This Week in The PERC Update — August 6, 2010

    Propane Technology, Training at Northeast Propane Show
    More Marketer Training Sites Confirmed
    Propane Emergency Responders to Gather in Michigan for Conference
    Comments Welcome: 2011 Budget Plan
    Reminder: Return Your API Survey by August 9
    Reminder: Webinar to Show Fleets How to Go Green, Stay Lean


    Propane Technology, Training at Northeast Propane ShowPropane-fueled tankless water heater from Rinnai
    You will find propane equipment displays and training for marketers at the Northeast Propane Show August 10 and 11 at the Holiday Inn in Boxborough, Mass.

    The equipment on display in the Propane Education & Research Council booth will include a commercial mower from Ferris, the Freewatt Plus micro-CHP (combined heat and power) system from ECR International, a Rinnai tankless water heater, and three products from Lehr: a string trimmer, a leaf blower, and a mower.

    A session of the PERC Marketer Technology Training program — in the hotel’s Director’s Room from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on August 10 — will teach propane marketers how to capture new gallon opportunities with commercial mowers and tankless water heaters. Sign up for the marketer training. (return to top)

    More Marketer Training Sites Confirmed
    The PERC Marketer Technology Training program can show you how to help your customers make the business case for propane mowers, tankless water heaters, and irrigation engines. PERC Marketer Technology Training demonstration in Thompsonville, Mich., July 23, 2010

    Three new training sessions have just been confirmed: Frankfort, Ky., September 29; Cape Girardeau, Mo., October 13; and Springfield, Mo., October 14.

    Marketers are raving about the program. “This workshop gives the propane marketer the ‘meat’ to finally go out and put this technology in the marketplace,” said Donnie Bullock of Williams Energy Group after a training session in Raleigh, N.C., last month.

    The program is coming to four training sites this month: Boxborough, Mass., on August 10; Richmond, Va., on August 12; Prattville, Ala., on August 19; and Pasadena, Calif., on August 26. See the full schedule, read what propane marketers are saying about the training, and sign up today. Sessions are filling quickly. (return to top)

    Propane Emergency Responders to Gather in Michigan for ConferenceLive burn demonstration at propane industry responder conference in Virginia Beach, Va., May 11 and 12
    The next Propane Industry Responders’ Conference will take place at the Soaring Eagle Casino and Resort in Mt. Pleasant, Mich., on August 24. Register now.

    Firefighters, hazmat crew members, emergency response managers, and propane marketers and suppliers will exchange vital propane safety information, techniques, and experiences. The conference is funded by the Propane Education & Research Council in cooperation with the Michigan Propane Gas Association.

    The latest Propane Industry Responders’ Conference drew more than 150 attendees from 12 states to the Virginia Beach Fire Training Academy in Virginia Beach, Va., on May 11 and 12. (return to top)

    Comments Welcome: 2011 Budget Plan
    On July 30, the Propane Education & Research Council (PERC) announced the release of its 2011 budget plan for industry and public comment. Comments received before 5 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time on September 1 will be considered at the Council’s next meeting, October 6 and 7 in Baltimore. Download the 2011 budget plan. Send comments to PERC President and CEO Roy Willis by mail at Propane Education & Research Council, 1140 Connecticut Ave. NW, Suite 1075, Washington, DC 20036; by fax at 202-452-9054; or by email at info@propanecouncil.org. (return to top)

    Return Your API Survey by August 9
    Be sure to fill out the 2009 API survey of the sales of natural gas liquids and liquefied refinery gases and return it by August 9. The API survey is important for several reasons:

    • It is our industry’s basic benchmark for overall propane sales and assessment collections.
    • It is our primary source of information on how much propane goes to each market — residential, commercial, engine fuel, agriculture, and so on.
    • It is critical to the allocation of state rebates, which account for one out of every five dollars PERC oversees.

    Request a survey from API’s Crystal Harrod at harrod@api.org and call API at 202-682-8492 with any questions. (return to top)

    Webinar to Show Fleets How to Go Green, Stay Lean
    Sign up now for “How to Go Green and Stay Lean,” a webinar for fleet operators and propane marketers at 11 a.m. Eastern time on August 19. The webinar — presented by Steve Riley, fleet director for Coral Gables, Fla., and former fleet manager for Atlanta — will show you and your fleet customers how fleets can use propane without breaking the bank. (return to top)


    If you have questions about PERC publications, get in touch with Gregg Walker, editorial and publications manager, at 202-452-8975 or gregg.walker@propanecouncil.org.

       

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