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Propane industry leader from New England dies

September 30, 2015 - By

The Propane Gas Association of New England (PGANE) reported the death of David Breed, who died of multiple health issues Sept. 25 at the age of 69. According to his obituary, Breed had been in the propane industry since 1978 when he began to work for Maingas in Waterville, Maine. Throughout his career, he also worked for Downeast Energy and... read more

Roush CleanTech’s Todd Mouw on propane autogas

September 30, 2015 - By

The vice president of sales and marketing at Roush CleanTech discusses the state of the propane autogas market and how retailers can be a part of the autogas equation. read more

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Aux Sable announces management changes

September 30, 2015 - By

Veresen Inc., owner of energy infrastructure assets across North America, announced Tim Stauft, Aux Sable’s president and CEO, resigned from his position immediately Sept. 30. According to a press release, Aux Sable’s board of directors appointed Tom Day to serve as the company’s new president and CEO. Day has served as Veresen’s senior vice president of operations since September 2013. read more

AmeriGas elects member to its board of directors

September 30, 2015 - By

AmeriGas Partners LP elected Pedro A. Ramos to join AmeriGas Propane’s board of directors. Ramos formerly served as the president and CEO of the Philadelphia Foundation, a charity committed to improving the quality of life in the five-county Philadelphia region. He also served as a partner with various law firms in the area. “[Ramos] is an accomplished attorney with extensive... read more

PIRA Energy Group studies NGL supply growth

September 29, 2015 - By

PIRA Energy Group, an energy market analysis firm, released a study called “The Global Impact of NGL Supply Growth: PIRA’s Comprehensive Outlook to 2035.” PIRA reports the North American shale revolution created a surge in NGL production. Substantial growth in ethane and LP gas is set to continue, despite current weak oil prices, affecting markets worldwide and capturing demand in... read more

Playful propane safety program caters to kids on the farm

September 29, 2015 - By

Propane, kids and agriculture might not seem to mesh, but the Propane Education & Research Council (PERC) combined these three elements this past year as it launched several educational materials to teach kids about propane safety on the farm. Most recently, PERC unveiled its “Our Amazing Farm” three-part video series geared toward educating kids younger than age 12. The video... read more

Energy Transfer Equity, Williams announce merger agreement

September 29, 2015 - By

Energy Transfer Equity LP and Williams Cos. Inc. plan to merge through a $37.7 billion transaction that will form the third-largest energy franchise in North America, the companies announced. “As a combined company, we will have enhanced prospects for growth, be better able to connect our customers to more diverse markets and have more stability in an environment of low... read more

MFA Oil acquires Kansas retailer

September 28, 2015 - By

MFA Oil Co. acquired Lybarger Oil Inc., a propane retailer based in Garnett, Kan. Lybarger Oil, a second-generation family-owned company, has been in business since 1955. Through the purchase, MFA Oil acquires 10 propane plants, eight refined fuel plants, five fueling locations and a bulk and packaged lubricants business. According to MFA Oil, Lybarger Oil is its first acquisition of... read more

Sell safety as a value rather than an expense

September 28, 2015 - By

My vacation time at the cabin this summer has opened my eyes to a few safety analogies. In fishing, the phrase “tight lines” means leaving no slack in the line, with any slack allowing a fish to shake the hook out. By keeping the line tight, you remain connected as you reel in your line. In the world of propane,... read more

Perfect your delivery performance this heating season

September 28, 2015 - By

Do the math to perfect your delivery performance this heating season. For the propane industry, September reminds me of spring training for football. Most people in the propane industry agree there is no off-season when it comes to serving customers, but September is a month when fleets begin preparing for the very busy months ahead. With this in mind, I... read more