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Annual US DOT HAZMAT registration begins
Petroleum Marketers Association America
The U.S. DOT's Pipeline and Hazardous Material Safety Administration has begun mailing out registration forms for the 2015-2016 HAZMAT registration period. Federal regulations require all interstate and intrastate marketers transporting petroleum products in placarded vehicles to register and pay an annual HAZMAT fee. Registration is necessary to obtain federal operating authority for the transportation of hazardous materials.

Registration Deadline: Marketers with expiring HAZMAT registration certificates must register and pay the required fee by July 1.
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US EPA enters consent decree aimed at getting RFS schedule back on track
Petroleum Marketers Association of America
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has announced that 2014, 2015 and 2016 volumetric blending mandates required under the Renewable Fuel Standard will be finalized by Nov. 30, 2015. The EPA also set the same deadline for the 2017 volumetric mandate for biomass-based diesel. The new deadline is the result of a proposed consent decree in ongoing litigation against the EPA by the American Petroleum Institute and American Fuel and Petrochemical Manufacturers. Under the consent decree, the EPA said that it will propose 2015 RFS volumetric mandates by June 1, 2015 and finalize volumetric requirements for both 2014 and 2015 no later than Nov. 30, 2015.
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Welcome New Members



Maine Energy Marketers would like to welcome our newest members McFarland Spring Corp.
MEMA
Look them up at http://mcfarlandspring.com/ or give Jim Parsons a call at 207-797-6271

McFarland Spring has a proud heritage, dating back to 1907, as a blacksmith shop, providing vehicle springs at fair prices to thousands of satisfied customers.

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Legislative Updates



Maine governor wants nuclear power back on energy table
Maine Public Broadcasting
Maine Gov. Paul LePage has submitted legislation that would make it easier to site a small nuclear plant in Maine. The administration says it's time to update the law that governs siting of nuclear plants in the state. The proposal is drawing sharp opposition from environmentalists and other nuclear opponents.
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Maine bill would make it a crime to drive while fatigued
Portland Press Herald
Craig McPherson was driving to his morning shift at the Hannaford supermarket in North Windham last year when a car suddenly crossed the centerline of Route 302 and crashed into him head-on. The 26-year-old Portland man later died from head injuries at Maine Medical Center. The driver of the other car had just finished an overnight shift as an X-ray technician at a hospital and told witnesses she might have fallen asleep.
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More than 300 students decry fossil fuel infrastructure at State House rally
Maine Public Broadcasting
More than 300 high school and college students from across Maine recently rallied on the steps of the Capitol to highlight what they say is the governor's "dismal climate record" and to demand a faster transition to a fossil-free economy.
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Maine's largest solar project proposed for former Navy radar site
Portland Press Herald
A developer wants to build the state's largest solar-electric project at an abandoned Navy radar site in Hancock County, but the venture hinges on the Maine Legislature passing a proposed law aimed in part at creating financial incentives for solar power. Gouldsboro Solar LLC will announce on April 15 that it has signed a letter of intent with The Jackson Laboratory in Bar Harbor to sell the power from a 2.8 megawatt solar installation to the biomedical research lab.
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City says suit is based on 'speculative claims of injury'
keepMEcurrent.com
In asking the court to dismiss a recent lawsuit filed by the Portland Pipe Line Corp., the city of South Portland has argued the company is impermissibly asking the court to provide "an advisory opinion" that the pipeline could "hold in its quiver for some future date." The motion to dismiss essentially argues that because the pipeline has no plans to import tar-sands oil at this point, the court has been presented with "nothing more than an alleged injury ... based on future intention."
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MEMA Technical Education Center - MTEC



2015 schedule for Code Update Seminars
Maine Fuel Board
As of April 7, the dates, times and locations for the seminars are listed on the following page up to July 10.
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BY POPULAR DEMAND! MTEC offering additional Propane Basic Principles and Practices class
MEMA
May 4 - 5. Space is very limited - Register today!
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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!
MEMA
The class takes place on May 18-22 at 7:30 a.m. – 3 p.m., with Instructor Roger Mitchell.
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Insurance Topics



