It is with our members’ support that we are able to represent industry interests and help local businesses succeed. Here are just some of the many ways we put membership dues to good use:
Watching the PUC
The electric and gas utilities want your customers and are attempting to use the PUC and their monopoly advantage to win them. In the last year alone, MEMA has protected the industry’s interests by:
- Stopping a bill designed to allow electric utilities the option to purchase, sell and install heat pumps, bypassing all competitors, which would have reduced oil and propane sales and prevented contractors from making money on heat pump sales.
- Intervening in four PUC cases against utilities, successfully limiting their ability to leverage a monopoly competitive advantage.
- Beating the proposed increase in gas and tobacco taxes that posed a threat to Southern Maine convenience stores.
- Blocking a bill that would have required all contractors to tag, monitor, return and dispose of mercury thermostats.
- Saving potentially millions of dollars for convenience store operators by helping to extend the life of USTs by 10 years.
Battling Natural Gas
Despite being outspent 100 to one by the international monopolies in favor of natural gas, MEMA has launched a very successful, statewide defense campaign: Maine Energy Facts (MEF). By utilizing a mixture of fact-based print, social, online and web media, the MEF campaign works to convince the people of Maine to step up and share the reasons why they are sticking with oil or propane, and MEMA is making sure to share those stories in the communities where you live and do business.
Visit www.MaineEnergyFacts.com to become a part of this project.
Generating Positive PR and Media Attention
MEMA speaks on the industry’s behalf by appearing on dozens of radio shows and TV programs, giving interviews to multiple newspapers and journals and directly addressing government officials, social clubs and local chambers.
Educating the Next Generation of Technicians
MTEC is an HVAC-R technical training facility certified by the Maine State Department of Education and supported by a network of over 300 hiring energy companies throughout Maine and New Hampshire. MTEC programs and operations are overseen by an all-volunteer Education Foundation Committee comprised of business owners and professionals currently working in the industry. The school’s 2,400-square-foot training lab provides a comprehensive learning environment that allows students to work directly with the types of equipment they will see in the field. Courses are taught by master-level instructors, who have over a century of combined industry experience and advocate for students to work with their hands from day one. MTEC currently offers certification and licensing preparation in oilheat, propane, natural gas, air conditioning, refrigeration and plumbing.
Providing Membership to the PMAA and the NEFI
The Petroleum Marketers Association of America (PMAA) is our national trade association, located in Washington, D.C., with whom we work on national issues of importance that directly impact Maine’s petroleum marketers and associated businesses.
The New England Fuel Institute (NEFI) is a nationally recognized organization of over 1,100 independent oilheat, propane, biofuel and motor fuel dealers and associated companies. MEMA Board Member Mike Estes is the current chair of the NEFI board. The NEFI Board of Directors is made up in part of New England fuel dealers, and they look to MEMA to designate Maine marketers to represent the state regionally. NEFI is a prominent voice for the industry before regional and federal policy makers, members of the media and the public.
Monitoring Regulatory Changes & Compliance Issues
MEMA is your go-to resource for up-to-the-minute regulatory and compliance affairs. MEMA’s affiliation with PMAA and NEFI enables us to be directly involved in federal regulatory and legislative issues with other groups from around the nation. While our primary responsibility is with and for the Maine congressional delegation, we do so in concert with PMAA, NEFI and our sister organizations around the country.
Keeping the Industry Informed
MEMA publishes regular newsletters and an annual membership directory in order to provide you with the latest information regarding what’s happening in the state, regional and national petroleum industry that concerns our membership.
Read our assessment of the latest industry news here.
Creating Networking Opportunities
MEMA holds an annual convention that provides members with the opportunity to come together, learn and network in a relaxed atmosphere.
Providing Self-Funded Health Insurance and Workers’ Compensation
Our insurance programs are one of the premier benefits of belonging to the Association. Key to that value is Christa Fairbanks, our dedicated insurance administrator and your personal contact for all benefits-related questions.
For more specifics on the plans available to our membership, click here.