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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.

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.

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.

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.

Energy Distribution Partners (“EDP”) has named Chelsea Aiken General Manager of High Grade Gas Service, EDP’s latest acquisition, which is headquartered in Stafford Springs, Connecticut. Chelsea is a third-generation member of the Aiken family that founded High Grade in 1957. She was recognized as a Rising Leader in the propane industry in early 2022. High Grade Gas Service was acquired by EDP in November 2022 and is EDP’s first operation in the state of Connecticut.

Although Chelsea officially joined High Grade Gas Service after graduating from Wesleyan University, she literally grew up in the business. She recalls riding in the bobtail with her dad while in grade school, and over the years has worked in virtually every facet of the business, from data entry to painting tanks to delivering propane. She got her CDL at age 26 and her G1 contractor’s license at age 28.

Chelsea reports that going forward, High Grade Gas Service will continue to embrace technology in order to make the business more efficient. “Within the past year we’ve deployed about 2,500 tank monitors, increasing our delivery efficiency tremendously and making run-outs almost nonexistent,” she said. She added that the company has also recently implemented a new website and software system that offers customers the ease and convenience of ordering, paying and accessing their account history online.

According to Chelsea, she looks forward to the High Grade team continuing to provide the kind of high-touch personal service their customers have come to expect. “My dad, Nelson Aiken, was incredibly dedicated to building the company and providing exceptional service, while balancing his work with spending time with our family,” said Chelsea. “I am committed to continuing his legacy, and will value the support provided by EDP to help the company continue to grow.”

EDP’s Chief Operating Officer Boyd McGathey commented, “We are extremely pleased to have Chelsea step into the key leadership role at High Grade Gas Service. The company is in good hands and we are confident that – under her leadership – it will continue on a path of steady growth.”

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.

For more information, please visit www.edplp.net.

Eastern Energy Expo Announces Business Partner Sponsor:
Iowa Soybean Association/ Bioheat/Clean Fuels

Annual convention and trade show to host special Keynote Session

ATLANTIC CITY, NJ – December 8, 2022 – Eastern Energy Expo is pleased to announce that the Iowa Soybean Association, in conjunction with Bioheat and Clean Fuels (CFAA) have signed on as a top-level Business Partner to Eastern Energy Expo 2023, May 21-24 at the Atlantic City Convention Center, Atlantic City, NJ.

Eric DeGesero, Executive Vice President, FMA, representing Eastern Energy Expo said, “We are excited that Iowa Soybean Association is joining us as an Expo Business Partner. Carbon reduction and ultimately Net-Zero home heating must happen for the industry to survive and Bioheat® fuel and CFAA are the catalysts to make that happen.

Paul Nazzaro, Clean Fuels Supply Chain Liaison, commented, “For many years, Clean Fuels and its state soybean leadership groups have found exceptional value in collaborating with Eastern Energy Expo. Together we are stronger and more effective advancing the full adoption of Bioheat® fuel. This year the Iowa Soybean Association has generously agreed to support our Business Partnership. Our commitment to deliver factual, timely and valuable resources to help fuel dealers grow their businesses, remains our number one goal. We look forward to a successful event.”

Eastern Energy Expo will be hosting two special presentations including a keynote program that will showcase the development process and status of the first proven pour point depressant to treat B50 biodiesel blends for optimum performance. Additionally, there will be a discussion on how to stimulate the flow of low-carbon liquid fuel to the Northeast heating market.

Eastern Energy Expo brings together, under one roof, wholesale and retail heating fuel marketers, motor fuel distributors, diesel and biodiesel distributors, propane marketers and service professionals—all shopping for the latest and best in products and services for the petroleum marketing and HVAC industry. The Expo will include more than 50 business and technical education programs.

The two-day trade show will be open on Tuesday, May 23 from noon-6pm, and Wednesday, May 24
from 10am-2pm.
21 Commerce Drive, Suite 202 Cranford, NJ 07016
973.467.1400 EasternEnergyExpo.com

In addition to the two-day trade show, Eastern Energy Expo features a variety of education programs in
business and technical education tracks and will include programs hosted by NORA and Oil & Energy
Service Professionals.

