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Thomas B. Bright Jr., Memorial Scholarship Application Now Available

How do I qualify for this scholarship?
This scholarship is designated for high-school seniors or undergraduate students who are employed by or are relatives of employees of companies that belong to the Kentucky Propane Gas Association. 

Former recipients of the Bright Scholarship are eligible to apply.

How do I apply?
Complete this application and return with attachments to:

Thomas B. Bright Jr., Memorial Scholarship
Blue Grass Community Foundation
499 East High Street, Suite 112
Lexington, KY 40507

Applications must be postmarked by March 15th.

Download the application by clicking on the link below.
OCTC Receives NSF Grant for Alternative Fuels Initiative
Owensboro Community & Technical College has been awarded a grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) in the amount of $745,602 for support of a project entitled "Preparing Vehicle Technicians for Advanced Transportation Fuels (DUE 1400422)." The project, under the direction of OCTC's Southeastern Campus Director, Mike Rodgers, and Automotive Faculty, Keith Nall, begins September 1, 2014 and runs through August 31, 2017. Partners in the program represent industry, government, and nonprofit organizations: ATech, Atmos Energy, ConsuLab, Cummins Crosspoint, Kentucky Clean Fuels Coalition, Kentucky Corn Growers Association, Kentucky Department for Energy Development and Independence, Kentucky Propane Gas Association, Kentucky Soybean Board and Association, Kentucky Propane Education and Research Council, and Owensboro Grain Company.  The group began collaborating in 2013.

OCTC President, Dr. Jim Klauber commented, "This project was an idea that began with the Cobra project. We knew we were just scraping the surface by adding in the alternative fuel components. Once we got started, the need to offer additional curriculum and training options was apparent. This grant will help expand those offerings for our students and for future students."
Above: Tom Underwood, KYPERC; Dr. James Klouber, OCTC; and Tod Griffin, KPGA present a check for $15,000 for propane autogas conversion technology as part of the initiative.
Rodgers added, " This grant will allow OCTC to continue its growth in transportation education and further include innovative technology in its curriculum for the benefit of the students, community, and industry partners. This is the first program that we know of in the country to offer all the alternative fuel options which will allow the students to develop the advanced skill set needed for success in the transportation industry today."
KPGA President Testifies at Energy Subcommittee Meeting in Frankfort

KPGA President Bill DePriest, along with Greg Guess of the Kentucky Department of Energy Development and Independence, testified before members of both the Kentucky Senate and House of Representatives during the Special Subcommittee on Energy on November 21. Both provided members of the committee with an update on propane supply, reminding members that propane inventories are currently above the 5-year average and the industry is optimistic about the winter months ahead. KPGA would like to thank Mr. DePriest for his strong representation of our members in Frankfort.

Above: Bill DePriest, KPGA president, testifies during Energy Subcommittee.
Congress Passes Fix to PERC Restriction

H.R. 5705, the Propane Education and Research Enhancement Act of 2014, became law on December 18. This legislation, authored by Rep. Bob Latta (OH) and Rep. Tim Walz (MN), amends the Propane Education and Research Act (PERA) to update the data that must be used to calculate a critical price comparison.

Under PERA, the Department of Commerce (DOC) must calculate annually the price for "consumer grade propane" and compare it with an index of prices of specified competing fuels.  If the price of propane exceeds a specified threshold, the industry is restricted from conducting most educational outreach activities.  In 2009, due to a misinterpretation of the law by the DOC, the restriction was triggered and all educational outreach ceased.

While the law requires DOC to recalculate the price comparison every six months, it has only been completed three times in the last five years.  H.R. 5705 would specify Congressional intent that DOC must use data reflecting all propane sectors, not just residential.

Source: NPGA Reports
H.R. 5705, the Propane Education and Research Enhancement Act of 2014, passed the House of Representatives on Tuesday, December 9, and subsequently passed the Senate on the following day.  This legislation, authored by Rep. Bob Latta (OH) and Rep. Tim Walz (MN), amends the Propane Education and Research Act (PERA) to update the data that must be used to calculate a critical price comparison. 
Reminder: KPGA Membership Dues

KPGA Membership Dues for 2015 have been mailed. Please submit your membership dues to KPGA if you have not done so already!
Tax Extenders Bill Update

Recently a broad-based coalition that included 528 associations, non-profits, and other groups sent a letter to members of the U.S. Congress and the U.S. Senate that encouraged the extension of the expired tax provisions known as the "Tax Extenders." KPGA joined other state associations in co-signing this letter that was submitted to every Senate and Congressional office, as well as several media outlets.

Propane-related provisions under consideration for extension in this debate include the 50 cent per gallon Alternative Fuels Tax Credit and the Alternative Fuel Vehicle Refueling Property Credit.  The Alternative Fuel Vehicle Refueling Property Credit was originally left out of the proposal from the House that provided a one-year extension of the expiring provisions. However, Representative Dave Camp (R-MI) introduced an amendment reinstating this credit. The Tax Extenders bill then passed the House by a vote of 378-46 and just passed the Senate by a vote of 76-16. KPGA is happy to report that all of the tax provisions will now be extended for 2015.
KPGA Staff Attends Propane Leadership Conference
Phil Squair, NPGA senior vice president, public & governmental affairs
Tod Griffin, KPGA executive director, recently attended the NPGA/PERC Leadership Conference in Washington, D.C. He took part in two days of training with other state propane gas associations and staff from NPGA and PERC. Attendees took part in benchmarking best practices for associations while also discussing current and future challenges faced by the propane industry. The NPGA and PERC staff provided updates on current and future programming and NPGA staff discussed legislative and regulatory issues. The state associations have all been working hard this past summer and fall to encourage participation in summer-fill and automatic delivery programs and all indicated that the industry is as prepared as possible to meet winter demand.
Joe Rose, Propane Gas Association of New England executive director with Tod Griffin, KPGA executive director
KYPERC Commercial Propane Mower Rebate Program

Looking to buy a lawn mower in the near future? You may be eligible for a rebate. KYPERC is sponsoring the Commercial Propane Mower Rebate Program to promote the use of propane-fueled products. This program allows a consumer to get a rebate for the New Dedicated (OEM) LPG mowers. This state program can be piggy-backed on the national Propane Mower Incentive Program.

Click HERE for more information on the national Propane Mower Incentive Program.

Below is the link to more information on the KYPERC Commercial Propane Mower Rebate Program.

The Kentucky Propane Gas Association provides its membership with legislative, regulatory, and operational support, while fostering fellowship in order to safely expand, enhance, and promote the growth and professionalism of the propane industry.