2013 PERC budget emphasizes R&D, engine fuel

October 19, 2012 By    

The Propane Education & Research Council (PERC) approved a $36 million budget for 2013 at its meeting earlier this month in Colorado Springs, Colo.

Of the $20.3 million budgeted for operating programs, 53 percent ($10.8 million) is for research and development, 29 percent ($5.9 million) for training and 18 percent ($3.6 million) for safety.

The engine fuel market makes up 26 percent ($5.2 million) of operating program resources, ahead of the commercial (14 percent/$2.9 million), residential (10 percent/$2.1 million) and agricultural (10 percent/$2.0 million) markets. PERC also will devote 21 percent ($4.3 million) to industry programs.

PERC is marking more than half of its $7.3 million communications budget for residential ($2.1 million) and engine fuel ($1.7 million) purposes.

An assessment rate at four-tenths of a cent for every gallon of odorized propane sold will drive PERC revenue of $33.2 million in 2013.

These financial figures come one year after the council approved a $44.8 million budget for 2012.

“I’m energized by where we are as an organization,” says PERC Chairman Joe Armentano of Paraco Gas. “We will continue to commercialize product, and we’re looking to fill our pipeline with new projects and ideas.”

PERC also approved the following funding requests, with the amount and principal contractor:

■ $356,000 (change order) to Powertrain Integration/CleanFuel USA to address development issues and project partner requests on the 8-liter medium-duty truck and bus engine

■ $250,000 to Roush CleanTech for a propane autogas fuel system technical training program for service technicians at authorized Roush service and installation centers

■ $246,860 to Dashe & Thomson to update CETP Books 5.1, 5.2 and 8.0.

■ $243,500 to Kawasaki Engines and Power Products for a program that helps the propane industry reach Kawasaki commercial mowing dealers and provides dealers with propane safety and training information

■ $122,300 to Dashe & Thomson for an autogas dispenser training module, which PERC says would fit its strategic plan to grow gallons in autogas

■ $80,000 to California Clean Air Technologies for performance and durability validation of propane-diesel dual-fuel retrofit; funding would support the installation of the system on five offroad industrial diesel engines

■ $14,650 to Logica3 for customer owned tank safety and maintenance materials

The council’s next meeting is scheduled for Dec. 5-6 in Naples, Fla.

The November issue of LP Gas Magazine will include more information from PERC’s October meeting, including the council’s 2013-15 Strategic Plan.

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Kevin Yanik was a senior editor at LP Gas Magazine.

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