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Natural gas pipeline bill under consideration
Over the past two weeks, CEMA has asked its members to engage in a grassroots effort to defeat SB 1078. The bill proposes to strap electric ratepayers with billions of dollars in increased costs to construct interstate natural gas pipelines. The Governor's office, some legislators, and even CBIA are telling us and the public that the bill only applies to natural gas expansion for the purpose of meeting electricity generation needs. What they are not saying is that the bill specifically uses language that says "including, but not limited to, meeting electric energy or capacity needs." This is a backdoor attempt to provide funding for additional natural gas expansion into the state on the backs of electricity ratepayers.
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NORA landmark biofuel study points the way to the industry's future
NEFI via CEMA
The National Oilheat Research Alliance issued a landmark industry report on the utilization rate and analysis of the use of biofuels in heating oil equipment. The new report, Developing a Renewable Biofuel Option for the Home Heating Sector, is important to heating oil dealers because it demonstrates the significant economic and environmental benefits of heating oil/biodiesel blends along with important information regarding its efficiency as a home heating fuel; compatibility with existing heating oil equipment; and data on market penetration and acceptance.
Registration for CEMA Golf Outing June 1
CEMA's Golf Outing is the premier golf event for the petroleum industry in Connecticut. This year, we return to a member favorite course: Clinton Country Club in Clinton, Connecticut, courtesy of club member John McCall of Wilcox Energy. We rotate our venue among various private and public courses across the state to give players a variety of playing experiences, and we are pleased to have booked the Clinton Country Club near the Long Island shore of Connecticut for our outing June 1.
Remaining DOT/OSHA HAZMAT operations recertification seminar — June 3
CEMA will be offering its last operations-level recertification of the spring June 3. Note that this is the class to recertify those who are already certified at the operations level. This level of certification allows drivers and technicians to clean up small spills (defined as 55 gallons or less) that do not occur in an enclosed space that would require a special breathing apparatus.
Annual US DOT hazmat registration deadline is July 1
PMAA via CEMA
The U.S. Department of Transportation's Pipeline and Hazardous Material Safety Administration has begun mailing out registration forms for the 2015-2016 hazardous materials registration period. Federal regulations require all interstate and intrastate marketers transporting petroleum products in placarded vehicles to register and pay an annual hazmat fee. Registration is necessary to obtain federal operating authority for the transportation of hazardous materials.
Connecticut adopts new fire code edition for NFPA 58 and NFPA 54
Beginning May 7, Connecticut adopted the 2012 edition of NFPA 54 and the 2011 edition of NFPA 58. Note that any dwelling with three or more units will be considered commercial and will be covered by the Connecticut Fire Prevention Code. Chapter 69 of the code apply to liquefied petroleum pas. Any dwelling that has two units or less will be covered by the local building official. If you need new books, please contact Kate at ENTECH at 860-893-0605 or email@example.com.
NEFI Energy Expo June 10-11
There are just over two weeks remaining until the NEFI Energy Expo 2015. NEFI has created an online portal for the show, where exhibitors and attendees can learn more and make their reservations. The NEFI Energy Expo takes place June 10-11 at the DCU Center, in Worcester, Massachusetts.
Southern New England Energy Conference Sept. 21-22, Newport, Rhode Island
Attendees were so pleased with Newport last year, that we'll be returning there for our Southern New England Energy Conference this fall, Sept. 21-22, but changing hotels to the newly renovated Marriott, which just underwent an extensive $35 million makeover. This conference will also be the 65th Annual Meeting of CEMA which is co-sponsoring the conference with the Massachusetts Energy Marketers Association and the Oilheat Institute of Rhode Island. Education is the hallmark of our conference, with breakout seminars not to be found at any other conference, for heating oil, propane, gasoline and HVAC service companies. Stay tuned for further details.
What is the risk of using a generic schedule of work hours?
Federated Employment Practices Network HR Question of the Month via CEMA
Question: Are we at risk if employees' time cards are consistently showing a "generic" schedule of 8 a.m.-5 p.m. with an hour lunch? Even if the employee is entering the time themselves manually onto a time sheet?
The 7 daily practices of super successful petro CEOs
By Betsi Bixby
What exactly do super successful marketers do differently? Before I answer that question, let's get clarity on what's super success versus common, typical everyday success.
8 auto insurance myths
This article is part of a series on car insurance run in conjunction with CEMA's endorsement of GoodWorks Insurance for personal lines of home and auto insurance through Nationwide Insurance. Did you know that on average, Nationwide Insurance customers have saved $500 on average on car insurance compared to competitors? Introducing your employees to Nationwide can be like giving them almost a $500 raise if that's how much they save. For more information, please contact Ed Ryan, senior vice president, GoodWorks Insurance, 800-588-8330, ext. 106.
CNG, Southern fined $81,000 for repair methods
Hartford Business Journal
Natural gas utilities Southern Connecticut Gas and Connecticut Natural Gas were fined a combined $81,000 for using banned repair methods in fixing pipes, according to the Public Utilities Regulatory Authority.
The issue stems from both companies using round band cramps to repair plastic pipes.
Say no to higher electric rates
ENERGY TRUTH: fact from fiction
For the first time ever in the U.S., Connecticut ratepayers will be forced to pay for a major natural gas pipeline infrastructure project under state Senate Bill 1078.
Natural gas price spikes after smaller inventory rise
24/7 Wall St.
The U.S. Energy Information Administration reported that U.S. natural gas stocks increased by 92 billion cubic feet for the week ending May 15. Analysts expected a storage injection (increase) of around 97 billion cubic feet.
Feds hand natural gas export license to Cheniere Energy
American Energy Coalition
The Obama administration recently authorized a Texas-based terminal to export as much as 2.1 billion cubic feet per day of U.S. liquefied natural gas, according to a recent article on FuelFix.com.
The administration granted Cheniere Energy's request to export liquefied natural gas to countries with which the United States does not have free trade agreements.
Eversource at bottom of national customer satisfaction ranking
Eversource Energy's electricity and natural gas delivery business has landed at the bottom of a customer satisfaction ranking for investor-owned utilities.
The American Customer Satisfaction Index, a Michigan company that benchmarks consumer satisfaction for a range of industries, issued the list.
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State police: 1,254 speeding tickets issued over Memorial Day weekend
State police said they issued 1,254 tickets for speeding, another 1,454 for seat belt violations and investigated 285 accidents over the Memorial Day weekend.
Two of the accidents resulted in fatalities, police said.
What's driving the war on e-cigarettes?
When the prime-time cameras caught Julia Louis-Dreyfus "vaping" an electronic cigarette at the 2014 Golden Globes ceremony, cries of disapproval arose from our nation's Capitol. Rep. Henry Waxman, D-California, then the ranking member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, and Rep. Frank Pallone Jr., D-New Jersey, told the president of NBC that they were "dismayed" that the actress was "sending the wrong message to kids about these products."
Malloy pledges $1 million in electric vehicle incentives
Hartford Business Journal
Gov. Dannel P. Malloy announced a $1 million fund to give Connecticut businesses and residents incentives up to $3,000 to buy or lease an electric or fuel cell vehicle.
The amount of the incentive depends on the battery capacity of the vehicle.
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