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National Grid to propose lower winter gas rate

National Grid, the energy delivery company, said that it will ask the Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities to approve natural gas commodity rates that are on average 18 percent lower than those from last winter. Click for the rest of the story. Read More

U.S. company and Chinese move changes the solar game

First Solar and China have reached a memorandum of understanding to build a huge solar plant in Mongolia. First Solar specializes in PV, not solar thermal, which is significant because the Chinese have been focusing on solar thermal of late. The story.  Also in The New York Times Business section, September 9, 2009 Read More

HeatingHelp on Twitter has set up a Twitter account. Here's a link. Follow us and we'll keep you up-to-date on what's going on here on the site and throughout the heating industry. Tweet!How to use Twitter video: Read More

Sunoco to sell retail heating oil business

U.S. oil refiner Sunoco Inc (SUN.N) said on Wednesday it would sell its retail heating oil and propane distribution business to Superior Plus Corp (SPB.TO) for $82.5 million in cash. Click HERE for the rest of the story. Read More

Heating 'Round the World, and a tour of a very special high school.

Join us on September 30 for a special tour and seminar, which will benefit Oil Heat Cares.We'll meet at the Manheim Township High School, just north of the city of Lancaster, Pennsylvania. MT High is the first school in the U.S. to install a geothermal system for both heating and cooling. The folks in charge will explain the design and answer all of our questions about this interesting system.Our group will then travel to a nearby restaurant, The Barn, where we will enjoy a fine Pennsylvania dinner, see an array of energy-efficient products,and learn more about Heating 'Round the World from Dan Holohan. A number of Lancaster County oil heat dealers are sponsoring this event.The tickets are $69 each and all proceeds go to Oil Heat Cares.For tickets, follow this LINK, or call Judy Garber at 888-552-0900. Read More

Carrier to shut NY warehouse in shift to South

Up to 170 workers, of a total of 1,300 at the warehouse in DeWitt, N.Y., could lose their jobs, the company said. Full story HERE. Read More

SBA extends loans to replace steam heat in Cedar Rapids

This is great news for the people of that flood-ravaged city. Here's a link to the details.(Scroll down when the window opens.) Read More

The Tao of Plumbing

I spotted this story about Tom McMahon and was delighted to see a couple of my books mentioned. And then there's the line about the Dead Men. Thanks, Tom! It's wonderful to see the trade get noticed in such a poetic way, and in Esquire no less. Nice. Read More

More on Passive Houses

Here's an interview with passive-house designer, Tim Eian. This is something that everyone in the heating-and-cooling industry should be keeping an eye on. Passive houses have no heating or cooling systems. Read More

Geo in Nebraska

Nebraska is getting a subdivision where every house will back up to a pond, and every house will get its heating and cooling from that pond. They're not using the pond water directly. Seventy homes are planned, and so far, eight have sold. Tough sell in these economic times? We'll see. Here's the article. Read More
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