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Missouri PERC members with their first Home Pro demo house being built in 2018

Recently Bryan Cordill, Director of Residential Business Development for PERC, shared on LinkedIn the following video he put together with the PERC team. In addition, a link to an interview Cordill did with Commercial Construction Coffee Talk is below.


PODCAST: Commercial Construction Coffee Talk sat down with PERC’s Bryan Cordill to talk about propane’s many uses and benefits in construction projects, both on the jobsite and in the building itself: http://ow.ly/ayv9103YaKG

WASHINGTON – Across the nation, propane is helping construction professionals build and design more sustainable and resilient homes. Bill Owens is one of these builders that is utilizing propane to accomplish great things to improve his community and be on the forefront of the green building movement.

To celebrate Bill, the Propane Education & Research Council (PERC) presented him with an Energy for Everyone Hero Award. The accolade was given during a press conference at the 2023 International Builders Show in Las Vegas, Nevada on Wednesday, February 1.

“PERC is honored to award the first Energy for Everyone Hero Award of the year to Bill,” said Bryan Cordill, director of residential business development at PERC. “He’s a champion for the housing industry, including building high performance homes powered by propane, and has a can-do attitude when it comes to his business and the work he does in the community.”

Owens is president of Owens Construction and candidate for 3rd Vice Chair of the National Association of Home Builders 2023. He served as a local association representative to NAHB’s Board of Directors until the governance change and was appointed a life director of NAHB in January 2009.

Owens Construction, the residential design/build and remodeling firm built in central Ohio by Bill and his wife Betsy, built its success on providing clients with unparalleled design, implementation, and service of their projects. Owens has kept himself on the leading edge of energy-efficient construction technologies by implementing propane into his projects, something he calls an ideal energy solution. He remodeled his own “forever home,” and designed the home to be zero energy ready, with a predicted Home Energy Rating System (HERS) Index rating under 30. His home includes a heat pump with a propane furnace backup, propane-powered standby generator, a propane-powered tankless water heater, and indoor and outdoor propane cooking.

“Bill has proven that using propane in combination with other energy sources can reduce emissions and increase reliability,” Cordill said. “We want to not only applaud his efforts but also increase awareness of the various ways propane can help builders grow their own business, just as Bill has done.”

To learn more about how propane can be used in residential construction, visit Propane.com/Residential.

An uptick in renovation projects has homeowners exploring energy-efficient heating options.

Increasingly, radiant heating is in the same conversation as furnaces when homeowners seek ways to improve comfort and efficiency. Manufacturers say it’s an encouraging sign that the residential market is warming up to in-floor systems as a heating alternative.

“As knowledge spreads among engineers, and their experience base and confidence in the systems grow, there’s less fear about being the vanguard in the ‘new technology,’” Ryan Westlund, REHAU’s senior manager, says in Plumbing & Mechanical. “They are using something they’ve used successfully in previous projects.”

Manufacturers cite several converging trends that are playing in radiant heating’s favor: the pandemic-driven uptick in home renovations, greater awareness of indoor air quality, and a growing demand for energy efficiency.

While kitchen and bathroom renovations are providing more opportunities for radiant heating, new applications are coming to the fore, such as home offices.

Installers aren’t limited to in-floor heating, either. More radiant heating systems are being installed in walls and ceilings. When combined with a propane condensing boiler, these systems can be one of the most efficient and comfortable sources of heat for a home or workshop.

Read more.

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WHIPPANY, N.J.,– Suburban Propane Partners, L.P. (“Suburban” or the “Partnership”) (NYSE: SPH), a nationwide distributor of propane and other energy products to local communities, as well as an investor in low carbon energy alternatives, announced that its wholly-owned subsidiary, Suburban Renewable Energy, LLC (“Suburban Renewables”), reached an agreement to acquire a platform of renewable natural gas (“RNG”) assets from Equilibrium Capital Group (“Equilibrium”), a leading sustainability-driven asset management firm. In addition to the purchase of two operational biogas facilities, the parties have formed a partnership to serve as a long-term growth platform for the identification, development and operation of additional RNG projects; including an existing pipeline of identified RNG projects that are in various stages of development.

Strategic Rationale

* Aligns with Suburban’s ongoing strategic initiatives to invest in the energy transition to cleaner alternatives
* Provides immediate and meaningful scale to Suburban’s existing portfolio of renewable energy investments and assets
* Includes RNG projects that are currently operating and a pipeline of RNG projects to be developed
* Opportunity for synergies between the acquired assets and Suburban’s existing investments in rDME, hydrogen and RNG
* Expands Suburban’s operational expertise in RNG through the ongoing involvement and partnership with the Equilibrium team
* Provides a platform for accelerated growth in the renewable fuels sector
* Significantly enhances Suburban’s position in the rapidly growing market for RNG as a drop-in replacement for traditional natural gas, and which will benefit from tax credits under several state low carbon fuel standards and the Inflation Reduction Act of 2022
* Is expected to be accretive to Suburban’s distributable cash flow in fiscal 2024 as earnings benefit from ongoing expansion and production efficiency efforts
* The RNG platform to be acquired is diversified across feedstocks, geographies and revenue streams, and complements Suburban Renewables’ ongoing activity to construct, own and operate an RNG facility at Adirondack Farms in Peru, New York.

While the acquisition will immediately enhance and increase Suburban Renewables’ presence in RNG production and distribution, the partnership with Equilibrium through the joint venture arrangement will provide visible growth and experienced management in the rapidly developing waste-to-energy economy. RNG can be produced from multiple organic waste streams; including agricultural and food waste, helping to reduce methane emissions, while offering a low carbon solution as a drop-in replacement for traditional natural gas.

“This investment meaningfully advances our strategic goal of building out a renewable energy platform to help drive the energy transition to a low carbon economy. We are excited to be partnering with the Equilibrium team, which has a proven track record of sourcing, developing and managing high quality renewable natural gas producing assets,” said Michael Stivala, President and Chief Executive Officer of Suburban Propane. “We look forward to building upon and advancing this opportunity as we seek to leverage Equilibrium’s seasoned management team with a well-established network of operators, engineering and construction providers and off-takers, and a strong commitment to sustainable investments. The scalable platform complements our existing portfolio of renewable energy assets, either as a stand-alone RNG distributor, or as a pathway to rDME and hydrogen production.”

“Bio-fuels and renewable natural gas are now mainstream commodities in the transition to low carbon energy and decarbonization of our economy. The major challenge will be scaling cost-effective production supplies to meet market demand. Equilibrium is taking our experience investing in, developing, and operating scalable RNG production infrastructure, and partnering with Suburban’s market leadership and expertise in gas logistics, trading and user applications, to build assets that drive towards these goals,” said Dave Chen, Chief Executive Officer of Equilibrium Capital.

Transaction Details

The purchase price of $190.0 million for the two operating facilities, along with transaction fees and expenses, will be funded with borrowings of approximately $120.0 million under Suburban’s revolving credit facility, and the assumption of approximately $80.0 million of outstanding green bonds with an attractive interest rate. The RNG platform will include the following assets and the formation of an RNG development company with Equilibrium, as follows:

* Large-scale RNG facility in Stanfield, Arizona that is currently operating and includes seven anaerobic digesters, manure rights from approximately 55,000 dairy cattle and an interconnect with an interstate pipeline
* An operating facility in Columbus, Ohio that is currently receiving tipping fees from several large food and beverage providers for processing food waste into fertilizer and biogas, and has an active development project to upgrade the biogas into RNG for use in the transportation sector
* Option rights for a third RNG facility in the Midwest that is currently being developed by Equilibrium
* The creation of a development company to invest in and develop approximately $155.0 million of future RNG projects, of which Suburban Renewables will own approximately 70% and Equilibrium will own approximately 30% once such projects are fully funded
* The parties have cleared the necessary regulatory approvals for a simultaneous signing and closing of the transactions.

Wells Fargo Securities, LLC served as exclusive financial advisor to Suburban. Evercore served as the exclusive financial advisor to Equilibrium Capital Group.

For more information on this partnership and acquisition, please visit
https://www.suburbanpropane.com/sp-equilibrium

Forward-Looking Statements

This press release contains certain forward-looking statements relating to future business expectations and financial condition and results of operations of the Partnership, based on management’s current good faith expectations and beliefs concerning future developments. These forward-looking statements are subject to certain risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those discussed or implied in such forward-looking statements, including the following:

* The impact of weather conditions on the demand for propane, fuel oil and other refined fuels, natural gas and electricity;
* Volatility in the unit cost of propane, fuel oil and other refined fuels, natural gas and electricity, the impact of the Partnership’s hedging and risk management activities, and the adverse impact of price increases on volumes sold as a result of customer conservation;
* The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and the corresponding government response, including the impact across the Partnership’s businesses on demand and operations, as well as on the operations of the Partnership’s suppliers, customers and other business partners, and the effectiveness of the Partnership’s actions taken in response to these risks;
* The ability of the Partnership to compete with other suppliers of propane, fuel oil and other energy sources;
* The impact on the price and supply of propane, fuel oil and other refined fuels from the political, military or economic instability of the oil producing nations, including the Russia/Ukraine conflict, global terrorism and other general economic conditions, including the economic instability resulting from natural disasters such as pandemics, including the COVID-19 pandemic;
* The ability of the Partnership to acquire sufficient volumes of, and the costs to the Partnership of acquiring, transporting and storing, propane, fuel oil and other refined fuels;
The ability of the Partnership to acquire and maintain reliable transportation for its propane, fuel oil and other refined fuels;
* The ability of the Partnership to attract and retain employees and key personnel to support the growth of our business;
* The ability of the Partnership to retain customers or acquire new customers;
* The impact of customer conservation, energy efficiency and technology advances on the demand for propane, fuel oil and other refined fuels, natural gas and electricity;
* The ability of management to continue to control expenses and manage inflationary increases in fuel, labor and other operating costs;
* The impact of changes in applicable statutes and government regulations, or their interpretations, including those relating to the environment and climate change, derivative instruments and other regulatory developments on the Partnership’s business;
The impact of changes in tax laws that could adversely affect the tax treatment of the Partnership for income tax purposes;
* The impact of legal proceedings on the Partnership’s business;
* The impact of operating hazards that could adversely affect the Partnership’s operating results to the extent not covered by insurance;
* The Partnership’s ability to make strategic acquisitions and successfully integrate them;
* The ability of the Partnership and any third-party service providers on which it may rely for support or services to continue to combat cybersecurity threats to its networks and information technology;
* The impact of current conditions in the global capital and credit markets, and general economic pressures;
* The operating, legal and regulatory risks the Partnership may face; and
* Other risks referenced from time to time in filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) and those factors listed or incorporated by reference into this Annual Report under “Risk Factors.”

