Membership Information

The Benefits of Membership

Membership is open to any Oilheat dealer, equipment manufacturer, wholesaler, or other individual working for an Oilheat industry-related company. You will also automatically enjoy membership in the Empire State Energy Association (ESEA). You'll join hundreds of industry colleagues who share your concerns and who are working to create a more prosperous environment for independent petroleum marketers. ESEA is a member of the Petroleum Marketers Association of America (PMAA), a national federation representing marketers in 47 states, so your membership expands your network capabilities and your ability to shape industry events.

Membership in UNYEA and ESEA affords you a strong voice in state and federal government matters. ESEA identifies and assesses new legislation that may impact your business and works vigorously to help shape governmental policy and outcomes. It introduces key legislation to help marketers better compete and maintain profitability and the viability of their marketplace as a whole, including compliance, taxation, transportation and other important issues.

The Upstate New York Energy Association supports its members with outstanding benefits that might not otherwise be available to a smaller company. These include:

  • Instructional and training seminars for both management and technical employees that are industry-specific, and keep our members up-to-date with technological advancements. Correlative business topics, such as financial and tax information, have also been presented.
  • Generic Advertising and Promotional Materials that can be customized for a member company. These essential resources help to keep the advantages of Oilheat before the public and are designed to generate sales for the individual member.
  • Meetings and networking that bring members together on a regular basis. These functions offer the opportunity to share challenges and success stories, develop leadership skills and nurture professional pride in the industry.

Since 1992, The Upstate New York Energy Association has used its resources to demonstrate and educate consumers about the benefits of high-efficiency Oilheat systems. Through UNYEA's influence, thousands of renovations and new equipment sales were completed.

The Upstate New York Energy Association continues to be pro-active on behalf of its members. We look forward to continuing our tradition of research and education so that consumers in our area can continue to enjoy the benefits of Oilheat.

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Types of Membership

Regular: A sole proprietorship, a partnership or a corporation that is actively engaged in the retail sale of home heating fuels and has its principal office in, or actively markets in, one of the following forty-eight counties of New York: Albany, Allegany, Broome, Cattaraugus, Cayuga, Chautaqua, Chemung, Chenango, Clinton, Columbia, Cortland, Delaware, Erie, Essex, Franklin, Fulton, Genesee, Greene, Hamilton, Herkimer, Jefferson, Lewis, Livingston, Madison, Monroe, Montgomery, Niagara, Oneida, Onondaga, Ontario, Orleans, Oswego, Otsego, Rensselaer, Saratoga, Schenectady, Schoharie, Schuyler, Seneca, St. Lawrence, Steuben, Tioga, Tompkins, Warren, Washington, Wayne, Wyoming or Yates. Such businesses in other counties may be considered for Participating Membership (see below).

Associate: This supportive category includes any individual or business entity engaged, directly or indirectly, in commercial activity related to the petroleum industry. Associate members are eligible to hold office as provided by the by-laws and may participate in all programs offered by UNYEA.

Participating: An individual or business entity described under "Regular" who does not actively market, or have its principal office, in the core counties listed but wishes to support UNYEA's educational and promotional activity, programs and standards. Such members are eligible to participate in all programs offered by UNYEA.

Sustaining Member: Includes any individual who is retired and is no longer engaged in an eligible business, or who formerly held regular membership status in UNYEA and has disposed of his/her business interests. This category provides for continuation in UNYEA programs.

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