Bert Warner brings more than 20 years of industry experience to PERC with a focus on efficient and sustainable solutions
PERC has named Bert Warner as director of commercial business development to boost propane awareness in commercial construction. Warner has over 20 years of experience and expertise in sustainable heating and cooling technologies.

Birmingham, Ala. (May 15, 2024) — Butane-Propane News (BPN) announced the opening of its third annual BPN Industry Innovators contest. BPN's 2024 Industry Innovators is a special section dedicated to showcasing those who are working every day to grow and improve the industry. What does an Industry Innovator look like? This nominee:

Petredec joins the IEA Summit on Clean Cooking in Africa, advocating for universal access to cleaner energy like LPG to combat indoor pollution-related illnesses. This aligns with Petredec's ongoing efforts to expand clean energy infrastructure in sub-Saharan Africa.

Ma Propane Association met at Lin’s Propane Trucks last week to hear from area propane and oil marketers on proposed DEP regulations. The regulation discussed would cause a disastrous financial impact to the people of Massachusetts as well as industry professionals


Detroit, Mich. — April 30, 2024 — Icom North America, a provider of patented Alternative Fuel Systems, tanks and components, has announced the sealing of distribution agreements with General Motors (GM). This collaboration aims to accelerate the adoption of propane, natural gas and other alternative fuels across a wide spectrum of industries, including OEM and aftermarket fleets, power generation, marine, agricultural, off-road vehicles/equipment and the performance sector. 

Findings from the 2023 Propane Construction Research Program demonstrate that propane benefits the environment, homeowners and construction professionals

RICHMOND, Va. (May 9, 2024) — The Propane Education & Research Council (PERC) has released the 2023 results of its Propane Construction Research Program. The program collected data directly from 1,673 homebuilders for homes built in 2023 to generate updated research findings on the benefits and usage of propane in the residential construction industry.

The Ermer family of Palmer Gas & Oil opened their latest branch in Somersworth, NH, with a ribbon-cutting ceremony attended by family, friends and local officials. Led by industry veteran Scott Cohen, the new facility features office space, a parts warehouse and truck bays, expanding the company's reach and services.

Morris, MN — Westmor Industries LLC, recently promoted Colton Hayes as territory manager in their Southwest Sales Region. In his new role, Hayes will serve the propane and petroleum industries, providing bobtail, refined fuel truck, and crane service truck expertise to his customers. 

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Crop Report as of April 29, 2024 shows promising developments in corn and soybean planting, crucial information for the propane and renewable fuels sectors. Corn planting has climbed to 23% across the 18 states, which accounts for 92% of the corn acreage. Tracking corn progress is important for propane demand, as corn drying relies heavily on propane during the harvest season. Similarly, soybean planting in the 18 states, representing 96% of the soybean acreage, has also commenced with 16% already planted.

WASHINGTON, D.C.— In support of President Biden’s "Investing in America" agenda, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced more than $26.9 million to nine states, 27 local governments and one tribe for the next round of formula grants through the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant (EECBG) Program, funded by President Biden’s Bipartisan Infrastructure Law and managed by DOE’s Office of State and Community Energy Programs (SCEP). 

On May 1, the Department of Energy (DOE) published its final rule concerning new construction "Clean Energy for New Federal Buildings and Major Renovations of Federal Buildings." The National Propane Gas Association (NPGA) has been engaged in this rule since DOE issued a supplemental notice of proposed rulemaking in December 2022. 

NEW MILFORD, Conn. — April 25, 2024 — Cetane Associates is pleased to announce that Whitney Parsley has joined its financial advisory firm as an associate, effective April 15, 2024. Parsley provides paralegal support to the firm’s M&A deal execution team. She will be based at Cetane’s Houston, Texas office. 

Canada's primary underground propane inventories decreased by 7.6% in April, according to the Canada Energy Regulator (CER). The total represented a month-to-month decrease of 59.4 Mcm. Compared to a year earlier, stocks were higher, with 225.2 Mcm, or 45.7%, more product on hand.

Propane storages in the West started April a bit lower at 547.3 Mcm, which corresponds to 3.448 MMbbl, the agency reported. From March to April, volumes decreased by 14.5 Mcm, or 2.6%, and were 280.1 more the year prior's level of 267.2 Mcm.

San Diego (April 24, 2024) — Oberon Fuels, a renewable fuels producer, and Sunvapor, a renewable heat provider, commissioned a solar steam project under the first purchase agreement in the United States for industrial solar steam. This agreement will eliminate upfront capital requirements to deploy solar steam, while enabling Oberon to as much as double output capacity and slash the carbon intensity of renewable fuels — critical for industrial customers seeking renewable fuels to achieve pressing net-zero commitments.

PERC has hired David Walters as the new director of autogas business development. In his new role, Walters will advocate for the implementation of propane autogas in existing energy infrastructure, as well as drive new innovative products.
AGA and partners challenge DOE rules limiting access to energy-efficient natural gas products, citing legal violations and potential harm to consumers, especially seniors and low-income households. They urge the court to reconsider the rules for consumer options and affordability.

The National Propane Gas Association (NPGA) achieved successes at the recent ICC Fuel Gas code meetings, including substantial updates and clarifications to regulations that directly impact the propane industry. 

Nebraska recently became the 26th state to enact protections for energy freedom.

Legislative Bill (LB) 867 prevents local governments, such as a villages, cities, and counties from prohibiting or restricting access to a fuel source or a type of energy that is authorized to be supplied to customers, including specifically propane. These legal protections safeguard the marketplace for propane and ensure the fuel remains an energy option for consumers. The enactment of LB 867 follows more than a year of engagement on this issue in the Cornhusker State. 

DOVER, Del. — April 18, 2024 — Chesapeake Utilities Corporation announced that Lucia Dempsey has joined the company as head of investor relations, effective April 15. 

Dempsey will be responsible for communicating Chesapeake Utilities' strategy to the investment community. Dempsey will serve as a key contact with the financial community, helping communicate the company's value proposition, investment opportunities and sustainability initiatives. 

Caleb Sheppard, a 30-year MID:COM veteran, is the new general manager, known for his deep company knowledge and strong customer rapport. VP Jim Reddington is confident in Sheppard's ability to excel in the role, given his track record of success and customer favor.