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In The Loop is brought to you by NORA. NORA was authorized by Congress in 2000 to provide funding that enables the liquid fuel heating industry to provide more efficient, more reliable and lower carbon home heating and hot water to American Consumers. This podcast takes a deeper look at research initiatives, equipment considerations, renewable fuels, carbon reduction and technical education propelling us towards a low carbon future. For more information, visit NORAweb.org.

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In The Loop is brought to you by NORA. NORA was authorized by Congress in 2000 to provide funding that enables the liquid fuel heating industry to provide more efficient, more reliable and lower carbon home heating and hot water to American Consumers. This podcast takes a deeper look at research initiatives, equipment considerations, renewable fuels, carbon reduction and technical education propelling us towards a low carbon future. For more information, visit NORAweb.org.

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English


Episodes

Ep. 8 Advancing Carbon-Free Home Heating With Service Professionals

12/19/2023
In this episode, we chat with 5 individuals whose technical expertise in the low carbon liquid heating systems is helping elevate the next wave of energy service professionals. Our first guest is Eugene Silberstein, Director of Technical Education and Standards with the ESCO Institute. Eugene shares his overall take on the advancements of the industry, from equipment to service personnel, and how ESCO institute is working with NORA to help change the impression of our industry. Next up we have Dave Holdorf, a service trainer for Taco Comfort Solutions and OESP, whose career spans over 25 years. Dave shares his thoughts on key aspects that heating professionals should identify when working with customers to create a more efficient heating system. Joining the discussion is Angel Gonzalez, the National VP for OESP. A leader in the energy field, Angel has spent 41 plus years in the industry, starting with a small oil company in New York. Angel’s passion for education in the service industry brings a wealth of experience to the discussion today. Our fourth service expert is Al Breda, Past President with OESP, who has been part of OESP for 30 years. With years of experience in the field, Al shares his thoughts on how fuel has evolved over the last three decades and how service technicians can elevate the customer experience today. Last but certainly not least, we have Scott Vadino who is the President of Oil & Energy Service Professionals. Scott shares his take on how the industry has evolved since he began his career in 1985 and how the fuel today is helping create more efficient systems for homeowners while reducing the carbon footprint. In the Loop takes a deeper look at research initiatives, equipment considerations, renewable fuels, carbon reduction and technical education, propelling us towards a low-carbon future. For more information, visit noraweb.org.

Duration:00:35:47

Ep. 7 Championing Higher Blend Fuels With Industry Leading Retailers

10/20/2023
In this episode, we speak with two industry-leading retailers who have been providing high-blend, low carbon liquid heating fuels to their customer base for over a decade. Up first, former NORA Chair and owner of Cubby Oil & Energy, Charlie Uglietto provides his expertise on offering B-50 Bioheat SuperPlusTM to his customers. Cubby has been offering renewable fuel blends since 2008 and Uglietto explains the progression from a B5 beginning to a company-wide B50—and up to B100 for selected customers. Jacqueline Hart, Vice President of Operations at Hart Home Comfort and NORA Board Member, shares how her 2nd generation company started integrating low-carbon renewable fuel blend heating oil in 2006. Now they offer up to B50 blends as well as B100, in some cases. In the Loop takes a deeper look at research initiatives, equipment considerations, renewable fuels, carbon reduction and technical education, propelling us towards a low-carbon future. For more information, visit noraweb.org.

Duration:00:27:48

Ep 6. State Execs Discuss Fueling the Future With Renewable Liquid Fuels

9/29/2023
In today’s episode, four state association leaders share their thoughts on the how their association, member companies and states are working together to ensure renewable liquid fuels stay prevalent with policy makers and show how higher blend home heating oil can help improve the consumer experience while helping the environment. First, we talk with Chris Herb, President of the Connecticut Energy Marketers Association about the efforts Connecticut is playing in the transition to low carbon liquid home heating oil. Next, we’ll hear from Kris DeLair, Exectutive Director of the Empire State Energy Association. Kris shares her thoughts on renewable liquid fuels and how the live-fire demonstration of the combustion from B5 to B100 helps illustrate how seamless higher blends really are. Ted Harris, Executive Vice President with the Pennsylvania Petroleum Association, offers his take on why his state is unique compared to other states when it comes to biodiesel standards. Finally we have Eric DeGessero, Executive Vice President of the New Jersey Fuel Merchants Association. Eric shares how his state and members of his association are handling the pressures on the industry to transition to a net-zero carbon future. In the Loop takes a deeper look at research initiatives, equipment considerations, renewable fuels, carbon reduction and technical education, propelling us towards a low-carbon future. For more information, visit noraweb.org.

