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Maine Voices: PUC must proceed cautiously when investing in pipeline infrastructure
Portland Press Herald
Maine's economy suffers from high energy prices and there have been a number of initiatives to respond to the situation. Three recent efforts — a New England state's initiative to expand natural gas infrastructure, a southern New England utility-led proposal and Maine's own omnibus energy law passed by the Legislature last year — attack the problem in somewhat different ways.
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Senate stumbles over energy bill as Reid, GOP spar
Politico
The Senate officially presided over the demise of bipartisan energy efficiency legislation — and the chance to put the Keystone XL pipeline up for a vote ahead of the midterm elections. On a 55-36 vote, the Senate fell short of the 60 votes needed to move ahead on the innocuous and popular efficiency bill from Sens. Jeanne Shaheen, D-N.H., and Rob Portman, R-Ohio, that had been caught in the headwinds of the far more politically fraught debates over the Keystone pipeline and EPA regulations.
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Keystone Pipeline is DC's dumbest debate
The Daily Beast
No issue better captures the dysfunction of Washington than the trumped up debate over the Keystone XL pipeline. Recently, the Obama administration released its third National Climate Assessment, with one key message: Climate change is real, here and only set to intensify. There are many important decisions to be made to tackle this critical challenge, but Keystone XL isn't one of them. Building the pipeline won't have a discernible impact on the climate; scrapping Keystone won't make America measurably less energy independent.
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 MEMA Special Events

Date Event More Information
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



No need to build natural gas pipelines
The Courant
The May 4 article "Pipeline Battle Builds" (page 1) raises real questions about satisfying New England's "peak" power generation needs though pipeline expansion. This winter, natural gas demand stresses caused large-scale energy users, including power generators, to return to their more reliable energy source — heating oil. For decades, the heating oil industry has bridged this fuel gap without costly public investment.
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Why divestment fails
The New York Times
Tonight, the 20,000 students at Stanford will sleep more soundly. Recently, a group called "Fossil Free Stanford" persuaded the university's endowment to divest its stock holdings from coal-mining companies. The world will be a better place. Except that it won't be. Individual divestments, either as economic or symbolic pressure, have never succeeded in getting companies or countries to change.
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Net-zero energy homes a growing trend
Portland Press Herald
Robert Howe's reaction to the oil embargo of the mid-1970s was to build his own thermal shutters for the windows of his home. A lifelong advocate of energy conservation, Howe, 69, is now pouring his passion for energy efficiency into a net-zero energy home he and his wife are building in Brunswick. The 2,400-square-foot home will integrate solar panels, heat pumps and insulation techniques to create a home that produces as much as energy as it consumes.
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EIA: High value of liquids boosts wet gas production
Oil & Gas Journal
Spurred by relatively high values of natural gas liquids, company interests have shifted from dry gas production to wet gas production, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration's monthly gas liquids report. Gas prices have stayed low in recent years due to increased supply. The Henry Hub spot price averaged $3.73/MMbtu in 2013 and $2.75/MMbtu in 2012, reducing profit margins for many gas producers.
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Has US oil consumption decreased because of peak oil?
By Stefanie Heerwig
Since 2008, U.S. oil consumption has declined by more than 20 percent, giving peak-oil theorists their confirmation — world crude oil production is decreasing. And no matter how much U.S. production increases, everyone will feel the squeeze in the face of rising international oil prices. It is really hard to argue against this. After all, rising oil prices and decreasing consumption could be easily explained by one of the core peak-oil theories: the export-land model. So is this truly the end of oil?
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Looking to share your expertise?
MultiBriefs
In an effort to enhance the overall content of MEMA Randoms, we'd like to include peer-written articles in future editions. As a member of MEMA, your knowledge of the industry lends itself to unprecedented expertise. And we're hoping you'll share this expertise with your peers through well-written commentary. Because of the digital format, there's no word or graphical limit. Our group of talented editors can help with final edits. If you're interested in participating, please contact Ronnie Richard to discuss logistics.
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Electric cars taking charge
Keep Me Current
The sale of electric vehicles — automobiles that run on battery power only — has skyrocketed nationwide in recent years. Now, with two new initiatives, the communities of South Portland and Scarborough are set to be at the forefront of this rise in popularity. At its meeting recently, the South Portland City Council accepted a grant that would allow it to have one of the first public electric vehicle charging stations in Maine.
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