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The numbers don’t lie

March 1, 2008 - By

The American Petroleum Institute says total domestic propane sales for combined residential, commercial, engine, farm and industrial uses in 2006 fell for the fourth consecutive year. read more

Mirroring debate during 2008

March 1, 2008 - By

In a presidential election year, the congressional agenda often follows the candidates' agendas. Their supporters in Congress introduce legislation and/or engage in debates that support the candidates' positions. Nearly all the debate that happens in Congress during a presidential election year reflects the broader debate. read more

Defining ‘res ipsa loquitur’

March 1, 2008 - By

There is a legal concept known as res ipsa loquitur that allows a jury to infer that an accident was caused by the negligence of a party without actual proof of that negligence. read more

Conflicting agendas collide

March 1, 2008 - By

Managing risk requires commitment, focus and an effort to balance agendas that seem in conflict. The propane industry is not immune to conflicting agendas. read more

Connect with Washington

March 1, 2008 - By

As owners and operators of mostly small-to-medium-size businesses, we tend to focus first on matters that are specific to our marketing footprint. Because our customer base is local, we have an immediate vested interest in local affairs. For our own self-interest, we become actively engaged in organizations like local fire protection or city, county and township government agencies. read more

Retailers say growing number of low-income customers makes business difficult

March 1, 2008 - By

The rising cost of propane, coupled with limited federal home-heating assistance for low-income families, is not only putting the squeeze on customers but retailers as well. read more

The Face of Delinquency

March 1, 2008 - By

Every day, Holly Linden contends with an increasing number of customers who cannot afford to pay their propane bill. read more

Corralling collections during galloping costs

March 1, 2008 - By

Well-designed marketing plans, orchestrated pitches to promote budget plan enrollment and established collection procedures for when customers fall behind are being touted as key solutions for propane retailers faced with payment shortfalls. read more

A cash-crunched season

March 1, 2008 - By

With the price of oil topping $100 per barrel amid a sputtering overall economy, propane marketers and customers alike spent much of the 2007-08 winter heating season struggling to cover their costs. And while some regions saw record-setting snowfalls, bitterly cold temperatures, crippling ice storms and widespread power outages, other parts of the country experienced way too much warmth to pump appropriate amounts of propane. read more

Shut Down

March 1, 2008 - By

The propane industry's four-year push to tap into the lucrative indoor cabinet heater market came to a screeching halt when the National Propane Gas Association's (NPGA) board of directors on Feb. 12 voted 88-1 to suspend any further expenditure of resources to move the contentious issue forward. read more