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Highway funding bill passes — LPG tax changes Jan. 1
NEFI via CEMA
The U.S. Senate voted 91-4 to approve a three-month extension to federal highway funding. Its passage averts suspension of federal highway construction projects throughout the country and thousands of layoffs at the U.S. Department of Transportation.
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DMV offices closed Aug. 11-15
Through a modernization project, the Connecticut Department of Motor Vehicles is upgrading its 50-year-old computer system. The DMV's current computer systems lack connections with each other to deliver cost-effective, streamlined and efficient services to our customers. This will soon change.
Crackdown on texting Aug. 3-16
The Connecticut Department of Transportation's Highway Safety Office announced the continuation of the U DRIVE. U TEXT. U PAY. initiative — an effort to crackdown on motorists who choose to text, talk or otherwise distract themselves from the task of driving by using a handheld mobile phone.
New operating under the influence law
On and after July 1, operators who are charged with operating under the influence of alcohol, drugs or both, and as a result have their licenses suspended administratively by the Department of Motor Vehicle, will be required to install an ignition interlock device to get their licenses back. The length of time that operators must use the IID will depend on whether they are over age 21 at the time of the offense, whether they are a repeat offender and whether they failed a blood alcohol test or refused such a test at the time of the arrest.
Convenience store and gas station seminar, Aug. 17
CEMA will hold a seminar on regulatory compliance at convenience stores and gas stations in Connecticut August 17, 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m., at the Best Western Hotel, 201 Washington Ave., North Haven. The seminar will include all new material including these new or upcoming regulations.
CEMA announces schedule for Southern New England Energy Conference, Sept. 21-22
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. CEMA is pleased to announce the schedule of events and education at the conference.
New social media campaign — #FuelMatters
Recently, the #FuelMatters campaign officially began, and PMAA is asking for a little help in jump-starting the conversation about motor and heating fuels.
What is #FuelMatters?
Oilheat America launches social media sites
NORA via CEMA
Oilheat America, the leading source for information on the benefits of using heating oil for space and hot water heating, has expanded its public outreach efforts by launching new Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Google+ pages. Internet-connected computer and mobile device users can visit and follow or subscribe to these pages by clicking the social media icons at OilheatAmerica.com.
Eversource billing scam
WTIC-TV via CEMA
Police in South Windsor are warning local businesses about a scam targeting businesses who are led to believe that their power will be shut off if they don't pay up immediately. Police said they received several calls in the past two weeks from businesses saying the owners received phone calls supposedly from Eversource Energy.
New CEMA associate member
Fritz Dahlgren of Dahlgren Investment Services LLC recently joined CEMA as an associate member. He is an investment adviser and is marketing an energy investment product, among others, from Franklin Square Capital Partners. His contact information is 700 Plaza Middlesex, Middletown, CT 06457, 860-343-9500, email@example.com.
CL&P receives retroactive $18 million rate increase
The Hartford Business Journal
The electric utility formerly known as Connecticut Light & Power has been awarded an $18 million annual increase in its current rate collections from customers, which the company will begin collecting in five months. CL&P — which on Feb. 2 was rebranded as Eversource Energy along with all the other Northeast Utilities subsidiaries — received a $130 million rate increase in December from the state Public Utilities Regulatory Authority.
Legislators tout impending savings on vehicle taxes
The Bristol Press
State legislators visited Dattco's South Street headquarters to highlight the millions of dollars in savings they say state residents can expect beginning next year from a motor vehicle tax relief law.
The legislature passed a bill in June to lessen the vehicle tax burden on taxpayers by capping the mill rate at 32 mills next year and 29.36 mills the following year.
Connecticut Senate president wants to know more about mileage tax
The discussion of a "mileage tax" in Connecticut is continuing to surge on the internet and social media. The proposal is to levy a tax according to the number of miles you drive.
UIL asks again for Connecticut approval of $3 billion sale
The Hartford Business Journal
New Haven utility parent UIL Holdings has asked for Connecticut regulators to approve its $3 billion acquisition by Spain energy giant Iberdrola.
The Connecticut Public Utilities Regulatory Authority in late June made an initial ruling denying UIL's application, mainly because PURA didn't know how the change in control would benefit ratepayers of its subsidiaries United Illuminating, Connecticut Natural Gas and Southern Connecticut Gas.
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Brent Crude falls below $50 a barrel
The Wall Street Journal
The world's benchmark oil price fell to less than $50 a barrel for the first time in six months recently as a sluggish global economy and rampant oil boom keep crude markets falling.
The recent sell-off widens losses from July that plunged oil into a bear market.
Diesel and heating oil prices tank amid global glut
American Energy Coalition
The prices of so-called distillate fuels like heating oil and diesel have been plunging lately, and diesel now costs less than gasoline in 21 states, according to a recent article in The Wall Street Journal. Meanwhile, wholesale heating oil prices have fallen by 40 cents per gallon over the last two months to $1.45 a gallon, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration.
Natural gas prices rise as weather warms
The Wall Street Journal
Natural gas prices made their largest one-day gains recently as weather forecasts show a heat wave settling in over Texas.
The front-month September contract gained 6.4 cents, or 2.3 percent, to $2.812 a million British thermal units on the New York Mercantile Exchange.
Malloy encourages Transportation Finance Panel to look at all options
CT News Junkie
Gov. Dannel P. Malloy said he doesn't know a whole lot about "mileage taxes," but he wants the task force created to come up with ideas to fund his 30-year, $100 billion transportation initiative to consider everything. The idea of taxing drivers based on how much they drive is an idea that's being piloted in Oregon, and it's one of the many funding concepts raised by the Transportation Finance Panel.
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