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New England power supply OK for summer, even in heat wave
Portland Press Herald
A group that promotes power reliability says the Northeast will have an adequate supply of electricity this summer, even during extreme weather. The Northeast Power Coordinating Council Inc. released its annual summer reliability assessment recently. The region includes New York, the six New England states, the Canadian provinces of New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Ontario and Québec. The region's population numbers more than 55 million.
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Member Updates



MEMA 60th Annual Summer Convention
MEMA
A lot can happen in 60 years. Since its formation in 1954, members of the Maine Energy Marketers Association/MODA/MOHEDA have witnessed many remarkable advancements in our industry. We invite you to join us in reminiscing over the past, while we look toward the future. Please join your fellow industry peers for social outings, networking, education and relationship building at this year's 60th Annual Convention.
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Legislative Updates



Congress seeks to extend tax credits
NACS
Recently, the House of Representatives Ways and Means Committee held a hearing on marking up bills to permanently extend six of the more than 50 "tax extenders" that expired at the end of last year. The Senate version of the tax extenders bill, Expire Act of 2014, has been introduced as S.2260 and placed on the calendar for a vote. While the bill addresses many of the more than 50 tax relief provisions that expired Dec. 31, there are several provisions that are particularly relevant to the convenience store and fuel retailing industries.
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Keystone pipeline issue looms as Senate takes up energy bill
The Washington Post
The impassioned debate over the Keystone XL pipeline could reach a tipping point this week on Capitol Hill, with this likely the last chance for the issue to be considered legislatively until after the November midterm elections. The outcome could complicate matters for the Obama administration, which is still reviewing whether to allow permits for sections of the pipeline.
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Oil industry pleads for no changes to ethanol blend
NACS
The American Petroleum Institute has sent a letter to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to request that the Renewable Fuel Standard not increase for 2014, the Des Moines Register reports. The oil industry is hoping that the agency will resist pressure to up the levels this year. In November 2013, the agency floated the idea of slashing the mandate from 18.15 billion gallons for renewable fuels to 15.21 billion gallons this year. Traditional biofuels would drop from 14.4 million to 13 million gallons. However, recent data seems to indicate that more Americans are on the road, which could spell more demand for ethanol in the fuel supply.
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 MEMA Special Events

Date Event More Information
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 22 Annual J Garrie Murray Golf Classic Penobscot Valley Country Club, Orono Maine



Industry Headlines



HVAC should be reaching kids before high school
ACHR News
Kyle Gargaro, editor-in-chief for ACHR News, writes: "My first-grade son came home from school recently talking about his future. In class, they had been discussing jobs they would like to have when they grow up. When I looked at his paper, he had written that he was going to be an electrician when he grew up. Now, this is far from locked in because he's also recently stated he wanted to work at the Olive Garden and GameStop. And I am sure when I was seven I was not telling my parents that I wanted to be editor-in-chief of a trade journal. But, while it was not HVAC, I thought it was interesting that he chose a trade. When I inquired further, he responded, simply enough, electricity is cool."
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Report shows air quality progress has slowed in New Hampshire
Portland Press Herald
A report shows that progress on air quality has stalled in New Hampshire. The American Lung Association's State of the Air 2014 notes that New Hampshire's air quality has improved overall since the reports started 15 years ago. But board member Rick Rumba says there's still a concern with regard to the increasing impact of small air pollution sources such as residential wood stoves and fireplaces. He says homeowners should be encouraged to burn wood more cleanly and efficiently, using lower-emitting, EPA-certified devices.
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    US natural gas stockpile low; price could spike next winter (Bangor Daily News)
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Canada's oil sands: Separating fact from fiction (Keep Me Current)
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Natural gas provider launches expansion of service to Cumberland, Falmouth, Yarmouth
The Forecaster
Shovels plunged into the dirt May 2, and pipes will soon be going into the ground in Cumberland, Falmouth and Yarmouth, as natural gas service is expanded to the three communities. Summit Natural Gas announced at a groundbreaking ceremony at the Cumberland Fairgrounds that it has hired with Shaw Brothers of Gorham and Cianbro of Pittsfield to install more than 66 miles of pipeline in the three towns as part the $42 million project.
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Public advocate reverses position on giant wind-energy deal
Maine Sun Journal
The state public advocate's office, which represents the interests of utility customers in Maine, has withdrawn its opposition to a multimillion-dollar transaction to build wind turbines across Maine and the Northeast. The move was made, Public Advocate Timothy Schneider said, after his office reviewed its previous position and decided that the deal would neither undermine state utility regulation nor would it threaten ratepayers with higher energy prices.
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Low stockpile raises worries over US natural gas supplies
Fox Business
The United States faces a natural gas supply shortfall this year despite the country's fracking boom, threatening more price spikes as energy companies struggle to replenish stockpiles drained to critically low levels after a brutal winter. As the coldest winter in 30 years thaws across North America, some experts worry that stockpiles will not be refilled to levels high enough to meet demand next winter, causing supply disruptions and sudden price surges of the kind that have dented power company earnings and raised residential bills in recent months.
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Construction of 66-mile natural gas pipeline begins
Mainebiz
Summit Natural Gas of Maine has started construction of its 66-mile natural gas pipeline for the towns of Falmouth, Cumberland and Yarmouth. The approximately $42 million investment is expected to create 200 jobs and serve around 8,000 residential, commercial and industrial customers over the next three years, according to a press release. More than 500 customers have already signed contracts with Summit. The company has projected that it will save the average homeowner approximately $1,283 a year.
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Natural gas leak forces evacuations in Portland's Bayside neighborhood
Bangor Daily News
An aging pipe was blamed for a natural gas leak in Bayside recently that caused the evacuation of four buildings. The leak was called in by a passerby who detected a strong smell of natural gas near the intersection of Kennebec Street, Forest Avenue and Marginal Way, Deputy Fire Chief David Jackson said. Workers from the gas company located the source at an underground pipe. They said they believed the pipe is not connected to a customer.
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Weil-McLain recalls Ultra Series 80, 105, 155 and 230 boilers for fire safety and explosion hazard
Weil-McLain
Weil-McLain Ultra 80, Ultra 105, Ultra 155 and Ultra 230 MBH condensing, high-efficiency, gas-fired boilers manufactured after Jun1, 2012 and prior to March 11, 2014. The CPNumber range of affected boilers is CP 6557046 through CP 6955985.
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