Some of these risks and uncertainties are discussed in more detail in the Partnership’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for its fiscal year ended September 24, 2022 and other periodic reports filed with the SEC. Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on forward-looking statements, which reflect management’s view only as of the date made. The Partnership undertakes no obligation to update any forward-looking statement, except as otherwise required by law.

About Suburban Propane

Suburban Propane Partners, L.P. is a publicly traded master limited partnership listed on the New York Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol SPH. Headquartered in Whippany, New Jersey, Suburban has been in the customer service business since 1928 and is a nationwide distributor of propane, renewable energy and related products and services, as well as a marketer of natural gas and electricity and an investor in low carbon alternatives. The Partnership serves the energy needs of approximately 1 million residential, commercial, governmental, industrial and agricultural customers through approximately 700 locations across 42 states. The Partnership is supported by three core pillars: (1) Suburban Commitment – showcasing the Partnership’s nearly 95-year legacy, and ongoing commitment to the highest standards for dependability, flexibility, and reliability that underscores the Partnership’s commitment to excellence in customer service; (2) SuburbanCares – highlighting the Partnership’s continued dedication to giving back to local communities across the Partnership’s national footprint and (3) Go Green with Suburban Propane – promoting the clean burning and versatile nature of propane and renewable propane as a solution to a green energy future and its commitment to investing in and developing the next generation of renewable energy.

About Equilibrium

Equilibrium Capital Group develops investment strategies and manages assets in sustainable finance and active ESG, focusing on sustainable food and agriculture and carbon transition infrastructure. Equilibrium was founded in 2008 with a mission to transform the planet into shared sustainable prosperity through capital markets. Since 2013, Equilibrium has invested in, developed, and scaled distributed carbon transition infrastructure assets that target carbon reduction across the agriculture, energy, transportation and heavy materials industries. Today, Equilibrium provides experienced capital alongside developers and operating partners for the development, construction and acquisition of long-lived renewable energy and carbon offset producing assets.

SOURCE Suburban Propane Partners, L.P.

Last week, ADD Systems announced the loss of its founder, Bruce A. Bott. The ADD Systems statement and a link to the obituary are here:

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of ADD Systems’ founder, Bruce A. Bott. He died peacefully at his home surrounded by his family on Thursday, February 2, 2023. His entrepreneurial spirit, unfaltering dedication, and incredible foresight made ADD Systems the strong company it is today, but it was his exceptional ability to welcome, empower and appreciate the people around him that solidified its success. Bruce was a truly unique individual who will be missed by all who knew him.

Read his full obituary here: https://bit.ly/3X4Qb4v

Industry leaders from across the region gathered in January for a Midwest Propane Summit, held at Big Cedar Lodge in Ridgedale, Missouri. The event brought together more than 30 representatives from state associations, propane marketers and industry suppliers. The attendees came from Arkansas, Illinois, Kansas, Missouri and Oklahoma to discuss opportunities, challenges and best practices. Joining the event as participants were Tucker Perkins, President and CEO of PERC, and Stuart Weidie, PERC Chairman.

The objectives for the two-day Summit were to increase communication between the states, share best practices and identify opportunities for cooperation.

“Propane’s moment is right now,” said Steve Ahrens, MOPERC President and organizer of the Summit. “We have an incredible, unprecedented opportunity to expand our businesses. With an avalanche of federal funding for low-emission projects, and propane’s confirmed benefits in a nearly limitless range of applications, our story is almost too good to be true.”

“Coming together to share ideas and opportunities is just as important as sharing enthusiasm and momentum. The group did a great job of covering all those bases,” Ahrens said.

The participants spent a surprising amount of time discussing how to succeed with propane autogas fleets. That focus was fueled by a presentation from Big Cedar’s Safety and Logistics Coordinator Liz Stanley, who is supervising the conversion of the property’s shuttles to propane. “It was the best thing we’ve ever done,” said Stanley. The property intends to add more propane vehicles, including maintenance and laundry trucks, landscape equipment and more.

“We realize that marketing propane as a solution to fleets takes a less fuel-centric approach, and relies more on creating vehicle and equipment certainty, “Ahrens said. “You don’t win autogas fleets with a brochure and a business card.” Additional discussions on best practices for school bus events led to at least one new event planned for Oklahoma with a series of 2-5 more planned for Arkansas and Missouri.

One of the key topics was how to achieve consistent regulatory compliance across state lines. “Propane is the same molecule no matter where you find it, so disparate rules and regulations can only confuse and diffuse our safety programs,” Ahrens said. “The industry has invested millions to create a comprehensive education program, and that investment is diminished by unequal state code adoptions.”

“We all know this will be a heavy lift, but getting regulatory agencies to grant reciprocity for training credentials would benefit everyone,” Ahrens said. “Recognizing NFPA 58 and 54 as standardized state codes, rather than a patchwork of different sources, editions and interpretations, will actually improve customer and industry safety. If everyone is held to the same standard and uses the same codes, we can be more consistent in training and installations, and that can only result in safer practices that protect our customers, our companies and our communities.”

Several committees were formed during the summit to further address the commonality of the mission for these regional partners: regional autogas demonstrations; school bus ride-and-drives; regulatory and training consistency; leveraging the experience of CSRs. The group also wants to explore how to leverage new residential technology like combined heat and power (CHP) and renewable/bio propane.

The event was a pandemic-delayed follow-up to a similar meeting two years ago. The group will convene again during the Mid-States Propane Expo, August 7-9, in Rogers, Arkansas.

From the National Propane Gas Association

.NPGA is excited to announce the 2023 Annual Board of Directors Meeting and Propane Days is happening June 4-7. The Marketers Section, Scholarship, and Board of Directors meetings are on Monday, June 5th. Tuesday, June 6th, will see a return of traditional advocacy day programming, including starting the day with breakfast as the NPGA’s Federal Legislative team provide a briefing on the association’s top priorities and best practices for a Capitol Hill meeting. Following breakfast, everyone will head to Capitol Hill to conduct a day of in-person meetings. The day will end with a reception on Capitol Hill.

NPGA will provide additional information regarding registration and hotel blocks in the coming weeks. If you have any questions, contact Andrew Healey, NPGA’s Manager of Legislative Affairs at ahealey@npga.org.

safety trainingPropane marketers have lots of responsibilities, not the least of which is providing employees the proper training and tools they need to stay safe on the job and comply with regulatory compliance requirements. Conducting regular safety meetings with your entire team is critical to foster an environment of safety.

How Often Should You Conduct Safety Meetings with Employees?

The more often you meet with your team, the more solidified critical safety points will become in their mindset and routine. Most propane safety experts recommend conducting safety meetings at least once a month, as well as whenever safety policies or procedures are updated or changed.

The 3-Step Process to Conducting Safety Meetings

Create a schedule to plan and organize your safety meetings throughout the year.

Evaluate and implement the training materials available for your safety meetings. If you have policies and procedures related to your training subject, include those in your meeting agenda. Don’t forget to review relevant CETP training materials and NFPA 54 and 58 regulations as well.

After the safety meeting has been conducted, document the training and perform necessary follow-ups with anyone who missed it. Tracking your compliance with this best practice provides you with essential documentation if an incident were to occur.

P3 Does It All

P3’s monthly safety meeting package makes it easy for marketers. We organize your topics, provide training materials, can help you with Policies & Procedures if needed, and have information to document your meetings after the fact. Give us a call—we’d love to make hosting and tracking safety meetings easier and more efficient for your propane company.

Jerry Schimmel is Vice-President of P3 Safety. He can be reached at 401-481-2281.

Quality Steel Names Hardin President and Dalton as VP, Marketing and Sales

Lynn Hardin has been promoted to President of Quality Steel and will also continue to manage the LP Gas Storage Solutions Business Unit. The company congratulates and thanks Hardin for his dedication of 23 years of service to Quality Steel and the LT Family of Companies. Hardin will continue to report to Sean Wessel.

Quality Steel has also announced that Lance Dalton, previously Regional Sales Manager, will succeed Hardin as VP, Marketing and Sales. The company said that Dalton has also dedicated 23 years of service to Quality Steel and has greatly contributed to helping it grow and become the successful company it is today.

THOMPSONGAS ACQUIRES GILBERT PROPANE

LAKES GAS PURCHASES VAN’S GAS SERVICE

ThompsonGas, headquartered in Frederick, Maryland, acquired Gilbert Propane, based in Deland, Florida. ThompsonGas’ first acquisition of 2023 expands its presence in Florida.

Gilbert Propane was founded by Drewy and Francis Gilbert nearly four decades ago.

