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MEMA's new Maine Energy Facts website and Facebook page
MEMA
Stop what you're doing! Have you visited MEMA's new Maine Energy Facts website and Facebook page? Please take a moment to do so now, and be sure to LIKE us to stay on top of our 2015 campaign!
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Webinar invitation: Employment tort exposures and the Affordable Care Act
Federated Insurance
This program is approved for one (general) recertification credit hour toward PHR, SPHR and GPHR through the HR Certification Institute. It will be held June 23 from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. EST. Read on for more information and to register.
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MEMA 61st Annual Convention — 12 days away!
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



Senate unanimously passes fix to Efficiency Maine bill
Portland Press Herald
A bill to correct a one-word clerical error potentially worth close to $38 million for an energy-efficiency program is heading to Gov. Paul LePage. The Republican-controlled Senate voted unanimously Thursday, June 11, to enact the proposal, but the governor may still veto it.
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Searsport Harbor dredging opponents speak at public hearing
WLBZ-TV
Dozens of people opposed to a dredging project in Searsport Harbor, dressed in red and spoke out in a recent public hearing. It's been more than 50 years since the harbor was last dredged, and the Maine Department of Transportation thinks it's time to do it again. The Army Corps of Engineers and the Maine DOT want to spend more than $13 million to deepen and widen the channel.
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State's Sea-3 propane expansion review to go into fall
The Portsmouth Herald
The state Site Evaluation Committee will continue its review of Sea-3's proposal to expand its propane storage and distribution facility in October, according to City Staff Attorney Jane Ferrini. The committee held a pre-hearing conference in Concord recently to try to "schedule the continuation of the hearing and work out logistics," Ferrini said during a recent interview. The hearing will be continued in October, she said, but the committee has not yet set a final date.
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LePage vetoes 12 more bills, most backed by Maine Democrats
Portland Press Herald
Gov. Paul LePage vetoed another dozen bills late Friday, June 12, most because they were sponsored by Democrats. LePage lashed out at Democrats last month for opposing his initiatives, pledging on May 29 to veto all Democrat-sponsored bills until they passed his plan to eliminate the state income tax. Since then he has vetoed at least 22 bills, 20 of which were sponsored by Democrats, though the governor didn't always cite partisan reasons in explaining his vetoes.
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MEMA Technical Education Center - MTEC



Fuel Codes Update class with Peter Holmes, June 19 — Last chance to register!
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 today, 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



Lobstermen, environmentalists unite against Searsport dredging project
Bangor Daily News
Lobstermen, environmentalists and others concerned about the health of upper Penobscot Bay crowded into Searsport District High School cafeteria recently to share their thoughts about a proposed $12 million Searsport Harbor dredging project.
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Despite report, propane project developers moving ahead
keepMEcurrent.com
An independent consultant has determined that a proposal by the NGL Supply Terminal Co. to move its operations to the Rigby Rail Yard in South Portland would not comply with the city's zoning rules. But even after receiving the report from Woodward & Curran, a Portland-based engineering firm, NGL said it would continue to work with the city to make the $3 million project a reality.
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Debate over heat pumps: Emera's proposal before PUC faces opposition
MaineBiz
Emera Maine, the Bangor-based electricity transmission and distribution utility serving 154,000 customers in eastern and northern Maine, is pushing high-efficiency heat pumps as a viable alternative to oil heat — saying they would greatly reduce annual heating costs for thousands of homeowners and small businesses, cut greenhouse gas emissions and pump more money into the state's economy.
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Could this renewable fuel kill the EV market in 1 fell swoop?
OilPrice.com
U.S. researchers are reporting breakthroughs in artificial photosynthesis that could result in a new source of renewable liquid fuels for cars, ships and planes. Renewable liquid fuels would be a welcome alternative to electricity for powering vehicles, because batteries are heavier than fuel and take up more space, which can work for cars but makes them impractical for planes or ships.
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Convenience Store News



Shoppers spending more time in C-stores
NACS
VideoMining Corp., a leader in shopper behavior analytics, recently announced the results of two major national studies that found shoppers are spending less time in supermarkets and more time in convenience stores. According to VideoMining's third annual Grocery MegaStudy, shoppers are spending 5 percent less time in supermarkets compared to the previous year. The sixth annual C-Store MegaStudy found that shoppers' time in convenience stores increased 6 percent from the previous year.
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