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Natural gas: A Fool's Gold rush?
Thayer Corporation
As the availability of natural gas becomes more widespread, a Fool's Gold rush has been created. Thayer Corporation has been and will remain fuel, technology and brand neutral as we offer some considerations when determining if switching to natural gas is in your best interest. The supply of natural gas in the U.S. has increased dramatically over the last decade, largely due to the use of fracking technology to improve yields from gas deposits embedded in shale rock formations.
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MEMA members,
MEMA
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



Summit Natural Gas 2014-2015 winter rates
Oct. 1, 2014

Last year Summit Natural Gas claimed to have fixed their rates for 10 years. See just one year later the delivery charge increase, the commodity cost of gas increase and how this compares to oil heat.
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LePage urges federal regulators to fast-track natural gas pipelines
Portland Press Herald
With electricity prices expected to climb sharply across New England this winter, Gov. Paul LePage recently asked federal regulators to address natural gas supply bottlenecks, and he again criticized Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick for not supporting gas pipeline development in that state.
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Governor LePage requests House members support natural gas expansion
Noodls
As part of his ongoing efforts to lower the cost of electricity and heating costs for Mainers, Governor Paul R. LePage has written Congresswoman Chellie Pingree and Congressman Michael Michaud requesting that they support expediting natural gas projects in New England. The Governor asks that they reconsider their opposition to H.R. 1900, "The Natural Gas Permitting Reform Act."
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Maine candidates for governor spar over natural gas pipeline
Maine Public Broadcasting
Republican Gov. Paul LePage is defending his support of legislation that could make it easier for private businesses to use eminent domain to seize property for natural gas pipeline expansion. The governor says the legislation is necessary to alleviate what he calls the New England energy crisis. But the governor's two opponents oppose the move.
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Questions about tar sands, air quality and Lac-Megantic disaster linger for South Portland council
Bangor Daily News
Although the City Council accepted recommendations of the Draft Ordinance Committee earlier this year, the council was not as eager to act on the issues brought forth during a Sept. 22 workshop. The DOC was formed in February to tackle issues around the potential pumping of tar sands oil. Members David Critchfield and Russell Pierce Jr. explained that, after completing research, the committee felt there were still some issues they "couldn't close the book on," but of which councilors should be aware.
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City won't rezone 'tank farms'
South Portland - Cape Elizabeth Sentry
With the July 21 passage of a Clear Skis Ordinance designed to block diluted bitumen, or "tar sands" from entering the city, and unanimous approval Sept. 15 of a proclamation supporting the federal Clean Air Act, the South Portland City Council has won many accolades from local environmental activists. But on Sept. 22, it stopped short of giving the green crowd everything it wants.
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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



Liberty Utilities expects customers will see higher electricity bills this winter
The Concord Monitor
Liberty Utilities is expecting its customers' electricity bills to increase this winter by nearly 50 percent. The utility is planning to double its energy charge to 15.4 cents per kilowatt-hour of electricity, from the current rate of 7.73 cents. Liberty announced recently that it filed with the state Public Utilities Commission seeking approval of the rate change, which would go into effect Nov. 1.
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Study: Natural Gas raises greenhouse gas emissions
Maine News
A new study has found that changing to natural gas from coal won't reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The researchers from the University of California and the nonprofit organization Near Zero have studied natural gas supply and climate policies.
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Maine's Summit Natural Gas overcoming obstacles to add customers
Natural Gas Intelligence
A natural gas utility's plans to convert 3,000 homes and businesses in Maine to natural gas ran into a snag because many heating, ventilation and air conditioning contractors are unfamiliar with the options available to new natural gas customers.
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Lee Auto chair invests in energy efficiency startup
Mainebiz
Adam Lee, the public face and chairman of Lee Auto Malls, has resisted investing in a great many deals over the years, real estate investments included. But he recently changed his mind when a longtime friend presented him with a simple premise for a product.
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Facts about Sea-3's propane railcar shipments and site plan
The Portsmouth Herald
For nearly 40 years, Sea-3 has safely provided 40 percent of all the propane used by schools, homes and businesses in New England from our Newington facility. However, Sea-3's commitment to safety and to meeting customer demands for this critical energy source is now being overshadowed by unfounded fears and inaccurate information about the propane railcars that will pass through the city of Portsmouth. It is our hope that policy makers and the public take the time to learn about our commitment to safety.
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Closing Vermont nuclear bad business for everyone
Forbes
Two electricity distribution companies in Massachusetts and New Hampshire announced electricity rate increases for this winter. This collateral damage results from Vermont's choice last year to close the Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant. That choice has hurt rate-payers in their neighboring states.
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Convenience Store News



The end of era: Venezuela's latest attempt to offload Citgo
By Lucy Wallwork
The Citgo sign overlooking Fenway Park, home of the Boston Red Sox, is something of a local icon. But many Americans may be unaware of the Venezuelan owners of Citgo, which refines and distributes crude oil through 7,000 U.S. service stations. Now faced with an intensifying cash crisis, the Venezuelan state's plan to sell Citgo has brought the question of ownership back into the public eye. Although in a changed downstream landscape, buyers are hardly lining up at their door.
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Retailers meet goal in preventing tobacco sales to minors
Convenience Store Decisions
A new report just released by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration indicates retailers continue to meet federal mandates banning tobacco sales to youths under the age of 18.
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