CEMA-later ICPA: Oil dealers’ association changes name

The Independent Connecticut Petroleum Association has officially changed its name to the Connecticut Energy Marketing Association, complete with a new website, ctema.com.

Around since 1950, ICPA, pronounced Ick-Pa, has been an advocate for the state’s oil heat dealers and independent gasoline stations. The change in name reflects a change in the sector, as oil heat dealers, many of which are family businesses, have been hit by customer defections to natural gas in the face of higher oil prices.

And one of the things CEMA is expected to push is opening up the natural gas distribution market to competition and allow its members to get into that game.

Connecticut’s commercial sector is already open to competition, but residential has been more difficult to crack.

Rob Varnon