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Maine pipeline fight likely heading to court
Kennebec Journal via Portland Press Herald
A multimillion-dollar dispute between the natural gas pipeline company doing the Kennebec Valley pipeline project and its major contractor is likely to go to a trial before a federal judge. U.S. Magistrate Judge John Nivison has recommended that most of the claims between Summit Natural Gas of Maine Inc. and Schmid Pipeline Construction Inc. continue, rejecting a motion for summary judgment.
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MEMA's new Maine Energy Facts website and Facebook page
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Legislative Updates



Legislation passes to give citizens a voice regarding wind turbines
St. John Valley Times
After several years of trying, a group of citizens from the state's rural Unorganized Territories have won their fight to pass legislation that could give them greater say in the siting of large, industrial wind turbines in their communities.
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Maine DEP agrees to hold public hearing on Searsport dredging
The Republican-Journal (subscription required)
Under pressure from opposition groups, Maine Department of Environmental Protection has agreed to hold a public hearing on plans to dredge the navigation channel at Mack Point marine terminal.
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By popular demand! MTEC to offer additional 40-Hour Heat Pump Training, Aug 17-21
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This 40-hour class will focus on installation, operations and service of ductless mini split heat pump systems. The training will include discussions, live operations and 24 hours of hands on lab assignments.
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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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 MEMA Special Events

Date Event Location
Aug. 17-21 40-Hour Heat Pump Training MEMA Technical Education Center, Brunswick, ME
Aug. 31 23rd Annual J. Garrie Murray MEMA Golf Classic Martindale Country Club, Auburn, ME



Industry Headlines



Solar boom in Maine masks lack of support
Portland Press Herald
Solar power installers have never been busier in Maine. They're covering roofs at dozens of homes. They're putting up high-profile commercial projects, such as the Maine Beer Co. brewery on Route 1 in Freeport, which features 212 panels with two "tracker" arrays that follow the sun to maximize output.
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Trash-to-energy facilities fight to dispose of Maine towns' waste
Bangor Daily News
Two trash-to-energy facilities — one established nearly 30 years ago, one in the planning stages — are at the center of a heated competition to handle the waste disposal needs of nearly 200 Maine towns beginning in 2018.
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Russia halts gas supply to Ukraine amid pricing dispute
The Associated Press via Portland Press Herald
Russian gas company Gazprom halted supplies to neighboring Ukraine on Wednesday after the collapse of pricing talks, company official said. Gazprom CEO Alexei Miller said that Russia halted the supply at 10 a.m. because Ukraine didn't make an advance payment for July's delivery.
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Amid new overtime rules, more employers might set email curfew
Maine Public Broadcasting
The buzzing phone or ding of an email from the bedside table might be standard these days. But a long-awaited proposal that would increase the number of employees eligible for overtime pay could mean more companies curtailing the use of work email after hours.
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Convenience Store News



More salaried workers to be eligible for overtime pay
NACS
President Barack Obama is expected to formally announce a new rule from the Department of Labor, raising the salary threshold under which employees must be paid overtime rates for hours worked. Currently, that salary threshold is $455 per week or $23,660 per year. The proposed DOL rule would dramatically increase that amount to a number equal to the 40th percentile of weekly earnings for full-time salaried workers – currently $970 per week or $50,440 annually.
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Portland's new minimum wage law could make waves in other cities
Bangor Daily News
Portland's decision to raise the minimum wage within its city limits is already having ripple effects in other municipalities as more city councils weigh whether to boost salaries for the lowest-paid workers in their own communities.
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