This Week in The PERC Update - February 8, 2008 PERC Approves Campaign to Educate Government Decision-Makers on Propane The Propane Education & Research Council met via an hour-long conference call on February 7 and approved a strategic campaign to help raise awareness among Washington, D.C., decision-makers about propane as a “green” energy source, as well as other important industry issues. The campaign is part of the Capital Action Program, a joint communications effort with the National Propane Gas Association, and includes the annual Propane Days events. The Council also approved funding requests to continue the Consumer Education Partnership with States Program and API Survey, as well as a new project to further analyze the use of propane-powered flaming equipment on the farm. Next week's PERC Update will include more details on the meeting. The Council will meet next on March 28 in Atlanta, GA. For more information, contact PERC's Anna Gaboton at (202) 452-8975 or firstname.lastname@example.org. (return to top) New Brochures Can Help Customers During Tornadoes, Power Outages, and Floods This week the country saw severe tornadoes across the south, flooding in the Midwest, and continued winter storms in many parts of the country. As a reminder, important natural disaster brochures are now available to support state associations and the propane industry. These nine brochures cover specific instructions when faced with wildfires, tornadoes, thunderstorms, winter storms, hurricanes, power outages, extreme heat, earthquakes, and floods. By taking a few simple propanerelated safety precautions, families can reduce the potential for property loss, personal injury, and even death. The brochures are now available online at PropaneSafety.com (click here) and UsePropane.com (click here). The brochures are also available for purchase through the Propane Resource Catalog ($11.95/50 pack) by calling (866) 905-1075 or visiting www.propanecatalog.com. Feel free to contact PERC if you need assistance in any of these areas by calling (202) 452-8975. (return to top) New CETP Textbooks Are Available for Pre-Order PERC is now taking pre-orders for three completely updated Certified Employee Training Program (CETP) textbooks: Basic Principles & Practices, Propane Delivery Operations & Cylinder Delivery, and Bobtail Delivery Operations. The new textbooks have been updated according to the 2008 edition of NFPA 58 and the 2006 edition of NFPA 54. They are printed in color and include state-of-the-art graphics. These courses have also been streamlined and include separate glossary and resource sections, which all provide an enhanced classroom learning experience for students. Please note that the texts for Propane Delivery Operations and Cylinder Delivery have been bundled into a single book. This combination provides greater flexibility in classroom instruction and reduces costs. The book provides information on which modules do not need to be taught to those students who seek instruction and certification only in Bobtail Delivery, and not in Cylinder Delivery. All three textbooks can be pre-ordered through the Propane Resource Catalog at (866)-905-1075, or www.propanecatalog.com. Orders will ship the week of March 3. Basic Principles & Practices of Propane (item #009200/$26 each) Propane Delivery Operations and Cylinder Delivery (item #009205/$26 each) Bobtail Delivery Operations (item #009210/$26 each) Register Now for Propane Marketing Webinar on Water Heating PERC’s 2008 Propane Marketing Webinar Series will show you how to bring elements of the national propane campaign into your own campaign by using materials included in the Campaign Extension Program on the Propane Marketing Resource Center (MaRC at http://members.propanecouncil.org). Registration is now open for the first webinar, "Propane Water Heaters: An Untapped Market," which will be held online on March 4. Propane Water Heaters: An Untapped Market March 4, 2008 at 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. EST The webinar will include: New homeowner and builder research from Harris Interactive Market intelligence from OEMs Darren Engle, marketing director for Blue Star Gas: Using the MaRC and PERC’s "Water Heater Kit" to grow your business Click here to register Click here for more information For questions, contact PERC’s Kelly Harris at email@example.com or (202) 452-8975. (return to top) The Propane Reduces Greenhouse Gas Emissions: A Comparative Analysis Fact Sheet summarizes a recent PERC study that found using propane in certain applications produces fewer greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) than many other fuels, making it an attractive option to help cut carbon emissions. The fact sheet, as well as the entire study, is part of the "Green Building Kit" on the MaRC, which contains materials that you can download and use to educate builders and homeowners about the energy-efficient benefits of propane. Click here to view the fact sheet or logon to the MaRC. For assistance, contact PERC’s Kelly Harris at (202) 452-8975 or firstname.lastname@example.org. (return to top) Propane Industry Prepares for 2008 International Builders’ Show Next Week This year the propane industry is working even closer with the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) to promote propane at the International Builders’ Show (IBS), which will be held in Orlando, FL, February 13-16. To motivate builders to visit the industry's booth, a coupon has been placed in each registration packet promoting the chance to win a new propane-powered Roush F-150 pickup truck filled with propane appliances, including a tankless water heater, fireplace, standby generator, and grill. The winner will be announced at the PROPANE Exceptional Energy® Builder