Request for presentations are currently being accepted. The deadline for submission is January 11.
EEE also acknowledges and thanks the following companies for their support:
Expo Sponsors: ADD Systems, Beckett, Federated Insurance, Rinnai, Taco Comfort Solutions
Diamond Sponsors: Buckeye Energy Services, Chevron/Renewable Energy Group, Citgo, Global,
Qualpay, R.E. Michel, Sprague, Valero
Mobile App Sponsor: ADD Systems
Technical Education Sponsors: Carlin-Hydrolevel, FW Webb Company, Weil-McLain
Platinum Sponsor: Cargas
Shuttle Sponsor: Sid Harvey’s

Eastern Energy Expo offers numerous sponsorship and marketing opportunities to increase branding
and visibility for participating companies. A complete prospectus with exhibitor information and
sponsorship offerings is available at EasternEnergyExpo.com
For complete show info, visit EasternEnergyExpo.com

By Tucker Perkins, President & CEO of the Propane Education & Research Council

The Biden administration recently announced nearly $1 billion in Clean School Bus Program rebate awards. Nearly all the money will go toward 2,350 electric school buses next year.

If the program’s goal is to add a few electric school buses to a U.S. fleet that includes nearly half a million dirty diesel buses, it’s a start. But if the program’s goal is to decarbonize the U.S. school bus fleet by replacing as many diesel school buses as possible with low-emission buses, we have much better options.

You wouldn’t know it from the headlines last week, but the funding awards will also go toward the purchase of 109 low-emission buses powered by propane. These buses cost just a third as much as the electric buses, which also require much more extensive and expensive infrastructure related to charging stations, electrical service upgrades, and so on.

For nearly $1 billion the program could help put many more propane buses on American roads. In fact, it could help fund as many as 29,000 propane buses, assuming each bus receives a $30,000 incentive, as the program stipulates.

Makes one wonder why so many are lauding allocation of these taxpayer dollars to electric buses, including this newspaper.

According to Propane Education & Research Council analysis, replacing 29,000 diesel buses with propane buses would reduce nitrogen oxide or NOx emissions by 7,846 metric tons per year. Replacing 2,350 diesel buses with electric buses would reduce NOx emissions by just 665 metric tons per year.

And those 29,000 propane buses would reduce carbon dioxide emissions by a whopping 155,472 metric tons per year, compared with a reduction of just 36,870 metric tons per year for 2,350 electric buses, considering the average carbon intensity of the U.S. electrical grid.

Simply put, those Clean School Bus Program rebate awards could have done more for school districts. But there’s more.

Consider that those emissions reductions have a particularly big impact in rural areas, where power generation plants are often located. Propane is used extensively in those areas for home heating and agriculture engines, among other applications. Plus, propane buses have a range of 400 miles on a single refueling, hundreds of miles more than electric buses.

Environmental justice is a key concern, and based on the cost and emissions data, the nearly $1 billion in rebate awards won’t do enough in this realm either. Certainly, some low-emission electric buses are better than none, but put simply, more propane buses will do more. And again, no expensive recharging infrastructure is necessary. A propane provider can install an onsite refueling station for low or no cost to the school district or bus contractor with a fueling contract.

More federal dollars for low-emission buses will be available in the coming years. The Clean School Bus Program provides $5 billion from 2022 to 2026 to replace existing diesel buses with cleaner alternatives. With all the evidence available, let’s hope we make smarter choices with those taxpayer funds and achieve the most carbon emissions reductions as quickly as we can.

Tucker Perkins is the president and CEO of the Propane Education & Research Council based in Washington, D.C.

Propaneandoiltriaining.com will hold a webinar Dec 16, 2022 at 2pm EST, a free 30-minute session on the Employee Retention Credit, offered by propaneandoiltraining.com and the National Automotive Roads and Fuels Association (narfa.com)

https://lnkd.in/ejgevkam

Jeff Frumin of Bottom Line Concepts will lead the discussion. Jeff has submitted 17,000 ERC applications for companies and not one application has been turned down. Jeff’s client payouts have ranged from $50,000 to $32,000,000. A company with 20 employees averages a payout of about $250,000. If you have 5 employees or more, come and hear about how Jeff can get your ERC application in soon. One of Jeff’s clients said his refund arrived within 6 weeks of application.

Philip Healy of NARFA will introduce Jeff Frumin

Use the link above to RSVP or see the event at propaneandoiltraining.com. Note that registrants will see an Outlook invite and that invite will be updated with the session URL a few days before the class.

