The Propane Education & Research Council was created in 1996, establishing an industry-funded checkoff for propane. PERC oversees checkoff investments strategies targeting market growth, supply dynamics and workforce recruitment and development. A core part of the program is targeted promotion to consumers about making the “smart choice” to use propane.
Looking at investments by PERC provides a glimpse into how an industry-funded checkoff can benefit all investors and even provide value to customers and partners further downstream.
Whether it's driven by state and municipalities striving toward clean energy and sustainability goals, or homeowners looking for a cleaner, healthier environment, emissions data is something people are seeking. Through checkoff investments, PERC commissioned an emissions study with the Gas Technology Institute from August 2016 through January 2017. GTI reviewed the full-fuel-cycle energy consumption, greenhouse gas emissions (GHG), and criteria pollutant emissions (NOx, SOx) of targeted applications in key propane markets including residential applications, commercial buildings, transportation, off -road applications, and agriculture. GTI’s study showed that propane-powered technologies offered significant reductions in GHG and criteria pollutants compared with other fuel sources.
To showcase the can-do nature of propane and the farmers who rely on it every day, PERC launched a Propane Can Do That campaign. The campaign highlights the use of propane in a wide range of applications. According to PERC leadership, checkoff-funded research demonstrated that farmers viewed propane as an old fuel, powered with antiquated technology. The campaign highlighted the cutting-edge technology behind propane, as well as the environmental benefits, portability and other advantages.
With more and more interest in propane-fueled appliances, PERC identified a gap in the number of propane qualified installation professionals. PERC developed a training course to help increase the base number of plumping and HVAC professionals who are trained to work with the fuel. Similarly, PERC created the Propane Cylinder Requalification Program to provide anyone inspecting propane cylinders, from landscapers to gas stations, with the most current information, practices, and procedures to safely and efficiently perform DOT cylinder requalification. The course, which includes a textbook, PowerPoint presentation, and videos, explains properties of propane, the different types of DOT cylinders requiring requalification, and in-depth procedures for requalifying cylinders.
After Hurricane Harvey hit Texas, PERC partnered with local supplier Texas Propane to respond with Operation BBQ Relief. Propane leaders for instance, served more than 25,000 meals a day in downtown Houston — and propane helped make it happen. The effort was fueled by 133 propane cylinders, powering eight commercial smokers and other cooking equipment to feed emergency workers and displaced Houstonians. Mobile kitchens running on propane fed thousands of people at HEB grocery store locations in some of the hardest-hit areas, like Rockport, Texas, where residents were without power for weeks.
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