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Report: Gas pipeline not enough to avert New England energy crisis
New Hampshire Union Leader
New England is facing an energy crisis brought on by high natural gas prices, and the call by governors in the six states for a new, publicly funded natural gas pipeline does not go far enough to solve the problem, according to a detailed analysis of the region's energy options. The 30-page analysis, released Feb. 11, was conducted by a consulting group, Competitive Energy Services of Portland, Maine, on behalf of the Industrial Energy Consumer Group, which represents large-scale users of electricity in New England.
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Legislative Updates



Bill Nemitz: South Portland's tar sands committee set to do it right
Portland Press Herald
In November, South Portland voters went to the polls to decide on the city's proposed Waterfront Protection Ordinance. The citizen-initiated measure — aimed at stopping the possible use of the Portland Pipe Line as the last link for pumping tar sands bitumen from vast reserves in Alberta to outbound tankers on the Maine coast — drew heavy opposition from the deep-pocketed American Petroleum Institute and thus was expected to fail miserably at the polls.
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Update 3 — US approves exports from Sempra's Cameron LNG terminal
Reuters
The U.S. Energy Department recently approved exports from Sempra Energy's Cameron liquefied natural gas project in Louisiana as the Obama administration moves forward with its goal of expanding the global market for the fuel. The conditional approval of exports from the terminal to countries with which the United States does not have free trade agreements, such as India and Japan, was the sixth approval by the department since 2011, and the first since mid-November.
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Governor announces 3 nominees to Efficiency Maine Trust Board
Maine.gov
Gov. Paul R. LePage announced three nominations to the Efficiency Maine Trust Board. Efficiency Maine offers business and residential programs to help Mainers make energy improvements and save money. Nominated by the governor are: Scott C. Dunning, Lenora Burke and The Honorable Kenneth C. Fletcher.
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MRRA: CMP fee would dampen development
The Times Record
Central Maine Power Company customers who want to generate their own power — including a business with innovative plans to generate power from waste at the former Brunswick Naval Air Station — may soon be paying an increased surcharge. Officials at the Midcoast Regional Redevelopment Authority, the agency converting the former base for commercial and community use, says CMP's proposed rate increase would penalize customers who generate their own power on-site while still connected to CMP's system.
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Kicking the heating oil habit
The Times Record
In Maine homes, approximately 40 percent of all purchased energy goes for heating — 80 percent of it in the form of fuel oil. The average Maine home burns close to 1,000 gallons of the stuff annually, at a cost that currently hovers between $3,500 and $4,000 per year. Even ignoring their hidden costs, oil prices fluctuate widely over the long run, rising at an average rate close to 7 percent per year.
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Plan to boost supply of natural gas would reverse flow of pipeline in Maine
Portland Press Herald
The lead owner of the pipeline that pumps natural gas from Canada through Maine to Greater Boston wants to reverse the flow and send gas north from Pennsylvania and New York. It would be a first for the Maritimes & Northeast Pipeline, which was built in 1999 to move offshore gas from Nova Scotia's Sable Island fields. It's also a recognition that the new, affordable supplies of natural gas that New England and Atlantic Canada sorely need will come largely from the northeastern United States, not the Canadian Maritimes.
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Propane's promise as Maine fuel in jeopardy
Portland Press Herald
The U.S. shale gas boom was supposed to usher in an era of lower prices and energy independence that would extend to propane, a byproduct of oil and gas production that's being promoted as an alternative to heating oil in Maine. But as autumn abruptly turned into a cold, snowy winter, Maine and the rest of New England were feeling left out.
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Oil contracts offer unpleasant surprise
WCSH-TV
Mainers are battling another snowstorm, but the real enemy this winter has been the cold. December was far colder than usual. One oil dealer told News Cemter that in terms of degree days, which is how they track temperature and heating demand, December was 25 percent colder than normal. The continued cold has made homeowners use more fuel to keep warm, and that may bring an unhappy surprise for many. Oil dealers say a lot of customers on pre-buy contracts or budget plans could wind up facing extra expense because of the cold. Those contracts are for specific quantities of oil or propane, based on average consumption. But the continued cold means customers may be burning through the oil and gas contracts, and could be forced to buy extra fuel to get through the season.
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Environmentalists debate substance of Keystone XL fight
Fuel Fix
In their long crusade against the Keystone XL pipeline, environmentalists have marched in the streets, lit candles in nationwide vigils and chained themselves to the White House fence. Leaders of the fight, including writer Bill McKibben and California billionaire Tom Steyer, have marshaled an army of activists worried about climate change and raised the political stakes on the issue.
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Cate Street: Selling electricity necessary to keep East Millinocket mill viable
Bangor Daily News
The owner of the East Millinocket paper mill has said that plans to reopen the mill hinge on the Maine Legislature acting quickly to change what the company calls an out-of-date law that places its operations at a competitive disadvantage.
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Bingham hearing again pits First Wind project backers against opponents
Kennebec Journal
More than 100 supporters and opponents of what would be the state's largest and most expensive wind project presented their views in a public hearing called by the Maine Department of Environmental Protection. They spoke of noise and light pollution, quality-of-life issues, the economic benefits of wind power and the partnership of private land owners and business.
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2/3 of Americans OK with e-cigarette use in their personal space
NACS
Nearly two-thirds of Americans (63 percent) say they would not be bothered by someone using an electronic cigarette in close proximity, according to Harris Interactive's 2014 American E-Cigarette Etiquette Survey. The first survey on e-cigarette usage found that a quarter of Americans said they would object to someone using the device nearby.
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