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AEC spring ad campaign to kick off
CEMA
The American Energy Coalition recently announced plans for its 2014 Marketing Campaign that will begin to run on radio stations across the region and in Connecticut. The Plan developed by the Marketing Committee, 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.
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VISIONS CONFERENCE — June 10
CEMA
On June 10, energy marketers will convene at the DCU Center, in Worcester, Massachusetts, for the NEFI Visions Conference 2014, to learn from some of the best minds in the business. Sponsored by New England Fuel Institute, the two-day conference (June 10 and 11) has a strong focus on education and brainstorming, with 15 seminars covering company diversification; combating natural gas conversions; fuel supply; the marketing of propane and Bioheat®; business succession; and more.
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CT diesel excise tax to change on July 1
CEMA
The Connecticut Department of Revenue Services (DRS) informed CEMA that the new CT diesel excise tax rate effective as of July 1, 2014 will be 54.5 cents per gallon. This applies to all taxable diesel and kerosene. It is a slight decrease from the current 54.9 cent rate. The state diesel/kerosene tax is adjusted every year on July 1, by state statute. DRS will issue a formal announcement of the new rate in a week or two. The federal diesel excise tax of 24.4 cents and the state excise tax on gasoline of 25 cents remain unchanged.
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Abnormal market conditions end
CEMA
Effective May 24 at midnight. the "abnormal market disruption" that began on April 23 ended. While the rest of the world was in a normal market — somehow the state legislature seems to think that something about gasoline and energy prices in Connecticut was "abnormal" over the past month or so. Two years ago, the legislature changed the state profiteering law to "protect" consumers from being gouged by implementing an arbitrary formula that automatically triggers a market disruption.
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Important driver news
CEMA
1] Background Checks – DMV/TWIC
The federal government has consolidated the fingerprinting services for both TWIC cards and DMV background checks for CDL licenses into two “Universal Enrollment Service” centers in Connecticut (replacing the Rocky Hill center for DMV checks).

2] 2014 RoadCheck
Roadcheck, now in its 27th year, is the largest targeted enforcement program on commercial motor vehicles in the world, with nearly 17 trucks or buses inspected, on average, every minute from Canada to Mexico during a 72-hour period in early June.

3] DMV Physicals
Reminder, as of last week, to get your DMV physical, you now have to go to a federally-certified medical examiner or physician. Many CEMA members are finding out that their old doctors are no longer performing these physicals.

4] HAZMAT registration
Every year, every HAZMAT transporter has to register with federal DOT. There is a cost of $250 plus $25 for processing to do so. You need to maintain a current copy of your HAZMAT registration in your trucks at all times.

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Heating Fuels Regulatory Seminar: June 4, 2014
9 AM - 11:30 AM, CEMA Offices, 10 Alcap Ridge, Cromwell, CT.
In a major legislative victory, CEMA and our members blocked an attempt by the legislature to impose a guaranty fund on the industry where every heating fuels retailer in the state would pay $4,000 into the fund this year, and $500 every year thereafter. But that doesn't mean there won't be new regulations.
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Seminar on the New 500 PPM Low Sulfur Heating Fuel Standard: June 12, 2014
10 a.m. — 12 p.m., CEMA Offices, 10 Alcap Ridge, Cromwell, CT
Last year's energy bill included a change in the heating fuel sulfur standard from high sulfur to low sulfur (500 PPM) effective this July 1. This important seminar will first present the statutory changes by officials from the CT Dept. of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP), how they intend to enforce it, and how a transition period will work, as it affect wholesalers, retailers and end-users.
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How we make your life easier with the CEMA health and employee benefits marketplace
CEMA
When it's time to renew your health insurance, most businesses are finding that their new premium costs are an expensive shock. Double digit rate increases are common. Insurance carrier CEOs say it could get even worse going into 2015. Given everything that has happened with the federal Affordable Care Act and new state coverage mandates and how insurance carriers have responded — merely tinkering with plan designs will not make things much better. It is time that businesses changed the way we organize, purchase, fund and deliver benefits and that is exactly what we can do for you with our CEMA private benefits marketplace — but only if your broker understands how the new world of benefits management is evolving.
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CEMA Credit and Collections Seminar, June 25, 2014, 9 AM – 3 PM
CEMA Offices, Cromwell, CT
We've just experienced the coldest winter season in a decade, so you bank account should be flush with cash, right? But if not, and you're still busy collecting receivables, then you will benefit from this training, not only to accelerate collections now, but to avoid getting into a cash-flow hole in the future through a systematic credit policy. This is a full-day program that will present in detail a system for effective credit and collections.
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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 MA and RI associations as part of the Southern New England Energy Conference. We return to Newport, Rhode Island, where we held a very successful and well-attended meeting in 2007. So save the dates, Mon-Tue, Sept. 22-23 and stay tuned for more information.
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INDUSTRY NEWS


