It’s been a busy two and a half months since I arrived at MEMA. From meeting with board and association members to “deep dives” with staff on all things MEMA related, I haven’t stopped. In this process, however, one thing is apparent - our association is strong and we are ready to lead during this critical time for the liquid fuels industry!
A few items that I want to bring to your attention:
- At the beginning of November MEMA welcomed Megan Diver as MEMA’s new Vice President. Megan has a long history and background in public policy and her knowledge and familiarity with the Maine Legislature will be a tremendous asset to MEMA as the Legislature begins their next session. In fact, since Megan arrived, she and I have been visiting with retailers and distributors across Maine to meet our members and hear their concerns and will continue outreach to all Association members to ensure all your voices are heard.
- With election day now behind us, the 130th Maine Legislature is poised to convene next month to be sworn in, beginning their First Regular Session in January 2021 – which, due to COVID19 and social distancing requirements, will meet at the Augusta Civic Center.
- The first week in November Megan and I toured Biofine pilot plant at the University of Maine’s Forest Bioproducts Research Institute in Old Town. This was a great opportunity to learn about and see firsthand the biofine process of creating biofuels, a renewable chemical, through the biofine process beginning with woody biomass, solid waste, recycled carboard and paper.
- Maine’s Climate Council voted on their draft report on November 12, 2021 and their 4-year State Climate Action Plan is due to the Governor and Legislature by December 1, 2020. The Governor and Legislature will then consider and decide any legislative and rulemaking actions to enact into law. MEMA is monitoring this closely. We will keep you updated as it works its way through the legislative process.
This is an incredibly dynamic, and exciting, time for our industry and I feel very fortunate to be a part of your team as we move forward into Maine’s energy future. On behalf of everyone at MEMA/MTEC, we look forward to working with and for you.
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Leslie has worked in the propane and regulatory compliance industry for over 25 years, having served as director of risk management and corporate counsel for Dead River Company and bureau director for the Maine Department of Environmental Protection. Anderson is a graduate of the University of Texas and she holds a master’s degree in environmental management, from the University of Houston, and a law degree from South Texas College of Law. Leslie is active with the National Propane Gas Association, and the Energy Marketer Associations in Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont.