The Northeast Home Heating Oil Reserve (NEHHOR) is a one million barrel supply of ultra low sulfur distillate (diesel) that provides protection for homes and businesses in the northeastern United States should a disruption in supplies occur.
Of all the households in the United States that use heating oil to heat their homes, the majority reside in the Northeast region of the country - making this area especially vulnerable to fuel oil disruptions. The Northeast Home Heating Oil Reserve, a one million barrel supply of ultra low sulfur distillate (diesel), provides protection for homes and businesses in the northeastern United States should a disruption in supplies occur.
The NEHHOR holds one million barrels of Ultra Low Sulfur Diesel designated for Heating Oil:
- 400,000 barrels located in the Boston area;
- 300,000 barrels positioned in the New York Harbor area; and
- 300,000 barrels in Groton, Connecticut.
Guidelines on how and when heating oil can be released from the reserve are defined by the Energy Policy and Conservation Act (EPCA).
Releasing Heating Oil
The U.S. Department of Energy has developed an online bidding system – an anonymous auction program – for the sale of product from the NEHHOR. Prospective bidders and other interested parties are invited to try out the system and give us feedback.
- You should review the Northeast Home Heating Oil Reserve - Guidelines for Release.
- You must register to use the system to practice or to participate in an actual emergency sale.
- Registration assures that you will receive email alerts of sales or other pertinent news. You will also have the opportunity to establish a user ID and password to submit bids.
- If you establish a user ID, you will receive a temporary password by email, which you must then change to one of your own choosing.
The online bidding system is available as a non-binding demonstration. You can use the system to become more familiar with the bidding process in a realistic environment.
The Department periodically runs simulated one-day sales, open to all interested registrants. When you register on the next page, you will receive email alerts describing simulations and providing more specific directions in the event of a planned simulation.
To register or practice on the demonstration system, proceed to the Heating Oil Online Bidding System.