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Gas conversion in New Canaan bogs down
CEMA
As reported in the May 1, edition of CEMA Pipeline, Yankee Gas is making a big push to bring in new lines to off-main customers in New Canaan and nearby Wilton. They’ve held a number of public meetings, including bringing in the “big guns” from corporate parent Northeast Utilities. Well their efforts seemed to have bogged down. The handwriting was on the wall when the other major utility, United Illuminating, reported very poor results in achieving the critical mass needed to bring in new lines to communities, at a regulatory hearing earlier in the year.
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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 Credit and Collections Seminar, Wednesday, June 25 — 9 AM - 3 PM
CEMA Offices, Cromwell, Connecticut
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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Cetane decals required on diesel pumps
CEMA
New regulations that went into effect on Jan. 1, that require diesel dispensers, such as those at service stations, to display the cetane rating of the diesel being sold, just as gasoline dispensers display the octane level. Members have reported recent enforcement activities so service stations need to start displaying these ratings.
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E-cigarette law goes into effect Oct. 1
CEMA
Governor Malloy has signed a bill into law banning the sale of electronic cigarettes to minors Scheduled to take effect Oct. 1. The new law prevents minors from purchasing an “electronic nicotine delivery system” (or e-cigarette) and other vapor products. The legislation also makes it illegal to sell, give or deliver e-cigarettes to a minor.
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Tracy Morgan crash brings national spotlight to hours of service debate, fatigued truck drivers
CEMA
A crash on the New Jersey Turnpike that killed one man and critically injured ‘30 Rock’ and ‘SNL’ star Tracy Morgan has thrown a national spotlight on fatigued driving. The accident occurred just as Congress was preparing to debate the hours of service regulations. It started as just another accident on the New Jersey Turnpike, but soon after, the national spotlight was firmly upon it and the driver accused of causing it while fatigued. The accident, which killed one man, also critically injured comedian and actor Tracy Morgan.
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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, Rhode Island, where we held a very successful and well-attended meeting in 2007. So save the dates, Monday-Tuesday, Sept. 22-23, and stay tuned for more information.
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New diesel excise tax rate — July 1
CEMA
The CT Department of Revenue Services issued formal guidance on the new Connecticut diesel excise tax rate that will be effective July 1. The new rate 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.
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New England could ease its hunger for gas, avoid cost of pipeline
The Courant
Greater efficiency, increased use of renewable energy sources and other measures could reduce New England's demand for natural gas enough to avert the need to build a new pipeline, an environmental advocacy group said in a report recently. The group, Environment Northeast, outlined a plan for cutting gas demand to balance out supply constraints that have caused severe spikes in electricity prices in each of the past two years.
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Union says CL&P violated labor agreement, CL&P Disagrees
CT News Junkie
The International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers said Connecticut Light & Power’s recent decision to use contract workers for a majority of the repairs violates its collective bargaining agreement. The contract workforce, which currently handles all work after 3 p.m. Monday through Friday and during all weekend hours, will actively preclude union electrical workers from handling the majority of the company’s repair calls.
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Obama emission rules discount gas leaks, scientists say
Bloomberg
President Barack Obama’s plan to fight global warming underestimates pollution from natural gas, according to scientists studying how leaks affect the climate. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency recently proposed requiring power plants to cut greenhouse-gas emissions 30 percent from their 2005 levels by 2030, largely by burning natural gas instead of coal.
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Rising gas prices boost Connecticut electric costs
My San Antonio
State regulators recently announced their approval of an 8 percent increase in electric generation rates for about 62 percent of Connecticut Light & Power residential customers who do not get their electricity from competing suppliers. The increase by the state's largest utility boosts the average residential bill by $5.29 a month. The increase will take effect on July 1.
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Pelto names running mate, pushes up decision timeline in governor's race
CT News Junkie
Jonathan Pelto named a running mate and began the process of petitioning his way onto the ballot to launch a third-party challenge of Democratic Gov. Dannel P. Malloy. Pelto, a former Democratic lawmaker, is a vocal critic of Malloy’s administration and has been exploring a run for governor under his newly formed Education and Democracy Party.
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GOP's Tom Foley commits to public financing
The Connecticut Mirror
Tom Foley, the Republican businessman who largely self-funded his $12.8 million campaign for governor in 2010, will accept the public financing and spending limits of the voluntary Citizens' Elections Program this year. Chris Cooper, a spokesman for Foley, said on June 3 that the campaign's application for the public grant was filed Monday, June 2, and should become public later on June 3.
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Access Health CT investigating possible data breach by employee of call center vendor
CT News Junkie
Officials with Access Health CT say a call center representative has come forward after leaving a backpack containing handwritten notes that included customers’ names and Social Security numbers on Trumbull Street in Hartford. The four notepads in the backpack listed the names and birthdates of about 400 individuals. However, upon closer examination by Access Health CT officials, they said fewer than 200 of the individual entries in the handwritten notes included Social Security numbers.
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Tobacco funds: Connecticut's budget-balancing escape hatch
The Connecticut Mirror
The wish list was costly: legislators wanted to fund new preschool slots, restore money for mental health clinics and put more funds into emergency medical service coordinators. But as it came time to finalize the state budget this spring, money was getting tight. And so, lawmakers found the funds for preschool and the other programs by turning to a familiar escape hatch: the settlement money from tobacco companies.
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