In 1950, a small group of concerned fuel oil dealers and gasoline distributors came together to do some good for their customers and their industry. The result was the creation of the Independent Connecticut Petroleum Association. Since then, the ICPA has been providing a forum for petroleum marketers of all types to enhance their businesses and improve the industry. On January 1, 2013 ICPA became the Connecticut Energy Marketers Association [CEMA].
Today, the CEMA is a thriving organization with more than 585 members with 13,000 Connecticut-based employees whose priority is to strengthen and protect the future of the petroleum industry.
In 2004 CEMA created the ICPA Education Foundation, under which operates the Association's Technical Education Center. The Foundation is a 501(c) (3) organization providing excellence in technical training for the 4000 professional licensed oil heat technicians who work in the trade in our state. Since 2004, our technical school has been certified by the Connecticut Department of Higher Education as a private, vocational technical school.
The CEMA keeps members up-to-date on the latest legislative and regulatory proposals from our state and federal government, and defends the interests of all petroleum marketers throughout the state of Connecticut. The collective strength of our membership provides the platform by which the petroleum industry can continue to flourish, by working with government regulators to promote, preserve and protect our industry in today's business climate.