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Bob Leavitt of Webber Supply and the MEMA Golf Committee Chair announces his retirement
A note from Bob:
I want to let you know that effective Thursday, Oct. 8 I will be stepping down as president of Webber Supply, and Bill Hutchinson will be taking my place. This decision has been in the making for some time, which is why Bill was promoted to chief operating officer a year ago. So this should not come as a surprise to most of you other than perhaps the timing.
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What's hot in fire prevention? Equipment maintenance!
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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Rigby Yard proposal meets opposition
South Portland-Cape Elizabeth Sentry
A slow-moving proposal to build a propane storage facility at the Rigby rail yard on Route 1, first announced in February, hopped the fast train recently, with city denial of one concept, and rapid submission of a subsequent, formal application.
However, at least one city councilor is raising objections to the idea, even before it hits planning board review.
Governor, city officials raise safety concerns with Portsmouth propane proposal
New Hampshire Union Leader
Gov. Maggie Hassan joined city officials in voicing concerns Tuesday, Sept. 29, about Pan Am Railways' plan to potentially pump propane from rail cars into delivery trucks in downtown Portsmouth.
Hassan expressed her concerns to Pan Am officials and met with representatives from Sea-3, a company that's looking to expand its propane storage terminal in Newington to increase deliveries by rail. Sea-3's proposed expansion plan, which involves transporting propane on tracks owned by Pan Am, is separate from Pan Am's possible plan to transload propane in Portsmouth.
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Group working to bring more natural gas to Maine
The head of Maine's Public Utilities Commission says the agency is making progress on a plan to bring more natural gas into Maine and New England — but it still isn't going to happen quickly.
The Legislature, the Governor and the paper industry all agree that increasing natural gas capacity, by adding more pipelines, will lower the cost of electricity for industry and consumers.
Senate panel votes to lift 40-year-old US ban on crude oil exports
The Associated Press via PennEnergy
The Senate Banking Committee endorsed a bill Thursday, Oct. 1, to lift the four-decade-old ban on crude oil exports, the latest sign of congressional support for legislation that President Barack Obama opposes.
The banking panel endorsed the bill, 13-9, on a largely party-line vote. Sen. Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota sponsored the bill and was the only Democrat to support it.
Former PUC head Kurt Adams taking helm of Summit Utilities
Portland Press Herald
Kurt Adams, a former head of the Maine Public Utilities Commission, is leaving his job as chief development officer at wind developer SunEdison to become chief executive of Summit Utilities, Summit has announced.
The move comes as the CEO and board chairman of Colorado-based Summit, Michael Earnest, is retiring.
Managing your thermostat can be a money saver, but most people don't really know how
Bangor Daily News
Are smart appliances and systems making you feel like you are being outwitted by your home? They shouldn't. In many cases, it is just a matter of investing the time to read through the manual and understand the capabilities of the system.
For standard appliances like refrigerators, ovens or TVs, if you do not educate yourself on how the system works, you simply miss some of the capabilities of your device. However, with control systems like home alarms or programmable thermostats, the stakes are higher.
Millennials are on track to drive a boom in housing, and energy use
This is the year that the Millennial population surpasses the number of Boomers in America. It's Gen Y's turn to become the demographic tsunami working its way through the ecosystem of society, and to become the primary driving force for future energy demand.
But it's a different time you understand. The iPhone was introduced only in 2007 when half of today's millennials were still under 18 years old; Facebook launched in 2004, Twitter in 2006 and Uber in 2009. Google introduced its self-driving car only a few years ago. Boomers meanwhile came of age with touch-tone phones, mainframes and the automatic transmission.
Rollout of new payment card readers lagging in Maine, nation
Portland Press Herald
Thursday, Oct. 8, is the deadline for retailers who accept MasterCard and Visa to start using payment card readers that scan embedded microchips to avoid liability for fraudulent purchases. But don't expect them to roll out the technology all at once.
Businesses in Maine are in various stages of installing the new readers at checkout counters, and many consumers have yet to be issued the chip-embedded cards.
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