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New Texas Propane Bill Proposes an Adoption of Natural Gas Vehicles

Texas has always been a leader in the energy sector. So it comes as no surprise that the state is positioning itself to lead the way in finding a cleaner, more efficient, more affordable alternative to gasoline. Right now Texas legislators are considering Senate Bill 12, which would allow many state vehicles to be converted to propane and natural gas fuels. The bill was proposed by Democratic Sen. Carolos Uresti in an effort to promote cleaner fuel sources in the state where 30% of the country’s natural gases are located.

The bill calls for using 3% of the funds that have already been set aside for the Texas Emissions Reduction Plan, so there would be no additional cost to implement SB12. If it passes the bill would also provide many local governments with the funds needed to convert vehicles.

The benefits of natural gas and propane-powered vehicles include:

  • Up to 30% reduction in carbon dioxide emissions
  • Up to 75% reduction in carbon monoxide emissions
  • 50% reduction in nitrogen oxide
  • 50% reduction in volatile organic compounds
  • Cheaper than gasoline

Across the state there is already momentum behind the autogas movement. The number of Austin, TX propane vehicles is increasing every year since the local city government decided to switch from gasoline to autogas trucks. There are also propane-powered buses used by the Austin Independent School District. Businesses like SuperShuttle are making the switch to autogas in Houston. There are also 500 maintenance vehicles at the DFW airport that run on natural gas.

Pinnacle Propane already supplies autogas services in many cities throughout Texas, and the company has plans to continue growing. If you need reliable, affordable propane autogas services for your fleet give our experts a call to discuss your options.

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Texas businesses now have one more reason to use propane-powered vehicles in place of standard options that use petroleum. The Propane Council of Texas (ProCOT) recently announced that they will be offering a special inventive of up to $15,000 for businesses that upgrade their fleet with propane vehicles.

Details About the New ProCOT Incentive

The idea behind the new ProCOT incentive is that it will make the initial investment in propane vehicles more affordable for businesses. The hope is that once businesses experience the benefits of using a propane vehicle they will continue to expand their fleet with these more environmentally friendly vehicles. The benefits for businesses include:

  • Less wear and tear on engine components
  • Lower emissions
  • Improved fuel cost savings

The incentive offers $7,500 per vehicle, with a cap of $15,000 per private fleet. There are two ways that Texas businesses can qualify for the ProCOT incentive. Businesses can either purchase a propane vehicle or convert an existing vehicle to propane autogas. Businesses will also need to provide ProCOT with data on their current fleet.

For businesses that want to support Texas propane industries, using propane vehicles is a clearly superior choice. Around 66% of America’s propane is produced in Texas, which helps the local economy and lowers the overall eco footprint of this alternative fuel.

Business owners that would like more information on how they can take advantage of the new incentive program should visit the ProCOT website.

More About ProCOT and Their Incentives

The Propane Council of Texas is a leading non-profit that has been promoting the use of propane for the last five years by offering incentives to Texas businesses. ProCOT also provides the general public and industry leaders with information on the latest technological advances in propane. The goal is to increase awareness about alternative fuel options within Texas and increase adoption of cleaner burning propane fuel.

Pinnacle Propane will help you find a propane service that works for you. Contact your local propane office for additional information about our services.

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December 11, 2014 – Millions of Americans enjoy the unmatched comfort of propane-powered appliances for space heating, water heating, cooking and clothes drying. To help them stay safe and comfortable in cold weather, the Propane Education & Research Council (PERC) offers some advice.

“Safety is extremely important to the propane industry,” PERC President and CEO Roy Willis says. “We’ve compiled a checklist that homeowners can follow to put them at ease.”

Make sure you have an adequate propane supply. Call for a delivery when your propane tank is 30 percent full. Doing so gives your propane provider time to reach you when roads are bad or demand for propane is high.

Mark your propane tank. Use a flag, pole or stake higher than the average snow cover depth. The marker will help you avoid plowing into or shoveling snow on top of your tank.

