The Advantage
Apr. 29, 2015

OESP and AREE to host joint trade show and convention in 2016
Contractor Magazine
The Oil and Energy Service Professionals and the Atlantic Region Energy Expo have announced they will host a joint trade show and convention May 22-26, 2016, at the Foxwoods Casino Resort, in Ledyard, Connecticut. While details are still being finalized, the co-hosted event will feature a two-day trade show offering the latest products and services for the petroleum marketing and HVAC industry; expand the educational programs and opportunities offered to all company personnel — owners, managers, service managers, technicians and customer service representatives; and offer fun social and networking events.More

Colonial Pipeline to stop shipping high sulfur heating oil in June
Colonial Pipeline will no longer ship high sulfur heating oil starting in June 2016 amid widespread reductions in sulfur specifications in the US Northeast, according to market sources and information from Colonial Pipeline. Colonial plans to only support heating oil with a maximum sulfur content of 500 ppm, known as low sulfur heating oil, starting in June 2016.More

Consumers say fix it right the 1st time
Field service organizations need to become more efficient, develop better time-saving approaches and fix a problem on the first visit in order to meet customer expectations, according to a new study commissioned by Trimble. The study found that fixing the problem on the first visit was the leading factor in determining their satisfaction. Yet, nearly 1 in 4 participants reported that a return visit was required, with 49 percent attributing it to a lack of appropriate tools or parts and 42 percent saying the technician didn’t have the skills.More

The 2015 Dave Nelsen Scholarship winners are
The judges have spoken and we've notified our 2015 Dave Nelsen Scholarship winners. Each of the recipients and their families are invited to attend our annual Awards Banquet. The winners are:

Some of you might wonder, why so many from the PA College of Technology? Well, it might be the program. This technical college is affiliated with Penn State and the important thing is they offer Associate degrees and Bachelor's degrees. Evidently they get their message out as well because these winners come from Massachusetts and New York.

Thanks to our sponsors, five of the six students will receive a $5,000 scholarship and one a $2,500 award. Our Association matches the $2,500 award of the co-sponsor.More

Join us
Most of these young men will be attending our Awards Banquet on Tuesday, May 19, at the Hershey Lodge and Convention Center. Consider buying a ticket for this event so you can be part of a very nice industry event. We will also recognize our industry award winners — who will be the Manufacturer of the Year? Who will win the Hugh McKee Award? Who will be named the Service Manager of the Year? How about the Instructor of the Year or the Lou Ehrich Award? We will also have some other surprises happening that evening, so why not join us?More

PMAA joins coalition to fight proposed AFUE standards for residential boilers
Fuel Oil News
PMAA is participating in a newly formed coalition to oppose a U.S. Department of Energy proposed efficiency standard for boilers. The proposed rule would amend existing annual fuel rating efficiency standards for residential boilers using natural gas, propane and heating oil. The DOE's Notice of Proposed Rulemaking proposes new minimum AFUE levels of 85 for gas and 86 for oil fired hot water boilers. Currently the AFUE standard for gas and oil fired hot water boilers are 82 and 84, respectively.More

DOE invests $8 million in next-gen HVAC systems
Energy Manager Today
The US Department of Energy is investing $8 million to advance research and development of next-generation HVAC technologies in the areas of advanced vapor compression technology and nonvapor compression technology. Advanced vapor compression systems projects will use highly efficient versions of the technologies that currently drive HVAC systems but with refrigerants that have a minimal effect on the environment.More

Bosch Thermotechnology announces launch of national geothermal awareness and education campaign
Contractor Magazine
Bosch Thermotechnology launched a national geothermal on Earth Day 2015 to raise public awareness and understanding of geothermal heating and cooling technology and its environmental benefits. The public campaign is designed to further understanding and acceptance of geothermal technology as an unlimited, renewable form of energy and serve to advance the industry and its dedicated stakeholders — equipment manufacturers, drillers, installing contractors, industry associations, residential home developers and homeowners.More

5 steps to a leadership self evaluation
Contracting Business
It is important to conduct a regular self-evaluation, to determine how you are performing as a leader. This self-examination is important in analyzing your ability to be innovative, adapt to change and lead in an ever-changing world. The objective with these five points of evaluation is to constantly improve. Engaging in this practice will allow you to see your strengths, weaknesses and opportunities to grow in your leadership roles and be a successful and trustworthy manager.More

Solar energy giant to move into New Hampshire market
New Hampshire Public Radio
The biggest residential solar company in the country is coming to New Hampshire. SolarCity, which in 2014 installed 40 percent solar panels nationwide, and is the fastest growing solar company in the nation. Their sales have doubled every year since 2010, to the point where last year they installed solar panels on 100,000 homes.More

4 tips for small business email marketing success
Business 2 Community
Email marketing has been a focus of mine for many years. As a result, I'm often asked by the small businesses I work with for my best advice on this topic. Regardless of the industry a business is in, my four top tips remain the same.More