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Maine Office of the Attorney General
Dear President Jackson, Speaker Gideon, Senators Herbig and Lawrence, and Representatives Daughtry and Berry:
I am pleased to submit this report in accordance with the Petroleum Market Share Act (PMSA), 10 M.R.S.A. § 1677. The PMSA requires the Attorney General to make a report to the Legislature describing the concentration of retail outlets in the State, including a recommendation as to whether additional legislation is needed to further limit or curtail the activity of refiners operating retail outlets.
Tuesday, May 21
Public hearings for the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) will be held on Tuesday, May 21, 2019 at Maine State Housing Authority, 353 Water Street, Augusta, Maine 04330-4633. There will be two (2) consecutive hearings with the first beginning at 9:30 a.m. - 1) Chapter 24 – HEAP Rule; and 2) FFY 2020 LIHEAP State Plan.
Copies of the proposed Rule and State Plan are available on MaineHousing’s website or by calling 207-626-4600 or 1-800-452-4668 (Voice) or Maine Relay 711 or by writing to MaineHousing, Energy & Housing Services, 353 Water Street, Augusta, Maine 04330-4633.
BASIS STATEMENT: This replacement rule repeals and replaces in its entirety the current Home Energy Assistance Program Rule. The Rule establishes standards for administering fuel assistance, emergency fuel assistance, TANF Supplemental Benefits, weatherization, and heating system repair and replacement funds to low-income households in the State of Maine. The replacement rule: (i) removes the “Discount Off Retail” $0.07 reduction a Vendor’s Retail Cash Price for all Home Energy deliveries for the fuel type listed on the Vendor Voucher Report or the Credit Notification; (ii) amends the definition of “priority applicant” to include children 72 months (6 years) or younger; (iii) amends language throughout the Rule to accommodate pre-delivery payment and post-delivery payment for fuel; and (iv) allows Vendors to return remaining balances for Clients with balances less than $25 at the time of the Annual Consumption Reporting rather than throughout the year.
All documents are here.
A big thank you to all our vendors, sponsors and speakers who made 2019 Propane Summit a BIG success. Here is a brief survey that will help us make next year even better. Please take the time to submit your comments.
Karen Louise Cook, 52, passed away May 4, 2019 with her loving family by her side after a valiant fight against cancer. Karen was born November 29, 1966, in Biddeford, ME, the daughter of Laurence R. & Rose-Marie Marcotte. She was a graduate of Edward Little H.S., and went on to be a paralegal at Shankman Associates for 35 years (if you asked when she started, she would answer at the age of 12). She had a great sense of humor. Karen met the love of her life, Jon Cook and they were married in 1998, and have spent the last 21 years living a wonderful life together. Karen was an active woman and had many hobbies that she and Jon enjoyed together. They spent many days skiing at Sugarloaf and Sunday River, riding their Harley Davidson, and taking long rides in her Mustang Convertible. She enjoyed the White Mountains in N.H. and the sandy beaches along the Maine Coast. Every year she loved supporting and participating in The L-A Harley-Davidson Camp Sunshine Ride to Sugarloaf. She was a member of William J Rodgers Post 153, American Legion Auxiliary, and New Auburn Social Club.
Karen was predeceased by her father Laurence R. Marcotte.
She is survived by her Husband Jon Cook, Mother Rose- Marie Marcotte, children; son Jason Cook and significant other Trina Turgeon, daughter Breanna and husband, Devin Robbins, Grand Children; Jaxon and Elijah Cook, Caroline and Conner Robbins, Kaiden Turgoen, brother; David Marcotte and fiancé Jessica Blanchard, nieces; Anna-Rose Marcotte and Abigayle Carney, nephew, Austin Garey, father- in-law; Jim Cook and wife Paula,mother-in-law; Carmen Cook and husband Robert Morlock, sister in-law; Michelle and husband Jack Packham and many aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.
