Local propane supplier elected to industry leadershipAugust 25, 2011

August 30, 2011

 The Missouri Propane Gas Association installed its new Board of Directors recently. The ceremony took place at the organization’s annual meeting in Branson and included several representatives from the area.

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MO-PERC launches incentive program for mowers

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

A new program that seeks to provide incentives for propane-powered lawn equipment kicks off with the beginning of the mowing season.

The Missouri LEAF (Lawn Equipment Assistance Fund) program will provide incentives of up to $1500 for the purchase of new propane-powered mowers or $750 for the conversion of existing gasoline-powered mowers. Unlike other MO-PERC programs, LEAF is not a direct rebate—only certain applicants will apply, based on geographic location and industry commitment. MO-PERC’s goal is to help develop propane mower fleets throughout the state by helping commercial mowers acquire the technology. Propane companies and their employees are not eligible to receive incentives.

MO-PERC recommends submitting an application prior to purchasing the equipment although he Council will consider applications prepared after purchase. MO-PERC may deny an application or request for incentive for any reason, even if all eligibility requirements have been met. Funding is limited and not all applications may be able to receive awards.

The Purchaser’s fleet may include private licensed landscape contractors, state, federal, municipalities, counties, schools, school districts and universities who are registered to do business in the State of Missouri.

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The Outlook for Propane and PERC in 2011

Monday, January 03, 2011

Roy Willis, president and CEO of the Propane Education & Research Council, sat down recently with The PERC Update to talk about the challenges and opportunities confronting propane and the priorities for PERC in 2011.

Roy, as you consider the New Year, what are your thoughts about the year ahead?

I'm optimistic about the future. As a nation, we've got big challenges in front us, but as an American I have faith and hope that the new Congress and the President will do what the American people want done -- growing the economy. The fate of propane is tied up with the overall economy. So if the national economy starts growing just a little stronger, I'm optimistic that propane will do well. After all, propane is well positioned for growth on both the supply and demand side, and that's where you want to be in a recovering economy.

How is propane positioned for growth in both supply and demand?

On the supply side, two factors related to natural gas are driving up propane supply. First, domestic production of America's massive natural gas shale resources is providing vast quantities of propane as well. Second, expanding world trade in liquefied natural gas, or LNG, is putting hundreds of millions of tons of propane into global markets. Also, development of North American oil shale and oil sands is increasing domestic propane supply. Any way you look at it, propane supply is growing, and the U.S. has the capability and thus the opportunity to benefit from growing propane supplies locally and globally.

On the demand side, propane is holding its share in residential construction and renovation. That market is much smaller than it was just a few years ago, but once it rebounds — and it will, albeit slowly — propane demand will grow along with it. Residential demand is vital to propane businesses, and the slowdown has hurt, along with conservation and efficiency gains. Fortunately, there are emerging areas of demand that can improve the overall efficiency of the industry and add new consumers. For instance, there are new propane-consuming products available — and more coming soon — to serve commercial, agricultural, propane autogas, and off-road energy needs. Many of the industry's leading companies are pursuing those opportunities. So I'm optimistic about the future.

PERC has focused increasingly on research since the restriction took effect in the summer of 2009.

Actually, since 2007 PERC has continually increased its research budget. Our 2011 research budget is 55 percent of program funding. In fact, over its first 10 years of operation, PERC had revenues of about $350 million, and during that time nearly $200 million was invested by PERC and its partners on research projects. Research has always been a big part of what PERC does.

Where is that research money going?

Our innovation plan focuses research funding on propane utilization equipment that has the potential to improve environmental performance and energy efficiency. PERC also funds integration of safety and training components that are so important to successfully launching a new product and sustaining growth in the demand it creates. Generally speaking, the money is going to support emerging areas of demand in commercial, agricultural, propane autogas, and off-road markets.

Specifically, which research projects are PERC's highest priorities?

PERC has at least one priority research project and an accompanying attack plan in the commercial, agricultural, propane autogas, and off-road areas of concentration. The priority commercial application is combined heat and power; there PERC is collaborating with Yanmar and others on a key pilot project. Our agriculture challenge is maintaining propane's efficiency edge, and we're working with a leading grain dryer manufacturer to do just that. In a cross-cutting project for the propane autogas and off-road markets, our priority efforts are based on applications for the GM 8-liter engine. We're working with Freightliner and many others on a research partnership that will produce cleaner, more efficient propane vehicles that will include bobtails, school buses, off-road equipment, and irrigation pumps. Off-road engine research funding includes commercial mowing and golf industry applications. Those are top priorities, but there are many other projects in our research portfolio. And more to come when we launch our Propane Challenge in late spring.