Award ceremony on Friday, February 15 at 3:30 p.m. The truck and appliances will be on display in Show Village outside the convention center. Propane is also a part of NAHB’s show home, The New American Home, which features several propane appliances and an underground tank. Builders can get additional information on propane when they visit the home, which is the first NAHB “green-certified” home. The benefits of green building with propane will also be promoted to builders and media at the show. Spread the word to your local builders to visit the propane industry exhibit at American Natural Gas and Propane Industries Exhibit W1983. For more information, contact PERC's Tracy Burleson at email@example.com or (202) 4528975. (return to top) Free Registration Available to Propane Industry and Home Builders at HPBEXPO For the first time, the Hearth, Patio & Barbecue Association (HPBA) is offering complimentary two-day show passes to propane marketers and home builders who attend the HPB EXPO in Atlanta, GA, on February 29 and March 1. Visit www.hpbaexpo.com/letter to register for complimentary show passes, and to invite your home builder partners to come along. Builders can also register through this link. Click here for general information on the EXPO. PERC will host a reception on the opening night of the show, February 28. State executives and propane marketers are also welcome to spend time networking in the new, larger propane industry exhibit (Booth #547). To volunteer at the PROPANE Exceptional Energy® booth, please contact PERC's Tracy Burleson at firstname.lastname@example.org or (202) 452-8975. (return to top) New Builder Brochure Included in LP Gas Magazine's February Issue This month look for the propane industry's new eight-page brochure for builders -Are You an Exceptional Builder? -- which has been inserted in the February issue of LP Gas magazine. The brochure highlights how propane can help homebuilders grow their business, and directs readers to PERC’s new builder-focused website, www.buildwithpropane.com. (return to top) Registration Is Now Open for Propane Days 2008 Be sure to mark your calendar for this year’s Propane Days to be held June 9-11 in Washington, D.C. The annual summit on Capitol Hill is an important opportunity for the industry to educate federal policymakers on propane's many uses; its role as a clean, efficient energy source; and the industry's contribution to the U.S. economy. Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich will present the keynote address. Tucker Carlson, host of MSNBC’s lively political talk show “Tucker,” will return for an encore performance. For more information or to register, visit the National Propane Gas Association’s (NPGA) website at www.npga.org. For questions about registration and housing, contact NPGA's Meetings Coordinator Diana Nguyen at email@example.com or (202) 355-1335. (return to top) Propane Technology to Be Featured on AgriTalk National Radio Program from World Ag Expo On Tuesday, February 12, the one-hour, AgriTalk radio program will feature several innovative propane technologies. The program will be broadcast live from the Western Propane Gas Association (WPGA) exhibit at the World Ag Expo in Tulare, CA. PERC’s Agriculture Advisory Committee Chairman Robert Jacobs and Director of Agriculture Programs Mark Leitman will join Roush Industries representative Ryan Grady on the show to discuss the benefits of propane and propane technology, including the new GM medium-duty truck, the Roush F-150 pickup, new irrigation engines, thermal weed control technology, and lawn mowers. All of these propane innovations will be on display at the WPGA exhibit, lots W20-22, at the World Ag Expo, February 12-14. AgriTalk is one of the most popular radio programs targeting the agriculture industry and rural America. The show airs everyday at 10 a.m. CST on more than 65 affiliate stations nationwide. Podcasts of each program are also available on the show’s website. For more information about World Ag Expo or PERC’s agriculture programs, visit www.agpropane.com or contact PERC’s Mark Leitman at firstname.lastname@example.org or (202) 452-8975. (return to top) 2008 PROPANE Exceptional Energy® Fleet Award Nominations Are Now Being Accepted The PROPANE Exceptional Energy® Fleet Awards is an industry-sponsored event recognizing the achievements of on-road and off-road fleets that use propane for their vehicles and promote awareness of propane as a cost-effective, safe, and clean-burning motor fuel. Each year, the propane industry honors several fleets with this award at the Alternative Fuels & Vehicles Conference and Expo. This year’s conference is May 11-14 in Las Vegas, NV. Nominations are due March 1, 2008. Click here for more information on the awards and click here for the nomination form. For nomination forms or additional information, contact PERC's Sandra Loi at (202) 452-8975 or email@example.com. Click here to read about the 2007 PROPANE Exceptional Energy® Fleet Award winners. (return to top) Public Comments Accepted on Consumer Education Program Public comments are now being accepted on a major consumer education program to be considered by the Council at its March 28 meeting. Click here to view Consumer Education Docket 12562, 2008 Builder Tradeshows and Outreach, in the amount of $1,506,000. Comments must be received before 5 p.m. EST on March 18 to be considered by the Council at its March meeting. For more information, contact PERC’s Jeremy Wishart at (202) 452-8975 or firstname.lastname@example.org. If you have questions about this or any other publications PERC produces, please contact Editorial and Publications Manager Debbie Hodges at (202) 452-8975 or email@example.com.
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