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Are Wood Pellets Speeding Up Climate Change?

Controversy arises on both sides of the Atlantic
Controversy arises on both sides of the Atlantic For decades, New Englanders have been using wood pellets to help heat their homes. Wood pellets are biomass and designated by… https://oilandenergyonline.com/articles/all/are-wood-pellets-speeding-climate-change/

The Propane Patio Heater Rush of 2020

Economic reopening drives demand among restaurateurs along with change in regulations
Economic reopening drives demand among restaurateurs along with change in regulations Remember spring? The effort it took to track down everyday household items like toilet… https://oilandenergyonline.com/articles/all/propane-patio-heater-rush-2020/

Burner Manufacturer Announces B20 Certification

National Biodiesel Board welcomes equipment companies’ embrace of higher blends
National Biodiesel Board welcomes equipment companies’ embrace of higher blends On September 22, 2020, at the Virtual HEAT Show, heating equipment manufacturer R.W. Beckett… https://oilandenergyonline.com/articles/all/burner-manufacturer-announces-b20-certification/

Now Running Up to B35: NEFI Headquarters

The 170-year-old Southborough, Massachusetts home provides a window to the heating industry’s high-tech, clean-energy future
The 170-year-old Southborough, Massachusetts home provides a window to the heating industry’s high-tech, clean-energy future It’s a tight squeeze heading down to the basement of… https://oilandenergyonline.com/articles/all/now-running-b35-nefi-headquarters/

Gassed Up

Permian methane leaks are even worse than coal emissions
Permian methane leaks are even worse than coal emissions Harvard University scientists now say methane emissions from the Permian Basin are more than double federal estimates.… https://oilandenergyonline.com/articles/all/gassed/

New Yorkers Must Now Notify Dealers of Conversions

Governor Cuomo signs final version of fill pipe bill into law, obligating homeowners to notify heating oil dealers of any heating oil system conversion
Governor Cuomo signs final version of fill pipe bill into law, obligating homeowners to notify heating oil dealers of any heating oil system conversion In December 2019, New York… https://oilandenergyonline.com/articles/all/new-yorkers-must-now-notify-dealers-conversions/

Checking the Boxes with Polypropylene Venting

Why one boilermaker calls the technology a “game changer” for the competitive residential installation market
Why one boilermaker calls the technology a “game changer” for the competitive residential installation market How often does the gas industry provide a pathway to success for… https://oilandenergyonline.com/articles/all/checking-boxes-polypropylene-venting/

ISO-NE Capacity Prices Fall to Record Low

Grid operator sees a win for ratepayers … but what’s the deal?
New England’s competitive wholesale electricity markets are producing record low prices. In February, the Independent System Operator of New England (ISO-NE) held its 14th annual… https://oilandenergyonline.com/articles/all/iso-ne-capacity-prices-fall-record-low/

Taco Comfort Solutions Celebrates 100-Year Anniversary

Global manufacturing company maintains U.S. headquarters and family ownership
Taco Comfort Solutions® is celebrating and embracing its 100-year history while innovating for the future. A third-generation, family-owned company based in Cranston, Rhode… https://oilandenergyonline.com/articles/all/taco-comfort-solutions-celebrates-100-year-anniversary/

Loose Screw Economics

Heat pump conversions would unbearably burden both homes and the grid
At the 2019 Heating & Energizing America Trade Show (HEAT Show) in Providence, Rhode Island, Northeast heating oil industry leaders laid out the case for renewable liquid heating… https://oilandenergyonline.com/articles/all/loose-screw-economics/

Filling the Vacuum

Stepwise Data Research released “The Economic Contribution of Maine’s Heating Fuel Industry: 2018,” highlighting the important role that heating oil and propane providers play in the state's economy.
Maine Technical Education Center helps mitigate the industry’s labor shortage   In November 2018, Stepwise Data Research released its report on “The Economic Contribution of… https://oilandenergyonline.com/articles/all/filling-vacuum/

