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CEMA 64th Annual Meeting and Southern New England Energy Conference
CEMA
The Connecticut Energy Marketers Association again teams up with the Massachusetts Energy Marketers Association and the Oil Heat Institute of Rhode Island in hosting the Southern New England Energy Conference in the historic resort city of Newport, Rhode Island. Our conference features 29 education sessions for heating fuel and motor fuel/c-store marketers, the vast majority of which have never been presented at another energy conference.
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CEMA Wage & Benefits member survey
CEMA
CEMA has sent an email recently, 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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CEMA gasoline and diesel tax petition
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CEMA has developed an anti-gasoline/diesel tax campaign to solicit the public’s help to influence policy makers to provide relief at the pump. The purpose of the #SaveCT website is to help petition the lowering of the gas and diesel fuel taxes in Connecticut by supplying information to the public about what impact taxes have on the price of fuel.
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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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CEMA health insurance program saved a member from a $102,000 rate hike
CEMA
As you are aware, CEMA started a health insurance and benefits marketplace last year with gbac in order to help members reduce their employee benefit costs and burdens as well as to address the complexities of health insurance brought about by the passage of the Affordable Care Act. One recent example of a member using the marketplace and good benefits planning saw the member avoid a 31 percent rate increase and avoid $102,000 in higher benefit costs.
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American Energy Coalition's resources: Research, media campaign and store
CEMA
The American Energy Coalition wants consumers to know the truth about natural gas and oilheat. This section of our site provides detailed information about the fuels and some of the issues that they raise.
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EPA steps up SPCC enforcement
CEMA
Seven companies in New England that store and/or distribute heating oil have been cited by the U.S. EPA for violating federal Spill Prevention Control and Countermeasure (SPCC) regulations for bulk oil storage. The companies in Massachusetts, Maine, Connecticut and Vermont have agreed to pay penalties ranging from $3,000 to $9,500 to settle EPA claims that they each violated federal regulations meant to prevent oil spills.
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Agency postpones decision on whether Northeast Utility made illegal campaign contributions to Governor Malloy
CEMA
The State Elections Enforcement Commission failed to reach a decision recently on whether Northeast Utilities CEO Thomas J. May violated state law last year when he asked about 50 company managers to contribute money to help Democratic Gov. Dannel P. Malloy win re-election. The panel met behind closed doors in Hartford to review the results of a seven-month investigation by its staff, but emerged without taking action on what its agenda listed as "proposed findings and conclusions."
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Connecticut heating oil dealers push back against natural gas expansion
CEMA
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. Meanwhile, across the state in Cromwell, the president of the Connecticut Energy Marketers Association, Chris Herb, was busy trying to place a seed of doubt in the minds of consumers who might be considering a switch from home heating oil to natural gas once the expansion comes their way.
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New credit card technology will affect merchant liability
CEMA
EMV is a chip based technology that validates the authenticity of a physical card for card present transactions, which helps prevent counterfeit fraud by unauthorized users and re-use of compromised card data. The exact details are a bit technical, but EMV uses highly advanced encryption technology and additional data elements to create a trust chain that helps ensure that the card presented to a terminal can be quickly verified as genuine and that transaction data from the merchant to the issuing bank has been not been altered.
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Revel Casino Hotel closes Sept. 2
CEMA
The Revel in Atlantic City has been the main hotel for the AREE conference for the past couple of years. It has recently said it will be closing. The following announcement was issued by the Revel, explaining how you can cash in any chips or tickets you may still have with them, if desired.
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Winners and losers of state's primaries
CEMA
Both Republicans and Democrats held primary elections on Aug. 12. Notably the “main event” was the gubenatorial contest between Sen. John McKinney and Tom Foley. Foley won that contest handily by a 57 percent - 43 percent vote, and now faces Gov. Malloy in the fall contest. From an energy industry perspective, Gov. Malloy is notorious for advocating conversion of oil-heated homes to utility gas, and for ending the tank fund for service stations.
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Curbing methane emissions needs to be the law of the land
The Huffington Post
Recently, the White House held the last in a series of roundtable discussions on reducing methane emissions across the U.S. The author, John Kassel, was one of five environmental leaders invited to attend, alongside industry and labor heads, regulators and policymakers. President Obama's foresight in calling together this diverse group of stakeholders to discuss what will be a cornerstone of his Climate Action Plan speaks to the urgency of this issue and the danger that methane poses to the health of our communities and our climate.
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Shaken by polar vortex, US braces for propane supply glitches
Reuters
The millions of Americans that use propane to heat their homes, dry crops or keep livestock warm expect another tough winter this year as a fragmented supply network of pipelines, trains and trucks struggles to keep pace with spiking demand. Last winter's brutal cold forced supply rationing across large swathes of the country, pushed prices to record highs and dented farming productivity as distributors struggled to get fuel to customers.
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Do fugitive emissions of methane create a fossil fuel toss-up?
Clean Technica
Scientific American has raised an issue that’s been puzzling environmental and climate scientists since the beginnings of the natural gas boom in the U.S. With ClimateWire, the nation’s most reputable lay science journal published a review of two articles recently by Stefan Schwietzke, a researcher at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Earth Systems Research Laboratory in Boulder, Colorado, in Environmental Science & Technology and Sustainable Chemistry and Engineering.
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Clinton votes against construction of propane facility
WVIT-TV
Residents of Clinton can put down their picket signs – the town Planning and Zoning Commission voted against bringing a propane unloading facility to the shoreline community. Townspeople have been up in arms since the town started exploring a proposal from developer Global Companies, which sought to bring in propane by train, store it in a dozen 45,000-gallon tanks at the site of the former Stanley Bostitch manufacturing plant on Knollwood Drive, then distribute it by truck.
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Connecticut Supreme Court dismisses lawsuits in Avon Mountain crash
The Associated Press via The New Haven Register
The Connecticut Supreme Court ruled that victims of the 2005 fiery crash at the bottom of Avon Mountain that killed four people and injured 19 others cannot sue the state on allegations that Route 44 had a dangerously steep design and lacked adequate safety measures. Justices said in a 5-1 decision dismissing two lawsuits that the alleged poor design of the road and lack of warning signs and other safety measures did not make the highway defective under state law.
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Natural gas executives fear they're next for regulations
The Hill
Natural gas producers are keeping quiet about the controversial power plant rules from President Obama, fearing they could become the next target of federal regulators. At least in the short term, a government-forced shift away from coal power would be a boon for the natural gas industry, which is already experiencing a renaissance thanks to advances in the drilling technique of fracking.
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