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Maine Department of Professional and Financial Regulation reminds fuel dealers to register by June 30 if offering pre-paid home fuel contracts
Department of Professional and Financial Regulation
Commissioner Anne L. Head from Maine's Department of Professional and Financial Regulation highlighted the June 30th deadline for fuel dealers who offer pre-paid contracts to register with the Department. The registration form and general information can be obtained from the department's website.

Intended to provide greater protections to consumers who use pre-paid home heating contracts, LD 1895, An Act To Protect Consumers by Strengthening the Laws Governing Prepaid Home Heating Oil Contracts, became Public Law, Chapter 574, on March 30, 2012.
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Home Energy Savings Program stakeholder meeting
Efficiency Maine
A workshop to present program results to date, discuss program guidelines and next year's marketing strategy, and solicit feedback will be held Wednesday, July 16, from 8 a.m.–12:30 p.m. The meeting will be held at The Governor Hill Mansion, 136 State Street, Augusta.

If you plan to attend, please send an email to Karen Bickerman at karen.bickerman@efficiencymaine.com.

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Senators call for 12-cent gas tax
NACS
U.S. Senators Christopher Murphy, D-Connecticut, and Bob Corker, R-Tennessee, are proposing a 12-cent increase in the federal gas tax to pay for the renewal of highway and transit programs, which could run out of funding by the end of the month.
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Justices uphold emission limits on big industry
The New York Times
In a big win for environmentalists, the Supreme Court effectively endorsed the Obama administration's efforts to regulate greenhouse gas emissions from sources like power plants, even as it criticized what it called the administration's overreaching. The decision is one in a recent string of rulings upholding the Environmental Protection Agency's authority to issue Clean Air Act regulations to curb climate change, and the agency celebrated the decision.
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DOE announces $3.2 million for clean energy incubator
FierceEnergy
The U.S. Department of Energy has announced the availability of $3.2 million to launch the National Incubator Initiative for Clean Energy, which will create a national support network to serve the clean energy small business and entrepreneur community and bring them closer to market readiness. The initiative will establish a suite of technological and training resources, connect critical industry and energy sector partners, enhance incubator best practices and increase access to information about industry resources to advance innovative clean energy technologies emerging from universities and federal laboratories.
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Industry Headlines



Blaine House kept cozy with high-efficiency system
Portland Press Herald via CentralMaine.com
Gusty winds rattled the master-bedroom windows at the 181-year old Blaine House during last winter’s sub-zero cold snap, but Gov. Paul LePage said he never needed to turn on the oil heat. Despite poor weatherization, the governor's sleeping quarters were kept cozy by a high-efficiency electric heater that doubles in summer as an air conditioner. Now workers are installing 22 more of these units at the governor’s mansion.
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The 25 best parts about being from Maine
BuzzFeed
BuzzFeed features a list of 25 reasons why Maine is "the way life should be."
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Will the US economy continue to lag? Energy report says it's possible
The Motley Fool
The EIA's June 2014 Short-Term Energy Outlook calls for two outcomes for the 2014-2015 U.S. economy. On the one hand, it sees real gross domestic product increasing by 3.1 percent (led by manufacturing), and on the other hand it estimates total U.S. energy consumption to fall -0.2 percent.
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Iraq's crisis should make us thankful for America's oil boom
Slate
So far, oil markets have mostly shrugged off the turmoil in Iraq. The world's seventh largest crude producer is tearing apart at the seams thanks to sectarian violence, yet the cost of a barrel is up just 5 percent this month — a bump, sure, but not a crisis. Why the mere blip? The most important reason prices haven’t surged is straightforward enough: As of now, Iraq’s oil production isn't in serious danger.
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How innovation in oil and gas production is giving the US a competitive edge
PBS Newshour
Doomsayers have long said the end is near — peak oil, food shortages, excessive borrowing; we're living beyond our means and there's only so long our economy and our planet can sustain us. But there's no reason to be such a downer, according to two of this week's authors on Making Sen$e.
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Why gas analysts say the Appalachian is 'biggest, baddest basin there is' (By Sasha Viasasha)
Randolph proposing tax districts for hardware store, gas pipeline (Central Maine)

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Convenience Stores



Phoning it in: Mobile at the store
CSPnet.com
Whether paying with a smartphone or ordering pizza, customers are wanting to do more with mobile when it comes to getting food outside the home, according to speakers at CSP Business Media's 2014 FARE retail foodservice conference.
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NACS announces new Fresh Convenience program
National Association for Convenience and Fuel Retailing
NACS and the United Fresh Produce Association have announced a new partnership to significantly increase the sales of fresh produce in convenience stores. As the leading associations representing produce suppliers and their convenience store customers, NACS and United Fresh have formed the partnership to identify best practices that can be shared across the industry to assist convenience store operators in developing their own fresh produce supply chains and in-store management.
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