Propane project funding requests gain approval

April 29, 2013 By    

The Propane Education & Research Council (PERC) approved the following funding requests during its meeting on April 12 in Atlanta, ahead of the Southeastern Convention & International Propane Expo, with the amount and principal contractor:

■ $255,613 (change order) for the Propane Farm Incentive Program, which encourages the trial of new products, primarily irrigation engines, and gains customer data for use in product development. The change order reflects stronger-than-anticipated early demand for irrigation engines. The council approved $479,650 for this program last December.

■ $50,000 for the Public Propane Refueling Safety Incentive Program (Minnesota Propane Education Promotion and Safety Council). The program will incentivize Minnesota propane marketers to initiate construction of new propane autogas refueling sites and then gather feedback from the general public, assessing education and training needs for the safe dispensing of propane autogas. The goal is to gauge and grow the public’s knowledge of propane autogas refueling in Minnesota, as public and private fleets continue to deploy autogas vehicles across the nation. The one-year pilot program cannot be renewed without council approval.

■ $48,000 (change order) for a project examining the protection of cylinder exchange cabinets from vehicle impact (International Code Consultants). The change order reflects the need to comply with timelines established for the development of the International Fire Code’s 2015 edition. The council approved $106,600 for this project last December.

■ A no-cost change order for a time-only contract extension on a propane marine market study (ICF International). The council approved about $31,000 for this project last December.

More developments from the PERC meeting will appear in the May issue of LP Gas. The council will next meet on July 10-11 in New York City.

About the Author:

Kevin Yanik is the senior editor of LP Gas Magazine. Contact him at kyanik@northcoastmedia.net or 216-706-3724.

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