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Maine candidates for governor to speak at energy forum
Portland Press Herald
Maine Gov. Paul LePage and the two candidates vying to replace him, Democrat Mike Michaud and independent Eliot Cutler, will lay out their positions on energy and the environment at an an upcoming E2Tech event at the University of Southern Maine this month.
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Legislative Updates



Bingham wind energy project wins preliminary approval from Maine environmental regulators
Bangor Daily News
State regulators are prepared to give final approval for a 62-turbine wind farm in Bingham, which would be the largest so far approved in the state. The Maine Department of Environmental Protection on Aug. 27 issued a draft order approving the project, proposed by a subsidiary of the Boston-based firm First Wind. That order will be subject to public comment and further review before final approval can be granted for the proposed $398 million project by Blue Sky West LLC and Blue Sky West II LLC.
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 MEMA Special Events

Date Event More Information
Sept. 16 Profit Strategies 101: AFC First and Franklin Acq. Advisors MEMA, 25 Greenwood Road Brunswick, Maine 04011
Oct. 10 Viega Educational Facility Open House Viega Educational Facility, 1800 Southwood Drive, Nashua, New Hampshire 03063
Oct. 29 MEMA Board of Directors Meeting Bangor, Maine
Nov. 6 Annual Propane Summit Governor Hill Mansion, Augusta
Dec. 2-4 December Dealer Meetings Falmouth, Augusta, Bangor + Caribou



Industry Headlines



State report: Alternative energy a top bet for job growth
Portland Press Herald
Alternative energy is among the industries in Maine that show the most potential for job growth, according to a new, unreleased state report. The study, commissioned by the Maine Technology Institute, assesses 13 "technology clusters" in Maine — concentrations of similar companies within certain industries whose specialized nature or critical mass give them competitive advantages in their respective markets. Those 13 clusters, which range from boat-building to medical devices, support 84,305 jobs in the state, according to the report.
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Why the energy markets may be a turning point
Forbes
The U.S. energy markets tumbled this summer due to a bearish combination of unusually mild weather, the strengthening U.S. dollar and rising supplies. West Texas crude oil dropped by approximately 14 percent and Henry Hub natural gas fell just over 20 percent. In the past couple of weeks, both crude oil and natural gas have stabilized and broken above key technical resistance levels — a possible sign of a change of trend.
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US now world's leading natural gas producer
The Desert Sun
According to the BP 2014 statistical world energy review, the U.S. has achieved world-leading natural gas production, by reaching a new all-time high of 328 billion cubic feet per day. World usage of natural gas is about 24 percent of all primary energy consumed, behind oil's 33 percent and coal's 30 percent. Over the past five years, U.S. natural gas production has grown over 20 percent.
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Fossil fuel alternative? E. Coli bacteria tricked into making propane
NBC News
British and Finnish scientists have found a way of generating propane using E. coli bacteria — found in the human intestine — and say the finding could lead in five to 10 years to commercial production of an alternative to fossil fuel reserves. "Although we have only produced tiny amounts so far, the fuel we have produced is ready to be used in an engine straight away," said Patrik Jones of the department of life sciences at Imperial College London.
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Natural gas small compressors may have a bright future
The Daily Times via Bakken.com
When it comes to natural gas production, sometimes size matters, or not. Compression units are the hearts of natural gas wells to keep them producing, and Poquito Compression in Aztec, New Mexico, might be the last stop before well owners cap a well. "We have the smallest compressors around," said company owner William Yeager.
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Water shortages pose larger than expected threat to shale gas
Financial Times
Water shortages pose a bigger threat to the global shale oil and gas industry than is widely realized, according to one of the most detailed studies to date of how much water is available at some of the world's most promising shale sites. More than a third of commercially viable shale gas deposits worldwide are in areas that are either dry or have water supply constraints, according to a study by the Washington D.C.-based World Resources Institute, an environmental think-tank.
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What's fueling crude oil producton growth for EOG resources?
Forbes
EOG Resources' net crude oil production has grown sharply from just around 55,000 barrels per day in 2009 to over 220 million barrels per day last year, implying a CAGR of more than 41 percent. Almost all of this growth in the company's crude oil production has come from its operations in the Eagle Ford and Bakken shale plays in the U.S. This year, EOG Resources plans to grow its net crude oil production by another 29 percent over last year. In this article, we take a closer look at what's fueling this extraordinary growth in the company's crude oil production.
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