The week of July 12, the House of Representatives’ Appropriations Committee released final text for the Energy and Water Appropriations bill, which included all four requests for federal funding made by NPGA. These investments from the federal government will help position the propane gas industry for years down the road as Congress looks to modernize the energy sector and reduce emissions across the economy. Additionally, the inclusion of NPGA’s request is another important indicator of the progress propane has made with House Democrats in positioning propane as a clean alternative to existing transportation and energy generation technologies.
Last year, NPGA secured federal funding for research, development and demonstration (RD&D) of propane vehicle engine technology and combined heat and power (CHP) systems. This year, NPGA built on that success of last year by expanding the scope of these requests. Additionally, the association requested funds for RD&D of renewable propane and how the fuel can be used to enhance the nation’s existing resilience infrastructure.
Below are excerpts of the Committee Report Language with the corresponding page numbers granting each of NPGA’s requests:
- Page 101 – The committee encourages continued research and development as appropriate in advanced combustion and vehicle engine technology efficiency in propane engines used for light- and medium- duty applications. The recommendation provides up to $5,000,000 for research on direct injection, engine technology, and use of dimethyl ether as fuel.
- Page 108 – The department is encouraged to continue research, development, and market transformation programs related to the direct use of natural gas and propane gas in residential applications, including gas heat pumps with power generation and water heating, on-site combined heat and power, and on-site micro-combined heat and power to include integration with renewables.
- Page 113 – In addition to emerging technologies for distributed grids, the committee recommends that currently available distributed fuels, such as propane fueled microgrids, combined heat and power, and demand response, be evaluated.
- Page 116 – The committee notes that liquefied petroleum gases, including propane, are increasingly being generated from renewable sources. The recommendation provides up to $4,000,000 for a demonstration project to show the increased viability of renewable liquefied petroleum gases.
For additional information about NPGA’s Appropriations priorities and the FY2021 language, please contact NPGA’s Director of Legislative Affairs, Michael Baker.