A Follow-Up Examination

Flaws in the U.S. Department of Energy’s standard annual fuel utilization efficiency (AFUE) rating system are well documented. In fact, Oil & Energy recently dredged up from our archives a 2006 (!) article on the topic, which somewhat exhaustively breaks …
Flaws in the U.S. Department of Energy’s standard annual fuel utilization efficiency (AFUE) rating system are well documented. In fact, Oil & Energy recently dredged up from our… https://oilandenergyonline.com/articles/all/follow-examination/

R.W. Beckett Corp. Introduces New Residential Oilheat Engineering Lab

On March 19, combustion product manufacturer R.W. Beckett Corp. officially launched its newly rebuilt, state-of-the-art residential oilheat engineering lab and interactive customer experience room. The newest of Beckett’s three labs inside its Northeast O…
On March 19, combustion product manufacturer R.W. Beckett Corp. officially launched its newly rebuilt, state-of-the-art residential oilheat engineering lab and interactive… https://oilandenergyonline.com/articles/all/rw-beckett-corp-introduces-new-residential-oilheat-engineering-lab/

It’s What’s Inside that Counts

When it comes to today’s boilers, it’s a whole new world out there. Between condensing heat exchangers, high-tech displays, modulating burners, and changes to circulator sizing and pipe configuration, there have been enough innovations in system technolog…
When it comes to today’s boilers, it’s a whole new world out there. Between condensing heat exchangers, high-tech displays, modulating burners, and changes to circulator sizing… https://oilandenergyonline.com/articles/all/its-whats-inside-counts/

More Than Just Burners

The burner is more than just a burner. A typical oil burner might be comprised of air tube, blower wheel, electrical box, connector tube, coupling, escutcheon plate, flange gasket, fuel pump, burner head, igniter, inlet air scoop, housing assembly, mot…
The burner is more than just a burner. A typical oil burner might be comprised of air tube, blower wheel, electrical box, connector tube, coupling, escutcheon plate, flange… https://oilandenergyonline.com/articles/all/more-just-burners/

Over-Pressure, Under-Pressure: Utilities Under Deliver

One of the many marketing points used by the natural gas industry to promote their product is that it is piped into the home, so it is always there when needed for heat, hot water, cooking, etc. As the argument goes, this is superior to a “delivered fuel”…
One of the many marketing points used by the natural gas industry to promote their product is that it is piped into the home, so it is always there when needed for heat, hot… https://oilandenergyonline.com/articles/all/over-pressure-under-pressure-utilities-under-deliver/

Merrimack Valley Disaster Death Toll Rises

After a chimney fell on 18-year-old Leonel Rondon during the September 13 natural gas explosions, his death made national headlines. Speaking from the Rondon family’s home the next day, Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker called the tragedy “about as imm…
After a chimney fell on 18-year-old Leonel Rondon during the September 13 natural gas explosions, his death made national headlines. Speaking from the Rondon family’s home the… https://oilandenergyonline.com/articles/all/merrimack-valley-disaster-death-toll-rises/

The Power of Disruption

“Over the next 25 years, disruption is inevitable,” said April M. Salas, Executive Director of the Revers Center for Energy with the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth. Formerly an energy policy advisor to the White House, Salas has held various senior …
“Over the next 25 years, disruption is inevitable,” said April M. Salas, Executive Director of the Revers Center for Energy with the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth. Formerly… https://oilandenergyonline.com/articles/all/power-disruption/

Natural Gas Disaster Racks Massachusetts

Natural gas fires and explosions devastated the suburban Massachusetts communities of Lawrence, Andover, and North Andover on the evening of Thursday, September 13.
As 48 miles of pipe now need to be replaced in the affected areas, road closures like this one are to be expected for some time. “This is like Armageddon,” said a resident of… https://oilandenergyonline.com/articles/all/natural-gas-disaster-racks-massachusetts/

Dead River Company Purchases Heating Business from Cheshire Oil

On July 6, Cheshire Oil, of Keene, NH, transferred ownership of its heating business to Dead River Company, of South Portland, ME. The acquisition brings together two mainstays of the New England fuel delivery business. Cheshire Oil had been serving custo…
On July 6, Cheshire Oil, of Keene, NH, transferred ownership of its heating business to Dead River Company, of South Portland, ME. The acquisition brings together two mainstays of… https://oilandenergyonline.com/articles/all/dead-river-company-purchases-heating-business-cheshire-oil/

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