The full-service heating fuels business Horan Oil has joined the MacFarlane Energy team. The latter will continue Horan Oil's reputation for excellent customer service.

During the latest mid-month period, prices at Mont Belvieu, Texas, increased as we head deeper into summer. The posted prices increased 6.75 cents/gal, from June mid-month to July mid-month, while the spot prices increased 6.5 cents. Conway, Kan., postings ended with a 5.25-cent increase and spots increased 5.5 cents over the month.

The United States Energy Information Administration (EIA) forecasts record-high natural gas consumption in the U.S. for electricity generation in July and August as another hot summer increases demand for air conditioning.

In its July "Short-Term Energy Outlook" (STEO), EIA expects about 4% more U.S. electricity generation from natural gas in July and August 2023 than in the same months of 2022.

 

The Baker Hughes United States rig count is up six from last week to 680, with oil rigs down five to 540, gas rigs up 11 to 135 and miscellaneous rigs unchanged at five.

The U.S. rig count is down 72 rigs from last year's count of 752, with oil rigs down 57, gas rigs down 18 and miscellaneous up three.

The U.S. offshore rig count is unchanged at 19, up two year over year.

VALLEY FORGE, Pa. (June 12, 2023) — UGI Corporation announced that Kathleen Shea Ballay was appointed general counsel and chief legal officer, effective June 12. Monica Gaudiosi has retired as UGI’s vice president, general counsel, and secretary, but will remain with the company until mid-July to assist with the transition.

OTTAWA (June 30, 2023) — Carbon tax projections show that low-emission propane will continue to be the best option for heating in Atlantic Canadians’ homes, says the Canadian Propane Association.

“Because propane, like natural gas, has much lower emissions than furnace oil, it is taxed less. As a result, the carbon tax on propane under the federal fuel charge on July 1 will be 7 cents a liter less than furnace oil. By 2030, the difference will be about 19 cents per liter,” said Shannon Watt, president and CEO of the Canadian Propane Association.

ASHEVILLE, N.C. (June 28, 2023) — The Outdoor Power Equipment Institute (OPEI), an international trade association representing manufacturers and suppliers of outdoor power equipment, small engines, battery power systems, portable generators, utility and personal transport vehicles, and golf cars, held its 70th Annual Meeting last week at the Omni Grove Park Inn in Asheville, North Carolina. Nearly 150 attendees gathered for the event, where the association announced three new board members and named a new board chair.

TORONTO (June 29, 2023) — Superior Plus Corp. published its third Sustainability Report. The report outlines Superior’s established environmental, social and governance (ESG) practices and includes insight into the company’s 2022 operations and future milestones. The Sustainability Report is available here.

WHIPPANY, N.J. (June 23, 2023) — Suburban Propane Partners L.P., a nationwide distributor of propane, renewable propane, renewable natural gas, fuel oil and related products and services, as well as a marketer of natural gas and electricity and investor in low carbon fuel alternatives, joined Kids to Love, a nonprofit 501c3 state-licensed organization serving hundreds of thousands of Alabama children living in foster care, by providing clothing, holiday gifts, scholarships and essential supplies.

P3 Propane Safety's new senior consultant of training and safety Paul Craver brings years of experience as a safety expert in the propane industry. In his new role, he will be responsible for implementing the P3 Compliance System with clients.

Space heating continued to be the top energy-consuming end use in United States homes in 2020, according to the "Residential Energy Consumption Survey" (RECS). Heating homes accounted for 42% of energy consumption in the residential sector. Space heating in U.S. households cost $519 on average. Energy consumption and expenditures varied across the country, depending on the climate and energy source used.