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Natural gas rears its ugly head — Special budget session a total failure
The Connecticut General Assembly recently convened a special one-day legislative session to implement the budget that they adopted in the beginning of June. Unfortunately, they did much more than simply address the budget issues that General Electric, Aetna, Stanley and others raised. There were two nonbudget sections of the budget that were adopted that affect marketers. When language like this is included in the 12th hour on the last night of session, it is called a "rat." There is no way to stop this language because it is included in the budget, and failure to enact the budget (by July 1) would result in a partial shutdown of the state and some municipal services.
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AEC fighting natural gas in Connecticut and beyond — Spring radio and marketing campaign update
The American Energy Coalition has expanded its marketing and outreach efforts for 2015, and is reaching an ever increasing audience with a strong pro oil heat message using multiple media platforms.
Total AEC website visits for the first six months of 2015 totaled 12,980 — a 129 percent increase over the same period in 2014 and a 193 percent increase over the same period in 2013.
CEMA launches PRO$ realtor outreach program — Seeks member companies to get involved with local realtors
As many of you know, the Partnership for Realty and Oilheat Success has recently been relaunched in Connecticut. The PRO$ program aims to educate realtors — who are the key influencers during the home transaction and who often say the wrong things about oil heat to their customers — about the best ways to list and sell oil-heated homes by explaining the benefits of oil heat, the solutions that oil dealers provide and how conversion away from oil heat is not the answer. PRO$ is managed by Warm Thoughts Communications.
Protect and promote your business — Free webinar on cooperative advertising
CEMA is pleased to announce that our partners at the National Biodiesel Board will be hosting a free 30-minute webinar on cooperative advertising and how you can benefit from it. A recent consumer attitude study commissioned by CEMA reveals the power of the Bioheat message and how it will help you protect your market share. The complete results of this study will be available in the coming weeks, and CEMA is working on utilizing this data in a way that will change the way we communicate with the public forever.
Registration open for July propane classes
Propane is growing more and more popular as homes and businesses look for efficient ways to power furnaces, water heaters, outdoor grills and appliances. Growing right along with it are the jobs that maintain those systems. The Certified Employee Training Program propane training from Entech will put you right where you want to be — at the cutting edge of a growing industry. And because CETP was developed by the Propane Education & Research Council, CETP students have the backing of the propane industry as they pursue their technical training.
Connecticut diesel tax change effective July 1
If you sell (or purchase) diesel fuel, please be advised that the state's motor vehicle tax on diesel, also called the diesel excise tax, decreased from its previous rate of 54.5 cents per gallon to the new rate of 50.3 cents per gallon, effective July 1. If you had any diesel fuel in bulk storage, or even in tanker trucks, the state has said that you will not receive any credits on existing inventory where the higher tax was paid prior to July 1.
Southern New England Energy Conference Sept. 21-22 — Room reservations at Newport Marriott
The Southern New England Energy Conference, sponsored by CEMA, the Massachusetts Energy Marketers Association and the Oilheat Institute of Rhode Island, will be held Sept. 21-22 at the Marriott Hotel in Newport, Rhode Island. The Marriott has just undergone a $35 million renovation, and according to a member who stayed their recently, it's "fantastic." The hotel is now taking reservations. The conference room rate is $189 (plus tax), and reservations can be made online by visiting this customized website. Book your group rate for CEMA 65th Annual Meeting & Southern NE Energy Conference.
Essential gas field training skills for technicians
We've developed a seminar to teach your technicians how to perform basic gas service. Technicians will be able to take what they already know about oil equipment and apply that knowledge to gas equipment. During this two-day seminar, we will cover lots of info relating to both natural and LP gas. Some of the topics are electrical troubleshooting, gas combustion, venting, wiring and controls. They will evaluate sequence of operation, gas pipe sizing, ignition systems and safety. Let's review it in the classroom and work on it in the lab! Each attendee will receive a voltage meter and a gas pressure meter. Lunch is included! To register, click here.
Natural gas prices rose on warm weather forecasts
MarketRealist via Yahoo News
Natural gas prices mostly rose in the week ended July 3. They increased 1.76 percent on a weekly basis. Prices closed at $2.822 per million British thermal units July 2, compared to the close of $2.773 per million British thermal units June 26.
About $131,250 in Connecticut electric car rebates approved
The Associated Press via Greenwich Time
Connecticut officials say more than $131,250 in state rebates have been paid out or committed to consumers who've purchased or leased electric vehicles since May 19.
Under the Connecticut Hydrogen and Electric Vehicle Purchase rebate or CHEAPR program, consumers can receive cash rebates of up to $3,000 for purchasing or leasing eligible battery electric, fuel cell electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles.
Lembo certifies $115.7 million budget deficit
CT News Junkie
The 2016 budget has officially begun, but the 2015 budget is still running a $115.7 million deficit, according to state Comptroller Kevin Lembo.
In his monthly letter to Gov. Dannel P. Malloy, Lembo said he is in general agreement with Malloy's budget office with its latest deficit projections.
Connecticut preliminarily rejects $3 billion Spanish utility takeover
Hartford Business Journal
The Connecticut Public Utilities Authority rejected the proposed $3 billion acquisition of New Haven utility parent UIL Holdings by Spanish energy giant Iberdrola.
The PURA commissioners said in their draft decision that they didn't know enough about how Iberdrola would operate UIL's three Connecticut utilities — United Illuminating, Connecticut Natural Gas and Southern Connecticut Gas — and wouldn't ask ratepayers to venture into the unknown.
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Nappier threatened to warn investors of Connecticut pension crisis
The Connecticut Mirror
State Treasurer Denise L. Nappier threatened last year to warn Connecticut bond investors about legal problems that still leave the state's pension system at risk of losing its federal tax-exempt status, according to a letter obtained by The Connecticut Mirror.
And though she ultimately determined disclosure was not required, Nappier said that it's still essential that the State Employees Retirement Commission bring the pension program into compliance with federal and state rules.
Oil prices dive below $51 as Iran deal looms
CNNMoney via Hartford Business Journal
Iran is nearing an historic nuclear deal with the West — and that's scaring the oil markets.
Oil prices dropped below $51 a barrel for the first time since early April. The latest slide comes after negotiators once again extended a deadline to reach a nuclear deal and said "substantial progress" has been reached.
Connecticut sets hearing for health insurance increase requests
The Associated Press via New Haven Register
Connecticut Insurance Commissioner Katharine L. Wade has ordered public hearings on proposed rate increases by three health insurers that would affect more than 70,000 policyholders next year.
Anthem Health Plans Inc. is seeking a 4.7 percent increase, and ConnectiCare Insurance Co. is proposing a 9.8 percent hike, each for about 34,000 policyholders. Golden Rule Insurance Co. has proposed an 18.5 percent increase for 2,000 customers.
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