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Summit launches new natural gas company
Mainebiz
The parent company of Summit Natural Gas has launched a new company to help Mainers convert to natural gas in a timely and affordable process after receiving regulatory approval. Summit Utilities announced on Sept. 17 that the creation of Natural Gas Conversion Company was recently approved by the Maine Public Utilities Commission.
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MEMA members,
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At our request, because of the number of questions to us from you regarding the process, MSHA will be holding 4 vendor training sessions.

These are intended to help make your life with the LIHEAP program easier! I believe they will as simple explanations, for example, best and simple ways to complete the consumption reports, can make a big time difference.

The goal is to make the LIHEAP program as little of a burden as possible for you and your customers.

Please see the attached notice and registration for more complete info.

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Legislative Updates



Litigation is only option for Portsmouth in stalling Newington propane expansion
New Hampshire Public Radio
After failing to appeal the Newington Planning Board's decision to approve the propane company Sea-3's expansion through that city's Zoning Board of Adjustment, a Portsmouth staff attorney says they will proceed to Superior Court.
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Could Putin push natural gas prices higher?
ETF Daily News
Also, natural gas usually gets a lift during winter. Take note of this five-year chart for natural gas. In most years, natural gas prices are higher in March than December. The one exception in this time frame came in 2012, when natural gas prices collapsed because of the shale natural gas revolution.
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Fight erupts over New England natural gas plan
The Associated Press via PennEnergy
A new fight has emerged over efforts to shift New England from oil and coal to lower cost natural gas. Plans by New England's governors and energy officials to expand natural gas in the six states have drawn fights in the past year among energy companies, environmentalists and local and state officials. Now, a lawyer who represents a pipeline company, manufacturers and two organized labor groups is accusing environmental advocates of abandoning their early support for cleaner energy and trying to block pipeline projects.
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Maine regulators asked to decide whether to charge electricity ratepayers for natural gas expansion
Bangor Daily News
The Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co. has asked Maine regulators to make up their minds by the end of November about charging electricity ratepayers a new fee to pay for new natural gas capacity. The company, owned by Houston-based energy company Kinder Morgan, submitted to the Maine Public Utilities Commission a proposal outlining an offer for the state to buy capacity on its planned pipeline expansion through Pennsylvania, New York, Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Maine.
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State energy plan warns of fuel shortages
The Portsmouth Herald
New Hampshire's 10-Year State Energy Strategy warns about how vulnerable the state is to "national and world events that impact both the supply and the price of energy." The strategy, released this month by the state office of Energy & Planning, addresses how the shortages of oil, propane and natural gas last winter "caused price spikes that resulted in significant cost increases for consumers and businesses." The report, which also talked about how expanding rail operations for commuters and moving goods could help the state, said it's important to be focusing on "reducing our vulnerability."
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 MEMA Special Events

Date Event More Information
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



Farmers urged to fill propane tanks now
The Country Today
The weather vane is pointing to another late, wet corn harvest with the potential of a cold winter following closely behind. For the propane industry, that was last year's recipe for skyrocketing prices and dwindling inventory. Brandon Scholz, managing director of the Wisconsin Propane Gas Association, said the state's propane suppliers are using the lessons learned in last year's crisis. "There was nothing in the playbook for that kind of scenario," Scholz said.
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Jotul stove plant in Gorham to double production, hire workers
Portland Press Herald
The Jotul plant in Gorham is doubling its production capacity and will be hiring several new employees over the next six months, the company announced Sept. 17. The Gorham plant will take over the production of nine wood-burning stove models currently manufactured in Fredrikstad, Norway, Bret Watson, president and CEO of Jotul North America, said in a news release. He said the move will allow Jotul to have more control over quality and improve its on-time delivery.
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Eastern Propane puts environmentally friendly truck into service
Rochester Times
Eastern Propane and Oil, a full-service propane and oil company serving New Hampshire, Maine, Massachusetts, Rhode Island and Vermont, is pleased to announce the most recent addition to its delivery fleet — the Freightliner S2G Propane-Powered propane delivery truck.
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Natural gas discussion continues (left column)
Sanford Regional Economic Growth Council News
As you know, this past winter brought us some of the highest home heating bills seen in years, regardless of energy source because of the coldest temperatures in recent memory. So, as we all seek ways to cut our energy bills this coming winter, we ask that you take a moment to get all of the facts before doing so.
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Spectra, Northeast Utilities team up for $3 billion New England natural gas project
Maine Sun Journal
The Houston-based Spectra Energy announced Sept. 16 that Northeast Utilities, New England's largest electric utility, plans to be a co-investor in a $3 billion effort to expand two major natural gas pipelines in the region, one of which runs through Maine. Spectra's pipeline expansion proposal was made public to a regional group coordinating energy policy in June, but the investment partnership with Northeast Utilities is new.
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Loring Development Authority feeling the power of alternative energy
Bangor Daily News
On an old concrete parking lot next to a deserted building on the former Loring Air Force Base, there is something very exciting and environmentally friendly going on. Every day, from sunrise to sundown, 720 state-of-the art solar panels mounted on 30 dual-axis tracking devices produce up to 200 kilowatt-hours of power for the Loring Development Authority.
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Seismic surveys for undersea oil raise concern
Portland Press Herald
As early as next spring, the boom of seismic cannons will sound under the Atlantic Ocean as the first oil and gas exploration allowed off the East Coast in three decades gets underway. While federal officials and the oil and gas industry characterize the exploration as benign, Nags Head Mayor Bob Edwards said he's terrified about what the intense sound waves can do to dolphins and endangered North Atlantic right whales, of which only 500 remain.
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Convenience Store News



Deadline imminent for retailers who participate in SNAP
The Association for Convenience & Fuel Retailing
The Farm Bill, signed into law on Feb. 7, 2014, imposes additional obligations on retailers that redeem Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program benefits. One of the more significant changes for retailers goes into effect on Sept. 21, when retailers participating in SNAP will no longer be offered free Electronic Benefit Transfer equipment, supplies and related services.
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Retail market grows again
CSP Daily News
In the past two weeks, the U.S. average retail gasoline price dropped 8.9 cents per gallon to $3.3741, according to the most recent Lundberg Survey of approximately 2,500 U.S. gas stations. It has been 13 weeks of pump price declines, totaling 33.57 cents since June 20. This is the lowest average price since early February. It sits nearly 15 cents under the year-ago point.
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