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Faulty natural gas connections found in Waterville area
Portland Press Herald
More than half of the natural gas connections in the Waterville area inspected by Summit Natural Gas of Maine since December were found to have been improperly installed, and the company has already replaced more than 60 connections, mostly to homes, documents filed with the Maine Public Utilities Commission revealed.
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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 nominates Tennessee economist to PUC
MaineBiz
Gov. Paul LePage has nominated an economist at the University of Tennessee to replace former Gov. John Baldacci's remaining appointee on the Maine Public Utilities Commission. The governor's office announced on May 4 that Bruce Williamson, who serves as a senior economist at the university's Howard Baker Center for Public Policy, has been chosen to succeed Commissioner David Littell. Littell, whose term expired in March, has previously said he will stay on board until a replacement is confirmed.
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Nominee for PUC disagrees with LePage on some issues
Bangor Daily News
One of the biggest and broadest challenges ahead in the electricity world is how to pay for the grid upgrades expected to cost about $1.5 trillion nationally between 2010 and 2030, an estimate developed by consultants at The Brattle Group. Bruce Williamson, the economist that Maine Public Utilities Commission Chairman Mark Vannoy recommended Gov. Paul LePage nominate to fill a vacancy on the three-person regulatory panel, said that's one of his largest concerns.
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Sen. Collins testifies on energy efficiency bills
Maine Public Broadcasting
Maine U.S. Sen. Susan Collins testified before the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee in support of several bills aimed at improving energy efficiency for homeowners, businesses and public schools.
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Mike Tipping: LePage's intransigence threatens key Efficiency Maine programs
Portland Press Herald
Gov. Paul LePage and Republican House Leader Ken Fredette have proved once again that they can't be trusted. You might remember how two years ago, LePage upended months of careful negotiations on a comprehensive energy bill. The legislation was a real compromise, containing provisions that he had championed as well as others from Democrats and Republicans in the Legislature: everything from increased natural gas pipeline capacity to bolstered funding for energy efficiency and conservation.
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Rockland council vote reverses decision, grants option on $200 million natural gas plant
Bangor Daily News
The City Council recently voted to grant an option to a Boston-based energy company that wants to build a $200 million natural gas power plant on land where City Hall is now located. The decision came two days after the council failed to grant the option to Rockland Energy Center. Councilors voted 2-1 on April 29 in favor of the option, but three affirmative votes were needed for approval.
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NH attorney general's office wants safety review of propane storage expansion plan
The Associated Press via The Republic
The New Hampshire attorney general's office says a company that wants to expand its propane storage and distribution facility in Newington should undergo a full review.
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MEMA Technical Education Center - MTEC



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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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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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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 MEMA Special Events

Date Event Location
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



Should Maine invest in renewable energy incentives?
GreenEnergyMaine.com
Maine has one of the strongest renewable portfolio standards in the country, requiring 40 percent of total electric supply to come from renewable energy sources by 2017 (with 10 percent from new sources). A national study finds that the alternative energy industry will continue to grow in Maine, estimating $1.9 billion in private investment by 2023.
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2nd LNG export terminal for Marcellus Gas advances — in Maine!
Marcellus Drilling News
You may have heard about the Cove Point, Maryland liquefied natural gas export facility along the shoreline of Maryland that Dominion is beginning to build. Although Dominion received both FERC and Department of Energy approval and has begun construction, they are still waiting on a final approval from the DOE.
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Colonial Pipeline to stop shipping high sulfur heating oil in June
Platts, McGraw Hill Financial
Colonial Pipeline will no longer ship high sulfur heating oil starting in June 2016 amid widespread reductions in sulfur specifications in the U.S. Northeast, according to market sources and information from Colonial Pipeline.
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Rail yard run-in
keepMEcurrent.com
Whether the City Council should take action on a proposed new liquid propane distribution facility before an application for the project has even been officially submitted is at the center of a debate in South Portland.
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Convenience Store News



Congress introduces bill to raise federal minimum wage
NACS
About a quarter of American workers would get a raise under a recently introduced bill on Capitol Hill. Co-sponsored by Rep. Bobby Scott, D-Va., and Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., the bill would gradually increase the federal minimum wage to $12 an hour over five years, and then index it to median wage growth.
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