Contact info@propaneandoiltraining.com if needed.

From the National Propane Gas Association

Corky Clark (SC) Jenni McKeen (GA) Deb Grooms (IA) Tom Osina (WV)

PERC and NPGA hosted the Energy for Everyone State Leadership Summit December 6-7th in Washington, D.C. The summit was well-attended and featured media training from Christina Mozzafari, updates from executives and staff, and discussions on NPGA and PERC’s programs to promote propanization and fight electrification.

The summit was also an opportunity to hear lessons learned from four retiring state executives: Corky Clark (SC), Deb Grooms (IA), Jenni McKeen (GA) and Tom Osina (WV). These executives enjoyed long and successful careers in the propane industry. The propane family will miss them all!

Becoming an Energy Ambassador means you will be equipped with the knowledge, confidence, and tools to enhance the awareness of propane’s benefits in your company, state, and region.

The national energy conversation is an ever dynamic reality in which propane has a vibrant role. The Leadership in Energy Ambassador program aims to educate and empower members of the propane industry to engage in conversations at the state and local level to expand the awareness that access to clean, affordable, and renewable energy like propane ensures equity on a path to zero emissions in the United States.

The select group of individuals who will be accepted into this program must seek nomination from their Company CEO or owner, agree to pre-and post-meeting work, and be enthusiastic about the opportunity to engage with their communities and other industry colleagues. The meeting will be March 27-29 in Sarasota, FL.

APPLY HERE

Applications will be accepted beginning on December 9th and will conclude on January 15th.
Hotel booking information will be sent when Ambassadors are selected.

Despite recent industry challenges, CEO Tom Knauff remains confident the
propane industry has a bright future ahead

EDP President & CEO Tom KnauffEnergy Distribution Partners (“EDP”) marked its 10th year in business with a corporate gathering in early November at its headquarters in Chicago. The company was launched in 2012 by industry veteran Tom Knauff and has since completed 34 transactions. EDP now serves more than 200,000 customers across 19 states.

Mr. Knauff is a propane industry veteran with more than 30 years of experience, with a special expertise in acquiring and growing operations that range from rural, retail-focused marketers to large commercial-based marketers that serve major industrial customers. He has personally been involved in more than 100 transactions over the course of his career.

“I am extremely pleased to reach this important milestone,” said Mr. Knauff, EDP’s Chief Executive Officer. “And I’m especially pleased to be celebrating our 10th year in business with the incredible team we’ve built at EDP. I am very proud of our team’s hard work and the positive impact we’re making on the propane industry. We’ve helped more than 30 sellers transition their businesses while maintaining their legacies, continuing to take exceptional care of their customers and providing valuable career opportunities for their employees.”

Mr. Knauff added, “I want to also emphasize that, although our industry has seen a considerable number of challenges in recent years, I continue to be encouraged by how resilient this industry is and how progressive we’ve become. We’ve dealt with a tremendous amount of volatility in supply and pricing, we’ve battled through a pandemic, and we’re currently fighting the fallout of high inflation. But we are working together with our industry colleagues to tackle these difficult challenges, as well as significant hurdles like the “electrify everything” movement in certain states. I am confident the propane industry has a bright future ahead.”

EDP is actively seeking to expand its national footprint and diversify through the addition of new retail propane and midstream operations.

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 California, Washington, Nevada, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Michigan, Ohio, Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia, South Carolina, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Rhode Island and Delaware. Energy Distribution Partners pursues a long-term strategy of purchasing 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 partners for growth. For more information, please visit www.edplp.net.

Propane professionals with an interest in educational methods and resources are invited to join us February 28 and March 1 in Orlando, FL for the 2023 National Propane Education & Training Conference! Sessions will cover safety and regulatory compliance, marketer sales and technical training, and hands-on demonstrations of how to use the newest features and resources available on PERC’s Learning Center. Register today at https://lnkd.in/duG4jqsP. See you there!

LIBERTY, Mo., — Ferrellgas Partners, L.P. (OTC: FGPR), one of the nation’s largest propane logistics companies, is proud to announce it is once again partnering with Operation Warm to provide winter coats for families in need. The national nonprofit organization has served more than 4.6 million children across the United States and Canada since it was founded in 1998.

