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December Energy News

Dec 02, 2021

Snowy Propane Tank

December 2021

We’re about to go into the heating season. For those of us who live, breathe, and eat propane, this is what we are looking forward to all year. (Disclaimer: We recommend you don’t eat propane.)  All of the trucks are running smoothly and we are fully staffed except for one full time service technician position in Richland Center. If you know someone who is looking for something new or just hitting the job market for the first time, recommend to them that they come in and fill out an application.

Regardless of what you may hear on the media or read in print, there is not a propane shortage. In the Midwest, we are in about the same position as we were in this time last year. If for some reason we are unable to get the propane needed due to a transportation issue, we can always resort to partial fills. We’ve only done that one other time, in the Polar Vortex of 2014, and that was only for a brief period. Being one of the top propane suppliers in the U.S. with a good supply plan enables us to purchase propane when other companies cannot.  

The most important thing we need for our operation to run smoothly is the cooperation of our customers. If you are a route customer, we don’t mind if you call us to let us know your tank is nearing 20%. We most likely already know this because we have a monitor on the tank or our degree day report is showing us the same information. But please don’t call when it is at 40% and ask for a delivery. There are still weeks of propane left in your tank and it would make us extremely inefficient if we were to fill tanks near 40% vs. 20%. 

If you’re a will call customer, please call us at 30% and I can assure you that your tank will be filled in a timely manner. This allows us to easily fit your order into our routing system. Routing trucks is a lot more complicated than people realize and our routes are planned days in advance. A will call customer creating an emergency by calling when their tank is dangerously low not only disrupts our routing system but also results in additional overtime for our drivers as well as added miles on our trucks. Expect a service charge to be added to your bill to cover these additional costs if you create this issue.

The water heater incentive program is still on through the Wisconsin Propane Education and Research Council (PERC). $200 for a new propane water heater installed as a replacement or for new construction. Call your local Premier energy office for the application. There are also $4500 in incentives if you convert your gasoline vehicle to run on propane and the same incentive is available for school buses that run on propane. Reach out to our Energy Specialist Addison Arndt for more information.

If you would like to talk about contracting your diesel fuel needs for next year, we will begin offering contracts this month. Call your local Premier energy office to find out what we can do for you. (Diesel contracting is not available at our Dodge branch.)

I’d like to wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. You’ll hear from me again in 2022. 

Tim Lease

Division Manager

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