Duration:00:27:02

Ep. 5 Clean Fuels Alliance Highlights Low Carbon Fuel Availability

8/10/2023
In this episode of In the Loop, Paul Nazzaro and Scott Fenwick explain why retailers should make the transition to low carbon fuels now as competition will heat up over time for renewable fuels. Up first, Paul Nazzaro speaks about the industry's trantion to low carbon heating fuels and why Bioheat® is the logical choice right now. Scott Fenwick, Technical Director for Clean Fuels Alliance, explains decarbonization efforts under way in the industry and provides a special look at the future with B100. In the Loop takes a deeper look at research initiatives, equipment considerations, renewable fuels, carbon reduction and technical education, propelling us towards a low-carbon future. For more information, visit noraweb.org.

Duration:00:31:15

Ep. 4 Industry Leaders Discuss Shifting To Low Carbon Fuels

7/7/2023
In this episode of In the Loop, we hear from three industry leaders at the 2023 Eastern Energy Expo about the transition to low carbon liquid heating fuels. Up first, we chat with Rick Bologna, VP of Westmore Fuel, to understand why dealers need to add biofuels to their product lineup now, as fuel and equipment advancements are making the transition to higher blend fuels more attainable. Next, we talk with Cate Duffey, President of DE Duffey & Sons, and hear her perspective on incorporating higher blend fuels into a 125-year old company. Finally, we speak to Dave Westerfield with Jennings Oil to learn how his company has progressed by including higher blends in their business operations. In the Loop takes a deeper look at research initiatives, equipment considerations, renewable fuels, carbon reduction and technical education, propelling us towards a low-carbon future. For more information, visit noraweb.org.

Duration:00:24:56

Ep. 3 One Year Into the Job with NORA President Michael Devine

5/11/2023
In this episode, we speak to Michael Devine, President of NORA. Devine shares his thoughts and perspective on NORA, recent accomplishments, and key initiatives that have taken place since assuming leadership of the organization in March 2022. Devine credits the entire NORA team for these advancements, including creating new and innovative ways to educate the industry and inform technicians, and how NORA is preparing for the future of liquid fuels. Along with his thoughts on the past year as NORA President, Devine shares his thoughts and findings at the recent ISH Conference in Germany, as well as what attendees of the Eastern Energy Expo can expect later this month. In the Loop takes a deeper look at research initiatives, equipment considerations, renewable fuels, carbon reduction and technical education, propelling us towards a low-carbon future. For more information, visit noraweb.org.

Duration:00:23:41

Ep. 2 Sharpen Your Skills with NORA Technical Education & Training

3/31/2023
In this episode, we speak to three of NORA's leading experts who discuss NORA training certification program and what they do to provide technical education with NORA. Bob O'Brien, NORA Director of Education, provides in-depth knowledge on the NORA Technical Education Certification Program and why this aspect of NORA is key to the growth of the liquid fuel service sector. John Levey, NORA Technical Consultant, shares his experience with NORA's efforts to streamline the training process and make critical information accessible to those working in the field. Charlie Masone, NORA Technical Education Instructor, adds his perspective on the growth of the industry and how today's service technicians provide customers with long-lasting solutions. In the Loop takes a deeper look at research initiatives, equipment considerations, renewable fuels, carbon reduction and technical education, propelling us towards a low-carbon future. For more information, visit noraweb.org.

Duration:00:24:05

Ep. 1 NET-Zero Carbon Home Shows Negative Carbon Emissions

1/24/2023
In this episode, we talk with Dr. Tom Butcher, Director of Research of the NORA Liquid Fuels Laboratory in Plainview, NY, for an update on his NORA demonstration home and how this "NET-Zero" carbon home shows negative carbon emissions. Background The use of biodiesel has been identified as an effective and reliable fuel to replace fossil-derived heating fuels. Due to research by the National Oilheat Research Alliance (NORA) and efforts by heating system manufacturers and fuel marketers, the use of increasing blends of biodiesel with No. 2 heating oil has increased rapidly over the past few years. NORA’s goal is to create demonstration homes that are net-zero emitters of carbon. Labeled the Net Zero Carbon Home Project, the homes will replace standard heating fuel with 100% biodiesel (B100) while relying on solar PV roof panels to generate renewable, carbon free electricity for non-heating uses. Since biodiesel is not yet fully carbon neutral, the solar PV system needed to be sized to produce more energy than the home requires. The excess carbon-free electricity could then be transferred back to the grid and offset the small amount of carbon emissions from biodiesel. The first of these demonstrations is the home of Dr. Thomas Butcher, Director of Research of the NORA Liquid Fuels Laboratory in Plainview, NY. Dr. Butcher’s home was already using B100 for heating and subsequently solar PV panels were installed for the non-heating energy needs. NORA would like to extend the Zero-Carbon Home project to other U.S. States. If you have an interest in working with NORA, contact info@noraweb.org. In the Loop takes a deeper look at research initiatives, equipment considerations, renewable fuels, carbon reduction and technical education, propelling us towards a low-carbon future. For more information, visit noraweb.org.

Duration:00:15:48