The National Oilheat Research Alliance

Advancing Carbon Free Home Heating

Massachusetts is one of twenty-two states that receive funding from the National Oilheat Research Alliance (NORA), a Congressionally approved program designed to accelerate the use of clean, renewable Bioheat fuel blended with traditional liquid home and commercial heating oil, improve energy efficiency for homes and businesses in the NORA states, and provide ongoing education and training for heating oil industry personnel.

To accomplish these objectives, NORA provides the Massachusetts Energy Marketers Association access to funds for projects that must be approved by NORA under the following categories:

  • Consumer Education & Training
  • Research & Development
  • Energy Efficiency
  • Heating Equipment Rebates

MEMA uses its Consumer Education & Training funds for direct television, radio, print and social media campaigns to educate consumers and the heating oil industry on the importance of transitioning to renewable Bioheat fuel. The association also uses these funds to provide continuing education for heating system technicians and customer service representatives working for retail heating oil companies.

MEMA uses its Research & Development funds to broaden all aspects of heating system and heating fuel improvements with a focus on improved efficiency and carbon emissions reduction.

MEMA uses its Energy Efficiency funds to promote a broad array of energy efficiency measures to reduce fuel consumption, improve the operation of heating oil boilers and furnaces, and provide consumers with cost savings on their energy bills.

MEMA uses its Heating Equipment Rebates to offer financial support to consumers for upgrades to state-of-the-art heating oil boilers, furnaces, and heating oil storage tanks. In doing so the rebates improve system efficiency, performance, and safety.

For more information visit NORA’s website at