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Maine family in fuel business born to deliver
Portland Press Herald
When it's 14 degrees and the wind is gusting to 25 mph, as it was recently, heat is a matter of survival in Maine. And despite trends to natural gas and other fuels, the primary heat source for 7 of 10 homes still arrives via an oil truck. Out here, in the hilly woodlands of western York County, a 68-year-old, family-run fuel company is trying to live up to its legacy during a winter that won't soon be forgotten.
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MTEC 2014 HVAC Professional Certification Program
MEMA
MTEC instructors have strategically developed a three month long HVAC course that will prepare students to sit for Maine State licensing exams in an extremely accelerated time frame. For example, completion of the six week long Oilheat Technician Training course will eliminate six months of apprenticeship time required by the state for licensing. This new program will also provide students with nationally recognized EPA Certification, allowing them to preparedly seek employment in what is quietly becoming one of New England's leading workforces.
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MTEC 2014 Propane + Natural Gas Classes
MEMA
These full-time intensive programs are enhanced versions of the National Propane Gas Association's Certified Employee Training Program. Successful completion of each course, passage of the included test and submission of the related skills assessment verification, will earn NPGA certification. Achievement of NPGA certification is the requirement for a person to qualify for state licensing endorsements. Once certification is achieved, the initial state license and/or endorsements will be issued according to the licensing law. Under both CETP rules and state requirements, all must pass and become certified in the course known as Basic Principles and Practices in order to receive certification in any other segment of CETP or qualify for any state license endorsements.
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MTEC 2014 200 Hour Oilheat Technician Training
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This intensive program is continually enhanced to include training on the newest in high efficiency technology and equipment, in addition to the latest energy conservation practices being implemented by professionals in the field. This course is comprised of video simulated operations, hands-on training in our state-of-the-art lab and 100 hours of classroom lecture and discussion. The goal of this course is to train the 21st Century Home Energy Professionals that are now in demand within the industry.
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Legislative Updates



South Portland council to pick oil sands committee members
Portland Press Herald
The South Portland City Council began evaluating candidates for a committee that will help craft an ordinance to ban the handling of oil sands in the city. A dozen people applied for three slots on the ordinance-writing panel. Half of them hail from South Portland. They are Michael J. Conathan, David Critchfield, Karen Lewis, Ebon Rose, Peter Stanton and Carol Thorne. Three hail from Portland: Orlando E. Delogu, Russel B. Pierce Jr. and Eliot H. Stanley. The other candidates are Carly M. Andersen of Biddeford, Malcolm Poole of Scarborough, who owns a business in South Portland and Cynthia Dill of Cape Elizabeth.
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FMCSA delays elimination of rule requiring drivers to carry paper medical certificates
PMAA
A new U.S. DOT regulation requires both intrastate and interstate CDL drivers to self certify to their state driver's license authority the type of commercial motor vehicle operation they drive in or expect to drive in with their CDL. Drivers operating in certain types of commerce will be required to submit a current medical examiner's certificate to their SDLA to obtain a "certified" medical status as part of their driving record.
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EPA proposes restrictions for new wood stoves
Fox News
The federal Environmental Protection Agency has proposed new standards for wood stoves that would reduce the maximum amount of fine particulate emissions allowed for new stoves sold in 2015 and 2019. Maximum emissions would be reduced by one-third next year and by 80 percent in five years, the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reported. Fine particulate pollution is made up of solid particles and liquid droplets that measure 2.5 micrometers in diameter or less. The EPA currently certifies non-catalytic wood stoves if they produce less than 7.5 grams of fine particulate per hour.
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Industry Headlines



