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As 2013 comes to a close, CEMA would like to wish its members, partners and other industry professionals a safe and happy holiday season. As we reflect on the past year for the industry, we would like to provide the readers of the CEMA Pipeline a look at the most accessed articles from the year. Our regular publication will resume Jan. 9, 2014.

New DMV requirements
CEMA
From Nov. 14: 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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Real story: What's wrong with Gov. Malloy's energy plan?
WTIC-TV
From Oct. 3: 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
From Oct. 3: 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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State releases draft decision on natural gas expansion
CEMA
From Nov. 14: 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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State to consider changes to prepay contract law
State to consider changes to prepay contract law
From Nov. 14: 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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CEMA opposes natural gas expansion
CEMA
From Sept. 19: Last week, CEMA participated in a public hearing at the Public Utility Regulatory Authority concerning natural gas expansion in Connecticut. PURA has opened a docket to consider a request by the natural gas utilities to convert 280,000 customers to natural gas over the next 10 years and expand the infrastructure with an additional 900 miles of new lines. The strategy that CEMA's Legislative Committee (Chaired by Tom Devine of Devine Bros, Norwalk) is pursuing to stop/limit the expansion plan, is to get the utility shareholders to contribute to the cost of the build-out and to get new gas customers to pay for a larger portion of the conversion.
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CEMA: Gas plan only guarantees higher costs
New Haven Register
From Nov. 14: 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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Regulators give thumbs up to natural gas expansion, angering heating oil dealers
CT News Junkie
From Nov. 27: 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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Regulators approve natural gas expansion plan — rates to increase up to 30 percent
CEMA
From Nov. 27: 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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Natural gas gains squeeze family-run oil companies
The Wall Street Journal
From Nov. 14: 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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