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MEMA 61st Annual Convention — REGISTRATION OPEN!
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!
Please welcome new member Wade Narin van Court and TRC Environmental Corporation
TRC Environmental Corporation (TRC) is a national engineering, consulting and construction management firm providing integrated services to the energy, environmental and infrastructure markets. TRC's Augusta and Scarborough offices, supported by a network of experts throughout New England, provide clients throughout the region with a full range of environmental, engineering, regulatory compliance, spill prevention/response, emergency preparedness and security consulting/design services. Please visit our website to see the full breadth and depth of TRC's expertise and experience.
Introducing C3H8 Partners LLC
We are a management partnership formed to acquire propane and mixed-‐fuel distribution businesses on the East Coast.
Combined, we have significant operating and transaction experience in propane and mixed fuels management, operations and finance. Our partners came together from industry leading organizations in the Energy and Finance sectors.
Maine regulators won't reconsider Efficiency Maine 'and' case
Bangor Daily News
State regulators won't revisit their reading of a sentence that cut possible funding for an energy efficiency program in half, leaving the issue to the Legislature to clarify.
The Natural Resources Council of Maine, the Conservation Law Foundation and the Maine Association of Building Efficiency Professionals together asked the Maine Public Utilities Commission to reconsider its 2-1 vote in March on the case. Maine Public Advocate Tim Schneider filed a separate reconsideration request.
Natural gas pipeline battle hammers New England ratepayers
It was an especially tough winter for small business owner John York of Salem, New Hampshire.
"I looked at it about a week ago and I think I spent about $6,000 in power through today, for the year," York said.
One massive snowstorm after another pummeled New England, making a bad situation worse for ratepayers who paid a much higher rate for electricity and heating costs than virtually any other area in the country.
NY state to rule soon on crude oil facility at Albany port
The Associated Press via PennEnergy
New York state regulators are expected to decide soon on a permit for a facility at the Port of Albany that critics say would make the port a hub for heavy Canadian tar sands crude oil as well as the millions of gallons of North Dakota Bakken crude it's now handling.
Partisan struggle over Maine energy policy persists
Bangor Daily News
The $38 million fallout from a missing "and" — along with a push by Republican lawmakers and Gov. Paul LePage to create a new Cabinet-level Department of Energy — highlights the ongoing struggle the state's top policymakers face as they try to combat Maine's high energy costs.
2014-'16 RFS rule under review by White House OMB
The U.S. EPA's proposed rulemaking for the 2014, 2015 and 2016 renewable fuel standard volume requirements is officially undergoing review by the White House Office of Management and Budget, marking a final step before the rules are released for public review.
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Save the date! Fuel Codes Update class with Peter Holmes, June 19 in Brunswick
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
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.
LaunchPad finalists announced!
More than 6,000 votes were cast. Please read on for the 2015 LaunchPad finalists.
What a proposed natural gas power plant would mean for Rockland
Knox Village Soup
Here is an in-depth look at the project's potential financial benefits, environmental impact and associated natural gas pipeline expansion.
Augusta minimum wage and Summit Natural Gas (letter)
I am dumbfounded by city councilors' concern over minimum wages when they should be concerned about the property taxes they impose on the taxpayers of Augusta.
Councilors should concentrate their efforts on trimming the excesses in the city and school budgets for the benefit of the majority, and let businesses handle the wage issues of the tiny minority.
The 'and' case: Why a 3-letter word is worth $36 million
On Wednesday, May 20, the Maine Public Utilities Commission decided not to reconsider their decision regarding an interpretation of a statute provision regarding funding for Efficiency Maine, which caps the funding for Efficiency Maine at roughly $23 million.
Efficiency Maine argues that their funding cap should actually be somewhere around $59 million, and it is all thanks to the word "and."
Can't believe Summit didn't know lay of the land (letter)
I spent my entire adult life working for large national and international companies that constantly worked to expand their services to new geographical locations. To do this, they had people whose jobs were to make sure that the company would be successful in the new location. These companies had strategic planners, economic and sociological data analyzers, local and regional regulation experts and, in some cases, those who could map the underground geological structure of the new area.
Why oil's rally is over
A lot of people have got very excited as the price of WTI has bounced back from the lows reached a few months ago. If oil fails to break and hold above $62 this time around, however, their enthusiasm could well be misplaced, as the fundamental factors that caused the price decline in the first instance are still in place.
Maine's trees envisioned as key to future prosperity
Maine's trees can be used to make much more than paper, a fact that offers a potentially bright future for Maine's forest products industry if the right pieces fall into place.
That was the message recently at an event in Portland hosted by E2Tech, an organization that supports Maine's environmental, energy and clean technology sectors.
FDA releases more guidance on no-tobacco-sale orders
Convenience Store News
Six years after adding tobacco regulation to its list of responsibilities, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration continues to advise retailers on regulations and policies — this time with a draft guidance on no-tobacco-sale orders.
According to the FDA, an NTSO is a ban on selling tobacco products for a period of time for retailers who have repeatedly violated certain restrictions on the sale and distribution of tobacco products.
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