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New energy bill in legislature — Scheme to expand interstate pipeline
Falling petroleum prices and rising natural gas prices have seen the state's assumptions about the economics of converting from heating oil to gas go bust. Heating oil prices have fallen by over a dollar a gallon since last summer; and while gas commodity prices on the NYMEX have fluctuated between $2.50-5.00 per MMBtu over the past two winters, regional prices have been much more costly, between $20-60 per MMBtu at the Algonquin Citygate in the same time period.
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State's energy assistance program ends and operation fuel
The deadline for fuel authorizations for the state's low income energy assistance program occurred March 16, effectively bringing to an end this program. However, fuel assistance provided by Operation Fuel will continue until March 27.
Pre-buy moratorium still in effect until April 1
Just a reminder that the pre-buy moratorium is in effect from Nov. 1-March 31, during which time you may not make a pre-buy offer to customers, sign a pre-buy contract with customers nor accept pre-buy money. That being said, the Department of Consumer Protection has issued some clarification; namely that you may generically market pre-buy opportunities now in preparation for April 1.
"Snail mail" just got slower. The first slowdown took place in July 2012 when the U.S. Postal Service closed 150 mail processing plants and implemented Phase One of its Network Rationalization plan that eliminated overnight delivery for about 20 percent of the mail that had been getting it. The mail slowed down again in March 2013 when the post office implemented its Load Leveling plan which added a day to the delivery of much of its Standard Mail (bulk mail).
Truck safety: Railroad crossing guidance
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has come out with guidance regarding railroad crossings. In light of the recent Amtrak Train crash with a large truck in North Carolina, this is a good time to remind everyone it is crucial once a vehicle becomes stalled or hung up on railroad tracks to immediately notify the appropriate railroad by telephoning the appropriate emergency numbers.
Truck safety: To cone or not to cone
A member was recently cited for making an oil delivery, with his truck parked on the side of a residential road, for not laying out warning cones behind his truck. Is it required to lay out cones while making a fuel delivery, which are short-term, intermittent stops that may or may not impede traffic?
Federated HR webinar
The Federated Employment Practices NetworkSM (FEPN) provides human resources-related support to their clients. Their newest service will be a quarterly webinar series designed around common concerns that business owners have regarding employment-related practices liability issues. These free webinars are meant to be another educational tool you can promote to all CEMA members.
6 roadblocks to profitable growth
As written by Betsi Bixby, "Every marketer wants more and more profitable gallons. I'm blessed to be working with many marketers who are hitting it out of the park even in nongrowth areas of the country. And it's not all by acquisition which many assume is the fastest route. So why are some marketers growing right now and others aren't?"
Over 90 attend CEMA gasoline seminar
Ninety-two motor fuel jobber representatives and station owners attended CEMA's seminar on gasoline regulations March 12. Thanks to presenters James Turner from the Department of Consumer Protection and Peter Zack and Mark Potash from the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection, who presented on regulations that they oversee. Also thanks to J. Polep for providing food and coffee for attendees.
Public hearings on proposed Connecticut energy bills
New Haven Register
When it comes to dealing with energy issues, few days during the current session of the General Assembly will match the significance of recent activity at the Legislative Office Building. "I think a lot of people are going to show up," said Joel Gordes, an energy consultant. "It's going to be a mad house."
Fossil fuels will save the world (really)
The Wall Street Journal
The environmental movement has advanced three arguments in recent years for giving up fossil fuels: that we will soon run out of them anyway; that alternative sources of energy will price them out of the marketplace; and that we cannot afford the climate consequences of burning them. These days, not one of the three arguments is looking very healthy.
Eversource Energy CEO gets significant bump in pay, consumers get rate hike
While Eversource Energy consumers were hit with a 29 percent rate hike, the company's CEO saw a significant bump in his pay.
Customers have seen an increase in electric rates this winter, and say it's been a tough year to pay those bills.
Oil prices fall to 6-year low
The Wall Street Journal
Just when some traders thought oil had hit bottom, crude plumbed new depths. Signs continued to mount that oil supplies are overwhelming demand, prompting investors to send the price of U.S.-traded crude to a six-year low.
Proposed electricity increase
CEMA via YouTube
Chris Herb of CEMA talks with Brad Davis on WDRC-AM about the latest legislation which could increase your electricity bills.
As Davis said in the interview, what shot does the middle class really have in Connecticut?
Your electricity bill could get even bigger
ENERGY TRUTH: Fact from fiction
The devil is in the details.
Just when you think electricity rates couldn't get any higher in Connecticut, think again.
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Connecticut ends 2014 with 3rd highest power prices
Harford Business Journal
The average rate Connecticut businesses and residents paid for electricity last year was 16.98 cents per kilowatt hour, highest in the continental United States and third overall, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration.
Connecticut was higher than the other typical high-cost states of New York (16.25 cents) and California (15.23), and only came in behind the remote states of Hawaii (33.53) and Alaska (17.58).
Today's rush to natural gas could mean higher energy bills tomorrow
American Energy Coalition
Homes and businesses across the country are becoming increasingly vulnerable to higher electricity bills as utilities rely more and more on natural gas to generate electricity, according to a recent report by the Union of Concerned Scientists. The report shows that the power sector is leading us into a danger zone by favoring natural gas over other alternatives.
Natural gas pipeline expansion moves forward despite opposition
Federal approval of a $972 million natural gas pipeline expansion through Danbury clears the way for construction to begin later this year.
Environmentalists and homeowners who consider the expansion unnecessary and unsafe were already resigned to the likelihood the project by Houston-based Spectra Energy would be approved by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.
Why gas prices are set to drop (again)
The Fiscal Times
You've heard the adage: If something's too good to be true, it probably is. That's probably how many felt when gasoline prices collapsed nearly 61 percent from their high last summer to the low in January.
NU workforce dropped 5 percent in 2014
Hartford Business Journal
The number of employees at Northeast Utilities was reduced by 449 workers in 2014, according to regulatory filings by the company since rebranded Eversource Energy.
NU had 8,248 employees at the end of 2014, down from the 8,697 employees at the end of 2013, a 5.2 percent loss of its workforce, according to the annual reports the company filed with the U.S. Securities & Exchange Commission.
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