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Locking Down Tank Ownership

Speaking with Oil & Energy back in June about a piece of legislation that would codify protocol for ‘emergency’ and ‘normal’ propane deliveries, New York Propane Gas Association Director of Legislative Affairs Richard Cummings pointed to a provision of th…
Speaking with Oil & Energy back in June about a piece of legislation that would codify protocol for ‘emergency’ and ‘normal’ propane deliveries, New York Propane Gas Association… http://oilandenergyonline.com/articles/all/locking-down-tank-ownership/

NPGA Expo Returns to Atlanta after Three Years

The National Propane Gas Association released figures for its 71st Southeastern Convention & International Propane Expo, which took place April 6–8. The event returned to the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta after taking place the past two years i…
The National Propane Gas Association released figures for its 71st Southeastern Convention & International Propane Expo, which took place April 6–8. The event returned to the… http://oilandenergyonline.com/articles/all/npga-expo-returns-atlanta-after-three-years/

IRS Issues Special One-Time Claim Procedures for Retroactive Tax Credits

The IRS has issued special one-time claim procedures — IRS Notice 2018-21 — for payment of the $1.00-per-gallon biodiesel blender credit, and the $0.50-per gallon alternative fuel credit and alternative fuel mixture credit. Congress retroactively reinstat…
The IRS has issued special one-time claim procedures — IRS Notice 2018-21 — for payment of the $1.00-per-gallon biodiesel blender credit, and the $0.50-per gallon alternative fuel… http://oilandenergyonline.com/articles/all/irs-issues-special-one-time-claim-procedures-retroactive-tax-credits/

Jones Act in a Cold Snap

The U.S. is now known across the world as an energy superpower. The country is expected to produce more crude oil in 2018 than ever before in our nation’s history. At the same time, U.S. exports of both oil and liquefied natural gas (LNG) continue to grow…
The U.S. is now known across the world as an energy superpower. The country is expected to produce more crude oil in 2018 than ever before in our nation’s history. At the same… http://oilandenergyonline.com/articles/all/jones-act-cold-snap/

Lock Your Propane Tanks to Unlock Your Cash Flow

Mike Green, of Green’s Propane Gas, Smiths Station, AL, is committed to locking his propane tanks. He has invested in tank locks to control his tanks and enhance his cash flow. “Lock America’s filler valve lock will pay for itself by preventing delinquent…
Mike Green, of Green’s Propane Gas, Smiths Station, AL, is committed to locking his propane tanks. He has invested in tank locks to control his tanks and enhance his cash flow.… http://oilandenergyonline.com/articles/all/lock-your-propane-tanks-unlock-your-cash-flow/

Innovation Via Collaboration

Sometimes energy industry innovation takes the form of a new invention — a self-modulating, multi-fuel burner, for example. Other times, it’s an alternate application of an existing methodology, like using dilution air venting with condensing boilers. How…
Photos by Barbara Chagnon Sometimes energy industry innovation takes the form of a new invention — a self-modulating, multi-fuel burner, for example. Other times, it’s an… http://oilandenergyonline.com/articles/all/innovation-collaboration/

Helping Propane Dealers Protect Profits

New ideas and products often emerge from vendors who are well established within a niche, but Lock America is a different kind of vendor. It is a relative newcomer to the retail fuel industry, bringing useful expertise from another business realm. Lock…
New ideas and products often emerge from vendors who are well established within a niche, but Lock America is a different kind of vendor. It is a relative newcomer to the retail… http://oilandenergyonline.com/articles/all/helping-propane-dealers-protect-profits/

Gray, Gray & Gray Surveys Propane Marketers

Gray, Gray & Gray, of Canton, MA, the energy industry’s leading accounting and business advisory firm, recently released the results of a broad survey of propane retailers in the six-state New England region. This is the first time the firm has surveyed p…
Gray, Gray & Gray, of Canton, MA, the energy industry’s leading accounting and business advisory firm, recently released the results of a broad survey of propane retailers in the… http://oilandenergyonline.com/articles/all/gray-gray-gray-surveys-propane-marketers/

Tank Installation: The Case for Polyethylene

It’s fall again and that means football, apple cider, pumpkin pie, and new propane tank sets. More than likely you have your tank set installation routine down pat. Btu load? Check. Properly sized regulators and pigtail? Check. Distance from tank to bu…
It’s fall again and that means football, apple cider, pumpkin pie, and new propane tank sets. More than likely you have your tank set installation routine down pat. Btu load?… http://oilandenergyonline.com/articles/all/tank-installation-case-polyethylene/

Accidents Waiting to Happen?