Radio Disney's pro-fracking elementary school tour sparks outrage
Aljazeera America
An educational program funded by Ohio's oil and gas industry and sponsored by Radio Disney has environmental activists — and some parents — up in arms over what they say is a hijacking of public education by hydraulic fracturing (fracking) interests, in a state sitting on billions of dollars' worth of gas-rich shale.
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This Wall Street bull says the US energy boom could go on for decades
Quartz
The most prominent oil bull on Wall Street says the U.S. government seriously underestimates the continuing rise in American oil production. Citi's Edward Morse, who defied the tide to correctly call the 2008-2009 oil price crash, says that the U.S. Energy Information Administration — while boosting its previous projection for U.S. oil production — is still far off the mark.
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Saudi billionaire prince: Fracking competitively threatens 'any oil producing country in the world'
CNS News
Saudi Arabia's Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal, a billionaire businessman and nephew of Saudi King Abdullah, said the production of shale oil and natural gas in the United States and other countries, primarily done through fracking, is a real competitive threat to "any oil-producing country in the world," adding that Saudi Arabia must address the issue because it is a "matter of survival."
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LAST WEEK'S MOST POPULAR ARTICLES
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    Con-Ed, National Grid and O&R tell interruptible customers to stop burning natural gas as cold weather approaches (American Energy Coalition)
Propane imports may help ease regional shortage that is driving up prices (Portland Press Herald)
Summit Natural Gas of Maine agrees to pay millions owed to contractors for pipeline work (Kennebec Journal)
Important renewal notice (State of Maine Department of Professional and Financial Regulation Office)
Regulators say oil in recent accidents may be more dangerous to move by rail (Mainebiz)

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Offshore wind project in Maine faces major hurdle at PUC
Portland Press Herald
A 12-megawatt offshore wind project a few miles off Maine's coast could transform the state into a leader of the infant industry, supporters say. But first developers must overcome their first major hurdle: getting the green light from a panel of state regulators. The Maine Public Utilities Commission is poised to vote on whether to grant initial approval for a state contract to the University of Maine and its partner companies, called Maine Aqua Ventus, to build a two-turbine pilot project off the coast of Monhegan Island.
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Getting out of fossil fuel investing a wise approach for state
Portland Press Herald
Maine's Joint Standing Committee on Appropriations and Financial Affairs will hear testimony on whether the state of Maine should divest itself from the fossil fuel industry. I have 31 years of investment experience, and I will testify in support of the bill, L.D. 1461. Bill McKibben, the co-founder of 350.org, says, quite succinctly, "If it's wrong to wreck the climate, then it's wrong to profit from that wreckage."
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Energy disruption: Will fracking end big oil?
The Christian Science Monitor
The U.S. shale gas and oil revolution has shown that hydrocarbons are almost everywhere, Nick Grealy writes, and we no longer need to go to the ends of the earth or spend a ton of capital to find them. The new energy paradigm is a world where the most attractive projects are those closest to markets.
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Retailers mine smartphone data to boost sales
NACS
Smart antennas stealthily capture data from cellphones and then transmit discounts to that smartphone as the driver pulls into a gasoline station, Information Week reports. The result? Eight thousand more gallons of gasoline sold per month than previously. The strategy is simple. iSign Media Corp. employs smart antennas to locate and communicate with Bluetooth devices within a 30 to 300 foot radius of a specific area, in this case, 250 gasoline stations in Indiana and Ohio. The stations relayed advertisements, such as 10 cent per gallon discounts, to the cellphones of motorists who just arrived at the station.
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Maine awards wholesale liquor contract to Augusta company
Portland Press Herald
Pine State Trading Co., which distributes liquor to retailers throughout Maine, was awarded a new state contract to keep doing the job for the next 10 years. The state did not disclose the terms of the contract, which are crucial for its repayment of a $220 million bond. Augusta-based Pine State Trading, a food and beverage distributor, is now a subcontractor handling distribution and warehousing for Maine Beverage Co., which has held the state's wholesale liquor contract for the past decade.
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A look ahead at tobacco issues in 2014
CSPnet.com
With the New Year having just begun, 2014 will likely be another busy year when it comes to tobacco-related issues. And just as in the past year, the New Year will involve local, state and federal tobacco legislation as well as the Food and Drug Administration tobacco regulations.
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