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Real story: What's wrong with Gov. Malloy's energy plan?
WTIC-TV
Chris Herb, president of the Connecticut Energy Marketers Association, talks about some of his concerns with Gov. Dannel P. Malloy's new energy plan which encourages homeowners to convert to natural gas.
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CEMA chapter meetings schedule announced
CEMA
CEMA will hold its annual seven chapter meetings during the last two weeks of October. Important topics will be discussed, including the next phase in the fight against utility gas, important news about CEMA's new health insurance and benefits private exchange, the Connecticut Oilheat Alliance, AEC and a NEFI update. There will be a nominal charge to cover the cost of the lunch.
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CEMA's Annual Meeting & Southern New England Energy Conference a success
CEMA
CEMA held its 63rd Annual Meeting on Sept. 19-20 at the Mohegan Sun Casino, in conjunction with the Massachusetts Energy Marketers Association and the Oil Heat Institute of Rhode Island. With all three associations, our event was rebranded as the new Southern New England Energy Conference. Nearly 270 attendees and sponsors registered to attend the conference, a 13 percent increase over the previous year. The conference featured a strong offering of 30 breakout sessions, and guests particularly liked the luncheon keynote by OPIS analyst Tom Kloza.
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Donald Craft wins award
Madison Patch
On Sept. 19, the Connecticut Energy Marketers Association presented its first Lifetime Achievement Award to Donald B. Craft, of Madison, for 53 years of service to his industry. Craft has served as a leader, mentor and inspiration to generations of oil heat marketers since he first started with Wyatt Energy in 1960.
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Help fight natural gas expansion — Support AEC
CEMA
Since July, CEMA members have received calls and emails soliciting donations for the American Energy Coalition's Fall campaign to fight natural gas expansion. If you have not responded to our request for your financial support — now is the time.
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Seasonal employees and the Affordable Care Act — Obamacare
CEMA
The CEMA Health & Employee Benefits Marketplace that will be launched later this month will have Affordable Care Act tools and safeguards to protect CEMA members and their employees from non-compliance and as an alternative to the ACA or "Obamacare." The policy and management of the seasonal employees in addition to your full-time employees will be managed within the platform and alleviate the administrative burden for all CEMA members that enroll.
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Federated Insurance promotes Fire Prevention Week with resources for businesses
CEMA
Every year, business owners experience property losses totaling billions of dollars due to fire. Investigation into the cause of these fires found that, if consistent attention had been paid to a few very specific exposures, most of these losses could have been prevented. Fire Prevention Week — running October 6–12 — is a great opportunity to remember that managing an exposure like fire is not a yearly, monthly, or even weekly activity — it is a daily activity. Fires can destroy not only buildings and property, but also people's livelihoods, sense of security, succession plan and community at large.
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PMAA sets industry priorities
CEMA
The following is an executive summary of issues prioritized by the PMAA Executive Committee and standing committees.
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EPA finalizes heating oil rule
CEMA
In an alert from Paul Nazzarro and the National Biodiesel Board — EPA issued a final rule to expand the definition of heating oil in the regulations for the Renewable Fuel Standard. The new definition confirms that biodiesel can be used for heating oil under the RFS to generate RINs. Additionally, it clarifies that biodiesel used to generate process heat, power generation, or other stationary functions are also approved for RIN generation. For our industry, the rule simply broadens the types of uses under which biodiesel can generate RINs under the RFS.
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PMAA PAC fundraiser at Omni La Costa Resort
CEMA
PMAA Small Business Committee PAC Co-Chairs Gerry Ramm and Michael Fields invite you to attend an event in beautiful Southern California benefitting PMAA's SBC PAC. The event will be held at the Omni La Costa Resort and Spa ($209 per room) from Nov. 20-21.
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With Obamacare, not everything is public information
WNPR News
The nation's new health care law rolls out next week. One essential part of that is a call center to both field questions and enroll people. But it's not clear how much the private company taking these calls, Maximus Health Services, is actually charging taxpayers. Maximus was hired by the quasi-public state agency Access Health CT that's running the state's healthcare exchange. So, how much is the company charging the taxpayers to do this work?
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Investigation faults Yankee Gas for pipelines hit by contractors
The Courant
Excavators hate to be surprised by a natural gas pipe. That's why a Connecticut law requires that contractors — or anyone digging underground — contact the state's Call Before You Dig service two days before working, so that utility employees can spray-paint their lines on the ground. Red is electric. Blue is water. Green is sewer. And yellow is natural gas or oil. Contractors rely on this sidewalk graffiti, as well as other utility records, to know where utility lines are buried underground. But a state investigation shows that these lines sometimes go unmarked by employees or are misplaced because of errant utility records.
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Northern Utilities confirms plans to outsource half its IT department
The Courant
After weeks of public calls for transparency, a Northeast Utilities executive confirmed that the utility is outsourcing half the work of its information technology department, which employs about 280 in Connecticut. David McHale, the company's chief administration officer, said in an interview that the decision will affect half of the utility's 400 IT employees in New England. It was unclear how many of those are in Connecticut.
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