Propane Education & Research Council Holds Leadership Summit to Develop Partnerships with States


June 18, 1998

Leaders of the national Propane Education & Research Council (PERC), state PERCs, and state foundations met June 15-16 in St. Louis, Missouri. The purpose of the Leadership Summit was to refine the process for states to receive a share of moneys collected at the national PERC to be used for state projects and programs related to consumer education, safety training, and research and development.

The national Propane Education & Research Council was created to work on behalf of the propane industry to increase overall safety, workforce training, efficiency and consumer education. The industry is assessed a certain percentage of money on every gallon of odorized propane that's produced. The money pays for programs designed to accomplish its mission.

"The state PERCs and state foundations are key strategic partners in this undertaking," said Propane Council President Roy Willis, who organized the Leadership Summit. "The Council will look to them to implement research, training and education programs that meet the needs of their states and regions," Willis added. "Our immediate goal is to refine the state rebate process so that it works as smoothly as possible. We can greatly expand our effectiveness by working together."

States represented at the Summit included Alabama, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Missouri, Nebraska, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Texas, Virginia, and West Virginia. Organizations representing New England and western states also attended the meeting.

The Leadership Summit is only the first meeting the Propane Council intends to sponsor for the states. "Our plan is to get together at least once a year so that we can share experiences with one another, to review what went right and what went wrong." said Willis. "We want to take advantage of those innovative, effective ideas that are sure to emerge from state rebate investments. Likewise, if we can learn what to avoid doing, that will benefit every state and the industry at large."

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.