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Confronting Yankee Gas in Fairfield County
CEMA
Yankee Gas made a presentation Jan. 28 in Wilton about potential plans for natural gas expansion. CEMA was there to challenge their statements and provide information to some 30 town residents who attended the meeting. As with New Canaan last fall, town government was very supportive of the utility's plans and we were not allowed to make a public statement. Nevertheless, we believe our "guerilla marketing" was effective in making some people think twice about the rosy story being told by the gas company.
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CEMA calls for a halt to gas expansion
CEMA
Recently, CEMA sent a letter to Gov. Dannel Malloy asking him to issue an executive order placing an immediate moratorium on natural gas expansion activity in Connecticut. CEMA's letter came just days before the U.S. Department of Energy announced plans to review New England's natural gas shortage here. Citing some of the very same issues that CEMA pointed out to the governor, Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz informed U.S. Senators in New England, that a review of the constraint issues will take place to identify and address the problems that are being caused by the natural gas shortage.
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Fight natural gas expansion — Propose paving ordinance in your town
CEMA
The time to act is now. CEMA is asking members to reach out to your local mayor, first selectman, town council members, public works director or anyone who may have an interest in saving taxpayers money and maintaining local roads from the damage that the utilities are doing, as they tear up pavement and leave behind shoddy patch jobs. Some municipalities in Connecticut require "curb to curb paving" or "architectural integrity" ordinances. NBC 30 recently ran a story talking about the difficulty these type of ordinances can present to utilities that want to expand or replace buried lines.
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Keno receives tentative approval
CEMA
The Hartford Business Journal is reporting that both Indian tribes have granted permission to Connecticut to sell Keno outside of the casinos. Permission was required from the Pequot's and Mohegan's because of the exclusive right to offer "casino games" in the state. The agreement would return 25 percent of the revenues to the tribes. The Office of Policy and Management is finalizing the contract/agreement with the two tribes who are expected to sign it once it is completed.
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Maxed out on ethanol
CEMA
By Dan Gilligan, PMAA president: "Every PMAA member company stores and dispenses a variety of liquid fuels such as gasoline, E85, diesel, biodiesel and heating oil. These companies and their customers benefit from plentiful supply of liquid fuels therefore we are very supportive of the important 'supply' benefits ethanol and biodiesel provide. Unfortunately, the national ethanol mandate has hit its limit because there is only so much gasoline being consumed. The ethanol industry says the mandate can be easily reached if retailers just start selling E15. Some PMAA members would like to offer E15; however, legal and regulatory uncertainties are keeping them from doing so.
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Federated Insurance helps you manage employment-related risks
CEMA
Every employer, no matter what size, is required to manage human resource issues, government regulations and employment law changes. Any size business can be vulnerable to employment-related litigation. Employee termination, harassment or discrimination; improper documentation processes; and a multitude of other situations can expose your organization to potential risk of a lawsuit. Now, Federated Insurance has enhanced resources available for clients to help them address just these types of situations. Federated is pleased to introduce the new Federated Employment Practices Network.
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CEMA President Chris Herb asks governor for immediate moratorium on state energy plan citing natural gas shortage
Shellysindland.com
CEMA President Chris Herb is urging Gov. Dannel Malloy to halt the state plan to build more natural gas pipelines in the state citing an already dangerous situation where a shortage of natural gas is increasing electric rates and energy costs around the state.
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Supply line squeeze makes gas expansion foolhardy
The Courant
For the second time in three weeks, National Grid notified its "interruptible customers" in New York to stop burning natural gas. The utility took this action because the drop in temperatures has created a space heating demand it cannot supply. The problem is not a shortage of natural gas, but the limited capacity of interstate pipelines to move the gas into New England and the region.
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Election agency probes legality of NU chief's solicitation for Malloy
The Courant
The State Elections Enforcement Commission is investigating whether Northeast Utilities' top executive violated state campaign financing laws last September by asking about 50 of his managers to contribute money to support Democratic Gov. Dannel P. Malloy in the 2014 gubernatorial election.
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Monthly wholesale electricity prices and demand in New England
ISO Newswire
The average wholesale electricity price was up 126 percent during December 2013 over its December 2012 level, while average natural gas prices rose by 113 percent over the same period. The average wholesale power price during December was $98.53 per megawatt-hour, compared to the December 2012 average price of $43.63/MWh. The month was marked by a cold spell in mid-December and generally much colder average temperatures throughout the month, leading to heavy consumer demand for power.
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Lawmakers question keno as revenues soar
CT Junkie News
Keno, the bingo-like game of chance, was adopted by the General Assembly last June as a new revenue stream. At the time, many lawmakers were not happy about expanding gambling in the state. However, they bit their lips in order to find the revenue they thought they needed to balance the budget.
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Foley: Malloy letting contractors 'buy influence'
The Courant
Republican gubernatorial candidate Tom Foley said recently that Democratic Gov. Dannel P. Malloy is letting contractors and others "buy influence with him" through his fundraising in behalf of the state Democratic Party. Foley was responding to recent news reports in The Courant and the Connecticut Mirror about hefty contributions by to the state Democratic Party's federally-regulated account by executives with companies that do business with the state.
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Jobs, economy on lawmakers' agenda
The Day
Lawmakers will begin the three month, 2014 General Assembly session with a discussion of job growth, economic development and — at least on the bottom line — a budget surplus. "The theme is to continue the effort on jobs and economic growth so that the average middle-income, lower-income resident of the state actually feels the recovery that is happening elsewhere in the economy," Speaker of the House Brendan Sharkey, D-Hamden, said.
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Oil Heat Cares
CEMA
Here is a moving story of how Oil Heat Cares helped a World War II veteran from Connecticut and his daughter get a new home heating oil system for free. What a great program with great guys and dedicated volunteers from Oil & Energy Service Professionals and Connecticut Energy Marketers Association.
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