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FMCSA HOS Waiver Extended  – The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has extend the Hours of Service Waiver through February 28, 2018 and applies to both interstate and instrastate travel. Click here to download. Also, NEFI has posted waivers for NY, CT, MA, NH or VT  .

Thank you to our RI heating oil and propane companies for weathering the extreme cold, wind and snow to bring warmth and comfort to your customers. Its been a long stretch of frigid temperatures, but the forecast is improving. The snow storm on Thursday further complicated matters and is causing a delivery back log. As conditions improve, snow and ice will recede,  delivery times will pickup.

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. 

February 2018

Women In Energy – Click here to take advantage of Special membership rates through December 31, 2017. The goal of Women in Energy is to energize and connect women in the energy industry. The
Association’s purpose is to encourage women to enter the oil and energy industry, promote
professional development through educational classes, and provide networking and mentoring
opportunities for women in the industry. Membership is open to any individual (female or male) or
company involved in the oil and energy industry. For more information visit our Facebook page: or contact:

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!

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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Bioheat Fuel: The Future of Oil Heat is Here!

All Rhode Island oil heat consumers are now experiencing the many benefits of Bioheat—the cleaner, greener, more-efficient home heating oil blend. Learn more about this renewable fuel and the positive impacts it’s having in your home and on the environment.

Learn about Bioheat

Find a Local Dealer

Looking for a reliable oil heat provider in your area? Our certified dealers provide high-quality products and services to their home and business customers.

Upgrade & Save Rhode Island

Introducing The Upgrade & Save – Rhode Island Rebate Program. Find out how you can take advantage of Rhode Island Energy Efficiency and Safety Rebate Program.

NORA FSA Calculator

National Oilheat Research Alliance’s Fuel Savings Analysis (FSA) Calculator 2.0.

Oil Heat Assistance

If you need some extra assistance with oil heat financing this winter, there are several state fuel assistance programs available to help.