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Update on PMAA 2015 priorities
Petroleum Marketers Association of America
Motor Fuels Committee
  • RFS Reform/Blendwall
  • In late May, EPA announced proposed volume requirements under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) program for the years 2014, 2015 and 2016. The agency also proposed volume requirements for biomass-based diesel for 2017. EPA exercised its statutory authority to mandate blending volumes lower than those required under the Clean Air Act (CAA) after evaluating the availability of qualifying renewable fuels and factors that in some cases constrain the supply of those fuels to the vehicles that can consume them. EPA also considered the ability of the market to respond to the applicable standards by producing changes in production, infrastructure, and relative pricing to boost the use of renewable fuels.
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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



EPA: No widespread harm to drinking water from hydraulic fracturing
The Associated Press via PennEnergy
Hydraulic fracturing activities have not led to widespread harm to drinking water in the U.S., but the controversial drilling technique could affect drinking water if safeguards are not maintained, the government recently said.
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LePage's nominee to PUC wins endorsement from legislative committee
Portland Press Herald
A legislative committee endorsed Tennessee economist Bruce Williamson's nomination to the Maine Public Utilities Commission on June 4, a week after Democrats delayed a vote amid concerns that Gov. Paul LePage was exerting political influence on the commission.
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Consultant: Propane storage project is not allowed in SoPo
keepMEcurrent.com
A consultant hired by the city of South Portland to interpret how its ordinances apply to a proposal by the NGL Supply Terminal Co. to move its operations to the Rigby Railyard has determined the project is not allowed under the city's current regulations. That's according to a press release issued by City Manager Jim Gailey. In the release Gailey said NGL now has two options. It could appeal the decision to the city's Zoning Board or apply for a text change to the current zoning.
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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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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



Summit should pay for its own mistakes
CentralMaine
A couple of years ago, a Colorado-based natural gas company made promises to Mainers that it couldn't keep. In 2012, in order to gain traction in a bid to operate its business here, especially in central Maine, Summit Natural Gas pledged to spend $350 million to connect 15,000 homes in the Kennebec Valley and $73 million more to serve 80 percent of homes in Cumberland, Falmouth and Yarmouth.
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OPEC predicts low oil prices to continue in highly competitive market
The Associated Press via Portland Press Herald
OPEC decided to keep its oil output target on hold Friday, June 5, and predicted prices would remain low for the foreseeable future — good news for both for oil-hungry international industries and consumers at the gas pump.
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Why OPEC can't stop the shale oil industry
Fortune
OPEC is not what it used to be. The cartel of major oil producing nations, dominated by Saudi Arabia, used to meet to collude on cutting production in order to support prices. Now they meet to try to get someone else to do the cutting, and their target is the shale oil industry.
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How biogas can help America on its path to energy independence
By Piyush Bakshi
Biogas is produced when organic matter undergoes anaerobic decomposition. Its primary component is methane, a powerful greenhouse gas with 21 times the heat-trapping capacity of carbon dioxide. Harnessing this biogas is an untapped source for generating electricity or for use as an alternative fuel in the United States. As an added bonus, the leftover organic matter then serves as first-class fertilizer that is free from pathogens, which are eliminated during the digestion process.
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Welcome New Members



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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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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Convenience Store News



More EMV concerns emerge
NACS
CPI card group, which produces credit cards for a majority of issuers, has been swamped with orders for new cards equipped with EMV chip technology and is struggling to keep up with demand. "We are working 24-7," Docia Myer of CPI Card Group told Tampa-based news station WTSP.
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Dirty rotten ethanol scoundrels
The Wall Street Journal (subscription required)
Mark down May 29 as the date when the last tether connecting ethanol subsidies to reality came unhitched, and the fuel made from corn and tax dollars achieved a kind of postmodern perfection. On the same day the Obama Administration conceded that the U.S. auto fleet cannot practically consume enough ethanol to fulfill Congress's quotas, it announced a new program so motorists can consume more ethanol.
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