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Court nixes 1st Wind-Emera joint venture
Mainebiz
The Portland Press Herald reported Chief Justice Leigh Saufley decided the Maine Public Utilities Commission had wrongly interpreted the state's 2000 statute requiring utilities to operate either as power transmission companies or power generators, but not both. The deal, which has closed, involved Emera investing $333 million into the joint venture, JV Holdco, giving the transmission company a 49 percent stake in First Wind's projects. The case will return to the PUC, which the newspaper reported could order Emera to sell its stake in the joint venture or restructure it in such a way as to comply with the court's ruling.
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Legislative Updates



Canada decision may bring tar sands oil closer to Maine
Portland Press Herald
Canadian regulators are expected to announce whether they will allow the reversal of a pipeline that could bring oil sands from Alberta to a refinery in Montreal. The proposed reversal of more than 500 miles of Enbridge Inc.'s Line 9 between Westover, Ontario, and Montreal has drawn intense criticism from environmental groups in Canada and the United States. Environmentalists say the reversal is part of a longer-term plan to export oil sands from Alberta through ports along the eastern coast of Canada and the United States, including through a Canadian-owned oil terminal in South Portland.
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Tier 3 Vehicle Emission and Fuel Standards Program
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
The Tier 3 program is part of a comprehensive approach to reducing the impacts of motor vehicles on air quality and public health. The program considers the vehicle and its fuel as an integrated system, setting new vehicle emissions standards and lowering the sulfur content of gasoline beginning in 2017. The vehicle standards will reduce both tailpipe and evaporative emissions from passenger cars, light-duty trucks, medium-duty passenger vehicles and some heavy-duty vehicles. The gasoline sulfur standard will enable more stringent vehicle emissions standards and will make emissions control systems more effective.
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The US House passes Home Heating Emergency Assistance through Transportation or 'HHEATT' Act
MEMA
The U.S. House of Representatives has just passed the NEFI-backed Home Heating Emergency Assistance through Transportation or "HHEATT" Act by voice vote. Under current law the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration issues emergency declarations to waive Hours-of-Service requirements and other regulations during periods of inclement weather and other hardships. Unfortunately, each declaration is limited to 30 days. This creates uncertainty during extended emergencies such as the long stretch of extreme cold and snow currently being experienced throughout much of the country.
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OSHA notice of proposed rulemaking
U.S. Department of Labor
On Aug. 9, 2010, OSHA issued a final standard establishing requirements for cranes and derricks used in construction work. The standard requires employers to ensure that crane operators are certified by Nov. 10. Until that date, employers also have added duties under the standard to ensure that crane operators are trained and competent to operate the crane safely. The agency is proposing to extend the deadline for operator certification by three years to Nov. 10, 2017, and to extend the existing employer duties for the same period.
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Maine's members of Congress lobby for wind project
Kennebec Journal
Members of Maine's congressional delegation have been actively involved in promoting the University of Maine's offshore wind turbine project, directly lobbying top energy officials and luring them to the state for personal tours of the research facilities. Most of Maine's representatives to Congress have been ardent supporters of both inland and offshore wind.
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EPA's wood smoke plan could make new stoves too costly
Portland Press Herald
In the poorest state in New England, where residents already struggle to heat their homes, officials are worried that a federal proposal to reduce wood smoke pollution will make new stoves too expensive and prevent Mainers from buying cleaner technology. Nearly half of all Maine residents rely on some form of wood heat to keep warm in the winter, according to a 2008 study conducted for the Maine Center for Disease Control and the Maine Lung Association. The state ranks among the top five in the nation for residents heating only with wood, according to U.S. Census Bureau figures.
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Industry Headlines



Oil exploration off Nova Scotia carries potential benefits, dangers for Maine
Portland Press Herald
Two major oil companies are exploring potential drilling sites in waters off Nova Scotia, in an undertaking that ultimately could generate opportunities for Maine businesses but pose a threat to the state's fisheries. Nova Scotia's government has granted Canadian subsidiaries of Shell Oil Co. and BP Plc. rights to explore thousands of square miles of ocean floor in search of commercially viable oil deposits. Each company has committed to about $1 billion Canadian in surveying costs over the next several years.
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Pressure on Hill builds for gas exports to counter Vladimir Putin
Politico
Momentum is building in Congress to wield the United States' vast natural gas resources to break Vladimir Putin's energy stranglehold over Ukraine — although some lawmakers acknowledged their efforts would have no immediate impact on the crisis in Crimea.
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    Science shows crude from oil sands no riskier than conventional crude (Portland Press Herald (By Jamie Py))
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LePage wants to get rid of state's wind-power goals (Portland Press Herald)
Study confirms action needed to reduce Maine's high electricity prices (Maine.gov)
ColdTrac: Interactive map of Maine's cold temperatures (Portland Press Herald)

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Boehner's plan to save Ukraine: It's full of gas
The Washington Post
John Boehner thinks the United States can help Ukraine by approving more gas export terminals. Is he right? "The ability to turn the tables and put the Russian leader in check lies right beneath our feet, in the form of vast supplies of natural energy," Boehner says in an article in The Wall Street Journal.
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Big Oil's marketing of tar sands a bait-and-switch operation
Portland Press Herald
Big Oil has pulled a big bait and switch on the people of Maine. Either that or it has a memory problem. For more than a year, the oil industry told us that it had no plans to bring tar sands to Maine. In a November mailing to residents of South Portland, the Maine Energy Marketers Association and the Portland Pipe Line Corp. stated, "Let us be clear — there is no such project proposed, pending or imminent. In fact, recently, as a good faith measure, we took the rare step of voluntarily surrendering our final permit related to that prior proposal, as further assurance to the community we care so deeply about that there is no tar sands project."
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Another big city puts the kibosh on electronic smoking
CSP Daily News
During a late fall kumbaya gathering of makers and marketers of electronic cigarettes and their accoutrements, one gentleman described the scene as a "sort of religious revival." With respected Wells Fargo tobacco analyst Bonnie Herzog as the group's minister, the e-cig parishioners shared their stories of inspiration and optimism.
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