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www.fueloilnews.com | FUEL OIL NEWS | JULY 2018 21 sector are speculative, he said, "but viable technology options currently exist to meet GHG targets—mostly." He discussed biofuels, and where and how they might be used to meet transportation sector challenges and space heating challenges. "Assuming biofuels develop to their full potential—about 30% of current petroleum use—they can preferentially deploy in trans- portation," he said. "That is, in heavy-duty, on-road and non-road applications and aviation, or for space heating," he said More viable non-liquid fuel technologies currently exist for space heating than for heavy-duty vehicles, he noted. Mentioning "biofuels assumptions," Miller cited a 2016 update of a U.S. Department of Energy study that concluded that the U.S. can create "a billion tons plus" of biomass per year for energy produc- tion without impacting other vital U.S. farm and forest products, such as food, feed, and fiber crops. The study projects the potential to produce "85 billion gallons of biofuels—or 30% of the nation's current petroleum consump- tion," Miller said. The magnitude of biofuels that will be available is still uncertain and the market will likely determine its end use, Miller suggested. With significant reduction in overall liquid fuel demand expected as central heating units are increasingly used for supplemental rather than primary heat, biofuel supplies may prove sufficient, he said. If transportation relies on biofuels for heavy-duty vehicle and aviation fuel, less will be available for space heating In a changing landscape for heating, Miller said, "Heating oil use must decline dramatically." He also said that natural gas is "not compatible with meeting long-term GHG goals." Air source heat pump (ASHP) technology is currently available and is a low-carbon heating option, Miller said. Current air source heat pump technology still requires central heating systems for supplemental heating during winter months, he noted. Amid these changes, advanced biofuels could play a meaningful role, Miller said. "While the business model would need to change under the modeled scenarios, heating/energy companies should remain a viable business into the future," he said. NESCAUM is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit association of air quality agencies in the Northeast. Its Board of Directors consists of the air directors of the six New England states (Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont), New Jersey, and New York. Its purpose is to provide scientific, technical, analytical, and policy support to the air quality pro- grams of the eight Northeast states. A fundamental component of its efforts is to assist the member states in implementing national environmental programs required under the Clean Air Act and other federal legislation. PRODUCTS The following is a sampling of products and services that were represented at the Eastern Energy Expo, May 20-23, at Foxwoods Resort Casino, Mashantucket, Conn. DELAVAN PRECISION OIL BURNER NOZZLES Delavan, Bamberg, S.C., offers the ProTek nozzle system, with a smart valve designed to reduce combustion pollution for cleaner heating, the company says. Visit www.delavan.com. EXOSENT ENGINEERING Exos ent Engineering, C ollege Station, Texas, designs, manufactures, and repairs pressure vessels, including low-center- If you are interested in posting jobs and viewing veteran's qualifications Register and start posting today! www.vets2techs.com If you would like more information on the financial benefits of hiring veterans info@vets2techs.com If you have previously hired veterans and interested in learning more about program eligibility info@vets2techs.com VETS2TECHS.COM VETS 2 TECHS Paul Miller of NESCAUM (at microphone), from left, NORA officials Richard Sweetser, Dr. Tom Butcher, and John Huber, take in the details of Miller's presentation on reducing GHG emissions. PHOTO BY STEPHEN BENNETT. Continued from page 19. Continues on page 42.

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