Empty propane tanks and inadequately secured, disconnected tanks can be expensive accidents waiting to happen, but there are steps a marketer can take to prevent tampering and reduce risk. An unsecure plug device without a security key or solid brass c…
Empty propane tanks and inadequately secured, disconnected tanks can be expensive accidents waiting to happen, but there are steps a marketer can take to prevent tampering and… http://oilandenergyonline.com/articles/all/accidents-waiting-happen/

Technology for the Customer

A tank monitoring startup launched in 2014 by an energy management engineer who had endured a disastrous propane run-out is gaining momentum after a significant new infusion of investor funding. Tank Utility Inc., of Boston, received a major boost this…
A tank monitoring startup launched in 2014 by an energy management engineer who had endured a disastrous propane run-out is gaining momentum after a significant new infusion of… http://oilandenergyonline.com/articles/all/technology-customer/

Do More With What You Have

Companies that sell energy products and comfort services can leverage technological solutions to derive greater value from their assets, according to a technology executive who is focused on the retail energy industry.
Companies that sell energy products and comfort services can leverage technological solutions to derive greater value from their assets, according to a technology executive who is… http://oilandenergyonline.com/articles/all/do-more-what-you-have/

Cargas Energy’s Eighth Annual Customer Conference Achieves Record Attendance

Cargas Systems recently brought over 250 attendees to the Lancaster County Convention Center in Lancaster, PA, for the eighth annual Cargas Energy Summit. Cargas Energy is the company’s rapidly growing fuel delivery and HVAC software with a nationwide foo…
Cargas Systems recently brought over 250 attendees to the Lancaster County Convention Center in Lancaster, PA, for the eighth annual Cargas Energy Summit. Cargas Energy is the… http://oilandenergyonline.com/articles/all/cargas-energys-eighth-annual-customer-conference-achieves-record-attendance/

Propane Industry Launches $10 Million Consumer Campaign

The Propane Education & Research Council (PERC) recently launched a nationwide multimedia campaign aimed at improving consumer perceptions of propane. The PROUDLY PROPANE Clean American Energy™ campaign features a character called Blue the Dog, “who has l…
The Propane Education & Research Council (PERC) recently launched a nationwide multimedia campaign aimed at improving consumer perceptions of propane. The PROUDLY PROPANE Clean… http://oilandenergyonline.com/articles/all/propane-industry-launches-10-million-consumer-campaign/

Five Ways to Navigate a Warm Winter

It is important to not overreact to a warm winter like the one we just had, but rather to be prepared for the next time another one comes along. There is a temptation to hunker down and cut costs, but the reality is that modern back office software can he…
EDITOR’S NOTE: This Oil & Energy Online blog post is sponsored by Cargas Energy, which also sponsors Propane Intel.   It is important to not overreact to a warm winter like… http://oilandenergyonline.com/articles/all/five-ways-navigate-warm-winter/

Reversal of Fortune

A new era in propane transportation, supply and distribution in Minnesota dawned in May 2012. That’s when Kinder Morgan Energy Partners, L.P., announced the launch of its Cochin Reversal Project, which would see the reconfiguration of its Cochin pipeline …
A new era in propane transportation, supply and distribution in Minnesota dawned in May 2012. That’s when Kinder Morgan Energy Partners, L.P., announced the launch of its Cochin… http://oilandenergyonline.com/articles/all/reversal-fortune/

VISIONS Conference Brings Marketers Together

NEFI Visions 2016 drew hundreds of energy marketers to the DCU Center in Worcester, MA, for two interesting days of education and networking. Hosted by New England Fuel Institute, the event received the support of many sponsors, including the Diamond S…
NEFI Visions 2016 drew hundreds of energy marketers to the DCU Center in Worcester, MA, for two interesting days of education and networking. Hosted by New England Fuel… http://oilandenergyonline.com/articles/all/visions-conference-brings-marketers-together/

Leverage Current Technology to Improve Productivity

Energy marketers that are not using technology to their maximum advantage often have low productivity. Here is a quick look at factors that contribute to poor productivity. Managers who learn to identify and address these issues are moving closer to solvi…
EDITOR’S NOTE: This post is sponsored by Cargas Energy, which also sponsors Propane Intel. This is the second of two posts on the topic Productivity Redefined. (See the first… http://oilandenergyonline.com/articles/all/leverage-current-technology-improve-productivity/

PERC Revises Gas Check Program

The Propane Education & Research Council (PERC) recently completed a revision to the Gas Check safety program to better support dealers in protecting customers and managing risks. Gas Check is a PERC program that provides the propane industry with volu…
The Propane Education & Research Council (PERC) recently completed a revision to the Gas Check safety program to better support dealers in protecting customers and managing risks.… http://oilandenergyonline.com/articles/all/perc-revises-gas-check-program/

Pursue Real Gains in Productivity, and Don’t Fall for Buzz Words

Software vendors parade through fuel company offices on a regular basis promising that their product will increase “efficiency” and help “optimize” your business. These hollow buzz words are more prominent in our industry than ever before, permeating ever…
EDITOR’S NOTE: This post is sponsored by Cargas Energy, which also sponsors Propane Intel. This is the first of two posts on the topic Productivity Redefined.   Software… http://oilandenergyonline.com/articles/all/pursue-real-gains-productivity-and-dont-fall-buzz-words/

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