Adult education, local businesses partnering to provide introductory HVAC course

(March 24, 2017)
By Ben Hanstein, Daily Bulldog, Franklin County, ME FARMINGTON – Local businesses and adult education programs are partnering to bring an introductory Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning course to the region. Organizers hope the program can serve as a springboard to additional HVAC training. Currently, there are not enough HVAC technicians to meet the needs of the industry. Meeting with adult… FULL ARTICLE >>

R290 heat pumps trend at ISH Frankfurt

Several manufacturers display efficient systems using the natural refrigerant propane (R290).
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By Nina Masson, hydrocarbons21.com— As evidence of the transformation that the heating and cooling sector is going through in Europe, brand new propane heat pumps saw the light last week in Germany. Models from manufacturers like Heliotherm, Glen Dimplex, Alpha Innotec and NIBE were revealed last week at ISH – the Bathroom Experience, Building, Energy, Air-conditioning Technology, and Renewable Energies trades how… FULL ARTICLE >>

Venezuela’s troubles put US heating oil charity in limbo

(March 21, 2017)
By David Sharp, The Associated Press Amid continuing economic turmoil, Venezuela skipped heating oil contributions to a Massachusetts-based nonprofit for a second consecutive winter, signaling that the popular program that began with fanfare after Hurricane Katrina may be kaput. The decision by Venezuela’s Citgo Petroleum Corp. to bow out of the program founded by Joseph P. Kennedy II, which has helped hundreds… FULL ARTICLE >>

Governor’s Energy Office: Maine still most dependent state on heating oil

(March 17, 2017)
        Mainebiz.com Staff–Despite 10 years of concerted efforts to tighten Maine homes and shift to other forms of heating, Maine still remains the state most dependent on heating oil, the Governor’s Energy Office reported. The Governor’s Energy Office took the occasion of reporting its weekly heating fuel price survey to highlight the work that remains to reduce… FULL ARTICLE >>

Ferrellgas Acquires Valley Center Propane

Expands Footprint in Southern California
(March 16, 2017)
GlobeNewswire– OVERLAND PARK, Kan., March 15, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Ferrellgas Partners, L.P. (FGP) announced the acquisition of Valley Center Propane, an independent propane retailer based in Valley Center, California. The transaction is expected to be immediately accretive and is further evidence of the partnership’s longstanding commitment to growing its core propane business through strategic acquisitions. Terms of the transaction… FULL ARTICLE >>

Connecticut considers carbon tax on oil, gas

(March 15, 2017)
By Bill Cummings, CT Post HARTFORD – The General Assembly is considering slapping a carbon tax on gasoline, heating oil and natural gas to spur lower consumption and reduce the greenhouse gas emissions that fuel climate change. The legislation would initially increase home heating oil costs by about 16 cents per gallon and gas prices by about 13 cents a… FULL ARTICLE >>

Modine Manufacturing brings technology to local communities

Includes mandatory education and training
(March 10, 2017)
By Joi Dukes, WMGT 41-Macon, GA MACON, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) – Specialists from a giant in the heating and ventilation industry stopped by Macon on Thursday–in a semi truck turned classroom. Modine Manufacturing Company gave local engineering contractors an inside look at the latest in heating and air condition technology. They also held continuing education courses for contractors to earn credits.… FULL ARTICLE >>

HVAC Contractors Need to Keep Web Presence is Up To Date

(March 9, 2017)
By Dejan Lesicar, Plymouth Daily News Although many homeowners still trust the opinions of their furnace or air conditioner contractors, they also do research of their own online before they make decisions about their air conditioning repairs and purchases. Decision Analyst did a recent American Home Comfort study that showed that more homeowners are more often turning to the internet, rather… FULL ARTICLE >>

Eastern Energy Expo ’17 Announces Keynote Speaker

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Organizers for the 2017 Eastern Energy Expo, taking place May 21-25 in Hershey, PA announced the keynote speaker will be Tom Kloza, Co-Founder and Global Head of Energy Analysis for the Oil Price Information Service. The Eastern Energy Expo, co-sponsored by the Oil and Energy Service Professionals, the Atlantic Region Energy Expo and the Pennsylvania Petroleum Association, is the industry’s signature annual… FULL ARTICLE >>

Taco Facility Approved through Hydraulic Institute’s Pump Test Lab Approval Program

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The Hydraulic Institute announced that Taco Comfort Solutions’ pump test laboratory in Cranston, RI recently received approval through HI’s Pump Test Lab Approval Program. The HI program assists pump OEMs and other pump test laboratories improve their current laboratory procedures and policies by working with an experienced third-party auditor to develop and maintain accurate, uniform, repeatable pump testing protocols. The… FULL ARTICLE >>
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As businesses and industries mature, several different types of…
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NORA Moving Forward

As the best winter in years draws to a…
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