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  • lner2512 lner2512 Mar 13, 2012 3:03 PM Flag

    To provide 1/3 of NE propane would be big

    What will be the knock-on effects on propane retailers such as NRGY, SPH and others in the Eastern U.S. who will soon be purchasing from a new source as Sunoco and the other refiners get out of the business and EPD raises prices? Will the retailers propane costs decline enough to make a difference in their business model?

    I know some say propane will be supplanted by nat gas, but I doubt it. Unless you're talking whole subdivisions, infrastructure costs are too high to make the conversion economic. ITM, propane retailers share prices have suffered, making distribution rates even more attractive.

    What do you think?