About

Phillip Baratz

Philip J. Baratz is president of Angus Energy which he co-founded in 1991 and the Managing Member of Angus Partners, LLC. Angus began providing hedging services in 1991, and has grown steadily, with over 600 clients, including publicly traded companies and municipalities. Angus offers a diverse range of products and services to distributors and end users, each customized to the needs and locations of the client. Phil founded, built and successfully sold Total Gas & Electric, a deregulated energy marketing company, which exceeded $100 million in sales. He also is a board member of several industry associations as well as several privately owned home heating oil companies. From 1983-1985 he was a member of, and trader on, the New York Futures Exchange. He has been trading in futures and options since 1983 and exclusively energy related since 1991. Beginning in, 1991, Phil has written a monthly column in Oilheating Magazine (now Indoor Comforting Magazine) and has been published in a variety a trade publications.

B100 Burner from Beckett

January 24, 2023

Kevin Beckett, CEO & President of R.W. Beckett Corp., announced today at the Clean Fuels Conference sponsored by the Clean Fuels Alliance America (CFAA) that next week, R.W. Beckett will produce the first production run of burners with B100 compliant components with their full warranty. This supports the company’s alignment with the Providence Resolution adopted […]

Women in HVACR, EGIA Foundation to hold Vegas golf tournament

January 18, 2023

Women in HVACR and the EGIA Foundation are hosting a golf tournament at Angel Park Golf Club in Las Vegas on March 15th, 2023 – a day before EPIC2023 – for Tee Off for the Trades: eighteen holes full of fun, networking, competition, food & drinks, prizes, and a happy hour reception! All proceeds from […]

Federal Tax Credits for Bio-fuel Powered Heating Appliances

January 17, 2023

News from NORA: With the implementation of the Inflation Reduction Act of 2022, Congress has created a $600 consumer income tax credit for the installation of renewable fuels compatible liquid fuel appliances. With this act, low-carbon liquid fuel heating appliances have been identified as a viable path for GHG reductions. The heating appliance qualifies by […]

Our Goal is to be B100

January 16, 2023

ICM continues its interview series chatting with Jackie Hart, VP Operations, Hart Home Comfort in Oakdale, NY. Hart has been one of the earliest adopters of low-carbon renewable fuels and to this day, is one of the most progressive marketers of high blends of biofuels. JH: Back in 2007, my father, Ray Hart, who founded […]

General Guidelines for Propane Tank Placement

In this two-part series, we are going to discuss propane tank locations as outlined in the Federal guidelines of NFPA 58. For the purpose of this article, we will break this into two categories. The first will be about propane tanks with a capacity of 120 gallons or fewer, which is the largest size allowed […]

Colorado Custom

At 9,600 feet above sea level and only 75 miles from Denver, Breckenridge, CO, provides some of the best skiing in the U.S. The cool climate also means that most homes—even the big ones, and there are plenty of those—are not air conditioned. The town’s official population is 5,000, but the true number of occupants […]

Two-Pipe Vapor Vacuum Steam System Oddities

I received a phone call from the owner of an oil company in the Boston area whose customer had a steam boiler that failed and needed to be replaced. His salesman went out to review the system and come up with a quote. He came back to the office with a question. The system was […]

Clean Fuels Says EPA Underestimates Biomass-Based Diesel Infrastructure in RFS

January 10, 2023

Clean Fuels Alliance America claims the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) proposed Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) volumes for 2023 and beyond underestimate the industry’s existing production and significant investments in new capacity, such as in the soybean and canola industries. “The volumes EPA is proposing for 2023, 2024 and 2025 ignore the more than 3 […]

OESP Announces Care to Ride Date

Oil & Energy Service Professionals (OESP) issued a save-the-date for the next Care to Ride event. Scheduled for May 22, it will occur during the Eastern Energy Expo (EEE) at Harrah’s Resort in Atlantic City, NJ, from May 21–24. The event will be in memory of OESP’s deceased President Ralph Adams III. Registration information will […]

Drew New CEO at Burnham Holdings

Burnham Holdings, Inc., has announced that Douglas S. Brossman will retire as CEO, effective April 24, 2023. Christopher R. Drew, currently President and COO, will become Chief Executive Officer. Drew brings extensive knowledge of the HVAC industry to the position. He has been a long-standing participant in the Air-Conditioning, Heating and Refrigeration Institute (AHRI) and […]