Member Savings

NPGA is Working for You!

Thanks to your support, NPGA’s advocacy has saved the propane industry in the United States more than $2.8 Billion since the start of 2017.  NPGA outreach and advocacy pays off! The 2020 savings are quantified below.

How did we do it?

2020

$555 million on alternative fuel tax.

NPGA achieved a three-year extension of the alternative fuel tax credit and the alternative fuel refueling property credit.

$207 million per year in the unvented heater market.

NPGA helped preserve the $207 million that customers spend annually on propane to heat their homes using unvented products by teaming with allies in the codes and standards space to combat efforts to prohibit these products.

$11 million per year from FMCSA hours of service modifications.

NPGA achieved success in expanding and extending the short-haul exception to 150 air-miles and a 14-hour work shift, extending the adverse driving conditions driving window by up to two hours, and modifying the 30-minute rest break and split-sleeper berth requirements.

Up to $18 million per year for FHA loan properties.

Instead of an outdated regulation that rendered residential properties within 300 feet of a 250 gallon or larger propane tank ineligible for Federal Housing Administration (FHA) loans, which are common among first-time homebuyers, NPGA successfully convinced the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to defer to NFPA separation distance standards for all underground tanks and up to 1,000-gallon aboveground tanks.

$15 million in Federal appropriations.

Congress appropriated $15 million into vehicle engine technology and combined heat and power, available to propane researchers.

$45 million in expanded LIHEAP funding.

As part of its COVID-19 relief, NPGA helped convince Congress to allocate an additional $900 million to the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP), about $45 million of which would fall to propane’s share of the residential heating market.

$30 million in inspection requirements proposed for bulk and industrial plants.

NPGA helped defeat onerous five-year inspection requirements proposed for bulk and industrial plants in the 2020 edition of NFPA 58, saving the industry and its customers more than $30 million every five years.

$600,000 per year in CGA pamphlet costs.

NPGA achieved a positive interpretation by the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) indicating cylinder visual requalification facilities do not need to purchase CGA pamphlets each year if the same information is provided in PERC materials.

What else is NPGA advocating for right now?

  • A five-year extension of the alternative fuel tax credit and the alternative fuel refueling property credit, which would amount to $925 million in savings to the propane industry.
  • Continued operation of Enbridge Line 5, which would save up to $34 million per year.
  • $9 million in 2021 Federal appropriations from Congress.
  • A return to the 12-year requalification requirement for DOT cylinders, saving the industry $100 million per year.
  • Inclusion of propane in a $3.5 billion (over 10 years) clean corridors alternative fueling station program (alongside natural gas, electric, and hydrogen).
  • Extending Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) master meter operator revisions to jurisdictional propane pipeline systems to save our industry $280,000 per year.
  • Changes to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security CFATS program, that, if accepted, would collectively save 265 Tier 4 facilities about $537,000 in equipment and an additional $160,000 per year in monitoring fees.
  • Continuing to combat ongoing efforts to prohibit the use of unvented heaters, preserving that annual $207 million.

 

*estimates based on industry data