The National Propane Gas Association (NPGA) is the national trade association representing the U.S. propane industry.
NPGA’s membership includes small businesses and large corporations engaged in the retail marketing of propane gas and appliances, producers and wholesalers of propane, manufacturers and distributors of propane gas appliances and equipment, fabricators of propane gas cylinders and tanks, and propane transporters. With more than 2,400 member companies in all 50 states and internationally, the association represents every segment of the propane industry.
- Advance safety throughout the propane industry
- Achieve public policies that favor production, distribution, and increase the use of propane
- Foster industry-wide cohesion through communication, learning, networking, and collaboration
NPGA’s roles and responsibilities
- Provide strong advocacy at the state and federal level; Political Action Committee (PropanePAC)
- Collaborate with federal agencies on regulatory issues to ensure compliance and safety in the industry
- Educates stakeholders about what propane is and how it is a source of energy for the future
- Hosts meetings to network, educate, and promote new equipment and services
- Encourages industry leadership via boards services
- Offer affinity programs and member benefits to save members time and money
- Working with Federal Legislative Matters: Congress & White House
- Develop uniform codes and standards
- State/regional association engagement and advocacy support
- Assist in the resolution of supply and logistics issues
NPGA’s Educational Outreach
- Foundation scholarship fund – The Scholarship awarded $136,000 to 101 students in 2021. Scholarships can be used for vocational training, traditional college or technical school.
- Annual Southeastern Expo hosts educational and technical sessions in subject matters related to the propane industry.
- Industry awards
- Administrative Compliance Experts (ACE) – the online training course assists the propane industry in complying with new federal regulations requiring entry-level driver training for commercial drivers to obtain their CDL and/or Hazmat endorsement.
- Registered Apprenticeship Program – Working in conjunction with Propane Education & Research Council (PERC), NPGA sponsors a national program and works with propane business partners to provide future workforce.
- Cite: Fueling the Future: Apprenticeships in Propane (pub 2021)
- 1931 – NPGA was formed as the National Bottled Gas Association.
- The first meeting was held in the fall of 1931 during the American Gas Association’s yearly conference.
- 1937 – The membership voted to change the name to the Liquefied Petroleum Gas Association (LPGA). The association was administered by staff of the Compressed Gas Association.
- 1946 – LPGA opened its offices in Chicago, Illinois. The association remained LPGA until a 1964 merger with the National LP-Gas Council under the collective banner of the National LP-Gas Association (NLPGA).
- 1988 – The final name change to the National Propane Gas Association, or NPGA, was ratified by the membership.
- 2002 – Present – NPGA moved its headquarters from Lisle, Illinois to Washington, DC, where it had operated a small government affairs office since 1962. Today the association remains an active and vibrant organization serving its thousands of members with safety programs, legislative strength, and a continued tradition of excellence.