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Maine Natural Gas seeks rate increase
Portland Press Herald
Maine Natural Gas wants a substantial rate increase to be phased in over the next three years in part to help fund its ongoing expansion into Augusta and to help return the company to profitability after taking a loss last year.
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MEMA's new Maine Energy Facts website and Facebook page
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Legislative Updates



AG wants Sea-3 to pay for safety study
The Portsmouth Herald
The state attorney general's office has filed a request to have Sea-3 Inc. pay as much as $45,000 to study "safety matters," related to the Newington propane company's proposed expansion. Senior Assistant Attorney General Peter Roth filed a motion with the state Site Evaluation Committee recently asking the committee to compel Sea-3 to pay so the AG's office can hire Sebago Technics to do the study, according to a copy of the motion.
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House panel subpoenas Kerry on Keystone XL pipeline documents
The Associated Press via PennEnergy
A House of Representatives panel has issued a subpoena to Secretary of State John Kerry for department documents, reports and letters related to the contentious push to build the $8 billion Keystone XL pipeline. Republicans on the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee announced the subpoena on Wednesday, July 8.
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Sea-3: NH approved larger expansion
The Portsmouth Herald
Paul Bogan, vice president of operations for Sea-3, Inc.'s Newington plant, said its proposed expansion represents a significantly smaller increase in propane storage capacity than one approved by a state committee in the late 1990s. The state Site Evaluation Committee granted Sea-3 an exemption from a full year-long review of the late 1990s expansion, and Sea-3 has requested another exemption for its planned expansion that was approved by the Newington Planning Board in May 2014.
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By popular demand! MTEC to offer additional 40-Hour Heat Pump Training, Aug 17-21
MEMA
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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 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



Hearings planned for 2nd major new gas pipeline across NY
The Associated Press via PennEnergy
The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has announced a series of public meetings to let the public weigh in on the second interstate natural gas pipeline proposed to carry gas from Pennsylvania to markets in the Northeast and Canada.
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Oil sands will continue to be a leading source of global oil supply despite lower oil prices, other headwinds
IHS Inc.
Despite lower oil prices and other challenges, growth in Canadian oil sands will continue and remain one of the top sources of global supply growth in coming years, according to a new report by IHS Inc., the leading global source of critical information and insight. Oil sands growth, which previously rose 1.2 million barrels per day (mbd) from 2005 to 2014, is expected to add an additional 800,000 barrels per day (b/d) of new production by 2020.
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Convenience Store News



Majority of Americans agree you should be 21 to buy tobacco
NACS
Three out of every four American adults favor increasing the minimum age to purchase tobacco from 18 to 21, according to a study released by the American Journal of Preventive Medicine. Even self-described smokers largely agreed with the higher minimum age, with 7 of 10 cigarette smokers in favor of raising the minimum age to purchase tobacco products to 21, on par with alcohol sales.
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FDA delays menu labeling rule until December 2016
NACS
Recently, the Food and Drug Administration issued a one-year delay in the implementation of its menu-labeling rule announced in November. The rule, which requires retail establishments that are part of a chain of 20 or more stores and sell restaurant style food to label those offerings with their caloric content, was set to go into effect on Dec. 1, 2015, but will now be held off until Dec. 1, 2016.
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How will Portland enforce its new minimum wage?
Portland Press Herald
Portland's controversial minimum-wage ordinance is set to take effect Jan. 1, but there are several unknowns about its enforcement. Critics of Portland's ordinance, which raises the basic wage from the state minimum of $7.50 to $10.10 an hour, say its language on enforcement procedures is too vague and could leave the city unprepared if it receives a flood of worker complaints after the ordinance takes effect.
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Digital wallet battle heats up
NACS
As U.S. consumers use more smartphones and mobile devices, it would seem natural for them to ditch their physical wallets and make digital payments whenever and wherever they could. However, a new survey from Gallup shows that this is not the case by any stretch.
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LAST WEEK'S MOST POPULAR ARTICLES
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    Maine pipeline fight likely heading to court (Kennebec Journal via Portland Press Herald)
By popular demand! MTEC to offer additional 40-Hour Heat Pump Training, Aug 17-21 (MEMA)
Amid new overtime rules, more employers might set email curfew (Maine Public Broadcasting)
Solar boom in Maine masks lack of support (Portland Press Herald)

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