We are pleased to inform you that Congress has approved legislation to renew the National Oilheat Research Alliance (NORA) program for five years.
The "NORA reauthorization" measure can be found in the last 20 pages of the Farm Bill [u][color=#0066cc]conference report[/color][/u]. The House of Representatives approved the conference report last week by a vote of 251-166. It cleared the Senate just moments ago by a vote of 68-32. President Obama has promised to sign the bill into law.
This victory is the result of more than six years of effort by the New England Fuel Institute (NEFI), the National Association for Oilheat Research & Education (NAORE), the Petroleum Marketers Association of America (PMAA), state and local home heating oil associations and numerous industry leaders. We would especially like to thank Don Allen of ET Lawson (Hampton, Virginia), Ed Noonan of Noonan Energy (Springfield, Mass.) and Jim Townsend of Townsend Oil & Propane (Danvers, Mass.) for their strong leadership of NORA and NAORE. These three heating oil dealers were instrumental in helping to make NORA reauthorization a reality.
We also appreciate the commitment of NORA’s lead champions in Congress, including Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), Susan Collins (R-ME) and Bernie Sanders (I-VT) and Congressmen Leonard Lance (R-NJ) and Peter Welch (D-VT), as well as the dozens of bipartisan cosponsors in both the [u][color=#0066cc]House[/color][/u] and [u][color=#0066cc]Senate[/color][/u].
Of interest to NEFI members and supporters, the bill will allow NORA to: Restart consumer education programs on conservation best practices and the proper use and benefits of Oilheat and Bioheat®; Revitalize NORA certification and workforce development programs for HVAC technicians; Invest in research and development of new energy efficient technologies and renewable home heating fuels such as Bioheat®; and Create a new program that aims to replace inefficient oil-fired heating systems and improve the safety and efficiency of existing systems. There will be detailed coverage of the NORA reauthorization measure and other Farm Bill energy provisions in an upcoming issue of our newsletter, NEON. Also stay tuned to future NEFI communications for details on when you can expect the collection of NORA assessments to resume.
In closing, we hope you will join us in celebrating this major victory for our industry. It is your dedication and support that helped make it possible.
As always, thank you.
Michael C. Trunzo
NEFI President & CEO
New England Fuel Institute
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