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New England Governor's commitment to regional cooperation on energy infrastructure issues
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Securing the future of the New England economy and environment requires strategic investments in our region's energy resources and infrastructure. These investments will provide affordable, clean and reliable energy to power our homes and businesses; make our region more competitive by reducing energy costs; attract more investment to the region and protect our quality of life and environment.
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NEFI responds to New England governors' energy agreement
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The six New England Governors announced a new commitment on energy infrastructure and cooperation, with a focus on developing natural gas supply and infrastructure in the region. You can read the Governors' agreement online here. Below is the official statement of Michael C. Trunzo, President & CEO of the New England Fuel Institute on the matter.
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Department of Professional and Financial Regulation announces changes for installation of mini-split heat pumps and offers assistance to consumers
MEMA
The Department of Professional and Financial Regulation is outlining the installation process for mini-split heat pumps and highlighting a recent change that will permit licensed oil burner technicians to perform the electrical portion of the installation, in addition to licensed electricians. The Department is also offering assistance to consumers. This outreach effort is being conducted as a result of the increasing use of MSHPs.
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Legislative Updates



Feds tell pipeline company it wants to review any change of operation
The Maine Public Broadcasting Network
An official with the Bureau of Energy Resources tells the Portland Pipe Line Corporation that before it undertakes changes to its pipeline it must notify the U.S. Department of State. The U.S. state department wants to review any request by the Portland Pipe Line Corporation to reverse the flow of its 236-mile-long pipeline that runs between Maine and Montreal. The review falls short of a request by Maine 1st District Rep. Chellie Pingree and others to require a new federal permit, but it represents a new position.
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Industry Headlines



Tracking the latest developments in US propane supply
LP Gas
The beginning of the winter heating season brought busyness to — and some backlash from — propane marketers, and it had only partially to do with, well, the winter heating season. It had mostly to do with crop drying. A fall flurry of wet crops drove marketers into action in parts of the Midwest. Eight states declared emergencies because of high demand and low supply, allowing exemptions to hours-of-service regulations for commercial truck drivers.
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Why exporting LNG from the US won't be enough to bring natural gas costs close to heating oil costs
Lake Rudd & Co.
Thoughts and observations from partner, Sean Cota: "This email is a follow-up note that I promised to friends at the Connecticut Energy Marketers Association Meetings earlier this month. The discussion expressed that natural gas prices will come much closer to heating oil prices as the U.S. increases it's LNG exports. I caution that this hope is not likely to happen, and there are many reasons for how these market changes will playout. To be brief, LNG Terminals won't be enough and they are in the wrong location to impact the Northeast United States. While pipeline bottlenecks which will affect New England natural gas prices at peak load will keep commercial natural gas up for the peaks, it will not effect the underlying Henry Hub NYMEX pricing of the basic commodity."
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Residents contest XNG Eliot terminal approval
Mainebiz
The Boston-based Xpress Natural Gas has secured state and federal permits for a new distribution hub in Eliot, but the plan is meeting with local opposition from nearby residents who say the construction project stands to increase flooding near their home. The York County Coast Star reported that a couple who lives near the location of the planned distribution facility have filed an appeal with the town planning board's Board of Appeals, arguing that preliminary flood maps show the area at a flood risk level that would prohibit the planned construction over 0.26 acres of wetland.
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HOS on the hot seat on Capitol Hill
Fleet Owner
Operating under the current federal Hours of Service regulations for nearly 4.5 months now has been plenty long enough for many motor carriers, logistics providers and truck drivers to be reporting that they are being hit hard by operational impacts that are both causing financial pain and reducing highway safely.
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Future looks bright for alternative fuels
Convenience Store News
Alternative fuels making a significant dent in the marketplace in the next five years was just one attention-grabbing prediction made during the inaugural 2013 Convenience Store News Alternative Fuels Summit, sponsored by Growth Energy.
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