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Summit Natural Gas wants customers to pay for advertising campaign
Portland Press Herald
Summit Natural Gas of Maine is spending millions of dollars on advertising to convince Maine homeowners that its product is safe, reliable and competitively priced — and it wants customers to pick up the cost of that campaign.
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Frontline Personnel Continuing Education Day — early bird registration closing Friday!
MEMA
Your frontline employees hold the key to a successful bottom line, in terms of both profit and customer service. Frontliners have the power to make or break relationships with your customers, and in a world where competitors are only a quick Google search away, developing a personal connection to your customer has never been more crucial then now.
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Legislative Updates



LePage, clean-energy advocates clash over governor's agenda
Portland Press Herald
Gov. Paul LePage has submitted three bills to the Legislature aimed at lowering energy costs, but clean-energy advocates said Tuesday that the measures would dismantle years of state policies that support renewable energy and efficiency programs.
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LePage tells congressional panel that Maine needs faster pipeline approval
Portland Press Herald
Gov. Paul LePage testified before a congressional subcommittee Wednesday, May 13, to support a pair of bills that dovetail with his push to expand natural gas capacity in Maine and fast-tracking the certification of small dams for hydroelectric power.
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South Portland LPG storage proposal could turn on semantics
The Forecaster
NGL Supply Terminal Co. says its proposal to build a liquefied petroleum gas storage facility at Rigby Rail Yard is permitted because its tanks are not storage tanks, but "pressure vessels." According to a report on behalf of NGL, construction of six 60,000-gallon "pressure vessels" to hold LPG for distribution via rail car would not conflict with the city's Code of Ordinances.
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Video: LePage presses Congress to streamline energy permitting
The Associated Press via Maine Sun Journal
Decrying interference from "overzealous activists" in the regulatory process, Maine Gov. Paul LePage on Wednesday, May 13, pressed a House subcommittee to move forward with proposals that would streamline the permitting process for natural gas pipelines and cross-border hydropower projects that could help lower energy costs in New England.
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Summit's 2015 buildout to focus on Augusta, Waterville, Fairfield
Portland Press Herald
Summit Natural Gas of Maine officials said recently the company has no plans to build out service this year in Oakland, Norridgewock, Farmingdale or Skowhegan and will instead concentrate its central Maine residential expansion on neighborhoods in Waterville, Fairfield and Augusta.
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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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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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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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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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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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 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
Aug. 31 23rd Annual J. Garrie Murray MEMA Golf Classic Martindale Country Club, Auburn, ME



Industry Headlines



Environmentalists protest 'dirty fuel'
Maine Public Broadcasting
A group of environmental advocates formed a human chain across Higgins Beach in Scarborough recently, in support of sustainable energy. Hands Across the Sands was part of a synchronized demonstration with other environmental groups across the Mid and Southern Atlantic, to protest expanded oil development.
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Saudi claims oil price strategy success
The Financial Times
Saudi Arabia says its strategy of squeezing high-cost rivals such as U.S. shale producers is succeeding, as the world's largest crude exporter seeks to reassert itself as the dominant force in the global oil market.
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Convenience Store News



South Portland officials mull minimum wage hike
MaineBiz
The South Portland City Council has begun discussions on whether to join Portland and Bangor in seeking to increase the minimum wage on a local level.
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Americans feel charitable at the checkout
NACS
A new survey from social consultancy Good Scout reveals that consumers like to give at the register — and feel pretty good about it. For its Change at the Checkout report, Good Scout surveyed 3,030 respondents online nationwide and found that most people are not "plagued by oversaturation and consumer fatigue on giving at register." In fact, the results revealed the exact opposite: "They like to give at the register, feel good about the parties involved when they do and want to be more personally engaged moving forward."
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New study: Higher cigarette taxes leads to higher SNAP enrollment
MaineWire
A new study conducted by two Cornell University economists suggests that higher cigarette taxes increase the likelihood that smokers will enroll in SNAP benefits, or food stamps. While admitting that cigarette taxes can have an effect in reducing cigarette consumption, the taxes can also have unintended effects.
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