PERC approves 10 propane projects at July meeting

July 21, 2015 By    

The Propane Education & Research Council approved the following funding requests during its July meeting in Park City, Utah, with the principal contractor in parenthesis, where applicable:

• $605,000 for a digital strategy designed to strengthen the engagement between propane marketers and the council (Blue State Digital)

• $500,000 for a reimbursement program that helps propane marketers incorporate a low-emission Euro connector in autogas refueling equipment

• $466,500 to extend the Farm Incentive Program, which encourages the use of new propane-fueled equipment and gathers performance data, through February 2016

• $326,500 for residential market data, specific to builders, remodelers and homeowners, to help identify opportunities for propane (MetroStudy)

• $242,500 to incorporate digital training methods into the Marketer Technology and Sales Training program, expanding access to more marketers (Sales Transformation Now)

• $104,600 for a project that will help determine whether current sulfur levels in propane could be problematic with catalysts in future gasoline conversions (Southwest Research Institute)

• $100,000 to revamp the Mathews Co.’s 75-series and 80-series grain dryers so they incorporate technological advancements

• $60,000 for the California Air Resources Board Roadmap 2015, designed to help the propane industry make inroads in the state as it relates to new propane product developments, vehicle and engine certifications and regulatory issues (The Dunlap Group)

• $36,500 for the initial phase of a first responder training program covering rail transportation and the development of a community outreach piece on the safety aspects of rail (Logica3)

• $25,000 to determine effective ways to recruit bobtail drivers into the propane industry and the means for propane marketers to provide in-house driver training to new and/or prospective drivers (J.J. Keller & Associates)

The council will hold its next meeting Nov. 5-6 in Boca Raton, Fla.

Brian Richesson

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Brian Richesson is the editor in chief of LP Gas Magazine. Contact him at brichesson@northcoastmedia.net or 216-706-3748.

2 Comments on "PERC approves 10 propane projects at July meeting"

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  1. Les Alvstad says:

    I really liked to see the PERC project updates from the July meeting. I noted that it says Metro Study. What does that mean? Rural areas use more propane where there is no Natural Gas and we need help to promote homeowners thinking processes. They make the decision to go Propane or electric then they contact the remodeler/carpenter to do the work.
    The homeowner really makes the decision. We really need help to promote propane when we hear someone is building new or remodeling so we can go visit them and make a pitch.

    • Hi Les – MetroStudy (www.metrostudy.com) is actually the company handling that project for PERC.

      • $326,500 for residential market data, specific to builders, remodelers and homeowners, to help identify opportunities for propane (MetroStudy)

      Brian Richesson, LP Gas editor