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Hartford Courant covers CEMA's natural gas advertising complaint
CEMA
As reported in our last newsletter, CEMA recently filed a complaint with the Attorney General’s Office concerning deceptive advertising by natural gas utilities. Specifically, Connecticut Natural Gas and Southern Connecticut Gas have been advertising on a billboard on I-95 in Orange that you can “save $1,700 a year” by switching to gas.
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Bioheat® fuel radio ads running in Connecticut and the region
CEMA
Recently, the National Biodiesel Board (NBB) began running 30 second radio spots in Connecticut and throughout the region. The ads will run for 12 weeks at the cost of $117,000 (to NBB) with the radio campaign reaching more than 438,00 unique listeners. Fifty-two percent of adults ages 25–64 will hear the ads an average of 11 times or more.
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Abnormal market disruption expires
CEMA
On Jan. 26, beginning at 1:30 p.m., the Office of the Attorney General declared an "abnormal market disruption" for "energy resources" including gasoline, heating oil, propane, natural gas, electricity, wood and other forms of energy starting in response to the blizzard conditions that existed in most of the region.
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AEC 2014 marketing campaign recap
CEMA
The American Energy Coalition (AEC) launched its 2014 marketing campaign on June 2, with ten and fifteen-second drive time traffic and weather radio spots in Connecticut, Long Island and New York City. Massachusetts joined a week later. Staying true to its mission to provide the industry with a “constant, sustained, unified message,” this first-ever “spring” radio flight was just one component of a comprehensive, broad-based, “all inclusive” campaign that in addition to radio also includes: social media, expanded website content, direct mail, print and a first-ever pay-per-click ad campaign.
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Bipartisan efforts look to speed up natural gas exports
CEMA
Both the House and Senate debated proposals recently that would speed-up the approval of natural gas exports, including liquefied natural gas. These efforts are important to NEFI members because increased exports could expose natural gas to global markets and new sources of demand, and as a result, increase domestic prices for the fuel.
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Every broker's — and employer's — need to offer a private exchange solution
CEMA
There has been a lot of discussion and media coverage over the last couple of years on private exchanges and their relevance in this ACA-era of employee benefits. The author, Joseph Bucci, Jr., has spoken a great deal on the topic, written publications and educated many clients on the value of private exchanges for employer groups of all sizes.
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Spirit® Petroleum looks at credit card skimming at gas stations and ways to prevent it
CEMA
Thanks to new technologies designed to make things faster, easier and more efficient on both the buying and selling sides of the equation, the percentage of electronic transactions continues to rise, especially at the retail fuel pump. What customer doesn’t love the ease of making purchases with the simple swipe of a credit card, especially at the gas pump?
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Jobber's journal: When your team isn't playing nice with each other
CEMA
Your team is supposed to act like a team. Help each other. Solve problems together. Be nice to each other. Put the other guy first. That's the perfect world, but it may not always look or feel like this. What happens when the team isn’t playing nice with each other? When the finger of blame is pointing? When words get sharp and tempers flare?
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Customer performance obligations on heating oil contracts
CEMA
With collapsing heating oil prices, this season is shaping up to mirror that of 2008/2009 which resulted in customers trying to get out of the obligations of their fixed priced contracts, even buying off-contract C.O.D. gallons from competitors. It is the position of CEMA and the state of Connecticut that customers must fully comply with all contracts properly drawn up and will trigger liquidated damages fees if they breach the contract.
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Wages and salaries on snow days/travel bans
CEMA
In response to a CEMA inquiry, the Connecticut Dept. of Labor sent us an advisory which can be read in full by clicking "Read More." In general, if the employer excuses the employee from work, there is no deduction of any kind from salary or fringe benefit banks. But if the employee has the opportunity to work but chooses not to, then the parties can agree either to have the employee take the day off without pay, or apply a fringe benefit day.
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Can you pro-rate pay for an exempt employee, who worked a partial week upon separation?
CEMA
Question: we have an exempt employee that separated in the middle of a workweek. We prorated his salary that week to reflect only the days he worked. He is coming back now stating that he had worked 40 hours that week before he left. Does that have any bearing on the pay, or are we okay with leaving it as is?
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INDUSTRY NEWS


A gallon of gasoline is now cheaper than sparkling water
Daily Caller
Gasoline is cheap. So cheap that a gallon of gas costs 89 cents less than a gallon of sparkling water, and more than $1 less than a gallon of Pepsi, according to economist Mark Perry with the American Enterprise Institute. “When gasoline is the cheapest liquid you buy,” Perry wrote on his blog, “you know that gasoline is a real bargain at $2, just as it would be at $4!”
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Boston leaking $90 million worth of natural gas
American Energy Coalition
Aging underground natural gas pipes can be dangerous. Now, a new study has found they are also bad for the environment and costly for consumers, according to a recent article by CBS News. “Focusing their attention on Boston, a group of Harvard researchers writing in current issue of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences found that $90 million worth of natural gas – 15 billion cubic feet – escapes from its network of aging cast iron pipes each year,” the article states.
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Connecticut's high energy costs will make EPA compliance difficult
Hartford Business Journal
Though utilities in states with high carbon emissions will have the toughest time complying with a proposed set of U.S. Environmental Protection Agency pollution-reduction regulations, states with high energy costs like Connecticut also will have a tough slog, Fitch Ratings said in a report. Arkansas and Texas would have the greatest carbon-reduction burden, under the proposal, which could be finalized this year, but could also be delayed by Congress, Fitch said.
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Bioheat fuel 2015 TV commercial
YouTube
VideoBrief See the new 2015 commercial for Bioheat® Fuel.
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Emperor Malloy protects realm
The Day
Did you detect just a bit of irony in Gov. Dannel P. Malloy accusing the three state public utilities regulators of "empire building" for trying to regain their independence from the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection? The accusation comes from the same governor who began his first term by seizing the same independent Public Utilities Regulatory Authority along with the independent Elections and Freedom of Information Commissions and Office of Ethics Enforcement and making them part of his own executive empire, allegedly in the interests of efficiency.
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Jepsen calls for investigation into CL&P closures
Hartford Business Journal
Connecticut's top two utility watchdogs have called upon regulators to investigate the closure of four Connecticut Light & Power facilities, to ensure the company is prepared to respond to outage emergencies and that its parent isn't unduly laying off Connecticut workers. CL&P, which since has been rebranded Eversource Energy, announced on Jan. 20, that it will close its facilities in Simsbury, Waterbury, Glastonbury, and Newington, relocating 400 employees in an effort to shrink its overall footprint in the state.
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Locked-in oil pacts: A deal is a deal
Republican-American
Falling oil prices have been a boon for drivers at the gasoline pump, but not for some heating oil customers who locked in prices late last summer. With oil's dramatic plunge over the past few months, homeowners who prepaid to lock in a price they thought was a good deal now are likely lamenting the decision.
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Natural gas prices bounce as blizzard blows
Hartford Business Journal
Prices for natural gas bounced in New York when a blizzard blasted through the northeastern U.S. Natural gas futures are up 3.5 percent to roughly $3 per million British thermal units on the New York Mercantile Exchange.
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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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