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The office of the Maine Attorneys General recently determined that changes to Chapter 13, Subsection 13.7 adopted by the Maine Fuel Board on Feb. 28 are substantially different from what was originally proposed and that there should be an opportunity for the public to comment on these changes. This is to let you know that the Maine Fuel Board will receive oral testimony at a public hearing specifically on subsection 13.7 in the afternoon of May 14 at the Department of Financial and Professional Regulation's office in Gardiner.
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Legislative Updates



Senate Democrats give cold shoulder to bill that would provide heating options
The Maine Wire
Maine Senate Democrats voted to reject a bill that would provide more heating options to Maine residents. The bill, L.D. 1838, "An Act To Expand Affordable Heating Investments with Maine's Public Resources," would increase the amount of timber that could be sustainably harvested on public land. Under the law, the Efficiency Maine Trust would use the extra revenue from the increased harvest to help Maine residents install alternative heating systems in their homes.
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LePage: Wood-burning stoves get a regulatory chill
The Maine Wire
Spring is late this year throughout much of the country, and in northern states plenty of people are still firing up wood-burning stoves. Some use the stoves just to add a cheery glow to their homes, but millions of others burn wood to keep warm. If the Environmental Protection Agency has its way, new regulations will make life harder for those who most need wood stoves. And the EPA's proposed rules will hit stove manufacturers hard.
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2 bills to give Unorganized Territory more say in wind deals rejected by Senate
Bangor Daily News
Six years after the state fast tracked the process to build grid-scale wind turbines in large swaths of Maine's Unorganized Territory, the Senate showed it had no intention of pumping the brakes. In two 21-14 votes, Democrat-led majorities rejected two bills aimed at giving residents of the vast, sparsely populated Unorganized Territory, further input into the development of wind turbines in their communities.
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 MEMA Special Events

Date Event More Information
April 16 Federated Insurance presents 'Designated Risk Management' MEMA Headquarters
May 7 Angus Energy presents Modern Art: The Evolution of the Energy IndustryMEMA Headquarters
May 8 Angus Energy presents Modern Art: The Evolution of the Energy IndustryBangor Location TBD
June 10-11 New England Fuel Institute's 2014 Visions ConfrenceDCU Center, Worcester
June 22-24 60th Annual Convention The Samoset Inn & Spa
July 30 MTEC Technician TailgateCabela's Scarborough
Aug. 25 32 Annual J Garrie Murray Golf Classic Penobscot Valley Country Club, Orono Maine



Industry Headlines



Environmental group's report comes under fire after citing Bucksport mill as one of dozens of 'dirty' biomass plants
Bangor Daily News
In the wake of a report publicly released April 2 about biomass-burning power generators, some are criticizing the report and others are defending the use of biofuels as a comparatively "clean" and sustainable technology. The report from the Partnership for Policy Integrity examines emissions from biomass-burning power generators and criticizes government policies that promote the technology. It claims permitted emissions from biomass-burning facilities such as one at the local Verso Paper mill that began operating in 2012 are “dirtier” than those permitted at modern coal plants.
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When will Obama make call on Keystone?
The Hill
Like a blockbuster movie that never quite arrives, President Barack Obama's decision on the Keystone XL oil pipeline has been "coming soon" for years. He has been weighing whether the project should be built since he first entered the Oval Office, and rationalizations for further delay are thin on the ground.
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Solar power advocates rally against Central Maine Power's rate proposal
Kennebec Journal
Around two dozen solar power proponents rallied outside the Maine Public Utility Commission office to protest proposed electricity rate changes they say will discourage individuals from investing in renewable energy sources. Most rally attendees donned yellow "Solar for ME" t-shirts handed out by members of out-of-state advocacy groups before filing into the building for the public hearing on the proposed changes.
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King a leader in need to address climate change
Kennebec Journal
Since taking office, Maine Sen. Angus King has been a real champion of the science of climate change and acting to reduce carbon emissions. As a member of the Senate Climate Caucus, King recently participated in the all-night session, explaining how climate change threatens Maine’s environment, economy and way of life. We are proud that King participated and wish to thank him for being a champion for Maine and the nation for legislative action on climate change.
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NEFI 2014 Visions Confrence
NEFI
The 2014 Vision's Conference is less than two months away. The event will be held at the DCU Center in Worcester, Mass., June 10-11. We hope you will be able to join us. Below are the steps you'll need to follow to make your travel arrangements and register for the conference. If you have any questions, please email: info@delaneymeetingevent.com or call (802) 865-5202.
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Windham residents return to homes after gas leak
Portland Press Herald
Residents are back in their homes in a North Windham neighborhood that was evacuated after a gas leak was discovered in an underground gas line. Windham Fire Chief Charles Hammond said the leak was discovered at about 4:45 a.m. by the occupants of a house on Abby Lane, a residential neighborhood behind the North Windham Shopping Center on Roosevelt Trail, also known as Route 302. Hammond said the occupants detected a strong smell.
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Sanford moves to propane buses
Journal Tribune
Later this year, more than 30 brand new school buses — powered by propane gas — will roll into town, ready to ferry young people from home to school and back. Sanford School Department has inked a new, five-year transportation contract with Ledgemere Transportation, part of a New Jersey-based corporation called Student Transportation of America. The parent company provides school transportation under a number of names from the East Coast to the West, and in some parts of Canada.
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Climate change fear mongers deny all other hypotheses
Kennebec Journal
Fear mongers cry about global warming, climate change or whatever they prefer to call it, but, if it's so very bad, why then does Al Gore, (and all the others of his ilk) still fly on private jets, ride in limos and own properties that use large amounts of electricity, oil and natural gas to maintain. It is a hypocrisy that only they are allowed to do as they please and yet place the onus and burdens on us.
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Drilling productivity report
U.S. Energy Information Administration
The Drilling Productivity Report uses recent data on the total number of drilling rigs in operation along with estimates of drilling productivity and estimated changes in production from existing oil and natural gas wells to provide estimated changes in oil and natural gas production for six key fields. EIA's approach does not distinguish between oil-directed rigs and gas-directed rigs because once a well is completed it may produce both oil and gas; more than half of the wells produce both.
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2nd climate thoughts
The Wall Street Journal
The U.N.'s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change published its latest mammoth report, and the effort marks an improvement over the IPCC's last such effort in 2007. That may not be saying much, but on climate change intellectual progress of any sort is worth commending. The IPCC's "Fifth Assessment Report," or AR5, is generating the usual alarmist headlines: "Impacts on All Continents, Worse to Come" was typical. That's partly a function of what the IPCC frontloads into the 28-page "summary for policymakers," the only portion of the report that most politicians or journalists ever bother reading, and that is sexed up for mass media consumption.
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'It's been a long winter': Firewood a hot commodity in northern Maine right now
Bangor Daily News
Few things put a chill in people who heat with wood faster than the thought of winter outlasting the firewood supply. But that is exactly what some northern Maine residents are facing as they watch their woodpiles shrink faster than the snowbanks. Fort Kent firewood dealer Butch Dubois sells around 250 cords of firewood annually and said he ran out of seasoned wood two weeks ago but does have green, unseasoned wood available.
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FDA ready to rule on electronic cigarettes
NACS
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is "pushing very hard" to release a proposed rule that would establish the agency's authority over electronic cigarettes, Reuters reports. FDA Commissioner Margaret Hamburg told members of Congress during a Senate budget hearing that it has taken too long to move the rule forward, and that she expects the proposal to be ready "very soon." The news source adds that FDA's proposal has been under review by the White House's Office of Management and Budget for about five months.
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