Consider installing UL-listed propane gas detectors and carbon monoxide detectors for additional security. Always follow the manufacturer instructions for installation, location and maintenance.

Create an emergency preparedness plan. Frequently review the plan with all household members and make sure to post the phone numbers for your propane provider and local emergency services in an accessible place.

Prepare a disaster supply kit. It’s important to be prepared in the case of an emergency by creating a kit with several days’ worth of water and canned foods, a can opener, extra clothes and blankets, flashlights and batteries. Include a battery-powered NOAA weather radio to stay informed as conditions change.

Consider having a propane-powered generator installed. When other power sources fail, a propane-powered generator can keep your home operating without interruption.

According to Willis, another step that propane customers should take is to build a strong relationship with their local propane provider. “Weather is unpredictable,” Willis says. “Your propane provider can help you put together a plan to make sure that you have the energy you and your family need when you need it.”

Article by The Pueblo Chieftan.

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November 17, 2014 — WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Representative Bob Latta (R-Ohio), along with U.S. Representative Tim Walz (D-Minnesota), introduced the Propane Education and Research Enhancement Act of 2014. The bipartisan legislation directs the U.S. Department of Commerce (DOC) to more accurately calculate consumer propane costs. It also enables the propane industry to use its resources to mitigate price spikes.

“Last winter, the lives and livelihoods of many Americans were threatened due to propane shortages across the country,” said Latta. “Access to heat was a requirement for survival, and we want to ensure that Americans do not face the same hardships. The Propane Education and Research Enhancement Act of 2014 would take the necessary steps to allow the propane industry to adequately address propane supply and pricing issues, so consumers are not negatively impacted this winter.”

“Winter is coming. Minnesota has already seen significant snowfall and freezing temperatures. It is imperative that we do everything in our power to protect families and local businesses from facing the price shocks we witnessed last winter when a lack of supply put people’s lives and livelihoods at risk,” said Walz. “The Propane Education and Research Enhancement Act provides the tools that consumers and distributors need to avoid future disruptions.”

In 1996, Congress enacted the Propane Education and Research Act (PERA) authorizing the propane industry to collect and use its own resources for safety, training, research and development, and education for the benefit of propane consumers and the public. The law also established the Propane Education and Research Council (PERC) to accomplish these goals.

To prevent this program from creating a disproportionate demand for propane, the DOC is required to annually calculate the price for “consumer grade propane” and compare it with an index of prices of specified competing fuels. If the price of propane exceeds a certain threshold, PERC is restricted from conducting its educational outreach activities.

In 2009, due to a misinterpretation of the law by the DOC, the restriction was triggered and all educational outreach by PERC ceased. While DOC believes Congress intended PERA to focus only on “residential-only” propane, the text of the law does not limit it to the residential market. To correct this discrepancy, the Propane Education and Research Enhancement Act of 2014 would clarify the language of the law to require DOC to use the proper data and bring the application of the law back in line with Congress’ intent. It would also amend the existing functions of PERC to include training distributors and consumers in strategies to mitigate the negative effects of propane price spikes.

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October 22, 2014 – Access Scioto County (ASC) announced Wednesday that the agency has saved $31,000 in fuel costs since the first of the year as a result of converting its fleet to propane. The idea to convert the buses came in 2012 and was advanced further with the recent conversion of its two newest buses by Arrick’s Propane of Lucasville.

“The newly converted buses brings the number of ASC buses that can operate on either propane or gasoline to eight,” said Larry Mullins, ASC coordinator. “We still have two buses that we use as backups that have not been converted. The two spare buses are diesel and we have no plans to convert them since they will be retired soon.”

Mullins said the savings comes while gas prices have been lower and ASC logging an additional 20,000 miles this year.

Mullins said there are a number of advantages to Propane Autofuel. He said it burns 70 percent cleaner than gasoline and has a higher octane rating of 110. The Propane Autofuel is 30 percent cheaper than gas.

