Propane was showcased among America’s clean, alternative energy sources by NPGA’s engagement in National Clean Energy Week. In coordination with state associations and propane marketers, NPGA held several events throughout the country to demonstrate the possibilities of propane, leading up to a week of advocacy activities in Washington, D.C. Promoting propane as a solution to emission goals and energy needs is a top priority for NPGA. When policymakers talk about low-carbon energy sources, we want them to think of propane.
Among the nationwide events, NPGA showcased the logistical advantages of propane at the Sea-3 Newington Terminal in New Hampshire to key leaders at the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA). PHMSA attendees included staff responsible for reporting on the energy infrastructure capabilities and energy demands for the New England region.
NPGA highlighted the possibilities of autogas for an array of combustion engines with an interview of Carb & Turbo Systems on the conversion applications that present economic, environmental, and community health benefits. NPGA joined the Ohio Propane Gas Association at the Midwest Green Transportation Forum & Expo to share our role in National Clean Energy Week with state energy and transportation officials from the midwestern region.
In Washington, D.C., NPGA hosted staff from the House of Representatives and Senate at a banquet featuring U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Lisa Murkowski (R-AK). During the Policy Makers Symposium, Michael Caldarera, NPGA Senior Vice President of Advocacy & Technical Services, was a featured panelist. Caldarera spoke to the advantages of propane among America’s energy resources, including the benefits of abundant, domestic production. He also highlighted the U.S.-based jobs in the propane industry and our efforts to create an apprenticeship program for the propane workforce. In addition, Caldarera noted the international demand for propane as well as the innovation – abroad and in the U.S. – to introduce renewable propane in the market.
Based on the success in raising the profile of propane and its ability to contribute to clean energy goals at the state and national level, NPGA is pursuing participation in National Clean Energy Week 2020. Please share your recommendations or suggestions for next year’s events by contacting Sarah Reboli, Deputy Counsel, Regulatory Affairs.