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NORA Education at Eastern Energy Expo

The National Oilheat Research Alliance is offering multiple opportunities to earn Gold, Silver and Bronze certification continuing education credits (CEUs) at this year’s Eastern Energy Expo.
     The Expo, to be held at the Foxwoods Casino Resort, Mashantucket, CT, May 20-23, offers a wide array of technical education classes, including more than 20 offering NORA CEUs. Additionally, three NORA Gold courses will be presented: Advanced SteamAdvanced Controls and Advanced Venting.       Courses carry from one to six CEUs each.
     The NORA certification course requires 20 CEUs to upgrade from Bronze to Silver and 24 CEUs to keep Silver and Gold current.
     The classes are included in the Eastern Energy Expo’s Full Conference Registrationpackage as well as the Technical Track Only registrations.
     In addition to the CEU courses, NORA will be presenting two additional programs, What’s new with NORA Education,Training & New Technology andOilheat-Bioheat-Future/How do We Move Forward. 
A NORA Board of Directors meeting will held on Tuesday, May 22 at noon.
     Registration for EEE and the NORA courses is at

NORA certified courses at EEE

Advanced Steam
Evaluating Existing Duct
Water Quality with Caleffi
Advanced Controls
Next Generation Tankless Coil & Venting
Saving Customers Fuel & Adding Comfort 
From Truck to Tank to Burner
The Dos and Don’ts of Near Boiler Piping
Conduct, How do you Represent Yourself & Your Company
Pipe it Right…It Matters

The Smartest Diagnostic Oil Primary

Roth Tank Certification

Advanced Venting
Venting Heating Appliances Safety & Code
Low Voltage Wiring
Air Quality – Why IAQ
Future of Hydronics/Condensing Boiler
Best Economizing Strategy for Modern Residential Boiler Controls
Connectivity and Internet of Things
Honeywell Controls
Steam Boiler Replacement Done Right
Ways to Add Hydronic System Efficiency & Performance
Carbon Monoxide Safety


FSA Calculator Revised

The National Oilheat Research Alliance has released the latest update of its popular Fuel Savings Analysis Calculator, a unique tool that accurately predicts the real fuel savings when upgrading an oilfired heating appliance. A technician or sales person can use the FSA to accurately compare predicted fuel use for an existing appliance against a number of new appliance options. The FSA goes beyond the often unreliable AFUE, as it takes into consideration advanced data from the appliance, building and location to show real savings potential.

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NORA hosts Technical Workshop


The National Oilheat Research Alliance (NORA) held its second Oilheat Technical Workshop on September 18th -19th in Newport, RI. The workshop was held in partnership with the Southern New England Energy Conference. John Huber, NORA President, kicked-off the program describing the workshop’s goals as providing information on the progress of NORA R&D programs and to explore new ideas in an open forum.
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Learning just got easier @NORAweb

[ezcol_1half]Oilheat technician training is a priority of the National Oilheat Research Alliance (NORA). The requirement for training is actually written in the Federal law authorizing NORA. Now it is easier than ever to participate in the NORA Certified Technician program, keep track of your certifications and training, and access online courses.

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2017 NORA Technical Workshop Call for Presentations

The National Oilheat Research Alliance (NORA) will hold a Technical Workshop in coordination with the Southern New England Energy Conference (SNEEC) at Gurney’s Newport, Newport, RI, September, 18-19, 2017.
NORA is inviting proposals for presentations at this workshop which will be an open exchange among technical leaders of the oilheat industry.
General topic areas to be included are:
  • The direction of renewable heating and cooling in New England
  • Update on NORA-sponsored R&D projects
  • Technical aspects of biodiesel use and new biofuels
  • Advancing oilheat energy efficiency
  • Future directions in controls and diagnostics
  • An open forum on NORA research directions
Those interested should contact or send an abstract to Dr.Tom Butcher, Technical Director, NORA at or 571.234.7756.

NORA Releases 2018-2019 Budget for Comment

The proposed 2018 and 2019 biennial Budget for the National Oilheat Research Alliance has been under development for several months.

The NORA Finance Committee, the Executive Committee and the Board of Directors have reviewed the budget and it is now being released for public comment. At the conclusion of the public comment period, the budget will be forwarded to the Department of Energy.

Anyone interested in commenting on this should forward comments, by September 1, 2017, to

The 2018 and 2010 budget continues the 2014 changes in the NORA statute and emphasizes research and development, and adds and energy efficiency component. Additionally, the budget continues to emphasize the close working relationships with the state associations.Download the Proposed 21018-2019 NORA budget here.


NORA Releases Biodiesel Use Survey

The National Oilheat Research Alliance has recently released the results of a survey on the usage and potentials benefits and issues associated with the blending of traditional heating oil with renewable biodiesel for home heat use.

Currently, 5% biodiesel blends (B-5) are being used seamlessly across the oilheat market. Some heating oil fuel marketers are delivering B-20 to all of their customers and a few are delivering much higher blends. This blending into the fuel mix in this market leads to concerns about the impact on reliability and service.