Ferrellgas strives to give back to communities across the country by working with organizations like Operation Warm. It’s part of the Ferrellgas Century Project, through which the company pledges its commitment to various Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) initiatives leading up to its 100th year in business in 2039. “The Ferrellgas family is proud to support Operation Warm again this year. It is part of our ongoing mission to help families in the communities we serve,” says Ferrellgas Chief Operating Officer Tamria Zertuche.

Operation Warm’s slogan is, ‘more than a coat.’ The organization strives to not only provide warmth and comfort, but to also boost confidence and give hope for a brighter tomorrow. “We’re excited to partner with Ferrellgas in supporting the families they serve,” says Grace Sica, Executive Director, Operation Warm. “Ferrellgas understands that something as simple as a warm winter coat can impact a child’s life in a practical and meaningful way.” Operation Warm also provides new shoes to toddlers and children through its Warm Soles program.

As we enter the fall and winter months, the need for assistance may be greater than ever this year. “Partnering with Operation Warm is a perfect fit for Ferrellgas. We want every child to be confident and succeed, no matter the hardships their family may be facing,” says Zertuche.

About Ferrellgas
Ferrellgas Partners, L.P., through its operating partnership, Ferrellgas, L.P., and subsidiaries, serves propane customers in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico. Its Blue Rhino exchange brand is sold at around 60,000 retail stores nationwide. Ferrellgas employees indirectly own 1.1 million common units of the partnership, through an employee stock ownership plan. Ferrellgas Partners, L.P. filed a Form 10-K with the Securities and Exchange Commission on September 30, 2022. Investors can request a hard copy of this filing free of charge and obtain more information about the partnership online at www.ferrellgas.com.

About Operation Warm
Operation Warm is a national nonprofit that provides warmth, confidence, and hope through basic need programs that connect underserved children to community resources they need to thrive. Over the last 23 years, Operation Warm and its partners have used brand-new coats and shoes as a bridge for families in need to access everything from flu shots to new books. To make a lasting impact on the lives of children, visit www.operationwarm.org.

WINTER PREPARATION

From the Propane Education & Research Council

Questions propane marketers should ask themselves regarding the upcoming home heating season:

1. Do I employ diversification with multiple suppliers and supply points and originations?
2. Do I contract for all my anticipated supply needs or do I plan on accessing the spot market to fulfill my delivery commitments? If I use the spot market for winter needs, do I have firm commitments from suppliers?

Questions propane marketers should discuss with their propane suppliers:

1. Where is my propane supply produced, and where does my propane supplier store it before delivery to my business?
2. How long does this propane supply take to be delivered from the production source to my business? What transportation modes are used?
3. Does my supplier have enough propane supply from these production sources (see No. 1) to meet my supply needs in a colder-than-normal winter?
4. Does my propane supplier’s terminal or storage facility have the capacity to meet the winter propane supply needs and delivery rates for my business and the other propane marketers it serves?
5. Do I have a plan to procure incremental or alternative propane supply in case of increased demand or supply interruption? (Repeat questions 1-4 for this incremental supply.)
6. How does this incremental supply plan (No. 5) affect truck transport to my business? Is trucking capacity available to meet those needs? If not, how will I remedy?
7. What can my business do to mitigate peak winter supply needs with additional propane storage or early customer fill programs?
8. What tools can my propane supplier offer to insulate my business from propane price volatility?

For additional resources, visit https://propane.com/preparing-customers-for-winter/

Last week, ExtremeTech.com shared this article about a new process to turn previously unrecycled plastics into propane. The link is below:

https://www.extremetech.com/extreme/341211-chemists-develop-process-to-turn-previously-unrecyclable-plastics-into-propane

Combined Energy Services’ Mike Taylor of New York recently spoke to Fox News’ Tucker Carlson about the Biden Administration’s impact on energy prices. A link to the interview is below along with a link to details on an upcoming December 14 webinar Taylor will lead with Diane Miller from the OPIS NGL/#LPG Team on the impact of the sanctions on Russian on the propane market.