“We are very happy to welcome Gilbert Propane Inc. to our family of companies and look forward to continuing their tradition of exemplary customer service,” says Todd Tanis, area director for ThompsonGas.

Founded in 1946, ThompsonGas provides propane services to more than 240,000 residential and commercial customers across 26 states in the East, Southeast, West and Midwest.

Lakes Gas, headquartered in Wyoming, Minnesota, acquired the propane operations of Van’s Gas Service, in Kenosha, Wisconsin. This transaction is the company’s first acquisition of 2023.

Van’s Gas Service was founded in 1943 by the grandfather of Scott Van Thiel. The company sells and delivers propane to residential and commercial customers of Kenosha and Racine counties in the southeast corner of Wisconsin.

“We are pleased to add to our market strength in southern Wisconsin,” says Lakes Gas CEO Trent Hampton. “Van’s Gas customers can expect us to continue to provide outstanding customer service and to remain involved in the local communities. In addition, they will have greater access to more purchasing programs and online services.”

“I am very excited to watch Lakes Gas help foster a thriving business that my family has worked on for years,” says Van Thiel. “It makes me happy to be a part of Lakes Gas and watch us continue to grow.”

Founded in 1959, Lakes Gas operates 51 locations in the Upper Midwest.

In California, a propane supplier launches a generator division to keep local businesses powered.

California businesses are growing more cautious of relying on the grid, which has been good business for Blue Star Gas.

The Santa Rosa–based propane supplier recently launched a dedicated generator division to help meet growing demand for backup power.

“We saw tremendous growth and interest in the product in California,” says Mark Leitman, director of Blue Star Power Generation. The firm was a Kohler Dealer of the Year – West Region and sells, installs, and services commercial backup and prime generators.

The Golden State’s aging infrastructure strains under the impact of prolonged heatwaves, and the seasonal threat of destructive wildfires — powerlines have been a culprit — prompts utility providers to proactively shut off power during extreme weather conditions. Buildings without supplemental power risk spoiled food, data loss, offline emergency medical equipment, inaccessible critical infrastructure, and other costly disruptions.

“When you combine all those things together, we’ve had a lot of opportunity to provide peace of mind that comes with a backup power system,” Leitman says. “They can keep their business operating during periods of utility instability.”

According to the Bay Area Air Quality Management District, the region’s air pollution control agency, the number of backup generators increased 34 percent since 2018, the year of the deadliest and most destructive wildfire season in the state’s history. Businesses installing standby generators include supermarkets and convenience stores (any operation that requires refrigeration), medical facilities, data centers, first responders, airports, and more.

Cleaner backup power

Blue Star’s generator division comes as manufacturers have made several welcome advancements to the product category, particularly larger-capacity models powered by propane. This has given businesses more options beyond diesel-fueled generators, which have historically dominated the commercial market. Compared with diesel, propane offers several advantages: It’s cheaper, it doesn’t degrade or require costly maintenance, burns cleaner, and poses zero contamination risk in the event of a spill. Plus, propane generators tend to be quieter than diesel-powered units all while still meeting life safety codes that require 72 hours of onsite fuel storage.

To make gaseous generators (those fueled by propane or natural gas) more competitive with their diesel counterparts, Kohler made several performance upgrades: The manufacturer’s line of larger-capacity gaseous generators meets stringent Tier 4 emissions standards set by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. That means they exhaust less particulate matter, oxides of nitrogen, and other pollutants. New gaseous standby generators also meet the National Fire Protection Association’s Type 10 requirements, which stipulate that the units provide power within 10 seconds of an outage. That’s crucial for hospitals, data centers, water-treatment facilities, and other critical infrastructure.

“The large gaseous generator market is growing, and because of improved technology, it allows gaseous to compete directly with diesel,” says Amy Haese, who manages Kohler’s line of gas-type generators. “If a customer is looking for an environmentally friendly generator, gaseous may be a better option than diesel.”

What businesses need to know about backup power

Size it up. Commercial generators range from 5 kW to 400 kW capacities. Businesses owners and facility managers should work closely with their trade partners to specify the size of backup generator.

Give it space. A commercial generator can take up a sizable footprint. An 80–150 kW standby generator can measure roughly 12 feet long and 5 feet wide. You’ll need a 500-gallon or larger propane tank, too. Your trade partners will help with site selection and ensure a code-compliant installation.

Factor it into the design. The easiest way to install a standby generator is to work it into the blueprints. “Anyone in the building trades or in the design stage of the project should consider working the backup power needs into the initial design,” Leitman advises. Consider isolating the critical loads for more efficient backup power.

In a letter to the editor of the Washington Post, PERC President and CEO Tucker Perkins provides context on a Post opinion piece about the benefits of electric heat pumps. In the letter, Perkins contends that electric heat pumps strain electric grids, particularly during extreme weather, and contribute to more emissions than onsite gas use in many parts of the U.S. because of the fuel sources used to produce electricity.

Re: https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/2023/01/04/heat-pumps-climate-carbon-emission-revolution/

To the editor,

In his piece lionizing electric heat pumps, Robert Gebelhoff glosses over some major concerns that deserve more than a passing mention. Namely, that mandated heat pump use will put even more stress on an electric grid that is overburdened and reliant on natural gas and coal in many parts of the country. When you add severe winter weather to the equation, as we saw in the upper Midwest, Great Lakes and upstate New York around Christmas, the question of heat and power becomes one of life and death.

Today, on-site gas appliances are on balance cleaner than electric ones because power plants have to burn excessive amounts of fuel to compensate for generation and transmission inefficiencies. It could be decades before the electric grid is clean enough to match the environmental performance of on-site gas appliances. And as much as heat pump technology has improved, it is still less efficient than gas at very cold temperatures according to analysis by the Propane Education & Research Council.

We in the propane industry are not anti-heat pump or even anti-electrification. We simply advocate for a wide path to lower emissions; one that includes low-carbon fuels working in concert with clean electricity generated using renewables like wind and solar. That mix will look different in Buffalo than it does in Burbank, but it is the best way to ensure our energy systems can deliver clean, reliable power and comfort in any weather, anywhere.

Tucker Perkins

President and CEO, Propane Education & Research Council

Schoolbusfleet.com is a resource for the latest information in the school bus transportation world. In a recent episode, Executive Editor Wes Platt shares goals of the Biden-Harris Administration’s blueprint for decarbonization which calls for 30% of all new vehicles (which includes school buses) to be zero-emission by 2030 and 100% of all new vehicles to be zero-emission by 2040. Comments on the plan are invited.

The link to the video is https://www.schoolbusfleet.com/10190431/zero-emission-mission-video

Women in Propane recently launched a Podcast called ‘Through the Leadership Lens’ hosted by Freddie Ridler of Rural Computer Consultants and Bridget Kidd of the Propane Education & Research Council. One of the latest interviews is with Dan Richardson, President & CEO of Conger LP Gas in Georgia. Richardson recalls being a bag boy at a local grocery store and being asked to find someone to sweep the floor. Right after successfully recruiting a co-worker to sweep the floor, Richardson was given a leadership role at the store.

In the podcast discussion, Richardson discusses the importance of choosing the right people to help lead the company in the right direction. He feels it is very important to not be intimidated by having strong people around you and he is always proud to bring members of his team along to industry and community events.

Richardson’s advice during the discussion ranged from the importance of taking risks to the importance of keeping chocolate in the vehicle.

The full podcast can be found here:

By Jerry Schimmel of P3 Safety

The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) requires a leak check to be completed after an interruption of service has been restored. Whenever you are made aware of an interruption of service, it’s critical your employees respond the same way every time. This means a standardized policy and training for all involved. Documenting out-of-gas situations and correctly performing a leak check to ensure safety and compliance with propane regulations (NFPA 54 & 58) is of critical importance.

What Does Your Propane Company Need for Documenting Interruption-of-Service Calls?

Written policies and procedures are the most efficient way to ensure your team members handle these situations the same way—consistently. These guides specify the roles, responsibilities, and requirements within your company. Be sure to have a policy for handling out-of-gas calls, following up, and documenting each task.

A Highly Trained Team of Employees

Your service employees are not the only ones managing out-of-gas calls from customers. Every employee that could be a point of contact needs to respond in a standardized fashion. This includes drivers, customer service representatives, and management personnel.

P3 Propane Can Help in More Ways Than One

Our compliance system provides everything you need to accurately and uniformly document interruption-of-service situations. When it comes to out-of-gas scenarios, if it is not documented it didn’t happen. P3 Safety has a website at p3propanesafety.com.

VANTAGE COMMERCIAL FACILITATES OFF-MARKET SALE OF PROPANE COMPANY WITH ALLEN’S OIL & PROPANE AS THE BUYER IN HAINESPORT, NJ

LT CORPORATION COMPLETES STOCK PURCHASE OF KRYTON ENGINEERING METALS, INC.

Kryton CEO Kevin Harberts

Cleveland, MS – LT Corporation (LT Corp.) of Cleveland, Mississippi, the parent company of Quality Steel Corporation, LP Cylinder Service, Inc., and Buckeye Manufacturing Company – all industry leading manufacturers or providers of value-added services to their customers – announced the stock acquisition of Kryton Engineered Metals, Inc. (Kryton).

Kryton, founded in 1981 (originally founded as Iowa Metal Spinners and changed to Kryton in 2011) and operating with its manufacturing facility in Cedar Falls, Iowa, is an industry leader in the areas of engineered metal services and is focused on Cut it, Form it, and Fab it operations. Kryton serves a variety of end users in multiple industries and has established itself as one of America’s most prominent producers of metal spinning products and providers of fabrication solutions.