“Because it burns so much cleaner, vehicular maintenance costs are also cheaper,” Mullins said. “Most propane, about 98 percent, is produced in the United States, however 100 percent of our propane is produced here in our local area so it reduces our dependence on foreign oil.”

He said one of the benefits of converting the buses is flexibility.

“The nice thing about the conversion is that it will run on propane or gas. Let’s say you are out in the county, picking someone up. If the propane runs out, it automatically switches over to gas and never misses a beat and the driver loses no power,” Mullins said.

He said a full tank of propane will typically run about 200 miles.

“Usually a driver will do about 200 miles a day. Usually the drivers will fill up in the morning and by the next morning they are ready to fill up again,” Mullins said.

He said when a bus is ready to retire the conversion equipment could be transferred to the new bus and be used for the same purpose.

“I believe that we are the first and possibly the only public transit system in the state of Ohio that is using propane Autofuel and taking advantage of its cost savings and lower emissions,” Mullins added.

Officials with the Ohio Department of Transportation confirmed Wednesday afternoon that ASC is the only public transit system in Ohio to convert their fleet to use propane.

“Many large transit systems around the country have used Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) for many years, however it cost more than propane Autofuel and the conversion process is many times more expensive that converting to propane,” Mullins said.

For more information about Access Scioto County and there many services, visit www.asctransit.org.

Article by Wayne Allen of portsmouth-dailytimes.com.

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August 19, 2014 – Propane supplies might be adequate for this winter’s heating needs, assuming it can get to consumers.

“There is plenty of inventory,” said Vern Mastey, propane manager for Country Visions Cooperative of Reedsville, which has an office in De Pere. “Inventories are higher than what they were last year by quite a bit. The only thing that could come in is if it gets to be a distribution problem.”

Last winter, homeowners across the nation, including in Wisconsin, either couldn’t get propane or paid dearly for it. Facing a national supply crisis in February, federal regulators intervened, ordering pipeline operators to give priority to propane shipments to markets where some residents were without heat.

About 50 million homes use propane for winter heating, water heaters, stoves and other appliances, according to a recent story by McClatchy/Tribune – MCT Information Services. Aside from being a winter product used in homes across the Midwest and New England states, propane has many farm and commercial uses. California, Florida, Illinois and North Carolina are among the largest users of propane.

The U.S. Energy Information Administration is estimating propane consumption this year will return to 2012 levels. That will depend in large part on the weather. A late corn crop last year required more use of propane to dry the product, and in Northeastern Wisconsin, at least, another late crop is possible. Also, last year was a record-cold winter. Third, one major importing pipeline was reversed for exporting, robbing the United States of an important source fuel.

All of which made last year a perfect storm of the unforeseeable, Mastey said.

“They exported a lot. The inventories weren’t as high. We thought we had plenty,” he said.

In addition to efforts by the government to ensure better supply, consumers are taking action to protect themselves.

“Customers have added some extra storage and we are going around now so they have a full tank to start with,” Mastey said. “This year, a lot more of the contracted for the winter, so they are locked.”

Matsey said the price of propane is higher than last year at this time, but not as high as he expected.

“I thought we wouldn’t see anything less than $2 a gallon, but it’s below $2,” he said.

Natural gas, which is used by the majority of homes in Northeastern Wisconsin for heat, remains stable.

“There’s not any indication there will be any problems,” said Kerry Spees, spokesman for Wisconsin Public Service Corp., Green Bay. “Prices are slightly higher than normal, but lower than last year.”

According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration, natural gas spot prices fell from $4.47 per million British thermal units (MMBtu) at the beginning of July to $3.78 MMBtu at the end of the month as natural gas inventory increases continued to outpace historical norms. EIA said it expects that the Henry Hub natural gas spot price, which averaged $3.73 per MMBtu in 2013, will average $4.46 per MMBtu in 2014 and $4 per MMBtu in 2015.

