PERC officers re-elected for one-year term

April 24, 2012 By    

The Propane Education & Research Council (PERC) re-elected all five of its officers for another one-year term during its April meeting in Atlanta. They are:

• Chairman: Joe Armentano, Paraco Gas, Rye Brook, N.Y.
• Vice chairman–marketers: Paula Wilson, AmeriGas, Valley Forge, Pa.
• Vice chairman–producers: Joe Gump, ConocoPhillips, Dacula, Ga.
• Treasurer: Gerry Misel, Georgia Gas Distributors, Sandy Springs, Ga.
• Secretary: Eric Benson, JS West & Co., Modesto, Calif.

The officers will serve on the Executive Committee through July 2013. Among their biggest projects for the coming year will be leading the development of the council’s strategic plan. PERC’s top priority remains the research and development of new propane-fueled products and the safety and training programs that support them, Armentano said.

The council also approved the following funding requests:

• $900,000 to The Sales Network for a Commercial Mower Incentive Program designed to encourage the widespread adoption of propane-fueled mowers by putting as many as 600 new mowers into service nationwide. Eligible groundskeepers can get up to $1,000 for buying a qualifying propane-fueled commercial mower and sharing details with PERC about their use and operation of the mower for one year.

• $648,848 to Hanley Wood, Osborn & Barr and The Sales Network for an Interim Market Outreach and Communications Program for Second Quarter 2012. The interim communications program is designed to make sure that PERC’s ongoing outreach activities in the various markets for propane do not go dark while it develops and refines its communications strategy for 2012.

• $495,000 to Yanmar America Corp. for the development and commercialization of a 5-kilowatt micro-CHP (combined heat and power) system, the CP5WN-SPB, for smaller commercial and larger residential applications.

• $290,000 to SmartBrief Inc. and Master Print for 2012 industry communications.

• $110,450 to Strategic Communications LLC for 2012 Propane Emergencies activities. The council authorized a program to deliver three two-day Industry Responders’ Conferences in partnership with three state propane gas associations.

• $50,000 to the NPGA Benchmarking Council for the business council that shares and develops industry safety initiatives and best practices.

The council also approved the following state rebate requests:

• $160,000 to the New England Propane Foundation for a new Propane Technology Decision Maker Database and Communications Outreach project. It will create a database of municipal and state government fleet managers and fleet equipment buyers and share with them the latest news in propane research and development, safety, and training.

• $20,913.35 to Interwest PERC for the 2009 Propane Hedging & Risk Management Training Workshop.

The council will next meet July 11-12 in Napa, Calif.

About the Author:

Kevin Yanik was a senior editor at LP Gas Magazine.

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