INTERVIEW ON FOX NEWS

LINK TO DETAIL AND REGISTRATION FOR WEBINAR ON SANCTIONS ON RUSSIA IMPACT ON PROPANE MARKET
Discussing the winter outlook for the North American #propane market generally revolves around the weather, which no doubt remains a critical conversation. But the global stage is pushing ever further into the domestic market, impacting everyone from major global trading firms to mom-and-pop operations, and the war in Ukraine is behind a lot of today’s critical market developments.

Join Diane Miller from the OPIS NGL/#LPG Team and Combined Energy Services’ Mike Taylor for this free webinar where you’ll learn about the shift in global trade flows in the wake of Russian #sanctions and the disposition and position of propane stocks.

Register for free here: https://lnkd.in/ecmEPcGi

Members of the PERC staff returned from LPG Week in India a couple of weeks ago with a renewed sense of purpose according to PERC President and CEO Tucker Perkins. “So much of the world lacks access to crucial needs like clean air, water and energy,” Perkins said in a post on LinkedIn. “At World LPG Association’s LPG Week 2022 in New Dehli, members of the global propane industry spoke about ‘Humanizing Energy’, and there is a huge opportunity for propane to do just that.” Cooking with propane improves indoor air quality for families cooking indoors over dung- or wood-fired stoves, and reduces deforestation and time spent foraging for fuel sources, Perkins noted. “Propane autogas provides clean transportation in densely-populated cities,” he said. “Farmers in rural areas can use propane to grow and harvest their crops. Propane, the Energy for Everyone, can provide energy equity for people around the world in so many ways”

“The PERC team has returned from India with a renewed sense of purpose; we must continue to develop innovative uses and technologies for propane to ensure that everyone has access to clean, safe and reliable energy,” Perkins said.

Globally, one in three people still rely on traditional methods of cooking, according to an overview regarding Humanizing Energy. Traditional methods include burning firewood and solid biomass, both of which have been shown to adversely impact individuals’ health, contribute to gender inequality, and harm the surrounding environment. The UN has established access to “affordable and clean energy” as one of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG’s), with ambitions to achieve universal access to clean cooking methods by 2030. The cost of achieving this target is estimated to be $4.5 billion a year. While this is no small sum, the World Bank estimates that the cost of inaction is in the region of $2.4 trillion per year, over 500 times the cost of positive action.

The document outlining efforts to humanize energy can be found at:
https://online.fliphtml5.com/addge/abbl/#p=1

An article on Hardworkingtrucks.com earlier this year shared information that should cause concerns with going all in on electric vehicles. A link to the article can be found here:

https://www.hardworkingtrucks.com/alternative-power/article/15291088/rivian-ceo-chip-shortage-wont-compare-to-battery-shortage

There is an emerging opportunity to use clean, low-carbon propane to not only power vehicles, but also to charge electric vehicles. Companies, like Propane Fueling Solutions, are developing innovative solutions to provide standalone dual-purpose propane autogas fuel stations with level 2 EV charging.

Join Jim Bunsey, PERC’s Director of Commercial Business Development, and Mauricio Morafiallos, CEO of Propane Fueling Solutions, on Tuesday, November 29 at 2 PM EST to learn more about propane autogas infrastructure options: http://ow.ly/ki7Q50LJH51

(Newport, NH) Eastern Propane & Oil, a family-owned business since 1932 proudly serving over 100,000 customers throughout New England, has added to the family with the recent acquisition of Goodrich Oil & Propane in Newport, NH.

“Since 1974, Chris Marcotte and his family have been serving the fuel needs of the greater Newport community. It is a true honor that Chris has entrusted Eastern to carry on their legacy of providing outstanding customer service to Goodrich Oil & Propane customers,” said Tom Manson, CEO of Eastern Propane & Oil. “The team at Goodrich has a customer-first mentality and it is a privilege to welcome them to our family.”

For 90 years, Eastern Propane & Oil has been serving customers with dependable 24/7 service and delivery. Goodrich Oil & Propane has always had deep roots within the Newport community. Their customers are accustomed to seeing the Goodrich team involved at all levels and Eastern is committed to providing that same level of involvement and personal service. The combined bulk fuel storage of Eastern and Goodrich in the area provides customers with additional supply security as we enter the winter months.

