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Bioheat® brings new energy to annual energy event

Apr 26, 2012
New partnership with Atlantic Region Energy Expo signals changing attitudes in oilheat industry

Contact:  Jenna Higgins-Rose
(573) 234-8935

Jefferson City, Mo. – One of the largest energy events in the Northeast has a fresh face this year, thanks to Bioheat®. The Atlantic Region Energy Expo has added Bioheat to its name in 2012, reflecting a unique partnership with the National Biodiesel Board.

“The Atlantic Region Energy Expo and Bioheat” will host the AREE 2012 event in Atlantic City, New Jersey, May 1 – 3.  The conference, billed as the best energy, petroleum and HVAC (heating, ventilation, and air conditioning) industry tradeshow in the Northeast, will explore the evolving world of home and building comfort, efficiency and environmental responsibility.

“We’re proud that AREE is the first industry trade show and convention officially combining traditional fuels with the renewable biodiesel found in Bioheat,” said Eric DeGesero, executive vice president, Fuel Merchants Association of New Jersey.  The association was the catalyst for the founding of AREE 19 years ago.  “But this represents more than a conference name change.  It’s a sign of changing times for oilheat dealers, who recognize that Bioheat is their best option to adapt their businesses in the 21st century.”

The need for change is a powerful theme at this year’s conference as the oilheat industry works to remain competitive.  That’s why the Bioheat team, led by Paul Nazzaro, the National Biodiesel Board’s liaison to the petroleum industry, is bringing in a keynote speaker to talk about change at the event.  Michael Rogers, a renowned technology author and futurist, most recently served as futurist-in-residence for The New York Times. He focuses on how companies can think about the future in useful ways. 

“As their market share contracts, doing nothing is not an option for oilheat dealers,” Nazzaro said.  “Bioheat is the first real opportunity for them to make a progressive shift in decades.  Bioheat is a more desirable product to their customers, offering enhanced energy security, benefits to health and the environment, and American jobs.”

The event will include an educational track of five Bioheat sessions, which do not require a registration fee, thanks to funding from the South Dakota Soybean Research and Promotion Council. 

Bioheat is a combination of oilheat with biodiesel, an advanced biofuel made from sustainable resources such as soybean oil and other oils and fats.  To be called Bioheat, the fuel must contain at least 2 percent biodiesel.  Bioheat is cost-competitive with oilheat, and does not require modifications to the oilheat system.


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For more on Bioheat, visit bioheatonline.com.  For more on biodiesel, please visit biodiesel.org.  For more on the Atlantic Region Energy Expo, please visit areetradeshow.com