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PERC website for building professionals features new look

August 29, 2014 - By

The Propane Education & Research Council (PERC) redesigned its buildwithpropane.com website, which now has a more streamlined look to make it easier for residential and commercial building professionals to find information about propane training, research, resources and products. Users will find the latest propane news and trends on the homepage, along with PERC’s Propane Product Directory, which expanded from 350... read more

A propane family finds a second life as local baristas

August 29, 2014 - By

The 300-square-foot building was a welcome space to jump-start a retail propane business. But steady growth over 40-plus years forced Houston-area Buster Brown Propane to continuously add onto its property in every possible direction. After a while, Buster Brown simply ran out of room. “We had engineers look at that building, and we had added onto it all that we... read more

Tank monitoring device recognized for its use of technology

August 28, 2014 - By

A device that automatically records and transmits to a laptop, tablet or smartphone the amount of propane remaining in a commercial or residential tank earned its creator an M2M Evolution Business Impact Award. Technology Assurance Labs’ OWL (Overhead Wireless Logic system) received recognition because it “successfully leveraged M2M (machine to machine) and the IoT (Internet of Things) to solve a... read more

In the Know: Know who you are as a company

August 28, 2014 - By and

In the Know is a monthly partnership between LP Gas magazine and Propane Resources. Our focus this month is on safety, addressed by financial consultant and business valuations and sales expert Tamera Kovacs. Q. In our travels, we sometimes hear that propane retailers should go above and beyond selling gas in order to grow their business and the industry. What’s your message to propane retailers who... read more

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A tribute to Zane Chastain, a leader with a passion for the industry

August 28, 2014 - By

Heaven was awarded a gem. Zane Chastain, the endearing longtime editor of LP Gas Magazine, passed away this summer. He was 83 years old. For those of you who didn’t know Zane, this dedicated man started with LP Gas in 1974 and served many roles, including publisher, advertising sales representative, photographer and designer. He remained publisher into 2000 and was... read more

Propane Council of Texas to hold training for propane emergencies

August 28, 2014 - By

The Propane Council of Texas (ProCOT) will hold its third annual Texas Propane Emergency Responders Training event September 29-30. It is geared to anyone involved with propane-related emergency and incident response activities, including propane retailers, fire fighters, emergency response trainers and hazmat personnel. The 16-hour educational session will take place at the Brayton Training Field at TEEX in College Station... read more

MarkWest expanding its processing, fractionation infrastructure

August 27, 2014 - By

MarkWest Energy Partners LP plans to add midstream infrastructure at its Keystone complex in Butler County, Pa., to support growing rich gas production from the Marcellus Shale and Upper Devonian formations. According to a press release, MarkWest will build two 200-million-cubic-feet-per-day processing plants called Bluestone III and IV. The company expects the plants to be operational during the fourth quarter... read more

World LP Gas Forum to explore ways industry can sell, promote propane

August 27, 2014 - By and

Safe, low-carbon energy solutions already exist in the form of liquefied petroleum gas, says James Rockall, CEO of the World LP Gas Association (WLPGA). So why do politicians and energy-industry leaders still talk about the need to develop new energy solutions? That’s an issue WLPGA will try to address at its 27th annual World LP Gas Forum from Oct. 28-30... read more

3 propane price-protection strategies

August 26, 2014 - By and

Weigh your options to shield customers from runaway propane prices A confluence of events last winter put pressure on propane supply points and wholesale propane prices. Some propane retailers who thought they were prepared entering winter were caught scrambling to find propane at any price. The high prices were passed along to end users, as they should be for those... read more

Natural gas pipelines advance into propane territory; LPG leaders take notice

August 26, 2014 - By and

  Something smells rotten to numerous propane providers, and it’s not just the mercaptan odor that signals the presence of natural gas. Noses are out of joint and serious concerns are being raised because natural gas utilities are rapidly expanding into new territories traditionally served by propane – and these efforts are being assisted by governmental incentives promulgated by appointed... read more