Photo (L-R) Chuck Clement IV (CTO, Eastern Propane & Oil), Meghan Anderson (CCO, Eastern Propane & Oil), Josh Anderson (Vice President of Marketing & Business Development, Eastern Propane & Oil), Chris Marcotte (Owner, Goodrich Oil & Propane), Chuck Clement III (Owner, Eastern Propane & Oil)

“I would like to take this opportunity to thank the many people that contributed to the success of Goodrich Oil Company,” said Chris Marcotte, Owner of Goodrich Oil & Propane. “First, and foremost, I am grateful for all my employees. Their hard work and dedication helped bring the company to where it is today. Next, I would like to thank all our loyal customers, who entrusted us to provide all our services at their homes and business as well as helping to keep them warm during our New England winters. Finally, I’d like to thank my parents for the opportunity, and believing in me, to run the company. This was not an easy decision, but it’s the right one for me at this time in my life. I have complete confidence that Eastern will continue supporting the people of Newport and surrounding towns with the same care and consideration that Goodrich Oil was founded upon.”

About Eastern Propane & Oil

Eastern Propane & Oil is a full-service energy provider committed to delivering our customers superior service, comfort and safety. Family owned since 1932, we live in the same communities as our customers and we believe in serving our neighbors the way we would want to be served.

Delivery is available in NH, ME, MA, RI, and VT, and we offer the sale, installation and service of propane or oil appliances including central home heating systems, water heaters, fireplaces and space heating solutions. Free consultations, 24/7 service, online bill pay, installment plans, and service plans are all available through Eastern Propane & Oil

West Palm Beach, FL – November 28, 2022 – Blue Peak Resources, a mergers and acquisitions consulting firm, is pleased to announce that its client, High Grade Propane of Stafford Springs, CT, has been sold to Energy Distribution Partners, a Chicago, Illinois-based propane/energy company. The transaction closed on November 16, 2022.

Founded in 1957, The High Grade Propane Company has been owned and operated by the Aiken family for the past 65 years. They deliver to over 7,600 customers in Connecticut, southern Massachusetts, and eastern Rhode Island.

High Grade Propane has grown its business to over 3.5 million gallons annually. Nelson Aiken, a second-generation family member has been at the helm of the company for the past 40 years, along with his wife Correen, who has been instrumental in their success. Nelson and Correen are firm believers in quality installations, excellent service, and premier customer care, which have all contributed to their growth over the years. All High Grade employees will remain with the company, including Nelson and Correen’s two children: Chelsea Aiken, who has been named General Manager, and Ryan Aiken, who will stay on as a driver/service technician.

“Working with the Blue Peak team has been a pleasure. They were able to find the right buyer in EDP and help us navigate the complex waters of selling our business. I wasn’t sure what to expect when I started thinking of selling my business. Making sure our employees and customers would be in good hands was our top priority. I am very pleased with how everything worked out,” said Nelson Aiken.

“I am grateful that Nelson and Correen put their trust in me and our company,” said John Armentano, Partner, Blue Peak Resources. “We were committed to ensuring that Nelson and his family were comfortable and informed throughout the process. It’s personal for us. We realize that the Aiken family has given everything to make this business successful, and we felt it was our job to help Nelson and his family find the right partner that could continue their legacy.”

Blue Peak ResourcesAbout 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.

Learn how a developer lured manufacturing into former office space

From the Propane Education & Research Council

What will become of all the office space sitting vacant since the pandemic? With many remote workers showing no signs of returning to their cubicles, developers are exploring new ways to revitalize these once-bustling commercial properties. One potential solution: light manufacturing.

With its expansive parking lot, leafy surroundings, and brick exterior, 8 Federal St. in Billerica, Massachusetts, looks like any other suburban business park, but step inside and you’ll see an exposed concrete floor where you’d imagine beige nylon carpet and machinery where there used to be desks. Gone too is a good portion of the second floor, which was removed to allow 32 feet of clear height to accommodate storage and racking.

“As you might imagine, suburban office space is not a particularly great asset these days,” says John O’Leary, project manager at Rhino Capital Advisors.

The Boston-based developer acquired the 80,000-square-foot building, previously occupied by a biopharmaceutical company, in January 2021 with plans to attract some kind of manufacturing tenant.

But converting the property into a state-of-the-art industrial facility required more than remodeling. The costly, inefficient electric heating system needed to be overhauled, and fuel was required to power manufacturing equipment. Located in the outskirts of Boston, the building was too far removed from the nearest natural gas line.

