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MEMA 61st Annual Convention — REGISTRATION OPEN!
MEMA
Join fellow MEMA Members at Ebb + Flow: Navigating the Seas of Change, June 28-30 in Bar Harbor, Maine. Visit the online registration to view a full event schedule, including information on sponsorship, education and hotel reservations. We'll see you in Bar Harbor!
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5th Annual Summer Meeting Motorcycle Ride
Propane Gas Association of New England
Date: Wednesday, June 24 and Thursday, June 25
Times: Wednesday: Meet 8 a.m. – 8:30 a.m. and Ride 8:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Thursday: Meet 8:30 a.m. – 9 a.m. and Ride 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Where: Holiday Inn By the Bay
Registration: $25 per motorcycle and driver, $20 per passenger
Additional Donations: Any and all additional donations are greatly appreciated

Join fellow PGANE members at the Holiday Inn By the Bay in the heart of the Historic Old Port in Portland, Maine for our 5th Annual Summer Meeting Bike Ride. The Bike Ride will benefit the Fred Thomas Memorial Scholarship Fund. All registration proceeds and additional donations will benefit this fund. Please note that this not a PGANE sponsored event.

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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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Legislative Updates



LePage attends New England governors' energy meeting
Maine Public Broadcasting
Gov. Paul LePage is joining most of his fellow New England governors in Connecticut to discuss a regional approach to energy issues, ranging from natural gas to lowering electric rates.
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New England governors discuss ways to chop energy prices
The Associated Press via Portland Press Herald
New England's governors agreed on April 23 to a mix of regional and state actions to cut persistently high energy costs. Five of the region's six governors said they will work across the region while each state pursues individual projects. New Hampshire Gov. Maggie Hassan did not attend the Hartford meeting.
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NE governors pledge regional energy cooperation, despite challenges
Maine Public Broadcasting
Five of the six New England governors met in Hartford, Connecticut, recently to talk about regional energy concerns. While the governors are pledging to cooperate on a strategy that will benefit all, they acknowledge that crafting a regional energy plan will present a challenge.
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Friction surfaces over fixing costly Efficiency Maine error
Portland Press Herald
Lawmakers heard four hours of testimony recently on competing proposals to fix a one-word clerical error potentially worth $38 million for an energy-efficiency program popular with Maine homeowners and businesses. On its surface, the debate over what's become known as the missing "and" is about correcting a simple mistake during the final, chaotic days of a legislative session. Yet the hearing illustrated how even a one-word error can set up a power play between the Legislature and the executive branch as Gov. Paul LePage uses the bipartisan interest in a fix as leverage for other policy changes, including creation of a Cabinet-level energy commissioner.
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MEMA Technical Education Center - MTEC



Save the date! Fuel Codes Update class with Peter Holmes, June 19 in Brunswick
MEMA
Join MTEC and Peter Holmes of the Maine Fuel Board at the Curtis Memorial Library in Brunswick Maine for this half day class from 8 a.m. - noon. Registration is free, but you must RSVP by June 17 to Staci Best at sbest@maineenergymarketers.com
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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
MEMA
May 4 - 5. Space is very limited - Register today!
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 MEMA Special Events

Date Event Location
May 6 Angus Energy Seminars Border Trust Business Center, 2 Main St Topsham, ME
May 7 Angus Energy Seminars Hollywood Casino + Hotel, Bangor, ME
June 19 Fuel Codes Update w Peter Holmes 8 a.m. - 12 p.m. Curtis Memorial Library, Brunswick, ME
June 28-30 MEMA 61st Annual Convention Harborside Hotel and Marina



Industry Headlines



An exploration of benefits of biomass energy
Sun Journal
Editor's note: The following is a column on biomass energy, submitted by Bryan Lehrer, a senior at Bates College in Lewiston. As part of a class he is taking, he has been doing research on biomass energy and spending a lot of time at ReEnergy's plant in Livermore Falls.
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US shale fracklog triples as drillers keep oil from market
Bloomberg
Think the U.S. is awash in crude now? Thank the fracklog that it's not worse. Drillers in oil and gas fields from Texas to Pennsylvania have yet to turn on the spigots at 4,731 wells they've drilled, keeping 322,000 barrels a day underground, a Bloomberg Intelligence analysis shows. That's almost as much as OPEC member Libya has been pumping this year.
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Boston energy firm makes bid for Rockland City Hall property
Bangor Daily News
An energy company based in Boston wants to build a natural gas-fired energy plant to produce steam and electricity on property now occupied by City Hall and the public services garage. Rockland Energy Center LLC, care of Energy Management Inc. of Boston, submitted the sole bid to purchase the city properties. The company bid $1.2 million for the City Hall property and $350,000 for the public services property. The company also offered to pay $1,000 per month for an option-to-buy agreement until the sale is complete.
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Saudi Arabia's solution to global oil glut: Pump even more crude
Bloomberg
Saudi Arabia has a response to the global surplus of oil: Raise output to near-record levels and then pump even more. The world's biggest oil exporter, having abandoned last year its role of keeping global markets in balance, now has incentive to maximize output and undermine rival producers by using its reserve capacity, according to Citigroup Inc. and UBS AG. Just meeting its own domestic demand this summer will require a lot more fuel, others estimate.
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Convenience Store News



LePage backs bill to exclude snacks from food stamps purchases
The Associated Press via Portland Press Herald
Republican Gov. Paul LePage's administration urged lawmakers on April 23 to support a bill that seeks to allow the state to prevent people in the food stamp program from using benefits to buy items like soda, chips and candy.
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Drive for shopping bag fees, Styrofoam ban hits Brunswick, Topsham
Bangor Daily News
A new fee in Portland for disposable shopping bags has been causing ripples up the midcoast. In Brunswick and Topsham, a recently formed group is pushing for a similar ordinance. Freeport's government is actively exploring a ban or fee on disposable bags, and one of that town's major grocers recently stopped using plastic bags altogether.
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Portland Council votes to ban e-cigarettes in public places
Portland Press Herald
The City Council voted 7-1 on Monday, April 27, to prohibit people from using e-cigarettes in public places, making Portland the 275th U.S. community to restrict use of the relatively new technology. Businesses like Old Port Vape, however, can continue to allow customers to use their products in their stores.
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Common sense menu-labeling legislation comes to Congress
NACS
Recently, U.S. Rep. Cathy McMorris-Rodgers, R-Wash., introduced legislation to improve and clarify the final menu-labeling rule issued in November 2014 by the Food and Drug Administration.
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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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LePage administration moves to reverse 15 years of electricity deregulation policy (Maine Public Broadcasting)
Maine Senate approves ban on hand-held phone use while driving (The Associated Press via Portland Press Herald)
2015 schedule for Code Update Seminars (Maine Fuel Board)
Oil-by-train shipments resume in Maine after long hiatus (Bangor Daily News)

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