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State releases draft decision on natural gas expansion
CEMA
The Public Utility Regulatory Authority released their draft decision on the natural gas utility's request to expand their pipelines by 900 miles and convert 280,000 homes and businesses to natural gas. The draft decision would increase rates to businesses who convert to gas by 50 percent, multi-family dwellings by 50 percent, homeowners more than 150 feet off a main by 30 percent and homeowners less than 150 off a gas main by 10 percent. Existing gas customers will also shoulder a portion of the cost through higher rates.
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CEMA: Gas plan only guarantees higher costs
New Haven Register
The head of a trade group representing Connecticut independent home heating oil dealers is criticizing a ruling by state utility regulators that would provide the framework for a massive expansion of natural gas distribution lines over the next 10 years. Chris Herb, president of the Connecticut Energy Marketers Association said a draft ruling released by the state's Public Utilities Regulatory Authority will result in new customers who convert to natural gas paying premiums of anywhere from 10 to 50 percent over the distribution rates that existing customers pay.
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State to consider changes to prepay contract law
CEMA
CEMA has learned that in the wake of Ace Oil's closing recently, the Department of Consumer Protection is considering legislation that would require a bond for any oil dealer selling residential prepay oil contracts. DCP is likely to submit a bill in the 2014 legislative session that would require a bond to cover 80 percent of the value of the prepay money collected from consumers. Several Meriden area oil dealers have received calls from former Ace Oil customers who prepaid for oil, but only received partial delivers or no oil at all.
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Pump top price sign regulations to change
CEMA
The Department of Consumer Protection has drafted pump top price sign regulations that are now being reviewed by the Attorney General and the Governor’s Office for legal sufficiency. Gasoline stations owners should review the regulations and provide any feedback you may have to Chris Herb at chris@ctema.com or 860-615-4130.
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New DMV requirements
CEMA
In order to comply with new federal law, Connecticut DMV recently put up instructions on their website requiring all CDL drivers to submit a form to self-certify the class of driver you are by Jan. 30. It’s free — no cost to fill out this form. The form asks for your license information, name, date of birth and email address and whether you drive out of state or only within state. Basically, if you drive across state lines for any reason, even to pick up fuel, you are Category 1, non-excepted interstate. If you travel only within Connecticut, then you are Category 2, non-excepted intrastate.
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2013 CEMA Holiday Party
CEMA
Please join us at our annual, festive holiday party as we close out the year and usher in a new heating season; includes an open bar the entire evening, a buffet dinner and entertainment provided by Mike Devino. This year we again sponsor a toy drive for Toys for Tots, and will give special recognition for Operation Fuel, which helps families in need with fuel assistance, supplementing the state's energy assistance program. Registration is $69 per person. To make your reservation, please call the office at (866) 521-4272 or register online here: http://www.ctema.com/store/products_view.php?url_product_id=838
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Change to flexible spending accounts
CEMA
Courtesy of GBAC: On Oct 31, the IRS issued a notice that changes the use-it-or-lose-it rule for Flexible Spending Accounts. Before then, employees had to spend all the money in their FSAs by the end of their plan year, which may include an optional 2 1/2 month grace period. Under the new ruling, companies have the option of writing into their plan that employees may carry over up to $500 into the next plan year. Note you can only choose one option, either allow the 2 1/2 month grace period, or allow a $500 carryover, but not both.
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CEMA welcomes new associate members
CEMA
Since our newsletter CEMA Pipeline has only been operating for a couple of months, we're playing catchup and listing new associate members who've joined since July 1. Please join us in welcoming these members to CEMA.
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Financial planning and year-end tax strategies
CEMA
Presenters: Michael Koppel, Gray, Gray & Gray on Year-End Tax Strategies; Matt Wiley, Wiley Ganz, courtesy of Federated Insurance, on Estate and Business Succession Planning; Peter Cohen, P.C. Planning and Benefits, on Captives and Tax Shelters.
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Connecticut lawmakers consider adding e-cigs to smoking ban
New Haven Register
ou may not have to light them up, but the unknown health risks of electronic cigarettes have some legislators fired up. The use of electronic cigarettes is a growing trend, but lawmakers are pushing legislation to extend the non-smoking policy to the new devices, making it illegal to use them in public places.