Propane, on the other hand, was readily available to get the project moving.

Eastern Propane & Oil installed four 1,000-gallon propane tanks at 8 Federal St. in Billerica, Massachusetts, to support a new manufacturing tenant.

O’Leary worked with Darren Germain, commercial sales manager at Eastern Propane & Oil, a full-service propane and oil company serving New England. The two determined that, not only was an electric-to-propane conversion possible, but it would also provide real cost savings by upgrading the old electric rooftop HVAC units to lower-cost propane-powered heat.

“We were able to definitively, confidently say to folks that yes, we will be bringing in propane, which will allow service to any potential gas equipment that might be necessary and also just overall reduce utility bills,” O’Leary recalls.

Today, 8 Federal St. is the headquarters of Boston Materials. The company makes carbon fiber composite materials for building products, ground transportation, and electronics, among other applications. The custom facility includes a factory, warehousing, and machine shops on the first floor, and office space and R&D labs on the second.

The project called for four 1,000-gallon tanks to meet the Btu demand of the new rooftop HVAC units, the manufacturing equipment, and a large make-up air unit that exhausts condensation, a byproduct of the manufacturing process. Germain worked closely with local officials to smooth the way for the propane installation. That required securing an engineer to draw up the plans, getting a license from the fire chief, and working with the health and building departments to get the green light.

Germain and O’Leary are proud to breathe new life into the property, which provides enough space for Boston Materials to expand if needed and quadruple its manufacturing output.

Photo from Rhino Capital Advisors and Eastern Propane & Oil.

A statement from the World LPG Assocation following LPG Week 2022 in New Dehli, India earlier in November announced winners of the 2022 Woman of the Year and 2022 Young Woman of the Year awards:

WLPGA is proud to announce the winners of the 2022 #WINLPG awards. Congratulations to our
Woman of the Year: Elifcan Yazgan – Aygaz
Young Woman of the Year: Stephanie Hennen – Lakes Gas

“We are proud that Lakes Gas’s own Stephanie Hennen has been named as the World LP Gas Association’s Young Woman of the Year for 2022,” said Trent Hampton, CEO of Lakes Gas in Minnesota. “The honor was announced at the WLPGA’s annual meeting in New Delhi, India. Congratulations, Stephanie!!”

Hennen is Manager of Marketing and Customer Service for Lakes Gas. She has previously served as Trade Show Coordinator for Marshall Excelsior and Superior Industries. In addition, she has worked in marketing for both Westmor Industries and CHS. Hennen has also held several volunteer roles in the propane industry including Chair of the NPGA Conventions Committee.

“I’m humbled by this award and for someone who’s usually pretty chatty when it comes to my profession, I can’t think of much else to say except ‘Thank you’,” Hennen said in a post on LinkedIn. She thanked friends, family and colleagues who have always supported her. “Thank you to all of the strong women that have come before me to help pave the way,” she said. “And a huge thank you to this industry. You continue to bring good people into my life. You’ve helped foster my passion, you’ve given me a voice to campaign for young professionals and you allow me to work toward a brighter, more sustainable future.”

The 2022 Woman of the Year, Elifcan Yazgan, is Business Development Manager at Aygaz in Istanbul, Turkey.

U.S. Department of Energy Awards $10 Million in Funding

WASHINGTON (November 2, 2022) – The Propane Education & Research Council (PERC) is partnering with Colorado State University (CSU) and 2G Energy to examine decarbonized district energy systems with renewable propane-powered combined cooling heat and power (CCHP).

The project is one of six that was selected by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) to receive $10 million in funding from the Advanced Manufacturing Office (AMO) through the Technical Partnerships Funding Opportunity. The Opportunity supports funding for renewably supplied district energy systems and the development of regional smart manufacturing pilot initiatives.

“District energy systems provide multiple buildings with heating and/or cooling from a central plant,” said Jim Bunsey, director of commercial business development at PERC. “These systems increase efficiency and reduce emissions compared to individual building systems. They also provide a reliable and resilient source of thermal energy that is particularly useful for large energy users such as manufacturing facilities, healthcare campuses, and military bases.”

While district energy systems traditionally use fossil fuels, they can also incorporate renewable fuels for enabling low-carbon, flexible, energy-efficient CHP systems, which support the electrical grid.

