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Heating oil and natural gas near parity
CEMA
"I told ya so!" does not begin to explain how our industry feels about what is happening with energy prices.

Below is the September cost comparison between natural gas and home heating oil, and for the first time in several years we are seeing that prices are coming back together.
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CEMA Annual Meeting & Southern New England Energy Conference Sept. 21-22
CEMA
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 online registration for the conference is now live.
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FMCSA allows 30-minute rest breaks to be counted as on-duty for select drivers
CEMA
The U.S. Department of Transportation Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has issued an exemption that changes the way CDL drivers hauling gasoline record their mandatory 30-minute break period under recently amended hours of service regulations. The new exemption allows drivers hauling gasoline who record their time in a daily log book to count the 30-minute break as "on-duty" time rather than "off-duty" time as otherwise required under the hours-of-service regulations.
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Split load placarding clarification
CEMA
In our July 23 issue of CEMA Pipeline, we reported on rules regarding how to placard split loads of hazardous materials. While this rule was adopted in 2008, it is only now going into effect as states begin to adopt them.
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NBB reports robust 2015 marketing campaign
CEMA
The winter of 2015 was one for the ages. All-time record snowfall, record low temperatures and the lowest oil prices in recent history made for the most favorable, albeit challenging, conditions the heating oil industry has seen in years. Despite the historically cold temperatures, biodiesel and Bioheat® fuel dealers across the Northeast reported few issues related to fuel quality — a testament to the National Biodiesel Board's efforts to educate the supply chain on proper handling, blending, storage and housekeeping practices.
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Free seminar on how to keep your customers from converting to gas
CEMA
Register today for a free seminar designed for drivers, technicians, CSR's, salesmen and other employees who interact with your customers.

Do you know how to stop your customers from converting to natural gas? Do your employees know what key information to communicate to your customers so that you have the best opportunity to keep them?

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HR Question of the Month
Federated Insurance via CEMA
Question: An employee has requested a leave due to depression. I advised her to seek medical advice and provided her with Family and Medical Leave Act. Is depression usually considered a valid reason to be off work under the FMLA guidelines?
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Nationwide home and auto insurance for employees
CEMA
With today's tight budgets, employee benefits become increasingly more difficult to offer. So wouldn't it be nice if you could offer a benefit that costs you nothing, involves minimal work on your part, is a product almost every employee has to purchase and provides a value to your employees that makes you look good? If you had such a program, it would raise employee loyalty and help with retention.
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Iconic 'We Card' retail age-restricted training and education program celebrates 20th anniversary and awareness month in September
CEMA
CEMA once again has partnered with We Card to help combat youth access to tobacco. In 1995, those underage could more easily buy tobacco at retail stores, with some reports indicating a 40-60 percent success rate. Today, after years of efforts to prevent underage tobacco sales, it's down to roughly 10 percent, according to the federal government's published 2013 Synar report measuring illegal tobacco sales to minors.
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Labor Day gas prices lowest in a decade
The News-Times
Gas prices heading into the long Labor Day weekend are the lowest they've been in recent memory. "In 10 years, we haven't seen gas prices this low on Labor Day," said Fran Mayko, a spokesperson for AAA.
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The real cost to convert to gas
American Energy Coalition
If you're thinking about converting to natural gas heating, make sure you have all the facts. Converting is not as easy or inexpensive as the utilities like to claim, and you could be taking a big gamble on a big investment.
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Paul Nazzaro on bioheat and heating oil product
Minnesota Soybean via YouTube
VideoBriefPresident of Nazzaro Group and National Biodiesel Board Petroleum Liaison Paul Nazzaro speaks to visitors from the East Coast during the #Bioheat15 tour media event at the Minnesota Department of Agriculture.
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Study: Methane leaks in natural-gas supply chain far exceed estimates
The New York Times
A little-noted portion of the chain of pipelines and equipment that brings natural gas from the field into power plants and homes is responsible for a surprising amount of methane emissions, according to a study. Natural-gas gathering facilities, which collect from multiple wells, lose about 100 billion cubic feet of natural gas a year, about eight times as much as estimates used by the Environmental Protection Agency, according to the study, which appeared in the journal Environmental Science & Technology.
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The shortest distance between you and a great career
Entech Advanced Energy Training
Where do the professionals look for the next generation of heating, ventilating, air conditioning and refrigeration 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 CMEA, we have direct relationships with the companies you'll want to work for.
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