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Natural gas gains squeeze family-run oil companies
The Wall Street Journal
Tracey-Carlo, the third generation to run Tracey Energy Services in New Haven, says oil dealerships like hers once expanded with a growing population and followed the exodus to suburbia. "We have their grandchildren," she said of customers whose families grew up with hers. "As people moved further, we'd move with them."
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Public Utilities Regulatory Authority announces 10 percent hike on natural gas
News12 Connecticut
The Public Utilities Regulatory Authority in Connecticut has announced that homeowners with natural gas could see their monthly bills hiked 10 percent for 10 years. Businesses could see their bills rise 50 percent per billing cycle over a decade. Family-owned heating oil businesses in southwestern Connecticut say that a new proposal to connect hundreds of thousands of customers to natural gas would hurt their companies and possibly the customers' bottom line.
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China, India increasingly drive energy demand
Connecticut Post
China and India are increasingly driving world energy demand as the United States' production boom puts it on track to become independent of the global market, the International Energy Agency said. China is close to becoming the world's largest oil importer, while India will turn into the leading importer of coal in the next decade to lead the Asian surge, the Paris-based IEA said in its 2013 World Energy Outlook.
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The 'dirty' fossil fuel divestment campaign
Energy Tribune
Al Gore is for it. Student bodies are in favor. And for both the U.K.'s Guardian and the New York Times it's already a cause celebrate. Given such an array of entitlement culture, social engineering leftist consensus, we therefore know it must be a dumb idea, right?
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The secret, dirty cost of Obama's green power push
Real Clear Energy
The hills of southern Iowa bear the scars of America's push for green energy: The brown gashes where rain has washed away the soil, the polluted streams that dump fertilizer into the water supply; even the cemetery that disappeared like an apparition into a cornfield. It wasn't supposed to be this way.
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Oil drops 2 percent on supply concerns
Connecticut Post
The price of oil sank 2 percent, hitting a five-month low, as the market anticipated another increase in domestic supplies. Benchmark U.S. crude for December delivery fell $2.10, or 2.2 percent, to close at $93.04 a barrel in on the New York Mercantile Exchange. Oil has dropped about 9 percent in the past month. Investors also sold other riskier assets like gold, down 1.3 percent, and U.S. stocks.
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Frac water field analysis
Connecticut Post
When the rain stopped falling in Texas, the prairie grass yellowed, the soil cracked and oil drillers were confronted with a crisis. After years of easy access to cheap, plentiful water, the land they prized for its vast petroleum wealth was starting to dry up. At first, the drought that took hold a few years ago seemed to threaten the economic boom that arose from hydraulic fracturing, a drilling method that uses huge amounts of high-pressure, chemical-laced water to free oil and natural gas trapped deep in underground rocks. But drillers have found a way to get by with much less water: They recycle it using systems that not long ago they may have eyed with suspicion.
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Natural-gas prices are on the rise
Nashoba Publishing
If you heat your home with natural gas, you will need to reach a little deeper into your pocket this winter to pay for your bills. Those who use oil can breathe a little easier. But everyone will end up paying more for utilities because electricity bills are going up. The projections come amid the natural-gas production boom in the U.S. that has kept utility bills steady in recent years. Natural-gas prices have plummeted as producers began using the hydraulic fracturing technology to extract gas from rock layers — the previously untapped gas reservoirs.
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Fast, easy on-site measurement of hydrocarbons in drilling mud and oil in water
ThomasNet
Portable infrared analyzers, such as the InfraCal Analyzers from Wilks, have been used worldwide for measuring off-shore oil in produced water for more than 30 years. They have the advantage over other analytical instruments in that the measurement can be performed by non-technical users and it is relatively unaffected by composition changes in the effluent. They also provide off-shore users with the necessary ruggedness and reliability that is a key requirement.
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Americans don't grasp energy issues
PennEnergy
With a wealth of information at our fingertips, we should be astonished about the lack of information most Americans have about relevant energy issues. Unfortunately, a recent article on Politico.com wasn't nearly as surprising as we'd like it to be. The average American doesn't know what's going on in the energy sector. Miley Cyrus garners more attention on the major news networks than ... the news. Politico's article discusses the recent polls that show that while debates surrounding energy get heated in the capital, many people don't even know the large trends in the energy industry, much less the details of the cost or even the source of the energy in the U.S.
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