February Energy News

Feb 07, 2022


Snowy Propane Tank

February 2022.

We saw some pretty brutal temperatures in January. Brace yourself. February is here. Those temperatures will pale in comparison to the temperature of the cold shoulder you’re going to get if you mess up Valentine’s Day. Put a reminder in your calendar today. February 14th. You’re welcome. 

With these cold temperatures, all propane companies have been put on allocation at the pipeline terminals at least through the end of February. That means your cooperative can only get six or seven semi loads per day from pipeline terminals but we need twelve to fourteen loads per day to keep up our regular operations in this type of weather. We are getting the other semi loads from rail terminals and pipeline terminals that we may not use on a daily basis. 

Once again this year, we are able to source propane during times of allocation because we actively nurture relationships over the years with different propane suppliers. It’s never a good idea to put all of your eggs in one basket. Some companies are struggling to secure supply because they don’t have relationships with several suppliers. They are unable to get the propane they need during periods of pipeline allocation, which is another reason to choose Premier Cooperative for your propane needs. 
I reached another milestone after converting my F150 to run on propane back in 2016. I have now saved over $11,000 in fuel costs. We continue to have available $4500 in incentives to convert your vehicle to run on propane. These systems also have the ability to run on gasoline at the push of a button so if you’re traveling to areas without propane refueling available, you can still turn your wheels on gasoline. We currently have 9 vehicles in the propane division running on propane and 2 in the agronomy division. They all are running seamlessly. We currently have public propane autogas refuelers in Bloomington, Viroqua, Dodgeville and Mt. Horeb. 

We’re still contracting diesel if you are interested in locking in your fuel costs. It’s higher now than when we first started offering contracts early winter but you still have the option. I can’t tell you what to do but one of the places I get my information from is oil.com if you want to explore the website. For every opinion about the price going higher there is another one saying it is unsustainable. Perhaps the information you can glean from it will help you to make an informed decision.

The propane water heater rebate is still going on. If you are planning on installing a propane water heater, whether it is new construction or a replacement, you may be eligible for a $200 incentive from the Wisconsin Propane Education and Research Council. Call your local Premier Energy office today for details. 

See you again next month. Thank you for your business.

Tim Lease

Division Manager

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