ACT Expo to showcase propane autogas solutions

April 27, 2015 - By

Alliance AutoGas and the Propane Education & Research Council (PERC) will be among more than 10 propane-focused exhibitors at the Alternative Clean Transportation (ACT) Expo from May 4-7 at the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center in Dallas. More than 3,500 clean transportation stakeholders and about 200 exhibitors are expected to attend ACT. Alliance AutoGas will unveil its first-ever EPA-compliant, OEM-quality... read more

Minnesota railway handles more carloads of propane

April 24, 2015 - By

Northern Lines Railway, based in central Minnesota, handled more than 1,000 carloads of propane in 2014, a four-fold increase from the previous year. Northern Lines President Justin Chalich says the railway expects to handle 1,500 carloads of propane this year. Northern Lines handles about 10,000 carloads annually. According to the Anacostia Rail Holdings website, the Wenner Gas Co. and CHS Inc.... read more

MFA Oil names director of mergers, acquisitions

April 24, 2015 - By

MFA Oil Co. hired Don Smith to be its director of mergers and acquisitions. Smith’s responsibilities include deal sourcing, business valuations, negotiations and post-sale integration of business acquisitions. Smith has more than 25 years of experience with mergers and acquisitions. Most recently, he served as CEO of Midwest M&A Advisors, an acquisitions consulting firm he founded in 2012. read more

Incident at customer location serves as safety reminder

April 23, 2015 - By

A customer suffers a health issue while the employee is on location. As an employee, what would you do? As a company owner or manager, what would you advise the employee to do? ThompsonGas service technician Jeremy Fulkerson found himself in such a situation late in the winter during a customer visit in Clayton, N.C. Following earlier cancellations that day,... read more

PERC to refocus after DOC lifts restriction

April 23, 2015 - By

The Department of Commerce (DOC) lifted a restriction that took hold about six years ago on the Propane Education & Research Council’s (PERC) consumer outreach activities. Progress was made in December, when President Barack Obama signed the Propane Education and Research Enhancement Act of 2014. The legislation modified PERC’s functions while also stipulating the data DOC can use to develop... read more

Michigan company adds autogas buses

April 22, 2015 - By

The Rapid, a transportation service company in Grand Rapids, Mich., partnered with Roush CleanTech to add four propane-fueled buses to its Go!Bus fleet. Go!Bus provides rides to seniors and people with disabilities who cannot ride fixed route buses. “We know propane works in our climate, and the vehicles have a very similar engine, so the maintenance program is the same,”... read more

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NPGA asks FERC for increased pipeline transparency

April 21, 2015 - By

The National Propane Gas Association (NPGA), Airlines for America and the Liquids Shippers Group, which represents 11 large oil and gas companies, filed a petition at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) asking for increased transparency related to reporting the transportation costs and revenues on the nation’s petroleum products and natural gas liquids pipelines. “The current system is like forcing... read more

Ray Energy appoints VP of marketing

April 17, 2015 - By

Ray Energy Corp. named Stephen Heffron vice president of marketing. Job duties include increasing the company’s business development, supply, and logistics channels within the Northeastern United States and Canada. Heffron has more than 27 years experience in the wholesale propane supply and distribution industry, the company says. He previously served as a commercial manager at DCP Midstream/Duke Energy and was committee... read more

Report outlines propane’s US reach, economic impact

April 16, 2015 - By

A study the Propane Education & Research Council (PERC) commissioned and ICF International prepared shows the propane industry contributed $38.7 billion to U.S. gross domestic product and employed 49,721 domestic workers in 2012, the most recent year data was available. The report, “Impact of the U.S. Consumer Propane Industry on U.S. and State Economies in 2012,” aggregates gross domestic product... read more

Autogas Pavilion launches – and other news, notes from Atlanta

April 16, 2015 - By

The inaugural Autogas Pavilion produced a lot of buzz on the trade show floor during the National Propane Gas Association‘s (NPGA) Southeastern Convention & International Propane Expo on April 11-13 in Atlanta. Nineteen companies were represented in the pavilion, where a number of propane-powered vehicles were on display to educate attendees about autogas opportunities. The pavilion was formed through the... read more