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An impossible skill: A word from our 2015 Convention presenting sponsors
Federated Insurance
As you're reading this article, are you doing something else at the same time? Maybe you're eating, listening to the radio or even planning your day. You might think you're multitasking, but — and this may come as a surprise — you're not. Scientists have learned that our brains don't process more than one stream of information at a time.
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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



King, Collins urge energy department to consider Maine's interests in potential natural gas export proposals
Angus King, U.S. Sen. for Maine
In a recent letter, U.S. Sens. Angus King, a member of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, and Susan Collins urged the Department of Energy to ensure that proposals to export U.S. natural gas benefit the state. In their letter to Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz, Sens. King and Collins noted that some companies have expressed interest in reversing the flow of Spectra Energy's Maritimes and Northeast Pipeline, which for the last 15 years has brought offshore natural gas from Canada's Sable Island fields into New England, to instead bring natural gas north from the Marcellus Shale through Canada and ultimately for export overseas.
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As Maine regulators mull pipeline expansion proposals, CMP picks its favorite
Bangor Daily News
Central Maine Power Co. recently notified Maine regulators that it plans to work with Houston-based Spectra Energy on a plan to increase the capacity of two of the company's natural gas pipelines. CMP said in a joint filing with two Spectra pipeline subsidiaries that it will join the region's largest electric utility, Northeast Utilities, in drafting the outline of an agreement that would use ratepayer subsidies from New England electricity customers to enter a long-term contract with Spectra to advance its Access Northeast expansion project.
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King introduces bills to preserve American natural gas supply
Angus King, U.S. Sen. for Maine
U.S. Sen. Angus King, I-Maine, a member of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, recently announced that he has introduced two pieces of legislation that would protect Maine's interests when it comes to the exportation of natural gas.
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PUC turns down commissioner's move to release energy forecasts
Bangor Daily News
Two Maine Public Utilities Commission members voted against the motion of outgoing commissioner David Littell to release energy forecasts the PUC will use to assess long-term contracts for wind power and natural gas capacity.
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UMF appeals Farmington Village Corporation central heating plant decision
Franklin Sun Journal
A proposed central heating plant for the University of Maine at Farmington campus will come before the Farmington Village Corp.'s Appeals Board. The university proposal to build a plant at Quebec and Perkins streets received approval from the town Planning Board in March.
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Maine House gives initial approval to restore funds for energy efficiency program
Portland Press Herald
The House of Representatives gave preliminary approval recently to a bill designed to fix a clerical error that cut $38 million from an energy-efficiency program popular with Maine homeowners and businesses.
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Bill would reverse Maine's course on wind power development
Maine Public Broadcasting
The future of wind energy in Maine is up in the air, as lawmakers consider a comprehensive bill that would ease the state's original goals for wind energy generation. Republican Rep. Beth O'Connor says her bill provides the kind of changes that are long overdue for opponents of wind turbine farms who feel their concerns are ignored. But supporters of wind power say O'Connor's bill threatens clean energy initiatives and Maine jobs.
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State committee to tackle Sea-3 expansion
The Portsmouth Herald
Sea-3 has filed a series of objections to motions to intervene filed by city residents — along with the cities of Portsmouth and Dover — about the company's request for an exemption from a full review of its proposed expansion by the state Site Evaluation Committee.
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City seeks outside advice on propane proposal
South Portland-Cape Elizabeth
While the city seeks outside advice on the interpretation of rules regulating the storage of liquid propane gas, one South Portland city councilor is fighting to drag the question into the public arena in a council workshop session.
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MEMA Technical Education Center - MTEC



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
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



