USDA forecasts record-breaking corn yield

June 19, 2014 - By

U.S. farmers remain on track to produce a record corn crop for the second straight year in 2014, according to U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) projections. The announcement impacts propane retailers who service farm customers for crop drying needs. According to USDA, favorable early-season crop and weather conditions offset planting delays in May, and farmers are now expected to produce... read more

Minnesota senator visits Propane Days, working to help alleviate supply issues

June 19, 2014 - By

Sen. Al Franken, D-Minn., is more attuned to the winter supply issues the propane industry had last year than most of his colleagues in the U.S. Senate. Franken is largely more aware of the issues because he saw firsthand many of the hardships propane users in Minnesota experienced. “I heard stories about shortages of propane and also the amazingly high... read more

Study backs autogas as viable option for fleet vehicles

June 19, 2014 - By

The Mississippi Propane Gas Association (MPGA) released a study from the John C. Stennis Institute of Government at Mississippi State University titled “Alternative Fuel Vehicle Considerations for Fleet Manager: A Report on the Fuel Cost Considerations of Propane.” The institute concluded that, depending on fleet size, makeup and vehicle miles traveled, propane autogas is worthy of consideration for fleets interested... read more

Political insights from a Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist at Propane Days

June 19, 2014 - By

A highly conservative columnist spoke to a highly conservative industry about all things politics, kicking off the National Propane Gas Association’s (NPGA) annual Propane Days event June 3 in Washington, D.C. Charles Krauthammer, a Washington Post columnist and a regular contributor to Fox News, looked forward to the upcoming midterm election and even further into the future, sharing his thoughts... read more

Monitor may accommodate up to eight transmitters

June 18, 2014 - By

The WESROC remote monitoring system cellular base unit from Independent Technologies allows users to monitor propane and refined fuel tank levels, burner lockout alarms, temperature monitors and more from up to eight transmitters. According to the company, the unit is equipped to report high and low indoor temperatures and power outages. The company developed it to provide the same monitoring... read more

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The dangers of do-it-yourself gas projects

June 18, 2014 - By

A new industry campaign urges do-it-yourselfers to ‘leave no doubt’ and contact a professional. Furled eyebrows, frowns and a deep look of concern cross their faces, a blackened house charred to a crisp in the background. The husband, wife and insurance agent are in the front yard having a disheartening conversation about decisions made and valuable possessions lost. “You’re lucky... read more

The office of tomorrow: How technology is changing the propane delivery business today

June 17, 2014 - By and

In an industry removed from breaking news about technology and mobile communications, some of the most significant changes – caused by or created with technology – exist in the propane delivery business. More precisely, if we want to see the office of the future – if we want to witness the predictions of decades prior, of animated renditions of midcentury... read more

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Ferrellgas acquires Kansas retailer

June 17, 2014 - By

Ferrellgas Partners LP acquired Kaw Valley Propane, the propane arm of Kaw Valley Electric Cooperative based in Topeka, Kan. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed. According to a press release, Kaw Valley is Ferrellgas’ fifth retail propane acquisition in its fiscal year that began Aug. 1, 2013. read more

PERC seeking comments on $3 million consumer safety campaign

June 16, 2014 - By

The Propane Education & Research Council (PERC) is soliciting comments through July 14 on a $3.15 million consumer safety preparedness campaign that will encourage residential propane customers to talk with their propane provider about the winter and develop a plan that makes sense, according to information from a PERC funding request. PERC says last winter revealed a greater need for... read more

Williams-Access Midstream merger potentially on horizon

June 16, 2014 - By

Williams Partners LP agreed to acquire Global Infrastructure Partners’ general interest in Access Midstream Partners for nearly $6 billion. Upon closing, Williams will own 100 percent of the general partner. Williams expects to close the acquisition of Global Infrastructure Partners‘ Access Midstream Partners interests in the third quarter this year. In addition, Williams proposed a merger between itself and Access... read more