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American Energy Coalition announces Petro matching Grant
CEMA
For the second year in a row, Dan Donovan of Petro/Star Gas announced that the Star Gas/Petro/Meenan/Champion/Griffith & Carroll companies will again match contributions to the AEC 2014 Fall Marketing Campaign with a 25 cent match on every dollar contributed up to $200,000 (or $800,000 contributed). Last year’s matching challenge was critically important to the success of that campaign, and this year’s offer aims to repeat at least that level of success.
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Establishing a prevent defense for 500ppm heating oil
CEMA
From Paul Nazzaro, Advanced Fuel Solutions —

Now that many of the Northeastern states are recipients of lower sulfur heating oil, fuel dealers are asking what precautions they should take to protect the heating oil which they sell their customers. The answer is simple, the same that they should have been taking when handling 3000 ppm, 2000 ppm and any sulfur level including levels that eventually will include 15 ppm.

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CNG stops natural gas expansion project in Manchester
CEMA
As reported in the Journal Inquirer, July 26-27, Connecticut Natural Gas abandoned a gas conversion project in Manchester, Connecticut, after converting only half the homes it targeted. Work ceased on installing new gas lines because “a lack of signed service agreements coupled with an increase in construction costs has changed the project’s outlook,” CNG stated.
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Connecticut's A & B, UST operator training reciprocity discontinued
CEMA
The Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) will no longer accept reciprocity with other states’ UST operator training courses. DEEP has determined that out of state training courses do not cover important issues that are required by state regulations. DEEP feels that the out of state training that some Connecticut UST owners current have, has led to some operators not maintaining compliance with the UST regulations.
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New study suggests accelerated corrosion of sumps caused by ethanol
CEMA
From PMAA —

A National Institute of Standards and Technology laboratory study has found accelerated corrosion in sump areas of USTs storing gasoline blended with 10 percent ethanol. The study was conducted after field inspectors reported incidents of accelerated corrosion of sump pump equipment in UST systems in nine states. These incidents are generally associated with the presence of bacteria which convert ethanol to acetic acid, a component of vinegar, according to the study.