Sean Wessel, President of LT Corp. stated, “We’re very excited to welcome Kryton and all its associates to our family of companies and look forward to working with the team there to build upon the previous success of Kryton’s engineered metal services business. The addition of Kryton helps us to further our overall corporate objectives for growth and diversification.”

Kevin Harberts, owner of Kryton for 42 years, commented, “After evaluating multiple potential buyers, I chose LT Corp. primarily because of a good cultural fit, but also because of the possibilities for continued growth for Kryton by adding together each organization’s expertise and core competencies. These combined resources will make for a stronger business with the depth and capacity to be an undisputed leader in the engineered metal services segment. Since LT Corp. is an ESOP company, I am proud that the legacy of Kryton will include our team being able to participate in this growth as shareholders in the future.”

Wessel added, “Effective today we are announcing the promotion of Jason Mathern from Executive Vice President to President of Kryton. We are pleased that Jason and the rest of the management team will continue to lead Kryton with the same core values and customer focus that Kevin instilled over his decades of ownership.”

About the Companies

LT Corporation was established in 1982 and is the parent company of operating companies recognized as leaders in high quality manufacturing or service providers in the propane solutions industry, pressure and storage vessel industry and steel fabrication. LT Corp.’s portfolio of operating companies includes Quality Steel Corporation (with three manufacturing facilities in Mississippi, Ohio, and Utah), LP Cylinder Service, Inc. (with two service facilities in Pennsylvania), and Buckeye Fabricating Company (with one manufacturing facility in Ohio). More information about LT Corp.’s subsidiaries can be found at www.ltcorp-inc.com (each company separately can be found at www.propanetank.com, www.lpcylinder.com , or www.buckeyefabricating.com ).

Kryton Engineered Metals, Inc. was founded in 1981 and operates from a manufacturing facility in Cedar Falls, Iowa. Kryton is an industry leader in the fabrication of spun metal products and engineered metal working services. More information on Kryton can be found at www.krytonmetals.com.

Vantage Commercial is pleased to announce the sale of a large, family-run propane company based out of Hainesport, NJ. Penn Jersey Propane operates a bulk plant along with several bobtail trucks, used to service their substantial customer base in New Jersey. Penn Jersey Propane was owned and operated by Kauffman Gas based in Atglen, PA.

Ken Richardson, Executive Director at Vantage Commercial, worked with Chris Kauffman, owner of Kauffman Gas, to source a buyer for the off-market asset. Ken leveraged his network and secured an interested party within weeks of ownership’s deciding to sell the company.

“I appreciated Ken helping me sell my business and working through the normal deal dynamics along the way,” Kauffman stated.

Jason Allen, at Allen Oil and Propane, was the lead on the buyer’s side. Since 1919, Allens Oil and Propane has serviced residences and businesses in Southern New Jersey. Acquiring Penn Jersey Propane enabled Allen Oil and Propane to expand into additional New Jersey markets. The entire Allen family participated in the negotiations and discussions.

“It was a pleasure working with Ken and Chris throughout the process. Our companies were very well aligned, and the deal went smoothly,” Allen stated.

“Penn Jersey and Allen Oil and Gas are a natural fit. From the initial meeting, Jason and Chris talked about propane and the deal developed from that point. I am pleased that I was able to meet the goals of both families in this transaction,” Richardson stated.

From the National Propane Gas Association (NPGA)

NPGA CEO and President Stephen Kaminski

NPGA President and CEO Steve Kaminski provided a Member Advisory on Thursday, January 12th regarding Consumer Product Safety Commission concerns about the safety of gas stoves. An update from Kaminski followed a week later on January 19th.

Thursday, January 12 – NPGA President’s Statement on CPSC Involvement with Gas Stoves

In late December, NPGA became aware that one of the four sitting commissioners of the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) was interested in the emissions profiles of gas v. electric stoves. This position likely stemmed, in part, from a letter to the CPSC penned by Senators Booker (D-NJ) and Beyer (D-VA) urging action and calling gas-stove emissions a “cumulative burden” on Black, Latino and low-income households that disproportionately experience air pollution.

On January 9, that same CPSC Commissioner conducted an interview with Bloomberg where he stated: “This is a hidden hazard. Any option is on the table. Products that can’t be made safe can be banned.” Less than 48 hours later, however, the Chair of the CPSC backtracked, to an extent. His statement in full reads:

Over the past several days, there has been a lot of attention paid to gas stove emissions and to the Consumer Product Safety Commission. Research indicates that emissions from gas stoves can be hazardous, and the CPSC is looking for ways to reduce related indoor air quality hazards. But to be clear, I am not looking to ban gas stoves and the CPSC has no proceeding to do so. CPSC is researching gas emissions in stoves and exploring new ways to address health risks. CPSC also is actively engaged in strengthening voluntary safety standards for gas stoves. And later this spring, we will be asking the public to provide us with information about gas stove emissions and potential solutions for reducing any associated risks. This is part of our product safety mission – learning about hazards and working to make products safer.

While the CPSC Chair’s statement is clear that they “are not looking to ban gas stoves” at present, NPGA will engage diligently to ensure it does not happen and that onerous limitations or restrictions are not added. The CPSC will undoubtedly still seek input this spring and NPGA is poised to represent the propane industry. In late December, we commenced our work to combat what we perceived as a threat. We quickly connected with coalition partners, primarily in the natural gas and home appliance manufacturers spaces. We began digging into scientific data and scope of CPSC authority to plan a two-fold response: scientific and legal. And we are engaging with Congress to ensure that we have allies on Capitol Hill.

If you have any specific questions, please contact Steve Kaminski, NPGA President and CEO at SKaminski@npga.org

Update from Kaminski Provided Thursday, January 19

I have been thrilled with the outpouring of support for energy choice as it pertains to gas stoves—from the halls of Congress to the grassroots dividends we have seen on social media. As a follow up to my message last week on NPGA action related to gas stoves, I wanted to share additional information.

NPGA has been working with numerous members on Capitol Hill, including Representative Issa (R-CA). Rep. Issa has introduced the Gas Act, which would prevent the Administration from banning gas stoves. While this bill is a long shot to become law, it sends a strong message that Americans will not stand for agency overreach of this nature. In addition, legislation has been introduced in Mississippi and Texas to protect gas stoves from Uncle Sam. We anticipate continued activity across federal, state, and municipal governments in the coming weeks and months.

In addition to the data we have on stove emissions and ventilation, NPGA is gathering even more information to ensure that all policymakers understand the real data. For example, NPGA has compiled state-by-state data of electric/gas stove usage and asthma rates, which not only fails to demonstrate any correlation between higher gas stove usage and higher asthma rates, but in fact, it suggests the opposite—states where gas stoves are used more than average tend to have lower than average rates of asthma.

NPGA has also cemented its strategy with its cross-industry coalition partners—should CPSC release a request for information, we are ready. Finally, we are collaborating with PERC on consumer education around gas stoves. PERC has developed talking points should CSRs or others need readily available information on gas stoves.

Steve Kaminski, NPGA President and CEO

Recently, Tucker Perkins, President and CEO of the Propane Education & Research Council (PERC), spoke with Ted Flanigan of Flanigan’s Eco-Logic about propane’s many uses and benefits, and the important role propane has to play in the future of clean energy.

Perkins unpacks propane, from its sources to its many applications and environmental attributes. He explains its widespread use in over 6 million American homes for heating; it’s not just for barbeques, Zambonis and forklifts! In fact, “Autogas,” as it is called abroad, is used worldwide in cars and buses and trucks.

The U.S. alone has 15 billion gallons a year of excess propane, also known as liquid petroleum gas, which is exported. Unlike natural gas, and its pipelines and distribution system that leaks the highly potent greenhouse gas, methane, propane has no methane, burns clean, and thus we learn, is a preferred fuel in many applications.

For those who, like many who work in the propane industry, are asked a lot of questions about propane’s chemical makeup, its many uses and its role in the future, the details of this discussion are very useful.

Listen to the full #podcast here

Mike Taylor of Combined Energy Services in New York recently spoke with Stuart Varney of Fox Business News about the challenges of gas bans facing New York.

The discussion can be viewed here.

ADDITIONAL CLASSROOM SPACE WILL ACCOMMODATE GROWING HVAC AND ENERGY DEMAND

(MIDDLETOWN, Pa) — The PA Petroleum Association (PPA) announced today the completion of the most recent phase of the planned expansion of its training center in Middletown. The expansion brings the total floorplan to more than 4,000 square feet dedicated to HVAC and energy training programs.

The PPA is a not-for-profit trade association representing 400+ energy stakeholders in the region. PPA also operates Pennsylvania Petroleum Association Technical Education Center (PPATEC) which offers leading hands-on technical training solutions for the HVAC and energy industry.

PPA’s programs offer a much-needed curriculum tailored to give candidates the baseline skills required to secure a career in the HVAC and energy sectors. The expansion will enable PPA to train hundreds of additional energy-sector professionals in the coming years.

This project marks the second building expansion of the PPATEC training program in less than three years, and is part of a 10-year strategic plan of training expansion initiatives, which also included the addition of a new Director of Training and Workforce Development at the end of 2022. The association ultimately plans to make significant investments to double the size of building space by 2026.

To accommodate this expansion, the association has relocated its administrative operations to a separate location in Harrisburg.

“We’re excited to create a larger, modernized instructional facility for current and future students,” said Ted Harris, PPA’s Executive Vice President. “The new classroom arrangement will position PPATEC for future growth by being able to accommodate far more students — all at the same time.”

PPATEC is a Pennsylvania Department of Education-approved private licensed school and VA-approved training provider.

