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Connecticut to lower heating oil sulfur content July 1
CEMA
On July 1, Connecticut will reduce the maximum sulfur content of home heating oil from 3,000 ppm to 500 ppm. CEMA is working with the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection to provide written guidance to wholesalers, transporters and dealers on how the reduction affects residual fuel in the distribution system that exceeds 500 ppm after the deadline passes.
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AEC announces 2014 Marketing Campaign to fight natural gas
CEMA
The American Energy Coalition (AEC) announced plans for its 2014 Marketing Campaign following approval by its Executive Board on March 27. The Plan developed by the Marketing Committee, chaired by Ray Hart, significantly expands the Coalition's effort this year to create a strong oilheat voice, slow conversions and increase the reach and frequency of the AEC message. At the same time, the Investment Committee, chaired by Kevin Beckett, committed to enthusiastically support the plan and has begun to raise funds to support the cost of the program.
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How NORA works — Information for retailers
CEMA
A number of members have recently contacted us regarding questions about the NORA program that recently restarted on the first of this month. NORA, the National Oilheat Research Organization, was reauthorized this year to resume collection of $0.002 per gallon on all dyed diesel and kerosene, regardless of sulfur or bio content — so this includes dyed ULSD/ULSK as well as heating oil. This fee is a uniform assessment applied to all heating gallons sold in the U.S., and is collected at the rack by wholesale suppliers. Up to 85 percent of the funds collected in a state will be returned to that state to fund consumer education and technical training.
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CEMA golf outing returns to Shuttle Meadow May 19
CEMA
Shuttle Meadow Country Club is one of our state's most venerable golf courses. It was founded in 1899 and the course itself was built in 1916 by Willie Parks, Jr. in the style of traditional Scottish courses and was the first of over two dozen courses he designed for America. The great Bobby Jones even remarked that the 14th hole of Shuttle Meadow was one of the prettiest holes he had ever played. In fact, last month, Golf Week Magazine recognized Shuttle Meadow as one of America's top classic golf courses (ones built before 1960).
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AREE 2014
CEMA
The Atlantic Energy Region Energy Expo is just about two weeks away. Held annually in Atlantic City, N.J., this is the only industry-wide tradeshow being held this year. Accommodations are at the luxurious Revel hotel. There is no cost to attend the trade show. There is a registration fee to attend the business sessions. Their excellent business program includes these important topics: analysis of oil supply and demand, marketing and branding, service contracts, customer service, business valuation, Bioheat, using web tools, risk management, business planning for HVAC, employment law and much more.
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Save the Date: CEMA Annual Meeting and the Southern New England Energy Conference — Sept. 22-23
CEMA
CEMA will hold its Annual Meeting in conjunction with the Massachusetts and Rhode Island associations as part of the Southern New England Energy Conference. We return to Newport, R.I., where we held a very successful and well-attended meeting in 2007. So save the dates — Monday Sept. 22-Tuesday, Sept.23 — and stay tuned for more information.
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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. CEMA has prepared a sample paving ordinance for you to use with your local town officials.
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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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CDL driver shortage
PMAA
Over the next 10 years, the U.S. is expected to face a driver shortage in excess of 239,000 drivers. Simply put, America needs more commercial drivers. All Commercial Driver's License applicants must pass a skills test before being issued a CDL. What most people do not know, however, is our nation's ability to efficiently produce drivers is being hampered by skills testing delays.
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US Energy Information Administration predicts $3.57 CPG gasoline this summer
PMAA
In the April 2014 Short-Term Energy Outlook, EIA projects that regular-grade gasoline retail prices will average $3.57 per gallon during the current summer (April through September) driving season, similar to the $3.58/gal average of summer 2013. After rising into May, the retail price is expected to fall through the remainder of the summer because both crude oil prices and gasoline crack spreads (the difference between wholesale product price and the price of crude oil) decline.
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Are natural gas prices poised to rise?
