"This Week in The PERC Update - January 25,"
This Week in The PERC Update - January 25, 2008 NAHB’s “New American Home” Highlights the Efficiency of Building with Propane One of the most visited attractions each year at the International Builders’ Show (IBS) is the National Association of Home Builders’ (NAHB) New American Home, a showcase of the latest and greatest innovations in residential construction. This year’s home features tankless water heaters, fueled by an underground propane tank. 2008 marks the 25th anniversary of the show home, which will be featured on media outlets such as HGTV, as well as Builder and American Dream Homes magazines. Over the past several years, making the home energy efficient has become an increased priority, and the 2008 New American Home will reach an even higher energy standard by becoming the first show home to be certified under the new NAHB National Green Building Program, which launches at IBS. Click here to read more about the Green Building Program. The thousands of builders and media who tour the home will see signs highlighting propane as well as literature describing the benefits of building with this exceptional energy. The industry also sponsored shuttle buses that run to the home from the convention center, further promoting propane. Click here to read a news item on propane’s presence at the show, which appeared online in Nation’s Building News magazine, reaching more than 200,000 builders. The 2008 IBS will be held in Orlando, FL, February 13-16. For more information about the New American Home and details on visiting the home during IBS, go to www.buildersshow.com. For more information on PERC's presence at IBS, contact PERC's Tracy Burleson at email@example.com or (202) 452-8975. Free Registration Available to Propane Industry and Home Builders at HPB EXPO 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. The show, which opens February 28, attracts more than 14,000 industry professionals annually. Visit www.hpbaexpo.com/letter to register for complimentary two-day 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. Propane Cook-Top Installation Featured on "Ask This Old House" After its official debut on January 19, the PBS TV show "Ask This Old House" is continuing to air an episode on how to replace an electric oven with a propane cook- top for all the benefits of cooking with gas. This is just one of the industry partnerships developed to increase awareness of propane’s benefits when used in building projects. Click here to find local times and stations to watch the program. DHS Chemical Security Registration Deadline Passes; Judge Rejects Preliminary Injunction in NPGA Lawsuit January 22 was the deadline for facilities that store more than 60,000 pounds of propane to complete the Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards (CFATS) Top Screen questionnaire as part of the Department of Homeland Security's (DHS) new chemical facility regulations. Propane marketers are now waiting for DHS to determine whether their facilities must meet additional requirements under the regulations. Last week the National Propane Gas Association (NPGA) filed a lawsuit that sought to temporarily restrain and permanently enjoin DHS from implementing or enforcing CFATS as they apply to propane. The U.S. District Court judge who was assigned to the case denied NPGA's request for both a temporary restraining order and preliminary injunction. Although the injunction and restraining order were not granted, the next step in the litigation will be to discuss with the U.S. Department of Justice a briefing schedule to argue the merits of the case. For more information on DHS’s chemical security regulations, contact NPGA at (202) 466-7200 or visit www.npga.org. Click here to read a brochure about the registration process. This Blue Bird Propane Vision Bus Dealer Marketing Kit explains the features and benefits of the new bus, highlights the advantages of using propane, and provides additional information to assist you promote the bus. Use this kit to educate yourself about the new vehicle and its tax incentives. You can also print and copy the kit to educate school district representatives in your area about the many benefits of the Vision school bus. Click here to view the marketing kit or logon to the MaRC. For assistance, contact PERC’s Kelly Harris at (202) 452-8975 or email@example.com. 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 for the Fleet Awards should be focused on the following categories: private fleet, public or transit fleets, innovative fleet applications, and airport and port applications. In addition to these categories, if you feel there is a fleet, either public or private, that deserves the award, please submit it as a candidate. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Click here to read about the 2007 PROPANE Exceptional Energy® Fleet Award winners. Propane Is a Success at International Poultry Expo The Red Dragon Poultry House Sanitizer, manufactured by Flame Engineering, remains a popular new propane technology among America’s poultry producers. Flame Engineering displayed its propane-fueled technology at the 2008 International Poultry Expo (IPE) in Atlanta, GA, this week. The poultry house sanitizer uses propane-powered heat to kill pathogens, control harmful diseases, and reduce ammonia levels in poultry houses. The show was a success as PERC assisted in the promotion of this innovative propane solution and Flame Engineering continued to sell units. PERC provided public and media relations support for Flame Engineering’s efforts at the IPE, the world’s largest poultry expo. Media coverage included three broadcasts on PoultryCast, a poultry industry podcast, and an interview with Southeast Ag Net. For more information about the poultry house sanitizer, click here to download a technology fact sheet. For more information on PERC’s agriculture programs, visit www.agpropane.com or call PERC's Mark Leitman at (202) 452-8975. WLPGA Calls for Research Papers for 2008 Global Technology Conference The World LP Gas Association (WLPGA) is inviting the worldwide propane industry to submit original research papers to be presented at the second LP Gas Global Technology Conference (GTC) in Seoul, Korea, September 26, 2008. Suggested research topics include power generation, fuel cells, residential/commercial, industrial, agriculture, leisure, operations, environment, and automotive. The conference will take place in conjunction with the World LP Gas Association's annual forum, September 24-25. Click here or visit www.worldlpgas.com for more information on submitting a research paper or general information on the 2008 GTC. New Consumer Safety Education Brochures: Keeping Families Safe During a Natural Disaster A new suite of emergency response brochures have been published on propane safety before, during, and after a natural disaster. These nine brochures cover specific instructions when faced with wildfires, tornadoes, thunderstorms, winter storms, hurricanes, power outages, extreme heat, earthquakes, and floods. 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. For more information, contact PERC’s Stuart Flatow at email@example.com or (202) 452-8975. Council Conference Call Scheduled for February 7 The Propane Education & Research Council will meet via conference call on February 7 at 2 p.m. EST. Members of the industry/public wishing to participate in the call should contact PERC’s Anna Gaboton at (202) 452-8975 or firstname.lastname@example.org for information. 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 February conference call. Click here to view Consumer Education Docket 12531, 2008 Consumer Education Partnership with States Program, in the amount of $2,180,000. Comments must be received before 5 p.m. EST on February 5 to be considered by the Council at its February conference call. For more information, contact PERC’s Jeremy Wishart at (202) 452-8975 or email@example.com. PERC Releases RFP to Evaluate Methods to Determine Contaminant Content in Propane PERC has issued a request for proposals (RFP) to evaluate analytical procedures to detect and/or quantify the presence of high boiling contaminants in propane for use by marketers and laboratories. The objectives of this RFP are to develop both a method for marketers to detect contaminants at the bulk plants and a lab process for confirming those results. Click here to read the RFP. Proposals are due by 3 p.m. EST on February 4, 2008. For more information, contact PERC’s Greg Kerr at (202) 452- 8975 or firstname.lastname@example.org.