Republican victory changes landscape on energy, environmental issues

December 31, 2014 - By and

Predicting a legislative agenda soon after a mid-term election is anyone’s guess, as the winners make claims of a mandate for action, while the losers deny a mandate exists. This election was no different. Republicans exclaimed that their victory was the result of a clear message from voters opposing President Barack Obama’s policies, while Democrats claimed the losses were the... read more

PGANE appoints recruitment coordinator

December 31, 2014 - By

The Propane Gas Association of New England (PGANE) appointed Byron Breda as its safety training and recruitment coordinator. He will help the association recruit graduated students into the propane industry as technicians or drivers. The association reports that Breda has more than 30 years of experience in the fuel oil and propane industry. He has also served on PGANE’s emergency... read more

State of the Industry: Propane retailers share their thoughts

December 30, 2014 - By

Retailers in our State of the Industry survey share their biggest business concerns and the decisions they’ve made to improve their chances for success, as well as weigh in on the state of propane supply in their regions. What’s the most pressing concern for your operation right now? “Pricing ourselves out of the markets [because of] high wholesale pricing, winter... read more

DOT eliminates daily paperwork requirement

December 30, 2014 - By

The U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx announced that professional truck drivers will no longer have to complete Driver Vehicle Inspection Reports (DVIRs), as of Dec. 18. Prior to December 2014, commercial truck drivers were required to conduct pre- and post-trip inspections of their vehicles to identify safety defects or maintenance concerns. The Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration... read more

State of the Industry: Spotlight on…

December 30, 2014 - By

As part of our State of the Industry report, LP Gas asks industry officials across the country for their take on the state of the propane industry. read more

Survey offers consumer perspective on natural gas

December 29, 2014 - By

The expansion of the natural gas industry is a growing concern for propane retailers. A recently conducted survey offers some interesting insights on Americans’ impressions of the natural gas industry and its growth. According to a survey conducted for Honeywell’s UOP business, a supplier of technology and equipment to natural gas producers, more than half of the people in the United... read more

World association’s name changes

December 29, 2014 - By

The World LP Gas Association announced it would switch its name back to the World LPG Association in January. The association changed its name to the World LP Gas Association in 1998, but the association reported it realized more people used the term LPG compared to LP Gas. The association’s general assembly also decided that it would rename its world... read more

Celebrating a career based on serving and protecting industry members

December 29, 2014 - By and

Like the rising and setting sun, we all have people in our lives on whom we can count. They lead by example and shed light on how to do what is right. That is how I feel about Bill Mahre of Propane Technical Services. He is a true gentleman who has been an industry journeyman, educator, mentor, safety leader and... read more

New law leads to change in driver hours-of-service regulations

December 26, 2014 - By

An appropriations bill passed into law in December includes language that suspends enforcement of the Department of Transportation’s (DOT) hours-of-service requirement pertaining to its latest restart provision for commercial truck drivers. Specifically, DOT’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) suspends requirements regarding the restart of the 60- or 70-hour limit that drivers were required to comply with beginning July 1,... read more

Measuring the U.S. propane market now means keeping an eye abroad

December 26, 2014 - By and

The winter of 2014-15 is shaping up to be very different from last year, which should be good news to propane marketers and their customers. The weather seems to be behaving “normally” this year, with the first frost of the season showing up on schedule in October in the American heartland and temperatures heading below freezing all the way to... read more