Expect cold and wet weather this winter, Farmers’ Almanac says

August 25, 2014 - By

For a glimpse at what’s in store weather-wise this winter, check out the 2015 edition of the Farmers’ Almanac, which hit bookshelves today. Then get ready for what may be a busy winter season. The 198th edition contains weather forecasts for 16 months – September 2014 through December 2015 – and reveals temperatures will not be above normal for a... read more

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Autogas refueling station opens on East Coast

August 25, 2014 - By

Sharp Energy Inc. teamed with an Alliance AutoGas conversion center to open a public propane autogas fueling station in New Castle, Del. The station, located at AutoPort’s Conversion Center, is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Sharp envisions the station serving local customers and those as far as Baltimore, Philadelphia and Trenton, N.J. read more

ThompsonGas purchases North Carolina retailer

August 25, 2014 - By

ThompsonGas acquired the assets of Ethco LP Gas, a Kenly, N.C., propane retail business Kenneth Etheridge previously owned. According to ThompsonGas CEO Randy Thompson, Ethco is one of several propane retailers his company has acquired over the last decade. He adds that ThompsonGas will continue to look for acquisition opportunities. read more

Alabama’s largest school district opts for autogas buses

August 22, 2014 - By

The largest school district in Alabama is using 30 Blue Bird Propane-Powered Vision school buses equipped with Roush CleanTech autogas fuel systems for the 2014-15 school year, which began Aug. 7.   The Mobile County Public School System transports 26,000 students to and from school every day. It chose the propane-powered school buses to support its community outreach campaign, “It... read more

Residential market share dwindling, but growth potential exists

August 22, 2014 - By and

Propane’s residential market loss is one of the most troubling issues the propane industry faces. The American Petroleum Institute reports 2012 sales in the residential sector were 4.1 billion gallons. That’s a 30 percent decline since 2005. The loss is not due to conservation alone. The industry is also losing customers. The number of households using propane as the primary... read more

NPGA committee gets early look at new Southeastern show destination

August 21, 2014 - By

The National Propane Gas Association’s Conventions Committee toured the year-old Music City Center in Nashville, Tenn., site of the 2016 Southeastern Convention & International Propane Expo, earlier this summer. The new 1.2-million-square-foot venue was built in downtown Nashville, in the heart of the city’s entertainment district. It offers 353,000 square feet of total exhibit hall space. The propane show will... read more

Energy Distribution Partners buys Minnesota company

August 21, 2014 - By

Energy Distribution Partners (EDP) acquired the assets of Quality Propane in Burnsville and Kellogg, Minn. Quality Propane serves more than 2,500 commercial-industrial and residential customers in the greater Minneapolis area, in Hastings, Kellogg, and Utica, Minn., and in Alma, Wis. It will continue to operate under the Quality Propane name. Quality Propane’s previous owners and all of its employees will remain with the company, according... read more

PERC launches new logo, tagline

August 21, 2014 - By

The Propane Education & Research Council (PERC) launched a new logo and brand identity for propane – PROPANE Clean American Energy – that it will include on all PERC-produced materials. The logo features an American bald eagle to illustrate that propane is an American-made alternative fuel. The new brand identity comes at a time when new propane technologies – including... read more

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Outdoor living an opportunity to boost residential propane sales

August 21, 2014 - By

The residential propane market’s decline is alarming. According to the American Petroleum Institute, residential propane sales fell 35 percent between 2000 and 2012. The fact that the Propane Education & Research Council (PERC) recently dedicated $6 million to a single consumer safety preparedness campaign that will ultimately encourage residential propane sales speaks to the gravity of the market’s decline, as... read more

Legal, safety issues brought to forefront in aftermath of fatal accident

August 20, 2014 - By and

An explosion at the Sunrise Propane industrial facility Aug. 10, 2008, in North York, Ontario, Canada, killed two people, injured many more, caused damage to more than 100 homes, businesses and schools, and forced the evacuation of 12,000 residents in the surrounding area. The incident received media coverage around the world. The Ontario fire marshal conducted an investigation and concluded... read more