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March 2018

OHI Monthly Meeting – March 21, 2018 – Please join us on Wednesday March 21st 8:30am – 10am at the Energy Innovation Hub for the March OHI Monthly Meeting. Coffee and light refreshments will be served.

RhodeWorks/ Truck Tolls Update – Two of the fourteen planned tolling gantries will be in place by the end of February according to the RIDOT. Located on 1-95 in Washington County, the first gantry is located 3 miles south of Exit 5; and the second is located near exit 2 in Hopkington. The RI DOT expects tolling to begin sometime in March 2018 charging $3.25-$3.50 on large commercial vehicles/tractor trailers.  E-ZPass transponders will now be sold at the Interstate 95 Welcome Center in Richmond, the R.I. Department of Transportation and the R.I. Turnpike and Bridge Authority announced Wednesday. The welcome center is located between exits two and three along I-95 north. For more information visit the RIDOT website.

Women In Energy -The 3rd Annual Women in Energy Conference will be held May 20-21, 2018 in conjunction with the Eastern Energy Expo at Foxwoods Resort Casino in Mashantucket, CT. The Women in Energy association invites all industry professionals to register online at The Conference education program includes presentations on leadership, new technology, financial empowerment, effective communication, and more. There will be plenty of networking opportunities as well. View the schedule of events at Sponsorship packages are also available for the Conference. Show your support for women in the energy industry and make connections. Visit for more information. In addition to the annual Conference, the Women in Energy association offers year-round opportunities to expand your network and develop lasting relationships with fellow energy-industry professionals. Whether you’ve been in the industry for decades or are just starting out, membership offers valuable networking, education, and career-advancement opportunities. Learn more about membership opportunities at

OHI Annual Directory & Resource Guide – There is still time to advertise in the Annual Directory & Resource Guide. Click here for more information and to down load the Advertisement Order Form.

Vets 2 Tech – Member partner Leo Verruso of Advanced Fuel Solutions recently launched Vets2Tech – connecting Veterans to technical careers. Click here for more information 

Upgrade & Save Rhode Island – The program has reset as of October 1, 2017. All registered companies – please login to the Upgrade & Save.  System upgrades help Rhode Islander’s heat their homes with greater efficiently and safety!

Homeowners/business owners – Thank you for your patience and helping your delivery person make timely and safe deliveries by clearing the snow and ice from the fill pipe, driveways and walkways. The snow storm that hit New England last Thursday, aka “Bomb Cyclone” dumped a foot of snow on most of RI, requiring most fuel delivery trucks to be taken off the road. The unfortunate timing of the storm and Governor Raimondo’s restriction on commercial vehicles traveling on RI roadways may have dealers further behind than they would have liked. The warmer temperatures that are predicted for this week should allow our industry to catch up on deliveries.

Weather forecast in Rhode Island – Expert/Meterologist John Bagioni, Meteorologist of Fax-Alert Weather Service, LLC – reports that December Averaged 3 degrees colder than normal for the month.  January set records as well for below average temperatures. For more in-depth regional weather updates visit the National Weather Service. 

New Member Highlight – The Oil Heat Institute would like to welcome our newest members :

The Oil Heat Institute, Inc. of Rhode Island (OHIRI) is a member-driven, non-profit trade association, formed in 1960. Our mission is two-fold: promote the sale of oil heat, and protect and foster the best interests of the consumers we serve. We achieve this mission by disseminating relevant and timely industry information to members of the oil heating industry, the consuming public, and to elected and public officials.  OHIRI members strive to achieve a high standard of excellence and provide their customers with the best possible service. It is our association’s aim to fully support our members to help ensure they can achieve these goals.

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