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Title: State of Maine residential heating oil survey 2001-02 season summary [SHOPP]

Abstract

This, as the title implies, is a summary report of the price trends for heating oil, propane and kerosene heating fuels for the heating season.

Authors:
Publication Date:
Research Org.:
State of Maine, State Planning Office, Augusta, ME (US)
Sponsoring Org.:
USDOE Energy Information Administration (EI) (US)
OSTI Identifier:
806945
DOE Contract Number:
FC01-96ER29056
Resource Type:
Technical Report
Resource Relation:
Other Information: PBD: 22 May 2002
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
02 PETROLEUM; HEATING; HEATING OILS; KEROSENE; PRICES; PROPANE; SEASONS

Citation Formats

Elder, Betsy. State of Maine residential heating oil survey 2001-02 season summary [SHOPP]. United States: N. p., 2002. Web. doi:10.2172/806945.
Elder, Betsy. State of Maine residential heating oil survey 2001-02 season summary [SHOPP]. United States. doi:10.2172/806945.
Elder, Betsy. Wed . "State of Maine residential heating oil survey 2001-02 season summary [SHOPP]". United States. doi:10.2172/806945. https://www.osti.gov/servlets/purl/806945.
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  • The 1994--95 heating season approached with more attention to petroleum products than experienced in some time. This year, however, the focus was on transportation fuels with the introduction of reformulated gasolines scheduled for the first of 1995. Last year transportation fuels had been in the spotlight in the Northeast as well, for the ills experienced with a new winter mix for diesel fuel. Would RFG have the same dubious entrance as diesel`s winter mix? Would RFG implementation work and what effect would the change in stocks have on the refineries? With worries related to transportation fuels being recognized, would theremore » be reason for concern with heating fuels? As the new year approached, the refineries seemed to have no problem with supplies and RFG stocks were eased in about the second week of December. In Maine, the southern half of the state was effected by the gasoline substitution but seven of Maine`s sixteen counties were directed to follow the recommended criteria. Since the major population concentration lies in the southern three counties, concern was real. Attention paid to emission testing had come to a head in the fall, and RFG complaints were likely. There have been years when snow and cold arrived by Thanksgiving Day. In northern Maine, snow easily covers the ground before the SHOPP survey begins. The fall slipped by with no great shocks in the weather. December was more of the same, as the weather continued to favor the public. Normally the third week in January is considered the coldest time in the year, but not this year. By the end of January, two days were recorded as being more typical of winter. By March and the end of the survey season, one could only recognize that there were perhaps a few cold days this winter. Fuel prices fluctuated little through the entire heating season. There were no major problems to report and demand never placed pressure on dealers.« less
  • In Maine the cash price is surveyed, as opposed to lthe retail or charge price, as it has been identified as the price most often paid by Maine consumers. As one can see from the chart in this report, the 1995-1996 cash prices for No. 2 heating oil can be characterized as having an upward trend and much more fluctuation than last years` relatively flat line. The 1995-96 heating season started at the closing price of the previous season and for the first few weeks prices were lower than most of the 1994-95 trendline. When the weather became cooler, however,more » prices were on a steady incline until well into the winter. Prices leveled off for most of the rest of the season with a dramatic surge on the last week of the survey. The average statewide cash price for No. 2 heating oil this year was .861 1 cents, approximately ten cents higher than the average for 1994-1995 which was .7661 cents per gallon. It has been the observation of the SPO that during most of the 1995-1996 season, Maine`s prices showed a direct correspondence with New England rack or wholesale prices. It appeared that they never fluctuated more than 3-4 cents from each other.« less
  • Data collected by Division staff was entered into the EIA-PEDRO system. No written reports of data were required.
  • The State Heating Oil and Propane Price (SHOPP) survey for the 1990--1991 heating season was conducted by the Pennsylvania Energy Office (PEO) in conjunction with the US Department of Energy, Energy Information Administration (DOE/EIA). The objective of the program was to collect price information for No. 2 heating oil and propane. Prices were to be collected on the first and third Mondays of each month, starting on October 1, 1990 and extending through March 18, 1991.
  • The State Heating Oil and Propane Price (SHOPP) survey for the 1990--1991 heating season was conducted by the Pennsylvania Energy Office (PEO) in conjunction with the US Department of Energy, Energy Information Administration (DOE/EIA). The objective of the program was to collect price information for No. 2 heating oil and propane. Prices were to be collected on the first and third Mondays of each month, starting on October 1, 1990 and extending through March 18, 1991.