WELCOME TO NORA
NORA REESTABLISHED BY CONGRESS
We are pleased to announce that the National Oilheat Research Alliance will resume full operations in 2014, after Congress decided to extend the program by five years. This will provide an opportunity for retailers of oilheat to pay the $.002 per gallon fee, and ensure a strong future for oilheat. The fee collections will begin April 1, 2014.
Heating oil retailers are typically small, family-owned businesses and find themselves competing against large, government-supported utility companies and the political infrastructure that supports it. The only direct benefit provided to the oilheat industry by the federal government was a small appropriation (less than $1 million on average) to support research at a national laboratory. Of these limited fund, significant amounts were used to support the Department of Energy infrastructure, and very few funds were used to develop meaningful product improvements for heating oil consumers.
During the late 1990’s, Oilheat industry participants determined that a small appropriation directed by Washington was not going to provide the way forward for the industry. The industry wanted to be responsible for its future, and provide better products and services to its customers.
Why a Check-Off Program:
From this goal, the industry developed and Congress authorized the National Oilheat Research Alliance, which is a check-off program that allows industry – not the government - to support and fund critical initiatives for oilheat businesses, technicians, and consumers. Benefits of the structure include:
1. Parity with other energy sources: Electric and gas utilities are essentially state-run monopolies that allow for uniform assessments to fund R&D and consumer education activities. Propane, a competing fuel, successfully implemented a similar check-off program and self-assessments to engage in these activities and improve its competitive position prior to the oilheating industry considering this approach. The heating oil industry decided that a limited self-assessment would help level the playing field with the large competing utilities, improve the ability of the industry to compete, and thus provide additional value to consumers.
2. Efficient and fair collection mechanism: A small, uniform assessment was developed that allows wholesalers and retailers to work cooperatively without violating anti-trust laws.
3. Efficient use of resources: the efficient collection mechanism allows management of the program to be small and limited and utilize existing industry resources to focus the program’s efforts on critical activities such as R&D, consumer education, and technician training.
4. Zero Government Spending: Federal appropriations ended shortly after NORA’s R&D program became operational. NORA is 100% funded by the industry.
Why Government Authorization:
Federal government involvement is limited to empowering the industry to develop an efficient and effective self-assessment program that allows the smallest retailer and the largest wholesaler to work cooperatively, and without fear of violating anti-trust laws.
The program has essentially no government involvement and provides tremendous benefits to both the industry and its consumers. In fact, NORA’s initiatives have helped to reduce Oilheat consumption by 30% over the last decade, which amounts to nearly $600 in annual savings per customer.
A field study was conducted on ultra-low sulfur product.Essentially, several dealers and households would use the 15 ppm product.This study would essentially be used to determine whether the product when used without careful supervision, not under test conditions, results in unanticipated problems.
The heating oil industry, worked closely with state governments from
These steps will help improve air quality in the Northeast as emissions of sulfur dioxide from burning heating oil fall to nearly zero; the elimination of sulfur in fuel will eliminate much of the maintenance associated with oilheat equipment, allowing it to maintain its high level of efficiency for longer periods.
March 18th Oilheat Conference
Key officials met for the Second National Oilheat Industry Conference and Policy Summit took place on March 18th in
NORA makes headway with devising new approach to measuring efficiency.
Brookhaven Study Uncovers Need to Retool Boiler Energy Efficiency Programs.
NORA Develops Training Material for Insurance Industry
National Oilheat Research Alliance (NORA) has combined efforts with the Institute for Business & Home Safety and prepared an Insurance Primer to educate agents.
The length of the presentation is 30 minutes, and includes slides and audio. The purpose of the material is to educate the insurance industry about improvements in tanks and the industry's efforts to reduce problems.
NORA R&D-Fact Finding Report on Biodiesel Blend
NORA R&D - Outreach Generates Innovative Equipment & New Products poised to enter Market.
Click here to view products funded by NORA
Click here for more info about BioHeat® Fuels
Information About Oilheat
The attached PDF provides information about oilheat in the various states, market share, number of employees, amount of sales.
FORM 782A Retail Refund Request
FORM 782B For Retailers
FORM 782C For Prime Wholesaler/Supplier