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As 2014 comes to a close, MEMA would like to wish its members, partners and other industry professionals a safe and happy holiday season. As we reflect on the past year for the industry, we would like to provide the readers of MEMA Randoms a look at the most accessed articles from the year. Our regular publication will resume Jan. 7, 2015.

Propane marketers testify to Senate energy committee on last winter's struggles
LP Gas
From May 28: The propane industry finds itself in a "true energy revolution," impacted by strong domestic production, record U.S. exports and changing pipeline infrastructure — all affecting inventories, distribution and retailers' ability to service their customers without interruption. Joe Cordill, president of Cordill Propane Service in Louisiana and former chairman of the National Propane Gas Association, brought that message to Washington, D.C., on May 1 and stated the industry's case to members of the U.S. Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources.
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Amid rush to switch to natural gas, Maine contractor shuts down
Portland Press Herald
From Nov. 26: A contractor who hooked up homes in the suburbs north of Portland to natural gas has gone out of business, leaving an undetermined number of customers who had paid in advance to have their home heating systems converted without apparent recourse to recoup their investment, according to municipal and business officials.
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Oil's bright future
BloombergView
From June 11: In January 2011, during his State of the Union speech, President Barack Obama called oil "yesterday's energy." Here's the reality: Oil has been "yesterday's energy" for more than a century. And yet, it persists — because of continuing innovation that allows drillers to produce more oil and gas faster and more cheaply than ever before.
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Report: Gas pipeline not enough to avert New England energy crisis
New Hampshire Union Leader
From Feb. 19: New England is facing an energy crisis brought on by high natural gas prices, and the call by governors in the six states for a new, publicly funded natural gas pipeline does not go far enough to solve the problem, according to a detailed analysis of the region's energy options. The 30-page analysis, released Feb. 11, was conducted by a consulting group, Competitive Energy Services of Portland, Maine, on behalf of the Industrial Energy Consumer Group, which represents large-scale users of electricity in New England.
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Low pipeline values shock Waterville area
Morning Sentinel
From July 2: Municipalities that got proposed pipeline assessments from Summit Natural Gas are joining to seek higher tax revenues from the project.
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Summit Natural Gas is cutting safety corners
Morning Sentinel
From Nov. 5: A report was released recently by the state of Maine Public Utilities Commission to the Summit Natural Gas president addressing a number of violations the company has made, including puncturing multiple sewer lines and suggesting a penalty be enacted. The gas safety staff, through their series of investigations throughout the state, recorded that at "26 locations, Summit Natural Gas of Maine failed to expose existing underground facilities and provide adequate clearance between those facilities when installing mains by trenchless technology" and recommend a series of corrective actions, in addition to a $150,000 penalty.
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New England natural gas expansion plan hits roadblock
Morning Sentinel
From Aug. 27: A first-of-its kind effort by the six New England governors to expand natural gas pipeline capacity in the region has stalled and may be dead because of Massachusetts politics, dealing a blow to efforts to save Maine homes and businesses $120 million a year. The plan, announced with great fanfare in January, would increase gas pipeline capacity by nearly 20 percent within three years and build at least one major electricity transmission line to bring renewable energy from Canada.
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PUC staff says benefits of Maine investing in natural gas capacity unlikely to exceed costs
Bangor Daily News
From Oct. 8: A report issued Oct. 1 directs state regulators to move forward with caution when considering whether Maine electricity customers should help to pay for increasing natural gas pipeline capacity to the Northeast. If the Maine Public Utilities Commission assessed a new fee on ratepayers to buy up to $75 million in gas pipeline capacity per year, a report from PUC staff determined "it is unlikely that the benefits to Maine consumers will exceed the costs of pipeline capacity ... unless the cost of pipeline capacity is very low."
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Plunge in oil prices has Jekyll-and-Hyde effects
Portland Press Herald
From Dec. 3: A renewed plunge in oil prices is a worrying sign of weakness in the global economy that could shake governments dependent on oil revenues. Yet it is also a bonus for consumers as prices fall at the pump, giving individuals more spending money and lowering costs for many businesses. The latest slide follows OPEC's decision to leave its production target at 30 million barrels a day. Member nations of the cartel are worried they'll lose market share if they lower production.
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South Portland council should vote no on anti-oil sands ordinance
Bangor Daily News
From July 23: At this moment, the actions of one community threaten the livelihood and jobs of a number of Maine residents. The South Portland City Council is engaged in an effort to overturn a proposal concerning the Portland Pipeline that voters have already once decided. It's a flawed effort that is being driven by outside special interest groups that does a disservice to the voters and to the impacted business.
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