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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.

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

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.

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

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.

Chris Caywood discusses environmental messaging strategy with Pat Thornton.