NPGA leaders outline 2018-20 strategic plan

March 15, 2018 By    

Accounting for a different political environment, new opportunities and growing challenges, the National Propane Gas Association (NPGA) rolled out its 2018-20 strategic plan during its winter board of directors and committee meetings in Santa Barbara, California.

The strategic plan, NPGA’s first since 2014, outlines the association’s goals to capitalize on a Republican-controlled Congress and administration, communicate with key stakeholders and build relationships at the state and federal level. To formulate its plan, NPGA undertook a comprehensive process, which included surveys, interviews and meetings with members. That research proved the association’s mission – “To advance safety and increase the use of propane through sound public policy” – remains valid. However, the association chose to revise and clarify its current strategic objectives. They are:

  • Advocacy outreach – Adopting an “in your face” advocacy approach to tout the advantages of propane.
  • Favorable business environment – Capitalizing on the regulatory rollback opportunity with the Republican-controlled Congress and administration, advocating for policies that ensure reliable propane supply and distribution, and initiatives to promote workforce development.
  • Industry cohesion – Strengthening bonds with state and regional propane associations and optimizing NPGA’s relationship with the Propane Education & Research Council.
  • Effective communications – With external policymakers and internal, industry stakeholders. This includes an emphasis on propane plant tours and letters to Capitol Hill.

Whether with subsidized natural gas expansion, the “electrify everything” movement or the “war on fossil fuels,” NPGA President and CEO Rick Roldan says, “There are policies at the state level playing out today that will determine what our industry will look like in the next 10 to 12 years.”

To counter these attacks, the propane industry must take advantage of the pro-business administration’s policies.

“We have never had in our lifetimes this kind of environment,” Roldan says. “It’s here, but it’s not going to last. So carpe diem. ‘Seize the day’ has to become our strategic imperative, and we do that in this plan.”

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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.

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