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CEMA files complaint with Attorney General
CEMA
With the precipitous drop in home heating oil prices, claims by the natural gas utilities as shown in this picture of a billboard along I91 in Orange are misleading the public about the cost of conversion and portraying false promises of savings. CEMA has contacted the Office of the Attorney General asking them to compel Connecticut Natural Gas and Southern Connecticut Gas to take the billboard down and issue a communication to the public retracting the false information.
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Commercial truck and CDL driver updates and reminders
CEMA
Snow and ice removal: as we enter the winter season, companies are reminded that Connecticut law requires you to remove snow and ice accumulations from the top of your trucks. Also, be sure that your placards are clean of snow, ice or dirt. Fines may be levied for infractions of these requirements.
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CEMA corrects news story on renegotiating oil contracts
CEMA
Last month, Channel 8 News ran a story discussing low oil prices and how consumers who were locked into a fixed price contract should call their oil companies to see if they could get a better price. What this story failed to say was that oil companies are also locked into a price when they offer these contracts to customers, as required by state law.
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Connecticut minimum wage increase effective Jan. 1
CEMA
Effective Jan. 1, Connecticut's minimum wage increased to $9.15 per hour, up from $8.70 an hour. The increase is the result of a new law Gov. Malloy signed earlier this year that requires a series of increases through 2017.
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In Memoriam — William Briggs — Valley Oil Company and Cathy Barber — Drake Petroleum
CEMA
William Frederick Briggs, Jr., 85, of East Hampton, Connecticut, and Sarasota, Florida, formally of South Glastonbury, passed away on Sunday, Dec. 21, 2014, in Sarasota, Florida. Born in Waterbury on July 5, 1929, he was the son of the late William F. Briggs and Dorothy (Porteous) Briggs.
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C-Store financial article: 5 ways to stop wasting cash in inventory
CEMA
When we do business valuations for marketers who want to know what their business or someone else's is worth, one of the criteria we measure is inventory efficiency. Why? Because inefficient inventory will actually reduce the company's value using any asset-based income model. But more than just reducing the company's market value it is also a huge waste of cash and most times, easily fixable.
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CEMA endorses TransGate solutions for payroll processing
CEMA
CEMA is proud to announce a new endorsement for all members. TransGate Solutions is a local Connecticut company that is a wholesaler for payroll processor ADP. What that means is that you receive all the benefits and assurances of payroll processing by a national payroll company, ADP, at wholesale pricing, and with local Connecticut support and service!
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Save the date: AREE 2015
CEMA
The annual Atlantic Region Energy Expo will be held at the Taj Mahal in Atlantic City on May 12-14. The education program is being finalized.
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INDUSTRY NEWS


ASTM approves spec for heating oil with 6 to 20 percent biodiesel
The National Biodiesel Board via Biodiesel Magazine
ASTM International, an organization which sets industry consensus standards for fuels and lubricants, has voted to approve performance specifications for blends of 6 to 20 percent biodiesel with traditional heating oil. The move is a significant leap forward in the industry effort to boost the percentage of cleaner burning biodiesel that homeowners and building managers use in oilheat equipment common to the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic.
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Regulators finalize $130 million CL&P rate increase
Hartford Business Journal
The Public Utilities Regulatory Authority recently finalized its preliminary decision to approve a distribution rate increase of $130 million for Berlin electric utility Connecticut Light & Power, a significant reduction in the company's original request. The final decision — basically maintaining all of its preliminary decisions made on Dec. 1 — raises the basic connection fee for customers from $16 per month to $19.25 per month and more.
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Low home heating oil prices
YouTube
VideoBrief This video is about low home heating oil prices.
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Avoid freezing pipes
ENERGY TRUTH
With the tremendous cold slamming the state, the Connecticut Energy Marketers Association (CEMA) is advising consumers to take steps to avoid frozen pipes and potential life threatening situations. CEMA, which represents 600 family owned and operated home heating oil companies in Connecticut, advises consumers to change the settings on their programmable/setback thermostats to maintain at least 60 to 65 degrees.
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Will US natural gas boom last?
American Energy Coalition
The journal Nature recently published a bombshell article that called the decades-long promise of abundant natural gas a “fallacy,” and now some experts are wondering if the U.S. is developing a dangerous over-reliance on natural gas, according to a recent article in Forbes. Scientists from the University of Texas at Austin wrote in Nature that forecasts for the longevity of the U.S. shale gas boom, including projections from energy companies and the federal Energy Information Administration, are little better than guesswork.
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Natural gas prices are going higher
Energy & Capital
Halliburton laid off 1,000 workers in its Eastern Hemisphere division recently. Many assume oil prices have the multi-national conglomerate spooked that it will need to cut its prices or face non-payment by oil drillers. Several Energy & Capital readers have expressed similar concern for their own oil investments.
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Tips for protecting your home against cold weather
WTNH-TV
As winter temperatures have you throwing on a few more layers, you not only have to think about protecting yourself but also your home from the cold weather. WTNH-TV has your back with tips for you on how you can weather proof your home.
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The shortest distance between you and a great career
Entech
Where do the pros look for the next generation of HVACR technicians? Right here at Entech. Our state-of-the-art facility offers training with the very latest technologies and equipment. Because Entech is affiliated with the Connecticut Energy Marketers Association, we have direct relationships with the companies you'll want to work for. As part of our job placement services, we'll even help you find an apprenticeship while you're training so you can earn a paycheck sooner.
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Toll income needed, but safeguard a must
The Day
The Day welcomes Gov. Dannel P. Malloy's decision to include the possible return of tolls to state highways in the discussion of transportation needs and how to pay for them. They also share the governor's opinion that if tolls are used to raise revenues, the program must include a guarantee the money will only be used for transportation.
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Drop in gas prices good for consumers but not state revenue
Journal Inquirer
With gasoline prices hitting their lowest point in five years, motorists and government officials are likely to find themselves counting their money — for different reasons. AAA projected in its monthly report that motorists could enjoy big savings in the year to come as prices remain low.
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