Yankee Gas fined $25,000 for East Granby leak
The Hartford Courant
Yankee Gas, a division of Northeast Utilities, has been fined $25,000 for incorrectly joining a natural gas main that failed and leaked high-pressure gas into East Granby for a half-hour. Homes and businesses on nearby Larch Drive were evacuated during the Nov. 1 incident, which according to investigators was caused by Yankee Gas and its contractor choosing to install a joining fitting for the pipe that did not have proper restraints.
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Federal min-wage hike will have minimal CT impact
The Hartford Business Journal
President Barack Obama's January executive order to raise the minimum wage for federal contractors will have a minimal impact on Connecticut, according to an analysis by Equifax. Obama has ordered that the contractor minimum hourly wage be increased from $7.25 to $10.10 by 2016. Using data from its proprietary database of income and employment records, Equifax determined that the average hourly-wage cost increase in Connecticut will be 1.3 percent.
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The heat is on for natural gas prices
American Energy Coalition
Just as everyone was breathing a sigh of relief over the retreat in natural gas prices at the end of a frigid winter, it may be time to start worrying again, according to a recent article by CNBC. The onset of summer means utilities are going to need more natural gas to meet demand for what some forecasters predict will be a sweltering summer, and high summertime demand could set the stages for higher prices next winter, the article states.
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TRENDING ARTICLES
Missed last week's issue? See which articles your colleagues read most.

    Seminar on the New 500 PPM Low Sulfur Heating Fuel Standard: June 12, 2014 (10 a.m. — 12 p.m., CEMA Offices, 10 Alcap Ridge, Cromwell, CT)
Heating Fuels Regulatory Seminar: June 4, 2014 (9 AM - 11:30 AM, CEMA Offices, 10 Alcap Ridge, Cromwell, CT.)
CEMA defeats $4,000 tax on oil and propane dealers (CEMA)
Finance chair to Yankee Gas: Lay off the weed, the plan won't fly (The Wilton Bulleting)
How fuel oil saved New England this winter (Forbes via American Energy Coalition)

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Senators: Exports could drive up gas heat prices
American Energy Coalition
A bipartisan group of 22 U.S. senators, including nine from Northeast states, recently urged President Barack Obama to consider possible impacts on families that rely on natural gas for heat when looking to approve new LNG export facilities, according a recent article in Oil & Gas Journal.
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Regulators expand electric suppliers investigation
The Hartford Business Journal
The Connecticut Public Utilities Regulatory Authority will expand its investigation into the competitive electricity supply industry to check whether any suppliers complied with a 2011 law regarding marketing practices to residential customers, according to a PURA filing. The move came after PURA found widespread abuse of the law requiring customer notice of contract expirations, $100 caps on termination fees, and sales people properly identifying themselves and their company affiliations.
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CL&P electricity prices to rise 21 percent
The Hartford Business Journal
Connecticut Light & Power will raise electricity generation rates from 7.6 cents to 9.2 cents per kilowatt hour on Jan. 1. This ultimately means an increase of $11 for the average consumer at 700 kilowatts per month for those that have not made the switch to a competitive electricity supplier. In addition to delivery charges, CL&P customers can expect to see a total bill increase of $15.64.
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Gas explosions appear inevitable, given state of pipes
The Wall Street Journal
On January 25, 2009, a police officer in Gloucester, Mass., came home after a shift, greeted his dog, Penny, and flipped on the lights. Then his house blew up. The blast killed Penny, left patrolman Wayne Sargent badly burned and destroyed the house his grandfather built. Investigators quickly identified the cause: natural gas from a cracked cast-iron distribution line with a recent history of leaks. It was installed in the street in 1922. The U.S. Transportation Department three years ago issued a "Call to Action" urging gas companies to replace thousands of miles of decrepit iron pipe. But it could take some utilities until 2050 to get up to snuff.
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