Risk management strategies: After the rollover ... it's too late
Federated Insurance
Any time a tanker truck is involved in an accident, it makes headlines. An incident occurred in California where a driver was reported to be speeding and lost control of the tanker while rounding a curve. The truck hit a guardrail and overturned. Heat from the ensuing fire caused support beams to collapse onto the roadway below. The driver survived and no other injuries were reported; however, the tractor, trailer and load of fuel were destroyed. Costs to repair the highway could eventually run into the tens of millions of dollars.
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Industry Headlines



How wood could be the new oil, add value to Maine's forestry industry
Bangor Daily News
At the start of the modern petroleum industry in the 1850s, we devised ways to distill useful products from the otherwise largely worthless oily tar we now go to great lengths to extract, process and sell. With kerosene replacing whale oil lights and similar innovations, adoption of these products helped save precious natural resources.
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Maine businesses seeing energy rebates in a new light
Portland Press Herald
The flood of interest in rebates for a business energy-savings program and a decision last month by state utility regulators that could cut funding for Efficiency Maine aren't connected, but the timing of the two events is confusing and unfortunate, the agency's executive director said recently. "These two things are unrelated," said Michael Stoddard.
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Summit Natural Gas to shut off service for repairs to equipment in Waterville area
CentralMaine
Summit Natural Gas of Maine will temporarily suspend service to its customers in the Waterville area as it inspects equipment believed to have been improperly installed by one if its contractors. The company will start examining 400 electrofusion tees installed at residences and businesses in Waterville, Fairfield and Madison, and natural gas will be shut off for up to 12 hours to replace the tees. The tees attach service lines for individual customers to the main gas line.
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Vermont Gas starts 2 eminent domain proceedings for gas pipeline project
The Associated Press via PennEnergy
Vermont Gas has started eminent domain proceedings against two landowners in Monkton for its natural gas pipeline. The properties are along the route between Colchester and Middlebury in a section that would be constructed next year.
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South Portland asks for revision of Rigby Yard liquid propane depot
Portland Press Herald
City officials have asked an energy company to revise its proposal to build a liquid propane gas depot at Rigby Yard because it would violate a zoning regulation that blocks additional tank farms. NGL Supply Terminal Co. had begun site plan review to install six 60,000-gallon above-ground tanks at the rail yard, an industrial site off Main Street (Route 1), between the Cash Corner and Thornton Heights neighborhoods.
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The real history of fracking
OilPrice.com
Over the past decade, the biggest story in the U.S. energy sector has been hydraulic fracturing, also known as fracking. This drilling technique has enabled oil and gas producers to extract oil and natural gas from shale rock, thus increasing oil and gas production inside the U.S. Media pundits have claimed that this form of oil and gas extraction is a technological breakthrough, which has enabled the U.S. to become the world's largest oil and gas producer, and will enable the U.S. to become energy independent by the year 2020.
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Convenience Store News



Pay now for gas later?
NACS
What goes down, must come up, right? Every year, with the publication of the annual Retail Fuels Report, NACS reminds consumers (and the media) that gas prices are predictably cyclical, so the low prices of today will inevitably go up again. Now, a new business is planning to offer consumers “insurance” for when gas prices go back up.
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Portland businesses ready to begin life without polystyrene
Portland Press Herald
Coffee shops and restaurants in Portland are ready for the ban that goes into effect April 15 on polystyrene cups and takeout containers, but it will likely be consumers who foot the bill in the long run, businesses say. The city ordinance, passed in June along with a nickel fee for use of disposable plastic or paper bags, was opposed by some business owners in the city who saw the effort as burdensome to businesses.
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Freeport council to consider ban on plastic bags
Portland Press Herald
Freeport town councilors are expected to decide whether the town will pursue a ban on disposable plastic shopping bags. The idea of banning plastic bags was first proposed locally last summer by two Freeport High School graduates, who argued that when the thin, inexpensive bags are discarded, they clutter landfills, litter oceans and contaminate fish and other sea life, posing a health hazard to animals and people.
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Portland gearing up for plastic bag fee, packaging rule
Maine Public Broadcasting
Portland businesses, officials, and residents are gearing up for two anti-waste initiatives that start soon. Beginning April 15, there will be a city-wide ban on foam packaging and a 5-cent fee on disposable shopping bags. The Natural Resources Council of Maine's Sarah Lakeman says disposable bags may seem free, but there's a cost to using them.
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