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The clean fuel that powers Birkie week!

Northern Lakes Cooperative has worked with some wonderful people from the American Birkebeiner over the years. Back in 2021, Jeff Hommes certainly said it best when he said that propane is “the clean fuel that powers Birkie week!” As a longtime Birkie partner, Northern Lakes Cooperative has been Presenting Sponsors of the Prince Haakon and Barkie Birkie ski races for many years, supported the Lumberjack World Championships events, and provided many meals in the past as post-race sponsors.

            Northern Lakes Cooperative Energy Center provides the clean fuel that powers Birkie week for the American Birkebeiner to help the foundation offset propane costs. To get ready for Birkie week our LP drivers set up twenty-five different tanks along the 53-kilometer trail from Cable to Hayward. These tanks have an average of 5000 gallons providing warmth to the many spectators and the competitors looking to retreat from the cold!

Northern Lakes Propane, where we strive to make you and your family as comfortable as possible. We provide many different products and services including heating, air conditioning, air quality control, and propane to guarantee your home is always the best place to be. Northern Lakes Propane is proud to be part of the Northern Lakes Cooperative family that was formed in 1932.  A cooperative is a business that is designed to provide economic benefits to member owners as opposed to providing income for investors.  Co-ops are owned by the people who use their services.  The Co-op difference is that we are focused on member owner needs and share profits with member owners each year.  Since the 1970’s, Northern Lakes Propane has been providing propane, bulk fuels and HVAC services to the Hayward and surrounding communities.  We are Hayward’s oldest and most reliable propane provider.  We are a one stop business to keep you warm in the winter, cool in the summer and safe and secure throughout all the seasons.

            What is Propane? Propane — sometimes known as liquefied petroleum gas, LPG or simply LP — is a gas normally compressed and stored as a liquid. It is nontoxic, colorless, and virtually odorless; an identifying odor is added so it can be detected. Propane is an approved clean fuel listed in the 1990 Clean Air Act. Substituting propane for other fuels such as gasoline and fuel oil is an economical and viable step toward cleaner air. Using propane reduces the greenhouse gas carbon dioxide and air pollutants like carbon monoxide and nitrogen oxide. Reliable, for millions of Americans every day, propane continues to deliver what is most important to customers choosing their energy: reliability. Even during extreme weather and natural disasters, propane reliably heats and powers homes, businesses, and farms independent of the electric grid. When used as vehicle fuel it’s known as propane Autogas. Propane is most commonly used for home and water heating, cooking appliances and as fuel for engine applications, such as forklifts, mowers, generators, and irrigation engines. Its applications are rapidly growing due to new technology developments.

            All over the Hayward area, propane is used by homeowners, businesses, and organizations. Northern Lakes Cooperative Energy Center has over 2500 accounts that receive Propane deliveries each year. We are consistently progressing and adding value to our customers year after year. Many industries are increasingly choosing propane to cost-effectively fuel vehicles, such as school buses, and equipment while lowering emissions. Propane can be used to power a variety of other applications like equipment for residential and commercial construction, on road vehicles, landscape management, material handling, and agricultural needs.

So next time you think of clean fuel, think Propane!

Sources of information: https://nlpropane.com/ and https://wipga.org/

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