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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 in the news on the Northeast Utilities/Malloy fundraising investigation
CEMA
Recently, CEMA President Chris Herb was on the state's largest radio station WTIC 1080 with Ray Dunaway, WDRC with Brad Davis and WJJF with Lee Elci talking about the Connecticut Election Enforcement Commissions investigation into Northeast Utilities fundraising for Governor Malloy’s re-election bid.
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New AEC bill stuffer to combat natural gas available now
CEMA
The American Energy Coalition wants consumers to know the truth about natural gas and Oilheat, and they have new materials to help you communicate the facts to them. AEC has three new bill stuffers focusing on the true cost of conversion, insufficient natural gas supply and the benefits of Bioheat® fuel.
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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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Fight Connecticut gas and diesel taxes
CEMA
CEMA needs your help to help fight Connecticut’s outrageously high gasoline and diesel taxes! 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 Wage & Benefits member survey
CEMA
CEMA has sent an email inviting members to participate in our Wage & Benefits Survey. This year, they 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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Connecticut Valley Service manager's — Lou Ehrich Oil Can golf Open — Sept. 15
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 the event and promise to make it an enjoyable experience for everyone.
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Free Federal DOT workshop at CEMA — Sept. 11
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. Registration is directly with DOT, not through CEMA.
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Northeast Utilities' Malloy Fundraising isn't right
The Courant (opinion)
In what The Courant called the biggest pay-to-play controversy of the current gubernatorial campaign, those at Connecticut Energy Marketers Association have a lot to say about the probe. Whether illegal or not, this is politics at its worst. The state's energy market should not be up for sale.
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Brutal winter? Almanac could be wrong, scientists say
LiveScience
The U.S. is in for another long, cold winter, according to the newest edition of the Farmers' Almanac. But before you get out your snow shovel and fuzzy mittens, keep reading. Expert meteorologists say the nearly 200-year-old publication's foreboding forecast may be mistaken. The 2015 edition of the Farmers' Almanac hit shelves Aug. 25, and its contents aren't heartwarming for the winter-weary.
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New England's 2014 power prices triple national increase
Hartford Business Journal
The rise in the cost of electricity in New England this year is more than triple the national average increase, which is the largest in five years, according to the U.S. Energy Information Agency. Electricity prices paid by ultimate consumers in New England rose 11.8 percent for the first six months of 2014. The average price increase for the nation was 3.2 percent, which was the highest year-over-year growth in the nation since 2009.
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Can natural gas prices remain low?
American Energy Coalition
Utilities would like consumers to believe that natural gas prices will remain lower than oil prices for at least the next few years, but one analyst pokes holes in that belief in a recent article posted on The Motley Fool website. Arjun Sreekumar questions the assumptions behind a 2014 IHS report entitled "Fueling the Future with Natural Gas: Bringing it Home" that suggests natural gas will continue to hold a price advantage.
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Winter blackouts could hit Midwest, Mid-Atlantic
Washington Examiner
A repeat of last winter's deep freeze could lead to electricity blackouts in a clutch of states spanning the Midwest to the Mid-Atlantic as proposed environmental regulations propel a switch toward natural gas-fired power. PJM Interconnection, a regional grid operator, proposed new measures aimed at ensuring it doesn't again flirt with losing 22 percent of its electricity capacity as it did during the "polar vortex" in early January.
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Why 'biofuel' is not biodiesel or Bioheat® fuel
Indoor Comfort Marketing
After nearly two decades of biodiesel and Bioheat® fuel product and market development, it is astonishing that the term biofuel is still referenced when discussing these liquid energy sources. Maybe it is just convenient to refer to biodiesel as biofuel, or maybe it's just a lack of knowledge on behalf of those referencing it as such. Whatever the reason, the cold hard fact remains that biofuel is not biodiesel.
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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. As part of our job placement services, we’ll even help you find an apprenticeship while you're training so you can earn a paycheck sooner.
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CL&P's $117 million rate case started Sept. 1
Hartford Business Journal
Hearings for Berlin electric utility Connecticut Light & Power's proposed $117 million rate increase began Sept. 1. CL&P is asking for a 5.9 percent increase in its delivery rates to cover an operating deficit, a 60 percent increase in the fixed monthly service fee and an increase in its return on investment from its distribution infrastructure from 9.4 percent to 10.2 percent.
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