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NEFI Expo 2015
New England Fuel Institute
This event runs on June 10-11 in Worcester, Massachusetts. To view the flyer for more information, click here.
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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 Senate approves ban on hand-held phone use while driving
The Associated Press via Portland Press Herald
The Republican-controlled Maine Senate has supported a bill that would prohibit people from using hand-held cellphones while driving. The Senate on April 14 voted 24-10 in favor of rejecting the Transportation Committee's recommendation that the bill be killed. The Senate then gave the bill initial approval, sending it to the Democratic-led House for consideration.
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LePage administration moves to reverse 15 years of electricity deregulation policy
Maine Public Broadcasting
Fifteen years ago, Maine restructured its electricity business. The state required power companies to sell off their generating facilities and become only transmission and distribution companies. Gov. Paul LePage says that policy has failed and he wants a major restructuring of the electricity business. Starting in March of 2000, Mainers were supposed to gain an advantage by creating competition in the electricity business. That would be done by separating the generation of electricity from its transmission and distribution.
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Portland council committee endorses citywide minimum wage
Portland Press Herald
A City Council committee on April 16 voted 3-0 to create a citywide minimum wage in Portland. If passed by the full council, Portland would become the first city in the state and the 12th nationally to create its own minimum wage, according to the National Employment Law Project, a New York City nonprofit tracking the issue.
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House bill to expand Reid vapor pressure waiver to E15 introduced
Ethanol Producer Magazine
Rep. Adrian Smith, R-Neb., recently introduced legislation that aims to expand the U.S. EPA's existing waiver for Reid vapor pressure to fuels blends containing more than 10 percent ethanol. If signed into law, the bill would allow E15 to be sold during summer months.
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Portsmouth may intervene in Sea-3 exemption request
The Portsmouth Herald
City Manager John Bohenko is expected to ask the City Council if the city can intervene in Sea-3's request for an exemption from a full review of their proposed expansion by the state Site Evaluation Committee. Sea-3 runs a propane storage and distribution facility in Newington and is asking for the exemption, so they don't have to go through an estimated year-long review of their proposed expansion.
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MEMA Technical Education Center - MTEC



Save the date! Fuel Codes Update class with Peter Holmes, June 19 in Brunswick
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Details soon to come!
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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
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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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Industry Headlines



Oil-by-train shipments resume in Maine after long hiatus
Bangor Daily News
Oil trains are once again rolling through Maine after slowing to a near halt following the deadly train accident almost two years ago in Lac-Megantic, a small town just across the border in Quebec, according to state records. Pan Am Railways reported carrying 37,128 barrels through the state in February, the first train-borne oil shipments since March of 2014, according to the most recent figures from the Maine Department of Environmental Protection.
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Do biofuels still have a place in the global energy mix?
Real Clear Energy
Less than a decade ago, biofuels were set to take the energy world by storm. They promised a low-carbon alternative to gasoline, while advances in algae technology were taking biofuels beyond the traditional soybeans and corn. In 2015, the contrast could not be starker. The new frontier of biofuel technology has all but disappeared off the energy agenda, while opposition to traditional biofuels has only grown. The overarching question now is whether biofuels have a place in a sustainable energy future and what role should they play?
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Residents call for full state review of Sea-3 project
The Portsmouth Herald
Opponents and supporters of Sea-3's request for an exemption from state review of the planned expansion of their Newington propane storage and distribution facility are lining up before the May 7 public hearing. About eight area residents, many who have fought Sea-3's proposed expansion for more than a year, wrote letters asking the state Site Evaluation Committee to deny the company's request for an exemption.
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Who is Saudi Arabia really targeting in its price war?
OilPrice.com
Saudi Arabia is not trying to crush U.S. shale plays. Its oil-price war is with the investment banks and the stupid money they directed to fund the plays. It is also with the zero-interest rate economic conditions that made this possible. Saudi Arabia intends to keep oil prices low for as long as possible. Its oil production increased to 10.3 million barrels per day in March 2015. That is 700,000 barrels per day more than in December 2014 and the highest level since the Joint Organizations Data Initiative began compiling production data in 2002. And Saudi Arabia's rig count has never been higher.
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Convenience Store News



Powdered alcohol creator tries to head off ban in Maine, other states
The Associated Press via Portland Press Herald
The creator of powdered alcohol is furiously trying to fend off efforts to ban the product in Maine and across the country before it even hits stores. After winning federal approval last month, Palcohol founder Mark Phillips is preparing to soon begin selling the powder, which makes vodka and rum drinks or cocktails when mixed with water. But first, Phillips must convince skeptical lawmakers from Hawaii to Maine, who are working frantically to keep powdered alcohol off limits.
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5 things to know about EMV (chip and pin)
Payment Consulting Group
EMV, which stands for Europay, Mastercard and Visa, is simply a more secure method of performing card-present transactions. The "chip" that will be included in all new cards soon actually becomes a physical "part" of the terminal during the transaction. The most popular method of fraud currently is to steal credit card numbers and then "re-program" the magnetic strip on a credit card. Obviously, it will be impossible to do so with the new cards.
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Freeport council moves closer to ban or fee on disposable bags
Portland Press Herald
The Freeport Town Council voted unanimously on April 14 to pursue an ordinance to ban or impose a fee on single-use bags as part of an effort to compel shoppers to choose reusable options instead. The 5-0 vote, with two councilors absent, came after more than two hours of resounding support from members of the public, who urged the councilors to take action against wasteful single-use items.
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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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    Coming to MTEC in May 2015: Save up to $500 on our 40-Hour Heat pump Training with Efficiency Maine Rebate! (MEMA)
Annual US DOT HAZMAT registration begins (Petroleum Marketers Association America)
How wood could be the new oil, add value to Maine's forestry industry (Bangor Daily News)
Risk management strategies: After the rollover ... it's too late (Federated Insurance)

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