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Take the New England Fuel Institute's annual issues survey
New England Fuel Institute
While we know you all have been quite busy trying to keep up with deliveries and customer service due to the cold weather and the snow, Jim Collura, Mark Morgan and I would like to remind you that the NEFI 2015 Industry Issues Survey is still available for you to complete.

While NEFI has a general public policy agenda that guides our work, the survey helps us focus our resources on specific issues of import to our membership. We are going to keep the survey link live for one more week and hope that if you not yet had the opportunity to complete the survey, that you take the time to do so. It takes less than 10 minutes. Click here to take the survey now.
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Legislative Updates



IRS issues claim procedures for 3 separate fuel tax credits
Petroleum Marketers Association of America
What's new? The IRS has issued special one-time claim procedures (IRS Notice 2015-3) for three separate fuel tax credits retroactively reinstated for calendar year 2014 under the Tax Increase Prevention Act of 2014. The Act reinstated and made retroactive for calendar year 2014, the $1.00 per gallon biodiesel blender credit (available to blenders), the $0.50 cpg alternative fuel mixture credit (available to blenders) and the $0.50 alternative fuel incentive credit (available for sale or use of alternative fuels). The special procedures allow for one-time credits and payments covering the entire 2014 claim period. Reinstatement of all three credits is limited to calendar year 2014 only.
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Price-cutting solar panel program comes to Maine, starting in Freeport
Portland Press Herald
Bulk purchases of panel systems within a community could lower the cost by 10 percent. A national movement aimed at cutting the high cost of solar-electric panels through community bulk purchasing is coming to Maine, kicking off next weekend in Freeport. Solarize Freeport hopes to sign up enough residents between now and May 2 to knock 10 percent off the price of an average home system, or roughly $1,500.
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Boston firm may defend South Portland crude-oil ban
Portland Press Herald via MaineBiz
The city of South Portland may enlist Boston law firm Foley Hoag to defend against a federal lawsuit filed by Portland Pipe Line Corp. earlier this month. The Portland Press Herald reported that Portland Pipe Line is seeking to overturn the city's ban on the loading of crude oil onto marine vessels. The ordinance was passed last year as a way to prevent the company from reversing its South Portland-Montreal pipeline to bring oil — and possibly tar sands oil — into the city's waterfront.
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Sea-3 seeks to speed up expansion review
The Portsmouth Herald
Lawyers for Sea-3 in Newington, Connecticut, have filed a request for an exemption from the state Site Evaluation Committee for the proposed expansion of the company's propane storage and distribution facility. If granted, the exemption would save the company from having the project go through a complete state review which could last as much as a year, according to Michael Iacopino, outside counsel to the committee.
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King expresses support for natural gas pipeline, opposition to LNG exports
The Free Press
On Feb. 20, Senator Angus King made a stop at the Island Institute in Rockland to discuss energy sustainability and economic development. King, who is a member of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, said his top three priorities are expanding natural gas pipeline into New England, blocking natural gas exports and supporting renewable energy.
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Industry Headlines



Breaking up with fossil fuels is hard to do
Big Green Radicals via YouTube
Check out this short video about the importance of fossil fuels.
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Summit Natural Gas set to resume building network in April
Portland Press Herald
Summit Natural Gas of Maine is preparing to restart construction of its gas distribution network and is promising to install gas lines in front of 2,400 homes and businesses in 2015, the company said recently. Starting in April, contractors will resume work to lay hundreds of miles of gas lines in the Augusta area and in suburban towns north of Portland. The company said it will direct construction efforts to neighborhoods where residents and businesses have signed up for gas service.
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Oil train crash: Is Rockand prepared?
Lohud
The scenes of devastation from the train derailment are seared into Tim Pellerin's memory. Fireballs reaching high into the air. Six blocks of buildings leveled. Burning crude oil turning rock into lava, swallowing trees and grass along the way. Charred railroad tank cars lying on their sides, piled up on Main Street, their broken wheels scattered in the distance, resting behind a dollar store. Pellerin, the fire chief in Rangely, Maine, was among the 30 Maine firefighters who rushed to Lac-Megantic, a remote village in Quebec, Canada, to provide mutual aid on July 6, 2013.
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South Portland rail yard sought for LPG terminal
The Forecaster
Rigby Yard could become the site of a liquid petroleum gas storage facility to serve Maine and much of southern New England. NGL Supply Terminal Co., a subsidiary of Tulsa, Oklahoma-based NGL Energy Partners LP, is proposing the facility, which would be constructed on top of what was once the railway turntable in the area between Main Street and Rumery Street. The rail yard is in a Non-Residential Industrial District.
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Insurance Topics



A bad combination: Drugs and alcohol in the workplace
Federated Insurance
Where do substance abusers work? Anywhere they can! Seventy-two percent of drug users are employed — but you won't find them working at businesses with effective drug- and alcohol-free workplace programs. Statistics on substance abusers are frightening.
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MEMA Technical Education Center - MTEC



MTEC to offer EPA A/C class in Brewer and FREE Mitsubishi training in Brunswick!
MEMA
MTEC will be holding an EPA Certification Air Conditioning class in Brewer:
Tuesday, March 10 - Friday, March 13; 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.

AND

Join Roger Willett of Mitsubishi for a 3-hour training seminar on cooling and heating:
Friday, March 27, 12 p.m. - 3 p.m.

Click here for more information.

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Convenience Store News



Senators push for repeal of ethanol mandate
NACS
Sens. Pat Toomey, R-Pa., and Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., are working together to urge the repeal of a piece of the Renewable Fuel Standard that requires refiners to blend a certain amount of ethanol into the nation's fuel supply. "The federal mandate for corn ethanol is both unwise and unworkable," Feinstein said in various media reports. "A significant amount of U.S. corn is currently used for fuel. If the mandate continues to expand toward full implementation, the price of corn will increase."
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