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Why is it worth your while to look at your Associations Workers Compensation Trust Program?
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MEMA's workers compensation program continues to be a valuable benefit of MEMA membership. Since 1991 it has proven to be a quality alternative to the commercial insurance market as evidenced by the $4,500,000 returned in refunds. I believe that every MEMA member should participate in the program, but you at least owe it to yourself to take a look at the plan.
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Is the health insurance you provide your employees enough?
MEMA and Colonial Life
Summer is coming to an end, and you are ramping up for the busy fall and winter season ahead of you. Now is a great time to think about the benefits offered to your employees before the mad rush begins. Employers need affordable solutions to protect their employees from increased financial risk like deductibles and coinsurance to stay competitive, and to remain profitable.
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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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Legislative Updates



Emails released concerning plans for natural gas power plant in Rockland
The Courier-Gazette
Rockland City Officials released a number of emails and other documents concerning discussions of the proposed natural gas power plant in response to a written request for documents filed Sept. 4 by Ron Huber of Friends of Penobscot Bay. Huber sought the documents from six top city officials in the time period from July 28 to Sept. 4 using Maine's Freedom of Access laws.
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Ohio Supreme Court rejects fracking foes' ballot protest
The Associated Press via PennEnergy
Residents in three counties where Ohio's top elections official invalidated anti-fracking ballot issues for this fall lost a legal challenge recently in the state Supreme Court. In a 6-1 decision, justices said that Secretary of State Jon Husted didn't have the discretion to assess the legality of "community rights charters" offered in Fulton, Medina and Athens counties, but he had cited another reason to toss the measures that was valid.
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Report: Sea-3's plan meets safety requirements
The Portsmouth Herald
Officials from Sea-3 Inc, a propane distribution and storage facility, say an independent study on their proposed expansion shows that both the plant and the railroad tracks leading into it meet "all applicable safety standards." "This report confirms that Sea-3 can provide low cost domestically produced propane to all of the people of New Hampshire in the safest, most efficient and most secure manner possible," Paul Bogan, the vice president of operations for Sea-3, said.
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More New England generation, transmission, pipelines needed: ISO-NE
Platts
Substantial improvements are now being made to the New England power grid, but more generating capacity, transmission capacity and natural gas pipeline capacity will be needed to ensure reliability and to minimize price volatility, ISO New England said in a draft of its 2015 Regional System Plan. "The region has reached a turning point in addressing several key challenges to system reliability," ISO-NE said in the draft report, a final version of which is expected to be issued in November.
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Industry Headlines



UMaine System cut carbon emissions by 26 percent over last decade
Bangor Daily News
The University of Maine System has reduced carbon emissions across its seven campuses and other statewide facilities by 26 percent since 2006, according to a report released recently. Chip Gavin, chief of facilities management for the system, presented the findings of the 2015 report on system-wide energy and environmental sustainability initiatives to the system's Finance Facilities and Technology Committee during their recent meeting.
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Census: Maine homes continue switch from heating oil
Widgets and Digits
For better or for worse, homeowners continued to shift away from heating their homes with No. 2 oil as more install natural gas and propane systems. Data released recently from the U.S. Census Bureau's American Community Survey show the share of Maine homes using heating oil dropped by a statistically significant amount in 2014, as falling crude oil prices lowered heating oil and gasoline prices.
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Can the Saudi economy resist 'much lower for much longer'?
OilPrice.com
The previous article in this series on Saudi oil policies asked what the Saudis planned to do as their encore in 2016 after sacrificing approximately $100 billion in crude oil export revenue in 2015 in pursuit of market share. This article provides the author's answer: The Saudis must alter course, seek a consensus on prices and volumes with their fellow OPEC members, coordinate with Russia, and reduce output from 2015's average (approx. 10.5 mmbbl/d) to signal their commitment.
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Analysis: The price of power
Portland Press Herald
Another winter's coming. Another season of tight natural gas supplies in New England, of above-average electricity and gas rates that cost residents and businesses billions of extra dollars every year. Also coming: Continued debate among politicians and interest groups over the need for and cost of increasing the flow of gas from plentiful new supplies on the region’s doorstep, and who should pay for it.
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Study: Sea-3 meets 'all applicable safety standards'
Foster's Daily Democrat
Results are now available from an independent safety study of Sea-3's proposed expansion of propane shipments by rail to our terminal in Newington. As this newspaper reported, the 60-page safety study by Sebago Technics found the Sea-3 site and the rail line from Sea-3 through Portsmouth to Rockingham Junction meet "all applicable safety standards."
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Convenience Store News



South Portland joins Portland in imposing 5-cent fee on disposable shopping bags
Portland Press Herald
The city of South Portland joined Portland on Sept. 21 as the only municipalities in Maine that have adopted ordinances requiring consumers to pay 5 cents for disposable, plastic or paper shopping bags at supermarkets and other stores that sell food. South Portland city councilors also voted to adopt a ban on the use of polystyrene packaging. Portland and Freeport have already passed bans on polystyrene, commonly referred to as Styrofoam.
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NACS issues menu-labeling compliance assistance
NACS
Following up on the Food and Drug Administration's announcement of a draft guidance document that addresses some of the questions raised about its final menu-labeling rule, NACS is providing its members with a summary of the final rule, as well as a general understanding of their obligations by the December 2016 compliance deadline.
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LAST WEEK'S MOST POPULAR ARTICLES
Missed last week's issue? See which articles your colleagues read most.

    Fed up with EPA, LePage retaliates with threat (Portland Press Herald)
Goldman: This may push oil to $20 (CNBC)
Rockland option money may go toward review of natural gas plant proposal (Bangor Daily News)
South Portland City Council approves 5-cent shopping bag fee, ban on polystyrene packaging (Portland Press Herald)
Sea-3 exemption hearing delayed (The Portsmouth Herald)

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