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CEMA goes to court
This week, CEMA appeared in Hartford superior court before Judge Kevin Dubay to argue against the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection's motion to dismiss our case concerning the natural gas expansion and conversion plan. The state is arguing that the court should not hear the case because they do not believe the law that requires DEEP to do an environmental impact evaluation applies to them.
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Natural gas legislation killed/amended
Last week, CEMA members rallied against a number of bills that support natural gas pipeline expansion by creating new fees on ratepayers electricity bills that would pay for their construction and providing property tax exemptions for gas mains. Legislators who sit on the Connecticut General Assembly's Energy Committee received phone calls and emails voicing their opposition to the gas legislation that would subsidize companies like Kinder Morgan.
PMAA files comments on EPA proposed ozone standard
PMAA via CEMA
PMAA recently filed comments regarding the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's proposed rule to lower ozone standards from the current 75 parts per billion to 65-70 parts per billion. The comment period has closed. The Petroleum Marketers Association of America is deeply concerned about the harmful impact lower ozone standards could have on both the price of gasoline at the pump and the ready supply of gasoline to meet consumer demands.
PMAA selects new president
PMAA via CEMA
PMAA's Executive Committee is pleased to announce they have chosen Rob Underwood to serve as the next president of PMAA, effective May 16. Underwood has been with PMAA since 2007 as its director of government relations. He has played a key role in developing and implementing PMAA's legislative and regulatory agenda.
Another cold month
Though not a record-breaking cold month like February, March was decidedly a colder-than-normal month. According to federal weather statistics, March generated 953 heating degree days through March 28, which is 145 degree days more than normal. A heating degree day is the difference between the day's average temperature and 65 degrees; i.e., an average temperature during the day of 30 degrees generates 35 degree days.
AREE 2015, May 12-14 — Register now
The regional energy convention, co-sponsored by CEMA, will be held this year at the Trump Taj Majal, May 12-14 in Atlantic City. This year, the tradeshow and education sessions are under one room at the Taj. Attendee information, including online registration, can be found here. Supplier Hospitality Night is Tuesday, May 12. Education programs run May 12-13.
Foley Carrier Services website for CEMA members
For almost 25 years, CEMA has endorsed Foley Carrier Services to our members for all driver compliance services, especially drug and alcohol testing. Now Foley has created a special website for CEMA members, giving you a point of contact and a wealth of information. You can find this website here. For example, you can find informative articles on Department of Transportation regulatory compliance, including driver files, hazmat regulations, hours of service regulations and drug and alcohol testing.
CEMA employee benefits — Car insurance from GoodWorks Insurance
Employees of CEMA members can now access discounted car insurance from Nationwide Insurance through CEMA's endorsed personal lines broker, GoodWorks Insurance. You see competitive insurance advertisements on TV all the time, but now your employees can access a 5 percent automobile insurance discount from a trusted national insurance carrier. And when property insurance is combined with automobile into one account, savings can be much higher.
Connecticut oil dealers battle cold, snow, prices and policy
The Connecticut Mirror
You would think Chris Herb would be a very happy guy.
As leader of Connecticut's oil-delivery businesses, this is the winter of his dreams — some of the lowest worldwide crude prices in years, and the coldest February in Connecticut ever.
Judge hears arguments over suit against Connecticut DEEP
New Haven Register
Efforts by state officials to get a lawsuit against Connecticut's Department of Energy and Environmental Protection thrown out of court have made their way before a Superior Court judge. Judge Kevin Dubay heard arguments by the Connecticut attorney general's office as to why he should not allow a lawsuit filed against DEEP by a trade group representing home heating oil dealers to move forward.
ASTM releases specifications for B20 use in heating oil
Biodiesel via Informz
The door has opened for building owners and homeowners who want to use higher blends of cleaner burning biodiesel in their heating oil.
ASTM International, an organization which sets industry consensus standards for fuels, released new performance specifications for blends of 6-to-20 percent biodiesel with traditional heating oil.
Families sue utilities over Connecticut house explosion
The Associated Press via The Patriot Ledger
Two families are suing two Connecticut utilities alleging negligence in connection with a 2012 natural gas explosion that leveled one New Haven home and damaged another.
The Santos family smelled gas and got out of its house on Howard Avenue shortly before the explosion on a Saturday morning in March 2012.
Connecticut legislators set energy agenda for 2015
The Connecticut Mirror
With a packed audience of lobbyists waiting and watching, the Legislature's Energy and Technology Committee approved three dozen bills that define the General Assembly's relatively modest ambitions on energy policy in 2015.
The more significant bills would ban variable electric rates for residential customers, cap the fixed-costs portion of electric bills and authorize state officials to explore expanding the capacity of pipelines that bring natural gas into Connecticut.
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New York City fire toll rises to 22 injured, 2 missing
The toll from the blaze that devastated New York City's East Village area rose to 22 people injured and two others missing as investigators focused on possible "inappropriate accessing" of the gas line to one of three buildings destroyed by the disaster.
More than seven months earlier, a gas line to a restaurant in one of the destroyed buildings had been tapped, creating a "hazardous situation," according to Consolidated Edison in an Associated Press report.
Larger deficit looms as Malloy warns of more emergency cuts
The Connecticut Mirror
Nonpartisan fiscal analysts again asserted that the current state budget deficit is worse than Gov. Dannel P. Malloy's administration has reported — and that's despite a recent administration estimate that more than doubled the shortfall.
And while the Office of Fiscal Analysis was issuing its $191 million deficit forecast, Malloy's budget chief directed all agencies to brace for a third round of emergency cuts and to ensure spending is "significantly curtailed" between now and the fiscal year's close June 30.
Berkshire Gas imposes Hampshire County, Massachusetts, hookup moratorium blocking projects while calling for Kinder Morgan pipeline
Berkshire Gas Co., worried about pipeline capacity and its ability to obtain sufficient supplies of natural gas, is already turning down requests for new gas service in the Massachusetts cities of Amherst, Hadley and Hatfield. The freeze on new piped-in gas service has many developers scrambling to find alternatives, such as costly tanks for trucked-in propane.
Kinder Morgan plans pipeline metering station in Longmeadow, Massachusetts
Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co. plans to build a new metering station on land near the Longmeadow Country Club, according to maps included with an environmental report released by the energy company.
The metering station would be located near an existing natural gas pipeline owned and operated by the Kinder-Morgan subsidiary.
US oil storage crunch might cut crude prices
The U.S. is running out of places to stash its overflowing oil supplies, threatening to further drive down crude prices that rebounded in recent days.
Supply — including oil produced in the U.S. and imported — has been outpacing U.S. refiners' demand by about 1 million barrels a day on average since early January, according to the Energy Information Administration.
Committee votes on bills which could mean higher electricity prices
Energy Truth Fact From Fiction
The proposed legislation is the first step in clearing the way for electricity customers to be on the hook for building new natural gas pipelines in Connecticut. The companies benefiting from this proposed legislation are Kinder Morgan and Spectra, companies valued at $300 billion.
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