Mr. Calhoun's article "Propane a rip off or good value for heat" was a good starting point for understanding the price and value of all energy sources available to home owners. Having worked for Rappahannock Electric Coop for fifteen years and multiple years experience with three of the local propane suppliers, I would like to offer additional information that impacts your energy costs, especially propane.
First, the propane companies are not utilities; therefore, governmental bodies have no regulatory authority over these independent businesses. Mr. Calhoun's call for governmental bodies to get involved in price control is misguided and a bad idea. With at least six propane suppliers from which the consumer can choose, the free market system will control service and price.