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500 ppm heating oil documentation
CEMA
In a clarification from officials at the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP), heating oil marketers who sell low-sulfur 500 ppm heating oil to residential accounts do not need to indicate the sulfur content on delivery tickets. The current language on delivery tickets will suffice. But marketers do need to include a sulfur content statement on delivery tickets to commercial accounts.
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ITEC is now ENTECH
CEMA
We are excited to announce that we have completed the rebranding of our school with a new name and look, but the same outstanding training that you have come to trust over the last four decades. We now announce that ITEC (Independent Connecticut Petroleum Association Technical Education Center) is now ENTECH - Advanced Energy Training. Our new name and look better reflect the work that you and your businesses perform every day and how we meet your training needs.
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CEMA Annual Meeting — Southern New England Energy Conference
CEMA
As reported in previous issues of CEMA Pipeline, CEMA’s 64th Annual Meeting will be held in conjunction with the Massachusetts and Rhode Island energy associations at the Southern New England Energy Conference, Sept. 22-23, Hyatt Regency, Newport, Rhode Island.
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#SaveCT Grassroots Campaign
CEMA
CEMA is implementing a new grassroots campaign designed to call attention to high motor fuel taxes in Connecticut with the objective of putting pressure on politicians that will ultimately result in lower gasoline and diesel taxes. The grassroots campaign utilizes word of mouth, social media and technology. We have created various point-of-purchase posters to be used at service stations to illustrate our position on the gas tax situation here in Connecticut.
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CEMA Wage & Benefits Member Survey
CEMA
CEMA has sent an email inviting members to participate in our Wage & Benefits Survey. This year, we go much further than asking questions on wage and benefits, and include a wide range of business and operational questions. New this year is a dedicated survey for motor fuel and c-store operators, which can be answered separately from the heating fuels questions, especially if you don’t have any heating operations.
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Free Federal DOT workshop at CEMA
CEMA
Federal DOT will be holding an informative, free workshop on compliance with federal hazardous materials regulations. This is highly recommended for all hazardous materials transporters. Note, however, that since this does not cover OSHA hazardous materials handling, it does not grant OSHA Awareness or Operations certifications, which CEMA does offer.
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CEMA comprehensive tax seminar
CEMA
Tax questions are the most frequently received questions by CEMA staff. Here, in one sitting, officials from the Dept. of Revenue Services will provide a comprehensive workshop on all fuel taxes for diesel, gasoline, propane, kerosene, which include excise, sales and gross earnings taxes as applicable, for various applications including construction, manufacturing, mixed home use, generators, blocked pumps and more.
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Connecticut Valley Service Manager's — Lou Ehrich Oil Can golf Open
CEMA
CEMA is pleased to support the upcoming Connecticut Valley Service manager’s – Lou Ehrich Oil Can golf Open, Monday, Sept. 15, Timberlin Golf Club, 330 Southington Rd. Berlin, Connecticut. Timberlin is a municipal course that has been consistently rated as one of the best in Connecticut. PGA Professional Marc Bayrum and his staff are excited about hosting our event and promise to make it an enjoyable experience for everyone.
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Connecticut heating oil dealers push back against natural gas expansion
The Register Citizen
Home heating oil dealers aren't giving up, even as one of the state's three natural gas utilities gets underway with its portion of a 10-year expansion plan of distribution lines. Gov. Dannel P. Malloy and Northeast Utilities President and Chief Executive Officer Thomas May were in this Fairfield County suburb recently, celebrating the launch of Yankee Gas' expansion program.
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New Hampshire, New England facing an emerging energy crisis
WMUR-TV
VideoBriefFred Kocher sits down with William Quinlan of PSNH to discuss an emerging energy crisis.

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Connecticut's 'surplus' is really a deficit of billions
New Haven Register (opinion)
If you read a July 22, statement from Gov. Dannel P. Malloy, who is seeking a second four-year term in November, you’d feel good about Connecticut’s fiscal house. It opens like this: “Gov. Dannel P. Malloy today announced that Connecticut ended Fiscal Year 2014 with an estimated $121.3 million surplus, bringing the state’s Rainy Day Fund to a four-year high of $392 million."
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Town-wide project lags; gas for schools, Waveny, YMCA eyed
NewsTimes
With an attempt to launch a town-wide natural gas expansion in New Canaan, Connecticut, stalled, town officials are offering Yankee Gas a more modest plan that would bring the fuel to six buildings on and near Waveny Park. Selectman Nick Williams, one of the many officials disappointed with the utility company, said the town would like to see natural gas at Saxe Middle, South Elementary and New Canaan High schools; New Canaan YMCA; Waveny House and Waveny Care Center.
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Administration moves to reduce natural gas emissions
American Energy Coalition
The Obama administration recently announced initiatives meant to reduce the amount of methane escaping from the nation’s natural gas pipelines, after a government report faulted the Environmental Protection Agency for doing too little to plug the leaks, according to an article in the Houston Chronicle. The administrative actions include a new research and development program aimed at devising better ways to find and plug leaks, according to the Chronicle.
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Insurance regulator denies Anthem rate hike
Hartford Business Journal
The state Insurance Department has disapproved Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield's proposed rate increase for individual health insurance policies and cut ConnectiCare's proposed increase in half. Anthem, which was subject to a public hearing requested by health care advocate Victoria Veltri, has until Aug. 31, to file a new rate proposal.
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The shortest distance between you and a great career
ENTECH
Where do the pros look for the next generation of HVACR technicians? Right here at Entech. Our state-of-the-art facility offers training with the very latest technologies and equipment. Because Entech is affiliated with the Connecticut Energy Marketers Association, we have direct relationships with the companies you’ll want to work for.
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