ABOUT THE PENNSYLVANIA PETROLEUM ASSOCIATION

The Pennsylvania Petroleum Association, based in Middletown, Pa., is a not-for-profit trade association who represents 400+ energy stakeholders. The PPA operates PPATEC (Pennsylvania Petroleum Association Technical Education Center) which offers leading hands-on training solutions for the HVAC and energy industry. For more information on the Association or its programs, visit https://papetroleum.org/

NEW MILFORD, Conn. – Cetane Associates LLC (Cetane) is pleased to announce that the Ciardelli Fuel Company, Inc. (Ciardelli Fuel), a New Hampshire corporation, has acquired the business assets related to the operations of A. W. Peters, Inc. (A. W. Peters), a full-service delivered fuels business located in Peterborough, New Hampshire. The transaction closed on January 9, 2023.

Founded in 1942 by Ashford “Ash” Peters, A. W. Peters has been passed down for three generations. After 33 years of running his heating oil delivery business, Ash retired and welcomed his son Stan Peters to step in as president. By 1977, Stan’s kids, Kerry, Wendy, and Jeff, had joined the company. Jeff was named President in 1989. For more than 30 years, A. W. Peters has had steady growth through four acquisitions and the building of a state-of-the-art bulk plant. The A. W. Peters team takes pride in providing carefree home heating to its loyal customers—their motto is “we make WARM friends.” They built their reputation with dedicated service, installation, and delivery staff. President Jeff Peters commented, “Our strong emphasis on excellence in delivery and service is a great fit with the values of family-run Ciardelli Fuel.” And, he added, “We appreciate the experts at Cetane. They have a great process and do a great job. We had worked with them before—my siblings and I couldn’t be happier—they created a very successful outcome once again.”

Ciardelli Fuel is also a third-generation business. Founded by two Ciardellis, Ernest “Babe” and his nephew Albert Eugene “Chick,” in 1957, the two grew the business for decades and enticed more family members to join their successful endeavor. Today the majority of the responsibility is in the hands of third-generation brothers Matthew “Matt” and Andrew Ciardelli. They carry on the legacy of keeping families warm in their ever-expanding community. Ciardelli Fuel president Matt Ciardelli stated, “We’ve known A. W. Peters as reliable service providers and a solid delivery operation for many years. We look forward to welcoming A. W. Peters’ team of employees and being able to offer their customers continued exceptional service.”

Barrett Conway, Managing Director at Cetane Associates, said, “It was a pleasure working with Jeff throughout this transaction. It was an honor for our team to have worked with the Peters family again and congratulate them on completing the successful sale to Ciardelli Fuel.”

Cetane served as the sole arranger and financial advisor to A. W. Peters. Cetane advised on the sale, including an initial valuation opinion, marketing the business through a confidential process, assisting in negotiating the final deal terms, and coordinating the due diligence process. Team members Barrett Conway, Fred Lord, and Tyler Machado managed the transaction.

About Cetane Associates LLC

Cetane is a leading provider of financial advisory services to business owners in home services industries. Clients engage Cetane to advise on sales, spin-offs, and acquisitions, as well as perform valuation and ad hoc corporate finance assignments. For more information, please visit www.cetane.net.

rising pricesRecently Trending in Propane spoke with 40-year Industry Veteran Randy Doyle, a long-time executive with Blossman Gas (North Carolina) and a consultant to Holtzman Propane (Virginia) about the cost of propane vs. electric.

Doyle shared data he has collected from 1995 to 2020 based on National averages.

Assumptions:
Electricity kwh and propane/gallon national avg residential price data source: EIA
Electricity’s propane price equivalent applied factor of 25
Electricity cost equivalent to 500 gallons propane = 45.7 million btu (500*91,500) divided by 3,412 times price per kwh

1995 RATE/kwh=$.0840 Propane equiv=$2.10 Avg propane/gal=$o.89 difference=$(1.21) LP%electricity=42% Savings with 500 gallons of LP=$681

2000 RATE/Kwh=$.0824 Propane equiv=$2.06 Avg propane/gal=$1.25 difference=$(0.81) LP%electricity=61% Savings with 500 gallons of LP=$480

2005 RATE/Kwh=$.0945 Propane equiv=$2.36 Avg propane/gal=$1.85 difference=$(0.51)
LP%electricity=78% Savings with 500 gallons of LP=$342

2010 RATE/Kwh=$.1154 Propane equiv=$2.89 Avg propane/gal=$2.47 difference=$(0.42)
LP%electricity=86% Savings with 500 gallons of LP=$312

2015 RATE/Kwh=$.1245 Propane equiv=$3.11 Avg propane/gal=$2.15 difference=$(0.96)
LP%electricity=69% Savings with 500 gallons of LP=$594

2020 RATE/Kwh=$.1355 Propane equiv=$3.39 Avg propane/gal=$1.91 difference=$(1.48)
LP%electricity=56% Savings with 500 gallons of LP=$862

“The story of propane’s consistent better value versus electricity on a Btu basis is not told well enough to consumers by retail propane marketers,” Doyle said. “Propane’s value versus electricity is the best it has been since 1995. This type of data for a marketer’s region is valuable to have for when customers complain the price of propane is too high.” Doyle believes the industry can do a better job of training employees on this information and how to share it with customers, companies can do a better job of sharing the data proactively with customers, and building partnerships with builders and others in the community is critical to a broader understanding of propane’s benefits.

Todd Mouw, President of Roush CleanTech, shared comments on LinkedIn and an article about challenges faced by electric trucks that need to be focused on before a push for EV at all costs.

“There is no doubt that the electric truck/bus push is here and in some cases is a perfect fit for the use case. However, the top down push for EV at all costs does not make sense until the industry can innovate and solve some significant challenges connected to widespread adoption.

A few of those are…access and cost to the raw materials to produce batteries, charging infrastructure, the capability of the grid to handle a significant increase in demand, resiliency in the case of natural disasters, how clean is the electricity we currently generate, 2nd life of batteries, reduced vehicle range and payload and costs that are significantly higher than their IC counterparts.

It is time to stop talking about why it makes sense to go EV and focus on the challenges so trucks can get the job done for the commercial and retail customers.

The article can be found here.

By Pat Thornton, Publisher and Editor-in-Chief

Last week, the New York Times published an article which criticized the Propane Education & Research Council (PERC) as anti-climate. In addition to that article, many other articles such these found here, here and here, were published with no fact-checking, no further research and no invitation for rebuttal.

PERC published a response, found here on its website and in an email released to industry members later in the week last week. In addition to providing many factual corrections about details of what PERC has funded and whether PERC actions are in line with the PERA act which established PERC, the Council stated that PERC is not anti-electrification, it is pro-decarbonization.

Despite false claims that funds were somehow moved away from such intended purposes as safety and research to an “unintended” purpose of marketing, original plans for PERC before the agreement by industry members and Congress in 1996 showed a clear intent that marketing would be a very key purpose of the check-off program. The PERC check-off program was modeled after several check-off programs in the agriculture sector such as the beef checkoff program and the pork checkoff program. “Beef. It’s What’s For Dinner” has been a memorable slogan promoting beef for many years. Like beef, propane has had branding campaigns designed by PERC centered around several themes, “Propane, Exceptional Energy”, “Propane, Clean American Energy” and “Energy for Everyone.” PERC was originally conceptualized by industry leaders frustrated that funds were always limited to promote new uses for propane. The idea that PERC is somehow violating its original intended purpose is ridiculous. Key benefits of propane and renewable propane include bringing lower carbon solutions to the marketplace and promoting decarbonization.

While other publications are more than happy to reprint the New York Times article or write their own article with heavy reference to the article, maybe the Times has presented an opportunity for the propane industry to further explain its thought process to other publications willing to share it with those willing to listen. We are not anti-electrification, but pro-decarbonization. As Tucker Perkins, PERC President and CEO has been saying though, electrification of everything is not the total answer, especially if we want energy security for everyone. It is fair to discuss the strengths and weaknesses of various energy options as well as their true full fuel cycle impact on the environment in a national energy conversation. The grid has shown its vulnerabilities as it continues to depend on natural gas and coal for power as wind and solar have generation and transmission limitations. The electric grid is not durable enough to handle mass EV and heat pump adoption, sabotage, cyberattack or extreme weather. Who is called on quickly when the grid goes down? Well…, it’s propane. Many of you have taken those urgent calls! Battery-electric vehicle growth will require rare earth minerals such as lithium, cobalt and nickel. China now controls 75% of the lithium battery market and it takes more than seven years to develop a lithium mine in the U.S.

All of us in the propane industry need to be ready to speak to customers and neighbors about what propane brings to the table to help facilitate decarbonization while promoting energy security for everyone. There is a role for electric, a role for propane, and a role for many other forms of energy in the decarbonization process.

Emily Calandrelli, known to many as ‘The Space Gal’ is an American Science Communicator, former MIT engineer and the host and an executive producer of Xploration Outer Space and Emily’s Wonder Lab. After the Jan 11 New York Times article discussing the Propane Education & Research Council’s work with paid influencers, she posted details on her role as a paid influencer.

Calandrelli began, “Hi all! The NY Times published an article about the Propane Education Research Council (PERC) and listed me as a paid influencer for them which understandably has led to some questions. So let me elaborate.”

The full details of her comments are here.

Cetane Announces the Sale of A.W. Peters Inc.

CETANE ANNOUNCES THE SALE OF A. W. PETERS, INC.

