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    Propane Council Announces Officers, Authorizes Publication of Proposed Budget for 2011


    The budget plan, which assumes an assessment rate of four-tenths of a cent per gallon of odorized propane, will be published before August 1 for industry and public comment, as required by the Propane Education and Research Act of 1996.


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    Propane Council Announces Officers, Authorizes Publication of Proposed Budget for 2011

    Council approves grant for Freightliner chassis, General Motors engine for propane bobtail trucks

     

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    WASHINGTON (July 23, 2010) — The Propane Education & Research Council (PERC), meeting last week in Boulder, Colo., announced that the following councilors will serve as the PERC Executive Committee for a term that runs from July 2010 through June 2011:

     

        Chairman: Bill Platz, Delta Liquid Energy (Paso Robles, Calif.).
    Vice Chairman–Marketers: Paul Grady, Heritage (Florence, Ky.).
    Vice Chairman–Producers: David Regan, Targa Resources (Houston).
    Treasurer: Joe Armentano, Paraco Gas (Rye Brook, N.Y.).
    Secretary: Tom Redd, Martin Midstream Partners (Kilgore, Texas).

     
    The Council also authorized the publication of a proposed $35.1 million assessment budget for 2011. The budget plan, which assumes an assessment rate of four-tenths of a cent per gallon of odorized propane, will be published before August 1 for industry and public comment, as required by the Propane Education and Research Act of 1996.

    The proposed budget is designed to help the propane industry achieve significant growth in propane demand — 100 million new gallons of propane in 2011 and 500 million new gallons a year by 2015 — by helping manufacturers bring new propane-fueled products to the marketplace. But PERC President and CEO Roy Willis cautioned councilors and industry members that PERC programs alone cannot hit the targets.

    “Our research makes it clear that PERC programs in new product development can drive demand for more than 50 million incremental gallons next year,” said Willis. “That would be about half the new gallon opportunities that our metrics consultants have identified. But capturing all the available new gallons out there will require the support of propane retailers who get behind new propane products for every market segment and help their customers adopt them.”

    In other Council business last week:

     

          • After hearing from Bob Harbin, president of Freightliner Custom Chassis, the Council approved a $2 million grant
      to help certify a Freightliner chassis and a propane-fueled 8-liter General Motors engine for use in propane bobtail
      trucks and school buses. The project — co-funded by General Motors, Powertrain Integration, CleanFuel USA, 
      and Freightliner Custom Chassis — will also release a version of the 8-liter engine for the propane agriculture
      market.
    • The Council heard a report from Wendy Dafoe of the Department of Energy's Clean Cities program on the work of
       coalitions that promote propane and other alternative fuels in communities around the country.
    • Councilor Gregg Dighero, EnCana (Denver), gave a report on his experience with converting personal vehicles to 
       run on propane.


    The Council approved the following grant funding requests:

    Residential and Commercial
    Docket 16745 — Commercial Market Research, $255,568

    Safety and Training
    Docket 16740 — CETP Support, $81,750
    Docket 16741 — Dispensing Propane Safely, 2nd Edition — Production, $145,400
    Docket 16756 — Plant Operations Textbook, $157,601
    Docket 16743 — Consumer Safety Outreach: Recreational Vehicles, $39,900
    Docket 16753 — Initial OSHA/DOT Training Textbooks, $62,412

    Research and Development
    Docket 16722 — Carbon Management Information Center Consortium, $75,000
    Docket 16725 — Development and Testing of Mobile Propane System for Bed Bugs, $98,000
    Docket 16736 — Liquid Phase LPG Filter Technology Research, $250,800
    Docket 16744 — Development and Commercialization Support of Yanmar Micro-Combined Heat and Power (CHP), $725,000

    Agriculture
    Docket 16684 — Vacuum-Cooled Low-Profile Grain Dryer Development, $138,000
    Docket 16711 — The Integration of Mechanical Cultivation and Flaming for Effective Weed Control in Agriculture, $125,455

    Engine Fuel
    Docket 16724 — Engine Fuel Advisory Committee Professional Services, $200,000
    Docket 15649 — CARB Off-Road Verification of a Propane Addition System, $531,000
    Docket 16723 — 8-Liter LPG Engine — Medium-Duty Truck and Bus, $2,000,000
    Docket 16607 — Second-Generation Propane School Bus Development, $500,000

    Industry Programs
    Docket 16773 — Propane MaRC Maintenance and Enhancements, $149,141
    Docket 16115 — Market Development of Propane Appliances, Technologies, and Products (Change Order), $35,000

    State Rebates
    Docket 16676 — Gas Safety Training Classes, $25,000
    Docket 16677 — Agriculture Plastic Burner and Plow, $25,000

    The Council got a detailed summary report of replicated rebates approved since the Council meeting in April. There were 42 rebate requests totaling $1,625,737.66.

    The Council will next meet October 6 and 7 in Baltimore.