April Energy News

Apr 02, 2024


Diesel Tank

April 2024.

I was caught in a snowstorm coming back from a hedging meeting in Inver Grove Heights, MN on March 26th. It was nice to see that someone is getting a little winter this year. By the time I got to Wisconsin Dells, all of the snow and ice clinging to my truck was gone and I was back in spring weather again. While our propane sales decreased this year, the bright side is that our wear and tear on our vehicles, equipment and employees declined as well. There’s always next year. 

Speaking of next year, propane contracting is coming up again in June. Energy prices have been volatile, to say the least. Propane prices increased over the winter so if you contracted your propane last year, chances are you came out ahead again. When you speculate on market movements, that’s when you can get burned. Being consistent is the key. Hope for the best but prepare for the worst. As a wise sergeant once told me, hope is not a course of action. 

We’re going to change things up a bit this year by offering to send you a propane contract via email. Go to www.premiercooperative.com/subscribe to sign up to receive your contract via email. You’ll beat the rush and get your contracts earlier than the folks who use snail mail. If you do not sign up for an emailed contract, you will receive your contract via mail in June.

This time of year we are working diligently to get new tanks installed and tanks that were dropped off in the winter are being set permanently. If you have some service work to be done, please give us a call and we’ll get you on the schedule. If you have to shut your tank off for any reason, such as replacing a propane appliance, please call us when the work is done so that we can leak test the system. It’s the law. In addition, if you’re replacing an appliance or building a new home, contact us to find out if we can get you some incentives.  

If you are a farmer and are interested in talking to us about diesel, give Shane McCully a call at 608-504-6281. He can tell you about our premium diesel and our contracting offerings. With our Cenex Fieldmaster, studies have shown that you can get 5% better fuel efficiency and 5% more power than a typical #2 diesel fuel, which is just another name for fuel oil. Do you know what your diesel provider is selling you? Cenex injects their additive package at the proper rate at the terminal in McFarland. They don’t put the additives in a coffee can and toss it on top of the fuel oil in the delivery truck and then call it premium diesel. Your machinery costs too much to run an inferior product through it. We also sell Cenex lubricants. Shane can fill you in on our various lubricant products too.

I hope you had a great Easter with your families. Thank you for your business and we’ll talk again in May.    
 

Tim Lease

Division Manager

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