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Guaranty fund bill killed
CEMA
Recently, the General Law Committee Chairs (Sen. Paul Doyle, Rocky Hill and Rep. David Baram, Bloomfeild) killed two bills that CEMA and our friends at PGANE have been working hard to defeat. The language in both bills (SB 299 & HB 5260) have been removed and replaced with some provisions offered by the industry as an alternative to the proposed guaranty fund/tax and the bonding requirement.
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CEMA pushes governor to stop natural gas expansion
CEMA
As the winter finishes up, CEMA has highlighted for Gov. Dannel Malloy the significant failures of the natural gas industry over the past season. In a letter dated February 28, 2014, CEMA renewed our call for a halt to the natural gas expansion plan. The letter provides the Malloy with overwhelming evidence about the flawed strategy to increase the use of natural gas in Connecticut, and the potential impact it may have on electricity generation.
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CEMA members are thinking differently about employee benefits ... for $.39 per day!
CEMA
CEMA's Private Benefit Marketplace (www.cemamarket.com) has changed the game. What does this mean? CEMA members — small and large — have begun to think differently about how to offer employee benefits in the wake of the Affordable Care Act. Employers all over the state of Connecticut and throughout the country have begun to realize that the Affordable Care Act has resulted in many changes.
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Bill to restrict e-cigarette sales
CEMA
A bill Gov. Dannel Malloy introduced that would ban the sale of e-cigarettes to minors under the age of 18 has passed out of the Committee on Children. It is rare that CEMA's position is the same as Malloy's, but this happens to be one of those cases. CEMA's Motor Fuels Committee, chaired by Mike Devino of Mercury Fuel, established that we would be supportive of age restricted sales at our December meeting. The bill does not include any tax provisions at this time so we will continue to monitor the bill and other possible vehicles in the event that a e-cigarette tax proposal materializes.
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CEMA DOT/OSHA required training seminars — spring schedule
CEMA
CEMA combines into one offering both OSHA and DOT required training that satisfy federal regulations 49 CFR 172.504 and 29 CFR 1910-120. All Hazmat drivers are required to demonstrate proof of Hazmat training, annually for OSHA and every three years for DOT. Awareness training is the minimum level allowable and permits your drivers, making them aware of the hazards of transporting petroleum products, and allowing them to take defensive actions only in the case of a release.
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In memoriam — Vincent 'Vinny' J. Stellato Sr. Petro Tech and David Carvalho, ICPA
CEMA
Vincent J. Stellato, Sr. 1937-2014

Vinny Stellato passed away on March 7. Beloved husband of Anne Stellato; father of Vincent Jr., Christopher, Anthony & Michael Stellato, all of North Haven. Born and raised in New Haven, Vinny began his work career in the commercial fishing industry and immediately grew to love boating and fishing.

David Carvalho, 1930-2014

David Joseph Carvalho, 84, of Wallingford, passed away Thursday, March 13 at Yale New Haven Hospital. He was the beloved husband of 63 years of Mary Selesh Carvalho. Born in Mount Vernon, NY, November 30, 1929, he was a Wallingford resident for many years.

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Hours of service waiver expired March 15
CEMA
In response to increased demand for fuel by interruptible natural gas users, CEMA successfully obtained the 7th hours of service waiver of the season. The Connecticut Department of Motor Vehicles issued an hours of service waiver for the intrastate transport of heating oil and diesel fuel beginning March 7. The waiver ending at 11:59 p.m. March 15. In the event of an DOT audit members should keep a copy of the waiver on their files — to download a copy of the waiver click here.
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CEMA — Help wanted
CEMA
CEMA is in search of instructors for our HVACR programs and our Plumbing CEU classes. Please see the position descriptions below and let us know if you or anyone you know may be interested.
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Save the date for the CEMA Golf Outing: May 19 — watch for details
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INDUSTRY NEWS


Connecticut Light and Power wants ratepayers to pay for bad performances
Energy Truth
As if this doesn't add salt to the wounds, CL&P wants ratepayers to be on the hook for bad performances tied to recent storms including The October Snowstorm of 2011 and Hurricane Irene. According to The Hartford Business Journal, CL&P has asked state regulators to allow the Berlin electric utility to collect $365 million from ratepayers to recover costs tied to five storms in 2011 and 2012.
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Canadians could soon be paying 40 percent more for natural gas
Energy Truth
According to this new report in Canada, this extremely cold winter may soon hitting some folks in Ontario extremely hard in their wallets. Enbridge Gas Distribution plans to increase the price of natural gas by 40 percent. Enbridge applied to Ontario regulators for the price increase. Could Connecticut be next?
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Natural gas industry struggles to keep promise
Energy Truth
Here is a great story in the Boston Globe about the natural gas industry struggling to keep up with supply and demand. This is something we have been saying all along and it pokes some serious holes in the state's plan to convert 280,000 homes in Connecticut to natural gas. The bottom line is this: If there isn't enough natural gas to go around now, what's going to happen when the system is flooded with more customers the system can't handle?
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Natural gas supply issues pushed power grid almost to blackouts
American Energy Coalition
Parts of the Northeastern United States were pushed nearly to power blackouts this winter by a shortage of natural gas supply in the region and other factors, according to a recent report by The Energy Collective. There were three separate problems with natural gas supplies, according to the article.
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Supply, price relief for New England natural gas is years away
American Energy Coalition
Despite the efforts of the region's governors to improve New England's natural gas pricing and supply, relief is still several years away at best, according to a recent article by Platts. New England natural gas customers continue to pay elevated prices due to a shortage of pipeline capacity serving the region. Spot gas prices at New England's Algonquin Gas Transmission city gates have remained above $10 per million BTU for more than half this winter, according to Platts price data. That is more than double what customers in many other parts of the country are paying.
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American gas for Europe
The Wall Street Journal
One silver lining — or sliver of a lining — from the Russian invasion of Crimea is that it may awaken Western Europe from its strategic slumbers. A sign of hope came recently when British Foreign Secretary William Hague said that European leaders may seek to buy more natural gas from the United States.
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Experts: Consumers are paying more for power in competitive supplier market
CT News Junkie
Connecticut residents who purchase their electricity from competitive suppliers pay more than their counterparts who purchase their electricity from Connecticut Light & Power or United Illuminating. That's according to the findings of two experts hired by the Office of Consumer Counsel. Susan Baldwin, an independent consultant and Helen Golding, former general counsel at the Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities, studied the rates being offered in Connecticut and shared their findings with state regulators recently.
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