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Science shows crude from oil sands no riskier than conventional crude
Portland Press Herald (By Jamie Py)
Maine has endured a great deal of winter this winter. No one is more familiar with the challenges of winter weather than the 350 members of the Maine Energy Marketers Association, who work every day to ensure we all have dependable access to the energy we need to heat our homes and power our economy.
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Legislative Updates



LePage wants to get rid of state's wind-power goals
Portland Press Herald
More than five years ago, Maine set ambitious goals to spur wind power development aimed at helping wean the state off fossil fuels. But now Republican Gov. Paul LePage says the targets don't really help the state and are so far out of reach as to be meaningless, so why have them?
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Study confirms action needed to reduce Maine's high electricity prices
Maine.gov
The Governor's Energy Office, the Public Utilities Commission and the Office of Public Advocate released a study confirming the urgent need for additional natural gas pipeline capacity into New England, in order to lower Maine's, and the region's, escalating electricity prices.
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 MEMA Special Events

Date Event More Information
March 25 MEMA Day on the Hill Hall of Flags, State House — Augusta
March 26 Angus Energy presents Modern Art: The Evolution of the Energy IndustryMEMA Headquarters
March 27 Angus Energy presents Modern Art: The Evolution of the Energy IndustryBangor Location TBD
April 16 Federated Insurance presents 'Designated Risk Management' MEMA Headquarters
June 22-24 60th Annual Convention The Samoset Inn & Spa
Aug. 25 32 Annual J Garrie Murray Golf Classic Penobscot Valley Country Club, Orono Maine



Industry Headlines



Can solar energy compete with fossil fuels?
By Stefanie Heerwig
The world's biggest solar plant opened last month in California. Spanning across about 4,000 acres of land, the "concentrating solar" thermal plant harbors hundreds of thousands glittering mirrors reflecting sunlight on to large towers and heating them up to 932 degrees F. Water in pipes atop the towers turns into steam spinning turbines to create power.
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2 things could spark a perfect gasoline storm
Real Clear Energy
The extreme winter weather pounding the eastern half of the United States is keeping many drivers at home. That means less demand along with lower prices at the pump compared to last year. Unless something gives, however, geopolitical issues in Ukraine could spell trouble for consumers, AAA said. AAA reported a national average price for a gallon of regular unleaded gasoline in the United States of $3.46, a price that's 17 cents higher than the same time last month but 30 cents less year-on-year.
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University of Maine students press again for fossil fuel divestment
The Maine Public Broadcasting Network
University of Maine students are again pressing the university system to stop investing endowment funds in the coal, oil and natural gas industries. The group Divest Maine made its case at a meeting of the UMaine Trustees Investment Committee in Bangor. But as Jay Field reports, the head of the investment committee would only commit to more conversation on the issue.
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Maine health advocates applaud new vehicle emissions standards; dealers group waits to assess costs
Bangor Daily News
Lung health advocates in Maine touted newly announced federal motor vehicle and gasoline emissions standards as potential lifesavers for thousands of people with respiratory ailments. Pres. Barack Obama's administration's so-called Tier 3 Motor Vehicle Emissions and Fuel Standards will force car manufacturers to reduce certain tailpipe emissions of pollutants from average light-duty vehicles from 160 milligrams per mile to just 30 between 2017 and 2025.
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Oil pipeline safety: Michigan site may pose worst-case scenario
Portland Press Herald
A freshwater channel that separates Michigan's upper and lower peninsulas is a premier Midwestern tourist attraction and a photographer's delight, offering spectacular vistas of two Great Lakes, several islands and one of the world's longest suspension bridges.
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ColdTrac: Interactive map of Maine's cold temperatures
Portland Press Herald
Shown are the low temperatures from Maine's airport weather stations for the 24-hour period ending at 7 a.m. on March 4. Mouse over the map's temperature readings to compare record lows for each location.
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Frigid winter leading to big bills for natural gas
Portland Press Herald
Coming soon to mailboxes across the Midwest and the Eastern Seaboard: Big gas bills. Utilities are warning homeowners about a double whammy — higher natural gas prices and consumption, both of which have been driven to five-year peaks by the arctic cold that has gripped much of the country in recent weeks.
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