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September Energy News

Sep 02, 2021

New Construction Propane

September 2021

I’m sorry to report that summer is almost over. If you’re like me, you’ll try to cram in as much fun summer stuff into the last few weeks of nice weather as possible. Things that I should have been doing all summer, like barbequing and getting my boat out. Whoever said the best two days of a boat owner’s life is the day they buy it and the day they sell it hit the nail right on the head.

At the end of August I went to the North Central Propane Convention in La Crosse. It was great to rub elbows with some of the leaders in the propane industry. It was a place to renew old friendships, network with some new contacts and gather information about the propane industry and the latest technology. 

I was chosen to be on a propane autogas panel which was right up my alley because I love talking about autogas. One of the interesting things I found out from one of the presenters is that Cummins is developing a propane engine that will put out about 370 horsepower. It should be available in 2024. This is revolutionary because we will finally have a propane engine that can compete with diesels in power and torque. It will allow us to run our propane delivery trucks on propane, in addition to our crane and service trucks. Now that’s a no brainer. 

If you’ve been reading my newsletters, you know that I have been encouraging people to get their propane contracts in and expect prices to be higher after the deadline on the contract. We still have people sending the contracts in without contacting us first to see if the price has changed. When we receive a late contract with the original pricing after the deadline, we enter it into our system at the price the day it was postmarked. Then we send a letter offering a chance to add to their contract at the higher price or refund the money if the customer chooses not to contract at the higher price. Some years we are able to honor the original price after the deadline. This is not one of those years. I would not be without a contract going into the fall with the increased volatility of the energy markets if I were you. 

As we head into the fall, we will have a multitude of new tanks to be set and propane lines that we will need to trench in. As the weather gets cooler, our propane deliveries and service work really heats up and the lists grow longer. If you have a project that we can do now, please give us a call today so we can get it scheduled.

The water heater rebate is still going on. Earn $200 by installing a new propane water heater. It can be new construction or replacing an existing water heater. I talked to the person in charge of the Wisconsin Propane Gas Association, who is sponsoring the rebate. She said Premier Cooperative is killing it with more rebates coming in than all other companies. It’s like looking down and finding a couple of Benjamins on the ground. Another no brainer. That’s two no brainers in one newsletter! That could be a record. For more information, call your local Premier energy office. 

Enjoy September and you’ll be hearing from me again next month. Thank you for your business.

Tim Lease

Division Manager

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