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What is the risk of using a generic schedule of work hours?
Federated Insurance
Question: Are we at risk if employees' timecards are consistently showing a "generic" schedule of 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. with an hour lunch? Even if the employee is entering the time themselves manually onto a timesheet?
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Frontline Personnel Continuing Education — only 2 days away!
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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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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Legislative Updates



LePage and Hill spar over PUC
Maine Public Broadcasting
Sen. Dawn Hill, D-Cape Neddick, is raising concerns that Gov. Paul LePage is trying to improperly influence the Public Utilities Commission. She has filed freedom of information act requests for correspondence between the Governor and his staff and between them and the Commissioners. LePage is furious and says he has not tried to influence commissioners.
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EPA proposes lowering requirements for ethanol in gas
The Associated Press via Portland Press Herald
The nation's gasoline supply likely will have more ethanol in coming years — but not as much as was required by federal law. The Obama administration's proposed renewable fuel standard won't have much of an impact on gas prices, but could become an issue in the 2016 presidential elections, especially in farm states that have profited over the years from higher corn prices linked to the use of corn-based ethanol.
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LePage slams Legislature on taxes, budget, PUC nominee
Portland Press Herald via CentralMaine
Gov. Paul LePage tore into Democratic lawmakers during an animated news conference at the Blaine House on May 29, lashing out at them for opposing two of his tax initiatives and threatening to veto all Democratic-sponsored bills until they pass his plan to eliminate the state income tax.
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Legislative committee scuttles LePage's energy initiatives
Portland Press Herald
Several initiatives by Gov. Paul LePage, including a proposal to use money from timber harvesting on state land to help low-income residents with heating costs, appear to be dead for this year, following action by the Legislature's Energy, Utilities and Technology Committee.
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LePage nominee for Maine PUC stalled amid 'crisis of confidence'
Portland Press Herald
Democrats stalled action on Gov. Paul LePage's nominee for the Public Utilities Commission on May 29 after raising concerns about the objectivity of his two previous appointees. In the unexpected vote, Democrats on the Legislature's Energy, Utilities and Technology Committee tabled the nomination of Tennessee economist Bruce Williamson to fill the third seat on the commission.
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Gas proposal in limbo
Mainely Media LLC
A proposal to build an LP gas storage terminal at Rigby Yard is in limbo while the city awaits feedback from a third-party engineer. In February, Oklahoma-based NGL Supply Terminal Co. approached South Portland with plans to lease space from Pan Am Railways on 10 of more than 200 acres at Rigby Yard, located off Route 1, between the Cash Corner and Thornton Heights neighborhoods.
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Oregon's Climate Action Coalition calls for explicit ban on fossil fuel exports
Portland Business Journal
There's no shortage of fossil fuel export projects pending in Oregon. But until the Port of Portland and Pembina Pipeline Corp. jointly announced plans for a $500 million propane export terminal in Portland in September, there was little coordinated effort to address concerns in the environmental community.
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MEMA Technical Education Center - MTEC



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 — 1 week away
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 5 Frontline Personnel Continuing Education Curtis Memorial Library, Brunswick, ME
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



Gas leak disrupts traffic on Main Street in Bangor
Bangor Daily News
The busy morning commute on Main Street was hindered recently by a gas leak near the intersection of Main and Railroad Streets, according to officials. Bangor firefighters and police were called to the scene around 9 a.m., according to Assistant Fire Chief Matthew Costello.
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NORA releases 'Biodiesel in Home Heating' report
National Oilheat Research Alliance
Pursuant to Public Law 113-79 (the Agricultural Act of 2014), Congress required NORA to prepare a report on the utilization rate and analysis of the use of biofuels in Oilheating equipment. The report titled, "Developing a Renewable Biofuel Option for the Home Heating Sector" was released on May 13 and is most comprehensive report of its kind.
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Rockland residents raise environmental concerns at natural gas forum
Bangor Daily News
An application for a natural-gas fired power plant will not be filed until late fall or early summer but not until a series of public informational meetings are held, according to City Councilor Larry Pritchett.
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Welcome New Members



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.
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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.
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Convenience Store News



Proposed SNAP revisions could affect retailers
NACS
The Department of Agriculture has sent to the White House for review a proposed rule that would impose additional obligations on retailers that redeem Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program benefits. This is generally the final stage of the regulatory process before a rule is formally published.
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