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Rest in peace, David W. Breed
CentralMaine
On Friday, Sept. 25, following a long and courageous battle with multiple health issues, David W. Breed, 69, passed peacefully while at his summer place by the Kennebec River at Foggy Bottom Campground. He was born in Gardiner, on April 22, 1946, to Geneva G. (Mann) and Harlan J. Breed. He was raised locally by his maternal grandparents, Minnie A. and Alfred L. Mann. In his early years they resided two houses from the Harrington's home, and Dave and Eydie were mischievous children together. The Mann's moved to Maine Avenue, Farmingdale, where Dave was introduced to gardening.
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MEMA's new Maine Energy Facts website and Facebook page
MEMA
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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What's hot in fire prevention? Equipment maintenance!
Federated Insurance
Fires continue to ravage businesses across the country. Spontaneous combustion, heating and electrical systems, smoking, poor housekeeping, storing flammables — all common causes of industrial fires. But, they are certainly not the only risks needing attention.
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Legislative Updates



Hillary Clinton: I oppose the Keystone XL pipeline
NBC News
After months of declining to take a position on the Keystone XL pipeline, Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton says she opposes the construction of the project. "I think it is imperative that we look at the Keystone XL pipeline as what I believe it is: A distraction from the important work we have to do to combat climate change, and, unfortunately from my perspective, one that interferes with our ability to move forward and deal with other issues," she said during a recent campaign event in Iowa.
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Senate Democrats unveil ambitious energy bill
United Press International
Senate Democrats revealed a proposal offering a comprehensive energy policy designed to use new technology to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The proposed bill, organized by Sen. Maria Cantwell, D-Washington, provides tax policy changes, emission-reduction goals and research in policy guidelines meant to show support for President Barack Obama's assertive energy strategy. The legislative plan calls for greenhouse gas emissions to be cut by two percent per year through 2025, a greater reduction than Obama's target.
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South Portland gets revised proposal for propane storage
The Forecaster
NGL Supply Terminal Co. is moving forward with its plan to move from Commercial Street in Portland to Rigby Rail Yard. The propane distribution company submitted a revised site plan application for 20 Rigby Yard to the Planning and Development Department on Monday, Sept. 21. The application outlines plans to construct a liquid petroleum gas distribution facility that will use an above-ground storage system "for the transfer of propane fuel from (rail) tanker cars to distribution vehicles," according to the application.
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Company tries to put Newington propane terminal expansion on the fast track
New Hampshire Union Leader
Company officials looking to expand Sea-3 Inc.'s propane storage at its Newington terminal and increase shipments by rail are hoping upcoming public hearings will put their stalled plan on the fast track. The state's Site Evaluation Committee will hold hearings on Nov. 5 and Nov. 6 in Concord to consider Sea-3's request for an exemption from the lengthy full review process normally required for such an energy proposal.
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The Searsport dredge alternative that isn't
Bangor Daily News
Much has been made of a supposed alternative to the Searsport Navigation Improvement Project. Opponents of the project hired a Washington, D.C.-based lobbying firm to write a report critical of the project, proposing what they call "a nonstructural alternative that could accommodate most of the desired future fleet." That alternative requires ships calling at Searsport to wait on tides to enter the port and to wait at the berth to leave it.
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Industry Headlines



Price for heating oil in Maine drops to lowest point since 2004
MaineBiz
Heading into the winter, the average price of home heating oil is lower than it's been in a decade, falling below $2 per gallon in the Governor's Energy Office's most recent heating fuel survey. The survey released recently found the average price of No. 2 was $1.99 per gallon, down 9 cents since late August. Kerosene and propane prices also declined since late August, dropping to $2.56 and $2.14 per gallon, respectively.
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Officials: Low heating oil prices could create incentives for energy efficiency projects
Maine Public Broadcasting
Energy prices are dropping, but energy and environmental advocates say that doesn't mean that homeowners and business owners should defer heating improvements. In fact, they say Mainers can use some of the money they save on oil to pay for an energy audit or install new, efficient heating systems. For consumers in some parts of the state, heating oil prices are hitting their lowest point in 10 years at around $1.70 a gallon. That means big savings for home and business owners who rely on oil for heat.
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What's that? A wood pellet boiler
Portland Press Herald
The nonprofit Northern Forest Center, which works in Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont and parts of New York, has a neat idea: You eat local food. Why not heat with local wood? Not to mention, sever your relationship with fossil fuels. The organization is promoting the use of wood pellet boilers. Don't confuse this newer technology with either wood stoves or wood pellet stoves.
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Servicers for once popular Monitor heaters dwindle
CentralMaine
Companies know there's a need, but for now the job of repairing the kerosene-fueled units falls to a dedicated few. For 34 years, Ken Gaudin has been installing and servicing Monitor heaters in the suburbs north of Portland. He figures he put in 4,000 of them. Customers of Ken's Monitor & Toyo Sales are thrilled to get through winter burning 300-400 gallons of kerosene in their superefficient units. An old-tech oil furnace could guzzle double that amount.
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Convenience Store News



Maine officials trumpet first year of liquor contract
Maine Public Broadcasting
State officials, Pine State Trading Co., the holder of the state liquor contracts, and liquor retailers held a news conference in Augusta to tout how new marketing efforts have increased liquor sales and profitability in the first year of the new agreement. The state made $46 million from the contract.
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Will chip cards cause consumer confusion?
NACS
The San Diego Union Tribune reports that many retailers "aren't ready" for the Oct. 1 EMV deadline, suggesting that consumer confusion is likely at the register. "Issuers have largely gotten the cards into consumers hands, but merchants have not activated terminals or completed migration for chip," Randy Vanderhoof, executive director of the Smart Card Alliance, told the news source.
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National Labor Relations Board announces new standard
NACS
​On Aug. 27, in a 3-2 decision, the National Labor Relations Board announced a new standard for determining joint employer status under the National Labor Relations Act. The Board's decision in Browning-Ferris Industries, Inc. significantly expands the Board's joint employer doctrine. Specifically, NLRB will no longer require that an employer directly and immediately exercise control over essential terms and conditions of employment to be deemed a joint employer; instead, the NLRB will evaluate whether an employer has the right to control such terms an d conditions.
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