About NORA

517 million tons

GHG savings by using biodiesel in all
liquid fuel fired appliances
(CT, MA, ME, NY, NJ, PA, RI only by 2050)


Service Technicians Trained under NORA’s Professional Education Program



Liquid fuel fired appliances upgraded with NORA’s Efficiency Upgrade Program


40,850 tons

Based on 16,500 upgrades, tons of GHG emissions eliminated per year

2.8 million gallons

Based on 16,500 upgrades, tons of GHG emissions eliminated per year



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.

NORA mission is centered around these primary directives:

Research & Development, Carbon Reduction, Energy Efficiency, Professional Education and Consumer Education

Research & Development & Carbon Reduction

NORA’s Research & Development initiatives have resulted in consumer products that are efficient, environmentally friendly, help secure lower consumer costs and reduce carbon emissions. NORA’s aggressive efforts into the development of renewable, environmentally friendly Zero-Carbon products has resulted in Bioheat® fuel, America’s most efficient and direct path to eliminating carbon emissions from homes. Working in concert with the agriculture industry, fuel suppliers, heating systems manufacturers and fuel retailers NORA, has been a leader in reducing carbon emissions quickly, economically and responsibly. Additionally, NORA funding has helped consumers transition their homes to highly efficient boilers and furnaces and replace and upgrade their fuel storage.

Energy Efficiency

Through an aggressive NORA upgrade program, thousands of homeowners have been able to upgrade their liquid fuel-fired heating system to the most efficient available. For the 16,500 completed upgrades, the total savings after one year was 2,812,303 gallons of fuel, $13,770,00* in fuel costs, and 40,850 tons of greenhouse gas emissions. Over 25 years, that equates to 70,307,580 fewer gallons, $391,389,079* less in fuel costs and a reduction of CO2 emissions of 1,021,228 tons.

*Based on average fuel price of $4.90 NYSERDA NY state average 1/23/2023

Professional Education

Professional education, through NORA’s Technician Certification Program, provides continuing education, training and certification for liquid fuel service technicians. NORA’s technical education initiatives include online and in-person training at State Association schools as well as numerous technical high schools and community colleges. A well-trained service workforce ensures consumers have properly trained personnel to install and maintain heating systems for high efficiency, cleanliness and safety.

Consumer Education

Through its consumer education programs, NORA shows consumers that liquid fuel heating is clean, safe, efficient and modern. Much of this education effort is focused on transitioning the industry to renewable fuels that have a low carbon score based upon U.S. EPA’s Renewable Fuel Standard.

NORA was authorized by Congress in 2000 to provide funding that would allow the liquid fuel heating industry to provide more efficient and more reliable heat and hot water to the American Consumers. As a government sanctioned “check-off” program, $0.002 is collected at the wholesale level on every gallon of liquid heating fuel sold.

Michael Devine

Dr. Thomas Butcher
Director of NORA Laboratory

Dr. Jenny Frank
Research Associate

Neehad Islam
Research Engineer

Ryan Kerr
Research Engineer

Michael Vianese-Persch
Engineering Intern

Richard Sweetser
Research & Development

Bob O’Brien
Director of Education

John Levey
Research & Technical Consultant

Don Farrell
Communications & Online Training

Michael Devine

Michael Devine

(703) 340-1660
600 Cameron Street,  Alexandria, VA 22314

NORA Directors

Roger Marran
Energy Kinetics

Will Berry
Berico Fuels

Rick Bologna
Westmore Fuel

Jay Buehler
Jacobus Energy

Mario Bouchard
Granby Industries

Peter Buotte
CEC Fuel

Greg Childs
Main Care Energy

Ralph Carlo
Cents-Able Oil

Steve Clark
Genesee Energy

Matt Cota
Vermont Fuel Dealers Association

Kevin Conti
Conti Oil

David Coyne
Coyne Oil & Propane

Mark Caspers
Nebraska Biodiesel Board

Kirk Darby
Huguenot Fuels

Kate Duffey
Duffey & Sons

Sandra Farrell
Northborough Oil

Chris Fazio
Approved Oil

Randy Groff
Griffith Oil

Scott Hacker
Woodford Oil

J.S. Hackett
Global LP

Allison Heaney

Justin Jeffers
Beck Oil

Hal Johnson
K.B. Johnson

Michael Lamperelli
Frank Lamperelli

Dan Mattice
Reinhardt Corp.

Roger Marran
Energy Kinetics, Inc.

Brent Moore
Moore Balliew Oil Co.

Steve Oehlert
Oehlert Brothers

Leann Pannebianco
Panco Petroleum

Bobby Parlett
Burch Oil Company

Steve Powers
The Granite Group

Krystn Schweitzer
Sprague Energy

Gary Sippin
Sippin Energy

Claudette Townsend
Dear River Co.

Charlie Uglietto
Cubby Oil

Carter Vaillancourt
Daigle Oil

Mike Van Doren
Van Doren Oil

Scott Vadino
Oil & Energy Service Professionals

Dave Walton
Clean Fuels Alliance America