The Propane Education & Research Council was authorized by the U.S. Congress with passage of the Propane Education and Research Act (PERA), Public Law 104-284, signed into law on October 11, 1996. In a referendum soon afterward, propane producers and marketers overwhelmingly approved its formation.
The Council is a 21-member board appointed by the National Propane Gas Association and the Gas Processors Association. The Council employs a president and chief executive officer to lead a small staff that is responsible for carrying out the Council's work. President and CEO Roy Willis has held the top staff position since 1998, when he became the first person hired by the newly created Council.
Industry volunteers provide advice and recommendations to the Council. Members of the Council's Advisory Committee are appointed by the Council chairman. To ensure greater industry involvement in programs and projects, members of the committee's three working groups may be assigned to task forces established to oversee a significant program or project.
Each year the Council publishes an annual report that includes an identification and description of all programs and projects undertaken by the Council during the previous year, as well as those planned for the coming year. The report also details the allocation or planned allocation of Council resources for each program and project.
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