Pennsylvania Petroleum Association Completes Expansion of Training Facility

PPA COMPLETES EXPANSION OF TRAINING FACILITY

From the Propane Education & Research Council

One thing homebuilders and interior designers can agree on is the kitchen is the heart of the home. Paul and Susan Kadilak of Renovation Rekindle help address common misconceptions about propane gas ranges.

https://propane.com/2022/12/14/watch-4-propane-cooking-myths-debunked-bwp/

‘By demonstrating the viability of propane as a renewable energy source, it makes sense for the government to continue investing in traditional propane now as a low-emission energy that can easily be replaced by renewable propane, a ‘drop-in fuel’, with very little investment/required change in equipment and infrastructure.’ The World LPG Association Voice spoke with Shannon Watt, President and CEO Canadian Propane Association.

https://www.wlpga.org/news/the-voice-of-shannon-watt-president-and-ceo-of-the-canadian-propane-association/

The World LPG Association has shared a Case Study on how propane has helped refugees in Poland during the largest refugee crisis in Europe since World War 2. The Russia-Ukraine war, which began February 24, 2022, has displaced millions of Ukrainians. Propane has played a critical role in providing care for the refugees.

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As we move into 2023, Tucker Perkins, President & CEO of the Propane Education & Research Council shared links on LinkedIn to recent comments on the current energy and propane marketplace including predictions for 2023.

RECENT APPEARANCE ON TD AMERITRADE

Perkins: “The last time I was a guest on TD Ameritrade Network’s “The Watch List” two months ago, the winter energy landscape looked drastically different. As the holidays approach, energy supply and demand seem precariously balanced, diesel prices are on the rise, and the opportunity for propane to replace diesel continues to grow as well. My latest interview with Nicole Petallides breaks down some of these energy issues and addresses areas where propane can take the lead: http://ow.ly/mCSV50M0UW2

RECENT EPISODE OF PATH TO ZERO PODCAST

PERC: “No one can predict the future but in a new 10-minute episode of the Path to Zero podcast, PERC President & CEO Tucker Perkins tries his hand at it! Listen to this special episode to hear Tucker’s thoughts on what the 2023 energy landscape will look like and the role propane will play: https://lnkd.in/e9Kbke_D

Canton, MA Gray, Gray & Gray, LLP, a consulting, accounting and business advisory firm headquartered in Canton, MA, has announced that Alison Burgett was named the firm’s first Chief People Officer. Burgett will work to help the firm’s more than 130 employees realize their full potential by guiding and advising them along individual career paths that balance professional success with a sustainable work/life balance.

Burgett has been highly successful in people-oriented positions throughout her career. Prior to joining Gray, Gray & Gray in 2023, she was the Head of Talent Management at Cambridge Savings Bank, and previously served as Senior HR Business Partner and interim Director of Human Resources at the Boston University Medical Campus. Burgett is a graduate of Boston University, where she earned both a Bachelor’s degree and Master’s in Business Administration.

“The most valuable assets in any organization are its people,” said James DeLeo, Leading Partner at Gray, Gray & Gray. “Taking care of and nurturing our team at Gray, Gray & Gray is Alison Burgett’s mission and passion.”

Gray, Gray & Gray is ranked among the country’s Top 200 accounting firms by INSIDE Public Accounting magazine, which also named them to their “Best of the Best” list as one of the nation’s best-managed firms. The firm serves clients in a broad range of industries. Gray, Gray & Gray is a member of CPAmerica Inc., one of the largest associations of independent accounting firms in the United States. For additional information, call (781) 407-0300 or visit www.gggllp.com

Ferrellgas Purchases Rez Bear Propane

Harris, New York – December 19, 2022 – Blue Peak Resources, a merger, and acquisitions consulting firm, is pleased to announce the sale of Rez Bear Propane of Harris, NY, to Ferrellgas, a nationwide propane retailer headquartered in Overland Park, KS.

Rez Bear Propane has been committed to offering customers in Sullivan, Orange and Eastern Ulster counties top-notch propane service and cutting-edge products over the past years. The company was founded in 2016 by Randy Resnick and Bobby Mapes, two experienced and successful entrepreneurs that joined forces to start a separately run company called Rez-Bear Propane. With a focus on exceptional service from a well-trained and long-tenured staff, the company has experienced significant growth over the past six years. Both Bobby and Randy were committed to finding a buyer that is known for dependable service, safe practices and for offering cutting edge products. They found it in Ferrellgas. Bobby and Randy will now focus their attention on their other non-propane business entities, which were not part of the sale and will remain independently run under their individual leadership.

“Ferrellgas is the right company to continue what we started. Our customers and our employees will be in great hands with Ferrellgas,” said Bobby Mapes. He added, “Blue Peak Resources was the perfect company for us to hire, they helped us prepare our business for sale and did a great job finding the right buyer.”

“We are so appreciative that Bobby and Randy put their trust in our company. We are committed to ensuring our clients are comfortable with us, the process, and the outcome. Selling your business is a deeply personal and emotional decision and we take it very seriously,” said John Armentano, Partner – Blue Peak Resources.

About Blue Peak Resources

Blue Peak Resources is a full-service consulting firm specializing in propane gas and fuel oil mergers and acquisitions. Clients engage Blue Peak Resources to sell their business or advise them on increasing the value of the business they have worked so many years to build. John Armentano and Mike Gioffre began this new venture to help family-owned propane and fuel oil businesses plan for their exit, gain maximum value, and continue their legacy for generations.

Duncan McMurchie joins Cetane Associates

DUNCAN MCMURCHIE JOINS CETANE ASSOCIATES

Andy Fellman named Region Vice President – Northwest at EDP

EDP NAMES ANDY FELLMAN REGION VICE PRESIDENT – NORTHWEST

Alison Burgett joins Gray, Gray & Gray as first Chief People Officer

ALISON BURGETT JOINS GRAY, GRAY & GRAY AS FIRST CHIEF PEOPLE OFFICER

NEW MILFORD, Conn. – January 5, 2023 – Cetane Associates LLC is pleased to announce that Duncan McMurchie has joined its financial advisory firm as an Associate, effective January 1, 2023. Duncan provides analytical support to the firm’s M&A deal execution team. He will work remotely from his home office in Dallas, Texas.

Before joining Cetane Associates, Duncan worked in public accounting at Turner, Stone & Company, LLP in Dallas, where he assisted with the firm’s audit practice.

Duncan McMurchie holds a bachelor’s degree in Economics from Texas A&M University and a master’s degree in Accounting from Texas A&M University—Commerce.

Barrett Conway, Managing Director at Cetane, commented, “We are very happy to have Duncan join our team. Duncan’s accounting and audit skill sets will add to the strength of our company as we continue to expand our services throughout the retail propane and delivered fuels industries. His specific background and experience will enhance our value to our clients.”

About Cetane Associates LLC

Cetane is a leading provider of financial advisory services to business owners in home services industries. Clients engage Cetane to advise on sales, spin-offs, and acquisitions, as well as perform valuation and ad hoc corporate finance assignments. For more information, please visit www.cetane.net.

Chicago, Illinois-based Energy Distribution Partners (“EDP”) announced that Andy Fellman has been named Region Vice President for the company’s Northwest region.

Fellman brings nearly 30 years of propane industry experience to his current role with EDP. He most recently served as EDP’s Region Director of Operations within in the Northwest region where he worked closely with the general managers at multiple EDP operations.

Over the course of his propane industry career, Fellman has served in a variety of positions of increasing responsibility, with an emphasis on operational and leadership roles. Throughout his years in the industry, he has demonstrated a commitment to operating safely and achieving his organization’s financial targets, receiving numerous awards and recognition for his efforts. He has an Administrative Justice degree from San Jose City College.

According to Boyd McGathey, Chief Operating Office for EDP, “I am extremely pleased to have Andy step into this role as Region VP in the Northwest. Having worked in that region of the U.S. for his entire career, Andy brings a wealth of knowledge to his new role, allowing him to hit the ground running and make an immediate impact. I am confident he will do a terrific job.”

About Energy Distribution Partners

Chicago, Illinois-based Energy Distribution Partners is a rapidly growing company in America’s fast changing energy landscape, with deep experience in retail and commercial propane sales, operations and finance. The company provides safe, reliable propane service to residential and commercial customers in 19 states. Energy Distribution Partners pursues a long-term strategy of purchasing/partnering with successful operations in propane and other fuels and in the midstream energy sector, retaining the brand name, preserving local management and delegating to leaders in local communities.

EDP is actively seeking to expand its national footprint and diversify through the addition of new retail propane and light fuels operations. For more information, please visit www.edplp.net.

Slick commercials are all over TV suggesting anything that runs on electricity is producing zero carbon emissions and saving the environment. Nonetheless, it turns out that use of dirty coal to produce electricity is actually slated to be up 2% this year and therefore not adding to anything but more damage to the environment. Details on this are in an article from CNBC linked below.

The Planet’s Use of Coal Slated to Hit All Time High This Year

From the concept of “humanizing propane” to Gray, Gray & Gray’s Annual Industry survey to a look at trends in commercial fire pits, propane grills, generators and much more, a key purpose of Trending in Propane was to look at trends of all types in 2022. We will look further at trends related to the propane industry in 2023.

“HUMANIZING ENERGY” DISCUSSIONS AT LPG WEEK GIVE PERC RENEWED SENSE OF PURPOSE

COMBINED ENERGY SERVICES’ MIKE TAYLOR TALKS ENERGY WITH FOX NEWS’ TUCKER CALRSON, WILL CO-HOST WEBINAR ON RUSSIA-UKRAINE WAR IMPACT ON PROPANE

ELECTRIC-TO-PROPANE CONVERSION BREATHES LIFE INTO VACANT BUILDING

HOW TO PROTECT YOUR BUILDING FROM COSTLY OUTAGES

THREE HOT COOKING TRENDS TO WATCH

SIX TRENDS IN COMMERCIAL FIRE PITS

THE RESULTS ARE IN! GRAY, GRAY & GRAY’S ANNUAL ENERGY & PROPANE INDUSTRY SURVEY

EXTREMETECH.COM: CHEMISTS DEVELOP PROCESS TO TURN PREVIOUSLY UNRECYCLED PLASTIC INTO PROPANE

WEBINAR DISCUSSES WHAT INFLATION MEANS FOR YOUR COMPANY’S OPERATING EXPENSES

CHOOSING THE RIGHT COMMUNITY AMENITIES

FIVE COST-SAVING TIPS FOR HOMES WITH PROPANE

KAMINSKI PROVIDES NPGA UPDATE

BETTER HOMES & GARDENS RATES PROPANE GRILLS

CAN YOU HEAT A HOME WITH A TANKLESS UNIT?