Usage of Energy Guys Collateral ExtendedNew Agreement Allows Industry to Use Existing Energy Guys Collateral in 2011
Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Propane marketers can continue using Energy Guys collateral through the end of 2011 under the terms of a new agreement between the Propane Education & Research Council (PERC) and Dan Warner, the actor who portrays Propane, and John Hemphill, the actor who portrays Electricity. 

PERC has been phasing out the Energy Guys campaign at the national level and will stop using Energy Guys images on December 31, 2010. PERC had negotiated the rights to use four seamless images of Propane to support its research and development, training, and safety initiatives in 2010.

PERC will remove the images from its website by January 31, 2011.

“The propane industry’s support of the Energy Guys helped the campaign exceed our expectations, setting new highs for propane awareness and favorability among homeowners and other audiences,” says Kate Caskin, PERC’s senior vice president and chief marketing officer. “Given the restriction of PERC activities to research and development, training, and safety matters, the Energy Guys are no longer part of our plans. But we — and the American public — won’t forget them anytime soon.”

Under PERC’s new agreement with Warner and Hemphill, propane companies may not produce any new collateral using the Energy Guys images in 2011 and beyond. They must also stop using all Energy Guys images after December 31, 2011.

In 2005 the Advertising Club of Metropolitan Washington named the Energy Guys the best television campaign of the year. PERC introduced the Energy Guys to the propane industry in 2004.

MMT Training October 2010
Wednesday, September 01, 2010

Marketer Technology Training: Capturing new gallons

A brand-new training program for propane marketers -- Marketer Technology Training: Capturing New Gallon Opportunities is coming to two locations in Missouri in October. The six-hour session is free but participation is limited to the first 25 marketers who register at each location.

The dates and locations are: October 13 at the Best Western Coach House Inn in Sikeston and October 14 at the Lamplighter Inn (North Convention Center) in Springfield. Both programs will be held from 8:30 am to 3:30 pm.

The training in Sikeston will feature irrigation engines and commercial mowers while Springfield will examine commercial mowers and tankless water heaters. This program is specifically designed to support the propane industry’s efforts in research and development, training, and safety by enhancing marketers’ understanding of propane-fueled products that can help offset seasonal propane demand. These full-day training sessions will cover the benefits to the industry and our customers, the business potential of these technologies, implementation obstacles, and side-by-side comparisons on how they stack up against other fuels. The program has been hosted successfully in many states already.

Class size is limited to 25 participants to ensure real hands-on learning and take-away value, so please don’t delay on registration. Please  download the registration  and fax the completed form to DeeAnn Porter at (573) 893-2623 today.

If you have any questions about this program, call DeeAnn at (578) 893-7655 ext. 303 or email her at deeann@missouripropane.com or Steve Ahrens at mpgasteve@missouripropane.com.

MO-PERC seeks comments on FY11 budget
Monday, May 10, 2010

The Missouri Propane Education and Research Council (MO-PERC) has approved a draft budget for the organization’s fiscal year which begins July 1. The proposed FY11 spending plan totals $1.3 million. It is similar to the current budget although it will be about $350,000 less than FY10 due to the reduced PERC assessment and PERC’s elimination of some consumer education funding opportunities.Marketers and the public may make comments or suggestions concerning the budget by submitting them in writing to the Council no later than Friday, June 4.  Download the proposed Missouri 2011 Budget. 



Share your views on new Missouri Propane regulations
Friday, March 05, 2010

The Missouri Propane Gas Commission will seek industry input as it prepares to update the NFPA Codes that have been on the books for a long time. Adopting newer versions of the existing standards requires a process that will take nine months or longer and includes public notice, public comment and a statement of financial impact. The Commission has developed a  form  that interested parties may use to submit regulatory comments.

Other existing regulations may also be changed during the same process. For example, the Commission will most likely drop 2 CSR 90-10.020 (7) which requires “all home economic, science, kitchen or laboratory rooms” to maintain a 20 rated ABC fire extinguisher. Local codes and school policies make this state requirement redundant. The Commission also debated 2 CSR 90-10.013 (11) which requires state-approved scales to be utilized to fill all cylinders of 100 pounds or less. Other current revisions or additions will be considered as well.

The next meeting of the Missouri Propane Gas Commission will be Thursday, April 8.