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KPGA Member Glenn Miller Inducted into LP Gas Hall of Fame
KPGA would like to congratulate Glenn Miller of Miller's Bottled Gas, Bowling Green on his recent induction into the LP Gas Hall of Fame. LP Gas established its hall of fame in 2012 as a way to honor the legends, icons and leaders who helped to establish and advance the propane industry. This award provides our industry with an annual, peer-recognized achievement. Miller was recognized at the LP Gas Hall of Fame recognition dinner and awards ceremony at the Ritz-Carlton in Atlanta, Georgia on April 10.
LP Gas inducted four men to the 2015 class as pictured above. The inductees included: Jim Bertelsmeyer, Heritage Propane; Stewart Kean, Utility Propane Co./World LPG Association; Glenn Miller, Miller's Bottled Gas; and Charles Revere, Revere Gas.
Miller is known for his long-term dedication and commitment to the propane industry. Miller, owner of Miller's Bottled Gas, has lobbied at both the national and state levels for years. Miller led an effort that ultimately resulted in the 1996 passage of the Propane Education and Research Act, or the bill that created the Propane Education & Research Council (PERC). Miller has been involved in KPGA for decades, and KPGA congratulates him on this accomplishment.
Click HERE to view the LP Gas Hall of Fame profile article recognizing Glenn Miller.

Click HERE to view Glenn Miller's Hall of Fame video.
2015 KPGA Thomas B. Bright, Jr. Memorial Scholarship Winners
Congratulations to the 2015 KPGA Thomas B. Bright, Jr. Memorial Scholarship recipients! Three students were named recipients of this scholarship and each will each receive $1,000 to be applied towards their college education. These scholarship awards are due to donations from the KPGA Suppliers Fund and the generosity of KPGA members. Each year, the Blue Grass Community Foundation administers the scholarship program for the Kentucky Propane Gas Association.

This year's Thomas B. Bright, Jr. Memorial Scholarship winners are:
Clellan McMurry recently graduated from Danville High School and will be an incoming freshman at the University of Kentucky, majoring in Natural Resources and Environmental Science. Clellan is the son of Dough McMurry, employed by Southern States Cooperative in Richmond, Virginia.
Austin Stivers is a rising senior at the University of Kentucky, majoring in Mechanical Engineering. Stivers is the son of Tim Stivers, employed by Southern States Cooperative in Eminence, Kentucky.
Megan Willie is a rising junior at the University of Kentucky, majoring in Human Health Sciences. Megan is the daughter of Kevin Willie, employed by United Propane Gas in Paducah, Kentucky.

Please join us in congratulating these scholarship winners!
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."
Fuel Choice and Deregulation Act of 2015 Introduced by Two U.S. Senators Including Paul
U.S. Senators Rand Paul (R-KY) and Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) recently introduced the Fuel Choice and Deregulation Act of 2015. This legislation will remove Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) impediments to market competition and innovation in America's transportation fuel market.

"The EPA's onerous regulation of fuels is artificially limiting options for consumers and producers and preventing the adoption of new fuel options that could benefit our environment, our economy, and our energy security. Through competition and consumer choice, my bill will free fuel producers and automobile manufacturers to innovate and bring new products to market that can lower costs to consumers, increase domestic energy production, and benefit the environment." Sen. Paul said.

Click HERE to read the complete article regarding the legislation.

Click HERE to read the Fuel Choice and Deregulation Act of 2015.
2015 KPGA Premier Sponsorship Program
Still haven't signed up to be a premier sponsor? Sign-up today to be a year-long sponsor of KPGA! Through this program your company will be recognized at all KPGA events, in emails and on the KPGA website.
Listed below are a few benefits of the program:
  • Put your company name and representatives in front of the propane industry on the KPGA website, in the KPGA E-News and on all event signage.
  • Set your annual budget and customize your sponsorship level for the entire calendar year.
  • Personalize your marketing with KPGA.
  • Position your organization as a strategic partner for the future.
Download the 2015 Premier Sponsorship Information and Sign-Up Form below.
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.

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.