THE EVOLUTION OF COMMERCIAL TANKLESS WATER HEATERS

MIKE ROWE PROMOTES PROPANE JOBS ON HIS PODCAST

PROPANE TEAMS UP WITH ‘THIS OLD HOUSE’

HOW WORLD CENTRAL KITCHEN FEEDS THE WORLD WITH CLEAN, SAFE PROPANE

HGTV DISCUSSES VARIOUS OPTIONS FOR FIRE PITS

March 2022 Forbes Advisor Discusses Best Generator Options

WEBINAR DISCUSSES AVOIDING HIGH PRICE CATASTROPHES

WEBINAR DISCUSSES STRATEGY AMID PROPANE PRICE SPIKES

2022 saw a return of normalcy for travel and conventions. The first ever National Propane Day occurred in October and Michelle Bimson Maggi was selected as the first female Chair of the National Propane Gas Association. Ferrellgas returned to the NPGA in 2022 and the Women In Propane celebrated their ten-year anniversary.

WOMEN IN PROPANE LAUNCHES NEW WEBINAR SERIES FOCUSED ON LEADERSHIP

RETAILERS PARTICIPATE IN FIRST EVER NATIONAL PROPANE DAY

PICTURES FROM THE NORTHEAST PROPANE SHOW

MICHELLE BIMSON MAGGI SELECTED AS CHAIR OF NPGA

FERRELLGAS JOINS THE NATIONAL PROPANE GAS ASSOCIATION

JUNE 7 WAS WORLD LPG DAY!

THE NPGA SOUTHEASTERN CONVENTION AND EXPO IN PICTURES

WOMEN IN PROPANE CELEBRATE TEN YEARS OF ADVANCING CAREERS

PERC ‘ENERGY FOR EVERYONE’ MARKETING CONFERENCE SUCCESSFUL

Safety is an important topic in the propane gas industry. Data has shown fewer and fewer safety-related incidents in the propane industry with more and more training and protocols. Below are highlights of safety related advice for propane industry leaders. Thanks to Jerry Schimmel of P3 Safety as well as NPGA and PERC for sharing a lot of information on safety procedures and protocols during 2022 with Trending in Propane.

DOCUMENTING PROPANE REGULATOR REPLACEMENTS

WEBINAR AND 3 THINGS NEEDED ON INTERRUPTION OF SERVICE

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT PROPANE SAFETY AND FLOODS

WHAT EVERY PROPANE MARKETER NEEDS FOR WINTER

MAKE IT EASY TO MEET YOUR 5-YEAR DOT CYLINDER REQUALIFICATION REQUIREMENTS

SHARE THREE NEW SAFETY TRAINING COURSES WITH YOUR EMPLOYEES

FAQ’s ABOUT DOT SECURITY PLANS

TOP 3 THINGS EVERY PROPANE COMPANY NEEDS FOR INTERRUPTION OF SERVICE

SAFETY IS AN ONGOING PROCESS

HOW THE PROPANE INDUSTRY DOES CATHODIC PROTECTION INSPECTION, TESTING & DOCUMENTATION

FAQ’s ABOUT PROPANE DRIVER SAFETY EVALUATIONS

Whose Duty Is It to Warn?

Why Insurance Providers Prefer Propane Companies to Have a Policies & Procedures Manual

AVOID RISK, SAFEGUARD ASSETS: POLICIES AND PROCEDURES FOR PROPANE MARKETERS

We shared a few stories in 2022 of propane industry members leading outside the propane industry. Both Amanda Bacon-Davis and Lindsey Stansfield wrote Children’s books for the first time during 2022 and Brian Sheehan took the helm of the Lions Club International. We welcome additional similar stories on industry members in 2023.

PARACO’S LINDSEY STANSFIELD AND SISTER WRITE CHILDREN’S BOOK

AMANDA BACON-DAVIS AUTHORS CHILDREN’S BOOK ON ANXIETY

LIONS CLUB MAGAZINE FEATURES NEW INTERNATIONAL PRESIDENT, PROPANE INDUSTRY VETERAN BRIAN SHEEHAN

RCC’S SHEEHAN TAKES THE REIGNS AT LIONS CLUB INTERNATIONAL

Environmental issues and environmental messaging were not major issues in the propane industry until the past five years. Pursuing zero carbon emissions is an ultimate goal and leaders in the propane industry see the importance of multiple avenues to lowering carbon emissions. The ‘electrify everything’ movement doesn’t make a lot of sense. Throughout 2022, we shared a lot of articles on the efforts to advance the benefits propane has to offer while pointing out many of the challenges presented relying too much on the already over-taxed electric grid.

HARDWORKINGTRUCKS.COM: EV CONCERNS – RIVIAN CEO DISCUSSES HOW CHIP SHORTAGES WONT COMPARE TO BATTERY SHORTAGES

A BILLION FEDERAL TAX DOLLARS FOR 2,350 ELECTRIC SCHOOL BUSES? WE CAN DO BETTER

BLOOMBERG: WRONG AMERICANS ARE BUYING ELECTRIC CARS

AHRENS SUGGESTS MATH TEACHERS SHOULD CHECK THE WORK ON ELECTRIC BUS INVESTMENTS

PREDICTION: PROPANE TO REPLACE MOST DIESEL GENERATION BY 2030

PERC DETAILS INCORRECT STATEMENTS IN REBUTTAL REGARDING PROPANE VS. ELECTRIC BUSES

SOUTHWEST RESEARCH INSTITUTE’S DR. GRAHAM CONWAY DISCUSSES THE MANY PATHS TO DECARBONIZATION

NEW ENVIRONMENTAL TRAINING NOW AVAILABLE

QUICK FACTS ABOUT RENEWABLE PROPANE

THE BENEFITS OF PROPANE GENERATORS VS. DIESEL

NREL STUDY: REFINERIES INCREASE REVENUE AND REDUCE CARBON FOOTPRINT WITH RENEWABLE PROPANE

PERKINS DISCUSSES SIGNIFICANT RENEWABLE PROPANE NEWS FROM NREL STUDY

A CASE STUDY: INDEPENDENCE, MO SCHOOL DISTRICT REDUCES EMISSIONS, CUTS COSTS WITH PROPANE AUTOGAS SCHOOL BUSES

DELIVERING CLEAN AIR IN DENVER: USPS CONTRACTOR ADDS ULTRA-LOW NOx PROPANE AUTOGAS VEHICLES TO FLEET

HOW THE PROPANE INDUSTRY IS FIGHTING BACK AGAINST ‘ELECTRIFY EVERYTHING’ LEGISLATION – PART ONE

HOW THE PROPANE INDUSTRY IS FIGHTING BACK AGAINST ‘ELECTRIFY EVERYTHING’ LEGISLATION – PART TWO

TELL IT LIKE IT IS, PART 4 – WHAT WILL IT TAKE TO MAKE THE ENERGY TRANSITION HAPPEN?

ENERGY-CAST PODCAST CAN HELP HONE THE DISCUSSION OF PROPANE’S FUTURE

PERKINS MAKES THE CASE FOR RESILIENCY OF PROPANE IN FLORIDA AMID ELECTRIC GRID VULNERABILITY

THE LPG CONTRIBUTION TO KEEPING THE SDG’s ON TRACK

PERKINS DISCUSSES DECARBONIZING DIESEL TRUCKS

NEW RESEARCH SHOWS PROPANE POWER GENERATORS CLEANER THAN DIESEL

JUNE 8th WAS WORLD OCEANS DAY, WLPGA VIDEO PROMOTES PROPANE AS A MARINE FUEL

LEARN TO SPEAK THE LANGUAGE OF CARBON INTENSITY

PERKINS CHALLENGES “ELECTRIFY EVERYTHING” MOVEMENT ON OPTIONS FOR GAS STOVES

LOW EMISSIONS AND LOW COSTS MAKE PROPANE ATTRACTIVE TO TRANSIT VEHICLE FLEET MANAGERS

PERKINS SPEAKS AT ENERGY THOUGHT SUMMIT REGARDING PROPANE’S ROLE IN THE FUTURE

CHARGING INFRASTRUCTURE PRESENTS CHALLENGES FOR EVs

CHALLENGING ‘ELECTRIFY EVERYTHING’ HOT TOPIC AT NPGA SOUTHEASTERN EXPO

RENEWABLE PROPANE ALLIANCE SEEKS TO EDUCATE

ONE YEAR LATER: WHAT WE LEARNED FROM WINTER STORM URI

NEW CUMMINS B6.7 PROPANE AUTOGAS ENGINE OFFERS LOW-CARBON OPTION

PROPANE A RELIABLE ENERGY SOURCE AMID SEVERE WEATHER AND GRID FAILURE

EPA Announces Funding for Clean School Bus Program

Green River – Lucrative Opportunities For Renewable Propane Flow Into Low-Carbon Fuel Markets

CAYWOOD DISCUSSES BUSINESS BENEFITS OF ENVIRONMENTAL MESSAGING

MAKING THE CASE FOR PROPANE: CRITICAL AMID CLEAN ENERGY MOVEMENT

WASHINGTON — Gavin Hale joined the Propane Education & Research Council as vice president in charge of business development, PERC President and CEO Tucker Perkins announced.