“The research will help show that district energy systems can operate seamlessly with renewable fuels,” said Bunsey. “By incorporating propane-powered CHPs into these systems, it’s possible to provide necessary energy services in conjunction with onsite solar generation and simultaneously support the electrical grid.”

With the awarded funds, CSU will conduct a field demonstration of an integrated CCHP unit in a district energy system that uses the waste heat to drive a turbo-compression chiller, a technology developed at the university.

“This is important research for the commercial industry as it could be used to power critical infrastructure and facilities such as schools, hospitals, and large commercial complexes,” Bunsey said.

To learn more about this project and the benefits of propane, visit Propane.com.

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.

MFA Oil Company, a farmer-owned energy supply cooperative, has announced the acquisition of Blue Flame Gas, an independent propane retailer based in Marthasville, Missouri. The deal, which closed on Oct. 18, included trucks, tanks, and customer accounts.

“We are excited to welcome the propane customers of Blue Flame Gas,” said Kenny Steeves, senior vice president of MFA Oil operations. “This acquisition will complement our existing refined fuel customers in the area and our propane services in the broader region. It will deliver big logistical benefits to our cooperative members and customers.”

Steeves confirmed MFA Oil will continue to operate the propane office at 15956 Highway 47 in Marthasville. Customers should call (636) 433-2248 to order propane and schedule service. MFA Oil already has a presence in Marthasville, with a Petro-Card 24 fuel station and a refined fuel bulk plant in the city.

“We want to thank the Glosemeyer family, the former owners of Blue Flame Gas, for making this an easy and smooth transaction,” Steeves said. “Working with them has been wonderful. We are also happy to welcome two very experienced employees and their vast knowledge of the propane business to the MFA Oil family.”

Blue Flame Gas has provided propane service to customers in and around Warren County for over 40 years.

“Our family has owned Blue Flame Gas Company for four decades, and the decision to sell has not been easy,” said Sandy Cooper, daughter of Blue Flame Gas founder Dennis Glosemeyer. “When MFA Oil approached us about buying Blue Flame Gas, we all knew it was the best fit for our customers and employees. I also knew that dad would be incredibly pleased with our choice. He always said if he would ever sell, he wouldn’t sell to just anyone.”

This is MFA Oil’s fourth acquisition in a little more than a year. The company says it will continue to evaluate strategic acquisition opportunities within its trade territory.

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KENT, Conn. – Cetane Associates LLC announces being named to the “Top 10 Mergers and Acquisitions Consulting Firms 2022” in Financial Services Review’s (FSR) annual edition on M&A advisory firms. FSR will feature a profile of Cetane in the magazine’s December issue.

Cetane’s founder Steve Abbate commented, “From the beginning, our goals have been to find the right buyer for our clients’ businesses in order to maximize value, take care of their employees, and continue to provide great service to their customers. By keeping with these principles, we have been able to grow our business, expand our company nationally, and diversify into various home service industries. This recognition is a reflection of our team’s dedication to the original goals.”

Team member Barrett Conway says, “Since I joined Cetane, I’ve participated in more than 70 transactions as part of a dynamic team that has become the Gold Standard in our market. The culture and team that Steve has built is magnificent, and it is incredibly rewarding helping our clients through this big life event. I’m proud of what Cetane has accomplished and thankful for the many clients who have trusted us to get the job done.”

Financial Services Review is an industry-leading print and digital magazine reaching over 97,000 subscribers, composed of a wide range of senior financial executives. It is a resource for senior-level officials and decision-makers to learn and share their experiences with products/services, techniques, and financial trends following a unique peer learning approach. Profile Link

About Cetane Associates LLC
Cetane is a leading provider of financial advisory services to business owners in the retail energy distribution industry. Clients engage Cetane to advise on sales, spin-offs, and acquisitions, as well as perform valuation and ad hoc corporate finance assignments. Cetane contributes to the delivered fuels and services industries through membership, leadership, and sponsorship. For more information, please visit www.cetane.net.

Earlier this week, Bloomberg ran an article discussing the profile of Americans who are purchasing and driving Electric Vehicles. Are their usage patterns really helping the environment? Their article can be found via the link below:

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2022-11-15/the-wrong-americans-are-buying-electric-cars?leadSource=uverify%20wall