Propane Council Approves Strategic Plan and Key Policies Funds NPGA Grant Request for Safety Project


June 1, 1998

The Propane Education & Research Council approved the following initiatives at its June 5, 1998 meeting in Boca Raton, Florida.

1998-2001 Strategic Plan: The Propane Council's initial Strategic Plan is designed to drive its programs and activities for the next three years. A summary of the plan is available on the Council's web site.

Policies, Rules and Procedures: The document sets forth the Propane Council's key policies and rules related to its programs and spells out procedures for handling grants and other funding requests. A copy of the document is available on the web site or by calling Kate H. Caskin at 301-589-0528.

Safety Grant: The Propane Council approved a $44,100 funding request made by the National Propane Gas Association. The NPGA proposes to produce an educational video about a new technology called overfilling prevention devices (OPDs). The technology is required on propane cylinders made after September 30, 1998. Information regarding the proper application and handling of the OPDs needs to reach cylinder fillers, exchange operators, consumers and manufacturers. The video is expected to be completed and ready for distribution by August 1.

Congressional hearing: The Propane Council also authorized its president, Roy Willis, to testify before the U.S. House Committee on Commerce on June 16 to provide an update on the Council's operations.

'In this first year, the Council, with due care and deliberation, has built a solid foundation. With the adoption of its guiding polices, rules and procedures and a comprehensive strategic plan, that foundation is now complete,' Willis said. 'The start-up phase is done.'

'Now, the Council begins in earnest the work of growing the propane market through public awareness, enhanced employee and consumer safety, and research and development of new propane equipment,' Willis added. 'This is an exciting time for the propane industry and consumers.'

The Propane Education & Research Council works on behalf of the propane industry to promote the safe, efficient use of odorized propane gas as a preferred energy source. The Council was authorized by the Propane Education and Research Act of 1996 and created through an industry-wide referendum in 1997 to develop programs and projects related to consumer education, employee safety, and research and development.