International Roadcheck, June 2-4
Commerical Vehicle Safety Alliance
International Roadcheck, now in its 28th year, is the largest targeted enforcement program on commercial motor vehicles in the world, with nearly 17 trucks or buses inspected, on average, every minute across North America during a 72-hour period in early June. Each year, approximately 10,000 CVSA-certified local, state, provincial and federal inspectors in every jurisdiction across North America perform the truck and bus inspections.
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Oil in the $30s? It may happen as a 'short squeeze' ends
MarketWatch
It's springtime, and the birds are singing, the trees and flowers are blooming, and oil prices are soaring. On Tuesday, May 5, ICE Brent crude hit its 2015 high near $68 a barrel. It's been a remarkable comeback: Brent rallied 21 percent in April alone, its strongest month since 2009, and it's gained almost 40 percent from its January low just above $49.
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Summit Natural Gas reinspecting equipment after failures
WGME-TV
Summit natural gas is facing a possible $30,000 in fines after the Maine Public Utilities Commission said some of the company's equipment failed inspections. The equipment in question was installed in Waterville, Fairfield and Madison. State officials said there's no imminent danger, but if left alone, there's potential for gas leaks.
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The return of peak oil — worrying signs from US and Russia
OilPrice.com
Since around 2005 many countries have increased their oil production but more have decreased. But the combined production of the U.S. and Russia have kept the world on a slight uptrend since that time.
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The shale boom has already gone bust — at least for now
Bloomberg
The meteoric rise in U.S. oil production has ended, easing a global glut and driving a rebound in crude prices from below $50 a barrel, according to crude trader and hedge fund manager Andrew J. Hall. "We have now reached a turning point," Hall said in recent a letter to investors in Astenbeck Capital Management LLC, his commodities hedge fund. Growing demand and supply pullbacks "rendered all the doomsday forecasts self-defeating."
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Husson University to confer 3 honorary degrees to leaders in banking, energy distribution, space exploration
PRWeb
At its 116th Annual Commencement Exercises on Sunday, May 10, 2015 at the Cross Insurance Center in Bangor, Maine, Husson University will confer honorary doctorates on three persons who have distinguished themselves in banking, energy distribution and space exploration.
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Cate Street seeks relief from order it pay $9.2 million to Massachusetts natural gas provider
Bangor Daily News
Managers of the shuttered Great Northern Paper mill were ordered in February to pay $9.2 million to a natural gas supplier, with half the payment covering fuel the East Millinocket mill owners promised to buy, but never did. The arbitration award granted by attorney Peter DeTroy stems from an agreement the mill owners reached in 2012 to buy compressed natural gas delivered by truck from the Massachusetts-based Xpress Natural Gas, or XNG.
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Why the world's appetite for oil will peak soon
The Wall Street Journal
When it comes to oil demand, the conventional wisdom is clear: Population growth and a rising global middle class guarantee that demand — and prices — will rise over the coming decades. It is a story line that is almost universally accepted by investors, governments and industry alike.
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Shell clears major government hurdle for Arctic drilling
The Associated Press via Portland Press Herald
Royal Dutch Shell's Arctic drilling program has cleared a major bureaucratic hurdle to begin drilling for oil and gas off Alaska's northwestern coast this summer. The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management on Monday approved the multiyear exploration plan in the Chukchi Sea for Shell after reviewing thousands of comments from the public, Alaska Native organizations and state and federal agencies.
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Convenience Store News



Legislature tackles increased use, hidden dangers of e-cigarettes
CentralMaine
E-cigarette use is on the rise and becoming as big of a health risk as traditional cigarette smoking, according to an article in The New York Times on April 16, "Use of e-cigarettes rises sharply among teenagers, report says." The Maine Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics, representing more than 200 pediatricians in the state, strongly supports proposed legislation to regulate the use of e-cigarettes and increase of awareness about their use, given the very clear dangers to children (and society) that are well established with respect to nicotine exposure.
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LAST WEEK'S MOST POPULAR ARTICLES
Missed last week's issue? See which articles your colleagues read most.

    Faulty natural gas connections found in Waterville area (Portland Press Herald)
NH attorney general's office wants safety review of propane storage expansion plan (The Associated Press via The Republic)
2nd LNG export terminal for Marcellus Gas advances — in Maine! (Marcellus Drilling News)
Sen. Collins testifies on energy efficiency bills (Maine Public Broadcasting)

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