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Report: Methane leaks may greatly exceed estimates
The New York Times
A device commonly used to measure the methane that leaks from industrial sources may greatly underestimate those emissions, said an inventor of the technology that the device relies on. The claim, published recently in a peer-reviewed scientific journal, suggests that the amount of escaped methane, a potent greenhouse gas, could be far greater than accepted estimates from scientists, industry and regulators.
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MEMA's new Maine Energy Facts website and Facebook page
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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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Maine energy, entrepreneur groups score $50,000 in federal awards
Bangor Daily News
A center that runs trainings for entrepreneurs and a clean energy industry group each will receive $50,000 awards from the U.S. Small Business Administration that could expand their operations in the state. The Maine Center for Entrepreneurial Development and the Environmental and Energy Technology Council of Maine, or E2Tech, were among eight groups in New England awarded grants through the SBA's Growth Accelerator Fund Competition.
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What's happening in the oil market right now is 'unprecedented'
Business Insider
The price of oil has collapsed again. And now the oil market is looking at a future that is "unprecedented." In a note to clients this week, analysts at Goldman Sachs took a look at the market and the supply glut that has been blamed for the collapse in oil prices over the last year. And as Goldman sees it, quite simply, the rules of the market have changed. "The market structure of the New Oil Order is unprecedented," the firm writes, adding that the balance of power between the market's largest and smallest companies has changed.
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Portland accepting last of proposals for solar projects
The Associated Press via Bangor Daily News
Portland has set a recent deadline for accepting proposals to convert rooftops in the city into projects that generate solar-powered electricity. The city will accept proposals until 3 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 6. Officials say they hope the proposals will be cost-neutral and they anticipate buying power generated from selected providers.
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Saudi Arabia might just have blinked in the oil war
Forbes
Kenny Rogers is probably not well known in Saudi Arabia but if recent speculation about the kingdom resorting to the international debt market is correct then the words of The Gambler should be called, loudly, from every minaret in Riyadh. If you don't know Kenny's signature song, it's the one which includes the refrain: "You've got to know when to hold 'em, know when to fold 'em, know when to walk away, know when to run." In the case of Saudi Arabia, and the unconfirmed reports of it seeking $27 billion in debt via an issue of bonds, it appears to be adopting the gamblers strategy of seeing off its opponents in the increasingly competitive oil world by calling "raise 'em."
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Efficiency Maine extends 40-hour heat pump training scholarship program through summer
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Register today — few seats remain!
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Event website now open: 23rd Annual J. Garrie Murray MEMA Golf Classic
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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



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LIHEAP Vendor Training — Pre-register by Aug. 17
Maine State Housing Authority
MaineHousing will be hosting trainings to discuss LIHEAP policy/procedures and to answer any questions or concerns you may have. We strongly encourage all vendors to participate.

Training will be conducted in four locations. You will only need to attend 1 of the 4, whichever is most convenient for you. Please complete and submit the Pre-Registration Form by Aug. 17. If you will have staff attending more than one location, please complete and submit a separate Pre-Registration Form for each training location.

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HR + Risk Management



Hire a specialist!
Federated Insurance
If a family member had a serious heart condition that required surgery, we would surely seek out the best cardiovascular specialist available to perform the operation. The same should hold true when seeking advice on our estate and business succession plans.
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Few US consumers have new chip cards
NACS
Even as the Oct. 1 EMV liability shift deadline approaches, the vast majority of Americans still have not received their new chip-enabled cards and only a small minority are using the chips at all, a new Associated Press-GfK poll shows. The poll found that only about 1 in 10 Americans has received the new chip-enabled credit cards. Of those who have received the cards, only one-third said that they've actually used the cards as intended in new specialized credit-card readers.
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