Article by Richard Ryman of the Press-Gazette Media

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Irving, Texas, October 29, 2012 – Alliant Gas, LLC, (“Alliant”), a wholly owned subsidiary of Pinnacle Propane (“Pinnacle”) and JP Energy Partners (“JP Energy”), has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire SemStream Arizona, LLC (“SemStream”). Pinnacle is a leading distributor of propane in the south and southwest United States. This transaction will expand Alliant’s portfolio of central distribution systems, Alliant currently services 27 communities in Texas.

The transaction is subject to approval by the Arizona Corporation Commission and will close shortly after approval is granted.

Chris Hill, President of Pinnacle Propane and Alliant Gas, commented on the acquisition, “As we continue to execute our strategy to grow propane operations, this transaction will expand our footprint and provide additional markets to grow our business. We will continue SemStream Arizona’s commitment to providing excellent customer service while making safety the top priority. We believe long term value is built by delivering safety and service at a fair price.”

Rob Chalmers, SVP of Business Development added, “The addition of SemStream Arizona will further solidify our position as one of the leading retail propane operators in the southern United States. In addition, as we continue to aggressively expand our propane operations, this acquisition will facilitate our western expansion.”

Alliant anticipates all of SemStream Arizona’s employees will continue after the transaction and the company will continue to operate as it has in the past with a focus on safety and customer service.

SemStream Arizona is a full service propane company offering service to over 11 thousand customers in Payson and Page Arizona through its regulated central distribution systems and non-regulated delivery of propane to commercial and residential customers.

JP Energy Partners was formed in 2010 to focus on developing a platform of assets to provide integrated refinery services. JPE currently owns these assets through its subsidiaries Pinnacle Propane, JP Crude Oil Services and JP Refined Products. The ownership and management team of JP Energy Partners bring extensive experience and a history of success in the energy business. Additional information about JP Energy Partners, Pinnacle Propane and Alliant Gas can be found at www.jpenergypartners.com, www.pinnpropane.com and www.alliantgas.com.

SemStream Arizona offers underground utility and tank propane deliveries in the Page and Payson area. The company’s customers receive their propane delivered through metered underground systems or with leased tanks and metered-tank service. Currently between 11,100 to 11,700 customers are served in Payson, Pine, Strawberry and many other areas around Northern Gila County, and in and around Page in Coconino County. Additional information about SemStream Arizona can be found at www.semstreamarizona.com.

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IRVING, TX, September 5, 2012Pinnacle Propane LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of JP Energy Partners LP (“JPE”), announced today the partnership is completing the final stage of integrating its 2012 acquisition of Reynolds Brothers Propane, Inc. by changing the name to Pinnacle Propane.  Located in Greenbrier, Heber Springs, Searcy and Marshall, Arkansas, this was Pinnacle Propane’s fifteenth acquisition in the propane industry, further expanding the partnership’s geographic presence to Arkansas.

By uniting the Reynolds Brothers Propane operation with one of the leading propane companies, Pinnacle Propane became one of the largest distributors of propane in Arkansas. Going forward customers will see the Pinnacle Propane brands throughout the entire Arkansas service area.

“Our customers will continue to see the exceptional service provided by Reynolds Brothers Propane under the Pinnacle Propane brand as we bring together these two outstanding service oriented companies,” said Christopher Hill, President of Pinnacle Propane.

Pinnacle Propane is focused on continuing to develop a portfolio of quality propane operations in the United States. “These combined operations make Pinnacle Propane one of the leading propane providers in Arkansas. With our scale, product offerings and dedication to safety, Pinnacle Propane  provides an unmatched level of service and reliability to the community.” according to Mr. Hill

About JP Energy Partners

JP Energy Partners was formed in 2010 to focus on opportunities to acquire and consolidate retail propane operations, midstream crude oil assets and refined product storage and transportation related businesses in the midstream sector. JPE currently owns retail propane operations under the name Pinnacle Propane in New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas, and Arkansas as well as 27 community propane systems under the name Alliant Gas LLC throughout Texas. JPE also recently acquired a 20# cylinder exchange business, Heritage Propane Express, which provides exchange service in forty two states.  The ownership and management team of JP Energy Partners bring extensive experience and a history of success in the energy business. More information about JPE and its subsidiaries can be found at www.jpenergypartners.com.