The Family would like to say thank you to the following, DR. Rausch, Nurse Megan and all the staff at Hematology Oncology Department of CMMC, Androscoggin Home Healthcare & Hospice and the staff at, Androscoggin Hospice House,TEAM KAREN, for their support. *WAKE UP, KICK ASS AND REPEAT*
In lieu of flowers please send donations in memory of Returning Karen’s Kindness to the Maine Cancer Foundation at https://mainecancer.org/donate-now or by mail to:
Maine Cancer Foundation
170 US Rte. 1, Suite 250
Falmouth, ME 04105
Visiting Hours will be held at the Fortin Group Funeral Home 217 Turner St. Auburn, ME, Saturday, May 11, 2019 from 10am-12pm. A memorial service will begin at noon, followed by a celebration of life at the American Legion Post 153.
Please visit www.TheFortinGroupAuburn.com to share stories and leave condolences for Karen’s family and friends.
If you’re not planning to attend the Northern New England Energy Conference in June, think again! If nothing else, come see these sessions brought to you by NORA. This is a BIG deal and we all should be at these sessions!
Electricity-Is it the Answer
Rich Sweetser and Tom Butcher will review the state’s move to an all-electric future. Is there enough renewable power to make the move, how much power will need to be generated to make this happen. How about heating your home in a northern climate, how do heat pumps work, how efficient are they, and can they do the job?
NORA has been working to develop a path for the oil heating industry to use blends of heating oil and biofuels that will allow states to reach their greenhouse gas emissions goals. Does this “Future Fuel” show promise, and can we deliver the fuel that state authorities are demanding.
Don’t take too long! Rooms are getting full already. Reserve your room and register NOW. Please note, we still have Vendor and Sponsorship opportunities available. Get in touch or visit the website for details.
Women in Energy
Another option for Monday at 2:30 p.m. - Increase the Profitability and Value of your Business
Presenter: Steve Abbate, Cetane Associates
Increasing the profitability of your business will increase the value of your business, but how do you boost profits in the face of competitors looking for greater market share and consumers who have become more price sensitive?
We will show how to avoid pitfalls that have devastated profits for many marketers. See why acquirers are looking for profits and why they don’t value businesses on a cents per gallon basis anymore.
This program is not just about what you need to do, it is about exactly HOW to do it. You will learn tips of HOW to increase cash flow, HOW to raise margins, HOW to convert customers to automatic delivery, HOW to increase service profitability and HOW to reduce operating expenses. Register today!
Maine State Chamber of Commerce
Health care and health insurance was the single biggest public policy issue that impacted — and motivated — voters this past November at the polls. Newly-elected officials from both sides of the aisle — in Maine and in Washington — have pledged to do something “meaningful” to address cost and access to health care.
To All Slant/Fin Contractors:
From April 25 through Dec. 31,
receive cash rebates on the purchase of a new
VGH Boiler by Slant/Fin
Sure, May is mud season up in Vermont, but, admit it, adding another layer of muck to the sides of your truck is fun, and the trip to the Vermont Fuel Conference is well worth the trip. Come on inside, kick the mud off your boots, and visit PriMedia at the show.
We’ll fill you in on what’s new in digital marketing, automated text messaging, integrated online customer portals, local marketing, direct mail, or any other communications tools you want to chat about.
We’ll be happy to set up an appointment to meet you at the show, or just drop by our booth any time! If you won’t be going to the Vermont Fuel Conference, we want to talk to you, too – call 800-796-3342 to find out how PriMedia can help you shake the mud off and put some spring into your marketing. Click here to schedule a meeting.
Electrify America is collaborating with a number of companies to bring more than 30 new DC ultra-fast charging stations to various retail and office locations in seven states.
Electrify America, the EV charging network born out of the Volkswagen Dieselgate settlement, announced it will install these new charging stations including grocery chains Kroger and Save Mart.
Convenience Store News
Today’s mobile-empowered consumers gravitate to those who can offer speed, ease and convenience, driving retail petroleum retailers to reinvent the store experience. But at the same time, they’re facing an alphabet soup of technology requirements — EMV, PCI, SaaS/Cloud — as well as the need to replace in-store routers by the end of 2019.
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