American Energy Coalition
Natural gas prices could increase and remain volatile due to surging demand and lingering effects from the brutally cold winter, according to recent news reports. The Motley Fool reports that natural gas demand is increasing rapidly, and suppliers could get caught shorthanded.
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Republican candidates turn in their fundraising totals
CTNewsJunkie
All candidates running for statewide office and the last financial filing candidates will be asked to share with election regulators before the party conventions in May. Danbury Mayor Mark Boughton has raised about $121,089 from 1,577 donors, but he's combining his totals with his running mate Heather Somers of Groton who raised about $56,000 from 667 donors.
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Members of Congress continue crusade against e-cigarettes
NACS
A group of congressional Democrats recently released a report that suggests e-cigarette companies are marketing their products to children through candy flavors and advertising on social media and at concerts, reports The Hill.
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Truckers want a tax break
CTNewsJunkie
Connecticut truckers say it's unfair for the state to benefit from the 6.3 percent sales tax on vehicle repairs when it's the brine the state puts on the roads that causes the damage. Michael Riley, president of the Motor Transport Association, said the state should give truckers a tax break on the repairs caused by the Transportation Department's use of magnesium chloride during winter months.
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Study: America's natural gas system is leaky and in need of a fix
Stanford University
A review of more than 200 earlier studies confirms that U.S. emissions of methane are considerably higher than official estimates. Leaks from the nation's natural gas system are an important part of the problem. This finding has important implications for natural gas as a possible replacement fuel for coal.
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A landscape of fire rises over North Dakota's gas fields
Bloomberg
Towering flames atop oil wells break the inky darkness in the badlands on North Dakota's Fort Berthold Indian Reservation. The flares of natural gas set grass fires on the prairie where Theodora Bird Bear's ancestors hunted buffalo and create a driving hazard on rural roads. Twice as much natural gas is wasted through flaring than in 2012 amid an energy boom that's propelled North Dakota's torrid economic growth. The state's employment expansion has been the fastest in the U.S. for four years. In the rush to exploit the Bakken shale formation, which holds the nation's second-largest oil supply, companies from Statoil ASA to Whiting Petroleum Co. are stepping in to try to capture more of what's lost.
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Oil inventory was key in maintaining power system reliability through colder-than-normal weather during winter 2013/2014
ISO Newswire
The frigid temperatures that gripped much of the nation this winter posed operational challenges to the New England power grid, led to spikes in natural gas and wholesale electricity prices and further highlighted issues related to resource performance and the importance of a secure fuel supply. In light of these challenges, here and across the country, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission hosted a Technical Conference on April 1, to hear from ISO New England, New York ISO, PJM Interconnection, Southwest Power Pool, Midcontinent ISO, California ISO, and other industry representatives about the impact of the cold weather on power system operations in different parts of the country.
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Regulators reconsider $365 million storm payment to CL&P
Hartford Business Journal
The Public Utilities Regulatory Authority recently said it is considering raising the $365 million awarded to Berlin electric utility Connecticut Light & Power to recover its storm costs from 2011 and 2012.
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PG&E indicted on 12 criminal charges in San Bruno blast case
The San Francisco Chronicle
Pacific Gas and Electric Co. was recently indicted on 12 federal criminal counts related to the 2010 gas pipeline explosion that leveled a San Bruno neighborhood and killed eight people, including allegations that it did not conduct required inspections that could have prevented the disaster.
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Quinnipiac poll: Voters think Gov. Malloy's $55 tax refund is a gimmick
The New Haven Register
There's one positive thing Democrats and Republicans can agree about Gov. Dannel P. Malloy — he's great at handling snowstorms. After that, voters flunk the first-term governor on their top priority issues, according to a recent Quinnipiac University poll released. Though divided by party, an overwhelming majority of voters saw through Malloy's proposal to give eligible residents a $55 tax rebate (or $110 per household) to disburse the state's surplus as a political gimmick.
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