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IRVING, TEXAS – August 1, 2012 – JP Energy Partners, LP, (“JP Energy”), is proud to announce the completion of the acquisition of Falco Energy Transportation, LLC (“Falco”).  Falco currently operates approximately ninety crude oil transports in both the Bakken and Eagleford shale.

J. Patrick Barley, President and Chief Executive Officer of JP Energy, stated, “This transaction represents the next step in JP Energy’s transformation into a more diversified company and gives us a strong foundation to provide crude oil gathering services for both refiners and producers.”

JP Energy Partners was formed in 2010 to focus on developing a platform of assets to provide refinery services. JP Energy currently owns these assets through its subsidiaries Pinnacle Propane, JP Crude Oil Services and JP Refined Products. The ownership and management team of JP Energy bring extensive experience and a history of success in the energy business.  More information about JP Energy Partners and Pinnacle Propane can be found at www.jpenergypartners.com and www.pinnpropane.com.

About JP Energy Partners

JP Energy Partners was formed in 2010 to focus on opportunities to acquire and consolidate propane related businesses in the United States.  JPE’s principal business largely consists of the retail, marketing, sale and distribution of propane to residential, commercial and industrial customers.  JPE currently owns retail propane operations under the name Pinnacle Propane in New Mexico, Oklahoma and Texas, as well as 18 community propane systems under the name Alliant Gas LLC throughout central Texas.   The ownership and management team of JP Energy Partners brings extensive experience and a history of success in the energy business.  More information about JPE and its subsidiaries can be found at www.jpenergypartners.com.

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IRVING, TX, July 24, 2012 – Pinnacle Propane LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of JP Energy Partners LP (“JPE”), announced today the partnership is completing the final stage of integrating its 2011 acquisition of Arthur Propane Company by changing the name to Pinnacle Propane.  Located in Clayton, Des Moines and Raton, New Mexico this was Pinnacle Propane’s eighth acquisition in the propane industry, further expanding the partnership’s geographic presence in Eastern New Mexico.

By uniting the Arthur Propane operation with one of the leading propane companies, Pinnacle Propane became one of the largest distributors of propane in Eastern New Mexico. Going forward customers will see the Pinnacle Propane brands throughout the entire New Mexico service area.

“Our customers will continue to see the exceptional service provided by Arthur Propane under the Pinnacle Propane brand as we bring together these two outstanding service oriented companies,” said Christopher Hill, President of Pinnacle Propane.

Pinnacle Propane is focused on continuing to develop a portfolio of quality propane operations in the United States. “These combined operations made Pinnacle Propane the leading propane and refined fuel provider in Eastern New Mexico. With our scale, product offerings and dedication to safety, Pinnacle Propane provides an unmatched level of service and reliability to the community.” according to Mr. Hill

About JP Energy Partners

JP Energy Partners was formed in 2010 to focus on opportunities to acquire and consolidate retail propane operations, midstream crude oil assets and refined product storage and transportation related businesses in the midstream sector. JPE currently owns retail propane operations under the name Pinnacle Propane in New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas, and Arkansas as well as 18 community propane systems under the name Alliant Gas LLC throughout central Texas. JPE also recently acquired a 20# cylinder exchange business, Heritage Propane Express, which provides exchange service in forty-two states.  The ownership and management team of JP Energy Partners bring extensive experience and a history of success in the energy business. More information about JPE and its subsidiaries can be found at www.jpenergypartners.com.