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Alliance AutoGas close to covering Ford’s entire F-Series fleet

December 16, 2013 - By

Alliance AutoGas received Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) certifications covering 10 of the 2012 and 2013 Ford vehicle platforms. read more

EIA: Propane demand hits record in November

December 12, 2013 - By

According to weekly data from the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA), demand for propane reached the highest level ever recorded for November. For the week ending Nov. 1, the United States consumed nearly 1.8 million barrels per day – a figure typically not seen until January or February, when the winter heating season reaches a peak. A record corn crop... read more

Incentives available to farmers again on propane-fueled equipment

December 12, 2013 - By

Farmers who purchase propane-fueled farm equipment in 2014 will again be eligible for up to $5,000 in purchase incentives through the 2014 Propane Farm Incentive Program. The Propane Education & Research Council (PERC) renewed funding for the program at a meeting this month. The incentive program achieved record results in 2013 according to PERC, which distributed more than $627,000 in... read more

Propane bobtail project officials: Don’t give up

December 11, 2013 - By

It’s been almost a year since full production of the Freightliner S2G commercial propane chassis with an 8-liter engine was originally set to begin. But Propane Education & Research Council (PERC) officials overseeing the project told the council this week in Amelia Island, Fla., to remain hopeful. Full production is now scheduled to launch in early 2014, but Tucker Perkins,... read more

New York-based retailer growing behind balanced market approach

December 11, 2013 - By

David Stroupe estimates he’s reviewed more than 250 propane businesses as prospective mergers or acquisitions throughout his career. Yankee Propane, which Stroupe currently serves as president, was one of those companies. “I really couldn’t pick a better business to be involved in,” says Stroupe, who joined Yankee Propane in November 2012 after spending most of his career with Heritage Propane.... read more

The industry can thwart threats by banding together

December 11, 2013 - By

In the early 17th century, German Lutheran theologian Rupertus Meldenius coined the phrase “In essentials, unity; in nonessentials, liberty; in all things, charity.” As true today as it was then, the wisdom found in this phrase is a good reminder for groups and organizations with a common purpose. The propane industry in the United States would be well served to... read more

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Creating small, measurable steps for propane market growth

December 11, 2013 - By

New Year’s resolutions date back to pre-Christian times with the Babylonians and Romans and have had religious and moral overtones. It is estimated that more than 40 percent of Americans now make New Year’s resolutions on small, measurable steps that can be as simple as losing weight, volunteering to help others or making the decision to stop smoking. New Year’s... read more

Records retention policy critical for propane businesses

December 11, 2013 - By

A recurring question I get from clients is: What type of records retention policy should we have for our company? The answer may vary depending on what records you are saving. A records retention policy needs to be carefully thought out and, most importantly, implemented in the normal course. Too often when I am called to represent a client in... read more

Wrangling on health care law damages legislative agendas

December 11, 2013 - By

What a difference a month makes. Or does it? In September, Americans watched anxiously to see if Congress would actually close the federal government and default on our debt. When the government closed in October, Democrats railed against the Republicans in the House of Representatives who shut down the government and risked ruining our credit. Republicans’ poll numbers plummeted as... read more

Tracking the latest developments in U.S. propane supply

December 9, 2013 - By

The beginning of the winter heating season brought busyness to – and some backlash from – propane marketers, and it had only partially to do with, well, the winter heating season. It had mostly to do with crop drying. A fall flurry of wet crops drove marketers into action in parts of the Midwest. Eight states declared emergencies because of... read more