“Gavin is a proven leader with a wealth of experience in new product development, a robust understanding of engine markets, and expertise in complete powertrain integration,” Perkins said. “We are excited to have him on board to help seize the opportunities ahead for our industry.”

Gavin arrives at PERC from Deutz Corporation, where he served as director of new power system business development and market and technology development. In this dual role he developed and executed a five-year, $400 million business growth strategy and led an international team in developing Deutz’s first compact propane spark ignited engine. Prior to his time at Deutz, Gavin worked for Power Solutions International (PSI) as their vice president of sales. Before PSI, he had a long and successful career serving as manager for new business development at Caterpillar Machine Engines.

A native of the United Kingdom, Gavin has a degree in automotive engineering from Accrington and Rossendale College, Nelson and Colne Technical College, located in Nelson, Lancashire, England. He holds a Six Sigma Black Belt, as well as numerous vocational and business certifications.

At PERC, Gavin will bring his knowledge and experience to bear leading business development efforts and directing the development of renewable fuel strategies. Gavin will start his career at PERC working from his home in Monroe, Georgia.

Propane Education & Research Council (PERC)

The Propane Education & Research Council is a nonprofit that provides leading propane safety and training programs and invests in research and development of new propane-powered technologies. PERC is operated and funded by the propane industry. For more information, visit Propane.com.

DON MUMMA JOINS ASSOCIATION DURING A PERIOD OF GROWTH AND EXPANSION

(MIDDLETOWN, Pa) — The PA Petroleum Association (PPA) announced today the hiring of Don Mumma as the association’s new Director of Training and Workforce Development. The PPA is a not-for-profit trade association representing 400+ energy stakeholders. PPA also operates PPATEC which offers leading hands-on technical training solutions for the HVAC and energy industry.

In his new position, Mumma will be responsible for directing the design, planning, and implementation of all PPATEC training programs, as well as supporting the growth of PPATEC during its planned expansion of programming and personnel.

Mumma will be building relationships with educational institutions and the military community to educate candidates on the benefits of a career in the energy and HVAC industry. He will also develop association-sponsored, on-the-job training and apprenticeship programs.

Mumma joins the PPA at a time when it is expanding both its physical facility and its PPATEC programming. The PPA location in Middletown is adding additional classroom space for its 10-week HVAC & energy professional programs, which offer a curriculum tailored to give candidates the baseline skills needed to secure a career in the HVAC and energy industry.

“We’re excited to welcome Don to PPA,” said Ted Harris, PPA’s Executive Vice President. “Don brings both industry experience and relationships to the association. He will be a huge asset as PPA continues to bolster the labor force for our member companies and our industry at large.”

Mumma has served for more than 20 years in the areas of HVAC and plumbing service and installation with Vertex Mechanical in Stevens, Pa., where he was Service and Installation Manager, and with Haller Enterprises in Lititz, Pa.

About the Pennsylvania Petroleum Association

The Pennsylvania Petroleum Association, based in Middletown, Pa., is a not-for-profit trade association who represents 400+ energy stakeholders. The PPA operates PPATEC (Pennsylvania Petroleum Association Technical Education Center) which offers leading hands-on training solutions for the HVAC and energy industry. For more information on the Association or its programs, visit https://papetroleum.org/.

Delhi, New York – Blue Peak Resources, a mergers and acquisitions consulting firm, is pleased to announce the sale of Dubben Gas Service of Delhi, NY, to Ferrellgas, a nationwide propane retailer headquartered in Overland Park, KS.

For more than a century, Dubben Brothers has been providing top quality products and service to customers throughout the Catskill Region. The company will still operate out of the original Main Street, Delhi location utilized by company founder A.W. Dubben when he started the business in 1906 with retail hardware, LPG sales and service, and HVAC installations. Randy Brown and Jerry Davis are fourth generation Dubben family members. After meeting with the team at Ferrellgas, they decided the time was right to transition their propane business to a company that could offer their customers a wide array of energy products and services while continuing the excellent care that Dubben customers have experienced over the years. Jerry and Randy will now focus their attention on the retail hardware store, and HVAC installations; those were not part of the sale and will remain independently run under their leadership.

“It was a pleasure working with Ferrellgas. When Randy and I made the difficult decision to sell our propane business, there was no doubt that we were going to hire Blue Peak Resources to help us with the process. Our relationship with John Armentano spans back more than 20 years. John, Mike Gioffre, and Andy Hino did a tremendous job throughout the process. We were impressed with Ferrellgas, and we are very confident that our customers, employees and the community are in great hands.”

About Blue Peak Resources

Blue Peak Resources is a full-service consulting firm specializing in propane gas and fuel oil mergers and acquisitions. Clients engage Blue Peak Resources to sell their business or advise them on increasing the value of the business they have worked so many years to build. John Armentano and Mike Gioffre began this new venture to help family-owned propane and fuel oil businesses plan for their exit, gain maximum value, and continue their legacy for generations.

VALLEY FORGE, Pa.–(BUSINESS WIRE)- UGI Corporation (NYSE: UGI) announced today that Robert F. Beard has been appointed Chief Operations Officer (COO) reporting to UGI’s President and Chief Executive Officer, Roger Perreault, effective immediately.

“Bob has a long history of success at UGI and deep institutional knowledge of our Company,” said Perreault. “He understands our vision and, as part of our Executive Leadership Team, has been instrumental in shaping our strategic priorities. The appointment of Bob as COO is an important next step in our evolution toward a “one company” approach that will help us better serve customers, drive operational excellence, and create more opportunities for employees. By consolidating both lines of business – Natural Gas and Global LPG – under the leadership of Bob, we will have a more streamlined structure and can better capture synergies across our portfolio.”

In his new role, Beard will be responsible for oversight of UGI’s Global LPG line of business in addition to the Natural Gas line of business, which he led previously. He will be accountable for ensuring the execution of strategy, delivering safe and reliable service, and driving continuous improvement of the customer experience across each of the Company’s business units. Beard will retain responsibility for Global Engineering & Construction and Procurement and will continue to serve on the Company’s executive leadership team. Previously, Mr. Beard was Executive Vice President, Natural Gas, Global Engineering & Construction and Procurement of UGI Corporation, Chief Executive Officer of UGI Utilities, Inc., and Chief Executive Officer of Mountaineer Gas Company.

“The executive leadership team and I will work together on continuing to elevate operational excellence throughout the Company,” continued Perreault. “This new role will provide a clearer line of sight into how each of our business units is progressing against our strategic plan and financial commitments. Our entire team can also focus more time driving the vision and strategy of UGI, making strategic investments in support of our overall business, building a high performing and engaged culture, and driving shareholder value in the rapidly changing energy sector. We are now more effectively positioned to drive UGI forward and to continue executing on our ‘three R’ strategy to deliver Reliable earnings growth, invest in Renewables, and Rebalance our portfolio, which we are confident will drive long-term value for our shareholders.”

About UGI Corporation

UGI Corporation is a distributor and marketer of energy products and services. Through subsidiaries, UGI operates natural gas and electric utilities in Pennsylvania, natural gas utilities in West Virginia, distributes LPG both domestically (through AmeriGas) and internationally (through UGI International), manages midstream energy assets in Pennsylvania, Ohio, and West Virginia and electric generation assets in Pennsylvania, and engages in energy marketing, including renewable natural gas in the Mid-Atlantic region of the United States and California and internationally in France, Belgium, and the Netherlands.

Comprehensive information about UGI Corporation is available on the Internet at https://www.ugicorp.com.

Port Newark Container Terminal is committed to reducing emissions with propane

WASHINGTON – The Propane Education & Research Council (PERC) is pleased to announce the commitment of Port Newark Container Terminal (PNCT) to reduce emissions by using propane equipment at its location in Newark, New Jersey.

After seeing initial success with a prototype propane-powered port tractor, PNCT has decided to move ahead with replacing its entire diesel-powered port tractor fleet and convert to propane.

During the month of December, PNCT is conducting a side-by-side analysis of MAFI’s demonstrative propane port tractor with the terminal’s current diesel models. The comparison will account for fuel efficiency, run time, torque, power, and emissions output, such as nitrogen oxides (NOx), sulfur oxides (SOx), and carbon dioxide (CO2).

“Propane is the future of clean, low-carbon energy at ports,” Joe Calhoun, director of off-road development at PERC said. “Through their commitment, PNCT is leading the way toward meaningful emissions reduction at ports. We feel confident any ports that follow the same path as PNCT to test propane equipment will discover that it is the best energy source to cleanly and efficiently power their operations.”

The MAFI port tractor is powered by PSI’s 8.8-liter propane engine that is certified by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and California Air Resources Board (CARB) for use in mobile, off-road applications. The engine is certified to 0.02 grams of NOx per brake horsepower-hour (g/bhp-hr), making it one of the cleanest propane engines available on the market. The engine also offers 270 horsepower with 565 lb-ft of torque. MAFI is an international heavy-duty vehicle manufacturer.

“We are impressed with the performance of MAFI’s port tractor,” said Charlie Ferlisi, director of engineering and equipment services at PNCT. “Propane is efficient, powerful and clean, making it an environmentally safe choice for our longshoremen to decarbonize the port. We are excited to deploy this technology and be one of the first ports to adopt clean propane.”

To learn more about PNCT, visit pnct.net.

About PERC: The Propane Education & Research Council is a nonprofit that provides leading propane safety and training programs and invests in research and development of new propane-powered technologies. PERC is operated and funded by the propane industry. For more information, visit Propane.com.