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Regulators approve natural gas expansion plan — rates to increase up to 30 percent
CEMA
Recently, the Public Utility Regulatory Authority approved the natural gas utility plan to expand their infrastructure in Connecticut. Those seeking to convert to gas will see increased rates of 30 percent for business and multifamily homes. Single family homes that are more than 150 feet of a gas main will also pay a 30 percent premium. Single family homes that are on main will see rates increase by 10 percent.
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2013 CEMA Holiday Party Dec. 11
CEMA
Please join us at our annual holiday party 6-9 p.m. Dec. 11 at the Aqua Turf Club, in Plantsville as we close out the year and usher in a new heating season. The celebration 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 David Chu at 860-615-4129 or register online here.
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CEMA Health and Employee Benefit Marketplace and 'Obamacare News'
CEMA
In a report from CNBC, President Barack Obama said at a news conference recently that its administration "fumbled" the rollout of his health care law and announced an administrative fix, allowing a one-year health plan renewal for insurers whose policies would be otherwise canceled. The fix will allow current policy holders the opportunity to re-enroll for an additional year.
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Keno coming to Connecticut
CEMA
CEMA, along with our partners at NECSA, met with the Connecticut Lottery Corporation recently where discussions about Keno was the primary focus. During the past legislative session the state was given approval to offer Keno through their lottery agents. The catch is — before Keno can be sold in Connecticut the state would need approval from the Mashantucket Pequots and Mohegan Tribe. The state is currently negotiating with the two tribes on a potential revenue sharing agreement that would open the door for the state to offer Keno outside of the two reservations.
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Regulators give thumbs up to natural gas expansion, angering heating oil dealers
CT News Junkie
A trade association of more than 600 home heating oil and propane dealers is considering all of its options, including legal action against the state for approving a plan that allows three natural gas companies to convert 280,000 customers to natural gas. Chris Herb, president of the Connecticut Energy Marketers Association, said legal action is just one of the many options his organization is examining as a result of a recent decision by state regulators.
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Natural gas: What you need to know before signing up
WVIT-TV
Who wants to save money? Natural gas is supposed to be a cheap and efficient way to heat your home. Gov. Dannel Malloy and the state's Public Utilities Regulatory Authority signed off on expanding access to natural gas, but one homeowner found that trying to gain access isn't so easy. According to experts like David Cadden from Quinnipiac University, tapping the energy source is a savvy move. Labor, equipment and new appliances can cost more than $10,000; but in the long term, homeowners see big savings.
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Nymex oil cuts loss; brent nearly recovers
MarketWatch
Nymex oil pared its losses and Brent crude settled with a small decline after the U.S. and other western powers agreed to a short-term deal to curb Iran's nuclear program. The pact fueled concerns that an easing of sanctions on the Middle Eastern nation's crude sales will soon follow and add to the world's supply. Limiting gains, analysts didn't see either one of those happening anytime soon.
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US House prepares early Christmas gift to natural gas industry
American Energy Coalition
The natural gas industry is angling for some favorable legislation from Congress that would ease the permitting of natural gas pipeline projects and throw obstacles in front of citizens seeking to challenge a gas drilling permit, according to a recent report by DeSmogBlog.com. One legislative proposal, the Natural Gas Pipeline Permitting Reform Act (H.R. 1900), would require that applications for interstate natural gas pipelines be automatically approved if federal regulators fail to meet arbitrary deadlines for their review. New England Fuel Institute, a trade association for energy marketers, is opposing the measure and asking members to contact their Congressmen and urge them to oppose it.
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CT gets climate change — not the money to fix it
The CT Mirror
Do folks in Connecticut think climate change is occurring? Yes they do — and big time, according to the first comprehensive state-by-state polling on climate change. Data compiled at Stanford University for 46 states (Alaska, Hawaii, North Dakota, Wyoming and the District of Columbia were the exceptions) show a generally high belief that there is climate change, and government should do something about it — in fact several different things — even without the cooperation of other nations.
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'Canceled' plans, in Connecticut, by the numbers
The CT Mirror
The state's individual health insurance market is undergoing major change this fall, in part a direct result of the federal health law and in part because of business decisions by insurance companies. Data released by the Connecticut Insurance Department show that the vast majority of the state's 66,437 individual-market policyholders will have to either pick a new plan or renew their current plan early to keep it. But the way each insurance company has handled the changes varies, as do the choices members have.
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Malloy declines president's 'fix' on Obamacare, but extends enrollment deadline
The CT Mirror
Connecticut will not allow insurance companies to extend policies now slated to be discontinued because of the federal health law, Gov. Dannel P. Malloy announced recently. But he said that Access Health CT, the state's health insurance exchange, will extend by a week its deadline for people to get coverage that takes effect Jan. 1. People now have until Dec. 23 to sign up for an insurance plan that starts at the beginning of 2014.
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