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Maine posted road exemption and application for exemption certificate
MEMA and Maine Department of Transportation
Be careful what you wish for, we all have been asking for a REAL winter and we got one. And when this winter ends, whether that is March or April, the next season Maine Energy Dealers will have to cope with is mud season, or drivers refer to it as posted road season.
Maine does have an exemption to roads posted with "HEAVY LOADS LIMITED" signs under the provisions granted in Title 29-A M.R.S.A., Section 2395 rules and regulations restricting heavy loads on closed ways. Any vehicle transporting home heating fuel (oil, LP, coal, stove size wood) to a private customer may apply for an exemption certificate.
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Federated Insurance sponsored HR webinar on March 24
The Federated Employment Practices NetworkSM provides human resources-related support to our clients. Its newest service will be a quarterly webinar series designed around common concerns that business owners have regarding employment-related practices liability issues.
The upcoming webinar FEPN Webinar Invitation is titled Anatomy of a Breach: Actions for Employers. Learning objectives for attendees include:
The FREE session will take place Tuesday, March 24 at 1-2 p.m. EDT.
Data breach trends
- Internal risks
- Actions to take now
Members unable to attend the live session can view the recording, which will be posted on Federated's website at a later date.
Augusta would take big hit under proposed excise tax bill
A bill that would change where utilities pay excise taxes on their fleets of vehicles, which could cost the city of Augusta up to $250,000 a year in revenue, is back before the Legislature.
What essentially was the same bill prompted heated debate, accusations of corporate retribution, and a rift between the city and Central Maine Power Co. before it was rejected on the Senate floor in the Legislature's last session.
Environmental groups align efforts to challenge FERC pipeline projects
Augusta Free Press
The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission is not informing the public about the big picture when it comes to natural gas infrastructure projects related to increased gas drilling in the Marcellus and Utica shale formations according to several environmental groups.
The groups represent interests in Pennsylvania, Ohio, West Virginia and Virginia and are concerned that the regional impacts to forests, watersheds, air quality and wildlife are largely being ignored as FERC approves new gas pipelines and compressor stations across the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic regions.
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Augusta's energy future well lit by economic projects
The city might convert methane gas produced by decomposing waste at Hatch Hill landfill into electricity.
Under a proposal discussed as part of an update on energy efficiency upgrades done and under consideration for the future at city and school buildings, city officials said recently that they are looking into building a turbine at Hatch Hill to convert methane gas, which already is being captured there to prevent it from escaping into the atmosphere, into electricity to help offset the city's electricity bill.
Summit's delay of gas build-out concerns Winslow
Town Councilors will meet with representatives from Summit Natural Gas on March 11 to discuss the company decision to pull back on its planned expansion into town this year.
Last November, the company proposed extending gas pipelines across the Kennebec River from Waterville and into Winslow's residential center with main lines running north-south along Benton Avenue and U.S. Route 201 and into nearby neighborhoods.
Fight over Keystone XL project doesn't stall oil pipeline boom
The Associated Press via PennEnergy
In a far corner of North Dakota, just a few hundred miles from the proposed path of the Keystone XL pipeline, 84,000 barrels of crude oil per day recently began flowing through a new line that connects the state's sprawling oilfields to an oil hub in Wyoming.
In West Texas, engineers activated a new pipeline that cuts diagonally across the state to deliver crude from the oil-rich Permian Basin to refineries near Houston. And in a string of towns in Kansas, Iowa and South Dakota, local government officials are scrutinizing the path of pipeline extensions that would pass nearby.
Summit outlines plans for Fairfield expansion
Summit Natural Gas intends to expand gas lines into the town's residential core this spring and hopes to have service available to 80 percent of the town by the time it has finished its build-out.
But connecting to the new system will depend on consumer demand, which means some proposed lines may not be built unless there is sufficient interest in converting heating systems to natural gas.
Saudi oil advisor: Forget the conspiracy theories — here's the real reason OPEC didn't cut oil production
The Saudis continue to insist that there was no political motive behind their decision not to cut oil production at November's OPEC meeting, a decision that sent prices crashing.
In the days and weeks that followed that historic meeting, many speculated that the decision was intended by the Gulf oil players to put pressure on competitors like Russia, Iran, and the U.S.
Expending the energy to learn how an energy delivery business operates
Mobile devices are at the forefront of transforming the energy industry in general and the delivery of propane and petroleum in particular.
This milestone coincides with a strong tradition of personal values, as many businesses in this space are family-run companies with a longstanding sense of history within their respective communities.
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FREE Mitsubishi training in Brunswick!
Join Roger Willett of Mitsubishi for a 3-hour training seminar on cooling and heating:
Friday, March 27, 12 p.m. - 3 p.m.
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Coming to MTEC in May 2015: Save up to $500 on our 40-Hour Heat pump Training with Efficiency Maine Rebate!
The class takes place on May 18-22 at 7:30 a.m. – 3 p.m., with Instructor Roger Mitchell.
Powdered alcohol gets federal approval
A powdered alcohol intended to be mixed into drinks has officially gained approval from a federal agency. Dubbed "Palcohol," the product was approved by the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau last April, but the agency almost immediately backtracked, citing an error.
Recently, an ATTTB spokesman confirmed that the outstanding issues had been resolved and that four varieties of Palcohol were now approved by the federal agency.
Portland gearing up for disposable bag fees, foam container ban
Portland Press Herald
Portland businesses are phasing out foam containers and gearing up to charge customers a nickel for disposable shopping bags ahead of two new "green packaging" policies that take effect next month.
On April 15, Portland will become the first city in Maine and one of just a handful in New England to both impose a fee on disposable plastic or paper shopping bags and to ban many businesses from using polystyrene food and beverage containers.
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