them about the enormous amount… https://oilandenergyonline.com/articles/all/spread-word-about-premium-fuel/

How Much Should You Pay Yourself?

While benchmarking information is available on what oil and propane companies typically pay their drivers, dispatchers, salespeople and other employees, the data is less forthcoming when it comes to how much the owner should be paid. One person who has gi…
While benchmarking information is available on what oil and propane companies typically pay their drivers, dispatchers, salespeople and other employees, the data is less… https://oilandenergyonline.com/articles/all/how-much-should-you-pay-yourself/

Drug Test Results Can Take a Long Time

It is well known that many DOT-regulated businesses employing CDL drivers have a difficult time finding—and hanging on to—qualified drivers. Once a good candidate pops up, hiring managers are anxious to get their prospective employee in the driver’s seat.…
It is well known that many DOT-regulated businesses employing CDL drivers have a difficult time finding—and hanging on to—qualified drivers. Once a good candidate pops up, hiring… https://oilandenergyonline.com/articles/all/drug-test-results-can-take-long-time/

Building New England’s Largest Energy Storage Project

In October, Massachusetts’ first utility-scale battery project got under way in the town of Sterling—and it’s a big one—the largest in New England. Sterling Municipal Light Department (SMLD) is building a 2-megawatt, 3.9 megawatt-hour battery storage sys…
In October, Massachusetts’ first utility-scale battery project got under way in the town of Sterling—and it’s a big one—the largest in New England. Sterling Municipal Light… https://oilandenergyonline.com/articles/all/building-new-englands-largest-energy-storage-project/

Weather Forecast Favors a Colder Winter

The 2015-2016 heating season was very mild. Weekly heating degree days (HDDs)7 totaled just 6,313 for the September through April period in the Northeast region.
The 2015-2016 heating season was very mild. Weekly heating degree days (HDDs) from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) Climate Prediction Center (CPC)… https://oilandenergyonline.com/articles/all/weather-forecast-favors-colder-winter/

Serving the Next Generation

Homeowners form the core of the customer base at most retail energy companies, and marketers need to anticipate changes in homeowner preferences in order to remain vibrant and profitable. As homes turn over these days, members of the “millennial” generati…
Homeowners form the core of the customer base at most retail energy companies, and marketers need to anticipate changes in homeowner preferences in order to remain vibrant and… https://oilandenergyonline.com/articles/all/serving-next-generation/

New England Electric Demand Will Be Flat

A recent report by the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) suggests that New England is on track to avoid significant increases in demand for generated electric power at least through 2030. Entitled Electricity Consumption and Peak…
A recent report by the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) suggests that New England is on track to avoid significant increases in demand for generated… https://oilandenergyonline.com/articles/all/new-england-electric-demand-will-be-flat/

A Faster Terminal Is a Better Terminal

There’s no doubt that, as the years have passed and technology has advanced, our lives have sped up in so many areas. Cell phones and email have compressed communication intervals. The length of the current news cycle is now measured in minutes rather tha…
There’s no doubt that, as the years have passed and technology has advanced, our lives have sped up in so many areas. Cell phones and email have compressed communication… https://oilandenergyonline.com/articles/all/faster-terminal-better-terminal/

‘Green Banks’ Can Be Strong Facilitators, Report Says

As state governments look for ways to encourage investment in clean energy and energy efficiency, some are forming so-called “green banks” that leverage capital to assist businesses and homeowners.
As state governments look for ways to encourage investment in clean energy and energy efficiency, some are forming so-called “green banks” that leverage capital to assist… https://oilandenergyonline.com/articles/all/green-banks-can-be-strong-facilitators-report-says/

Accidents Waiting to Happen?

Empty propane tanks and inadequately secured, disconnected tanks can be expensive accidents waiting to happen, but there are steps a marketer can take to prevent tampering and reduce risk. An unsecure plug device without a security key or solid brass c…
Empty propane tanks and inadequately secured, disconnected tanks can be expensive accidents waiting to happen, but there are steps a marketer can take to prevent tampering and… https://oilandenergyonline.com/articles/all/accidents-waiting-happen/

Technology for the Customer

A tank monitoring startup launched in 2014 by an energy management engineer who had endured a disastrous propane run-out is gaining momentum after a significant new infusion of investor funding. Tank Utility Inc., of Boston, received a major boost this…
A tank monitoring startup launched in 2014 by an energy management engineer who had endured a disastrous propane run-out is gaining momentum after a significant new infusion of… https://oilandenergyonline.com/articles/all/technology-customer/

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