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Propane Days 365: An NPGA Membership Toolkit For Year-Round Advocacy

Propane Days 365 is a program to prepare NPGA membership not just for Propane Days – NPGA’s annual membership visit to Washington, DC – but for advocacy 365 days a year. The goal is to equip members with the information they need and plan opportunities for them to participate in propane site visits with local, state, and federal legislators and regulators.

 

Advocacy Toolkit

To help members prepare for advocacy at home, NPGA has created advocacy documents and resources to help educate legislators and regulators on key issues.  View the 2021 Legislative Briefs tab below to view NPGA’s current issues, or contact Michael Baker at [email protected].

Congressional Site Visit 

Ready to engage with your Members of Congress?  NPGA wants to make your visit a reality and a success.  View the Site Visits & Grassroots Tools tab below or contact Eric Sears at [email protected] to get started.

2021 Legislative Briefs

Alternative Fuel Tax Credits

The Alternative Fuel Tax Credit, and the Alternative Fuel Infrastructure Tax Credit, are essential incentives designed to encourage consumers to adopt alternative fuel vehicles like propane autogas. In recent years, Congress has extended these credits on a short-term basis. This uncertainty has undermined the objective of the legislation. Currently, both credits will expire at the end of 2021. To provide the much-needed certainty for businesses and consumers, NPGA is urging Congress to enact a long-term extension (of at least five years) before phasing out the incentives.

Legislative Issue Brief: Alternative Fuel Tax Credits

Clean Corridors Program

As the 117th Congress begins working on the next Surface Transportation bill, one of the top priorities for the propane industry is to ensure Congress includes propane in the Clean Corridors Program. This legislative proposal would create grant funding opportunities for the installation of refueling and charging infrastructure along designated portions of the interstate highway system. While NPGA successfully advocated propane’s inclusion in the House package during the 116th Congress, the new political dynamic in Washington could once again carve autogas out of this program which will help determine the future of the federal government’s transportation policy.

Legislative Issue Brief: Clean Corridors Program

DRIVE-Safe Act

The DRIVE-Safe Act would create an apprenticeship program that would enable participants aged 18-21 to obtain Commercial Driver’s Licenses and drive across state lines. Given the shortage of CDL holders across the U.S. economy, NPGA has identified this as a critical priority to address the need for drivers in the propane industry.

Legislative Issue Brief: DRIVE-Safe Act

Jones Act Exemption

The Jones Act is a century-old maritime law requiring goods shipped between domestic ports to be transported on vessels built, owned, and operated by U.S. citizens or permanent residents. Due to the lack of a Jones Act-eligible transport vessel, NPGA is seeking a waiver for shipments of domestic propane. A waiver would allow the domestic industry to efficiently supply parts of the United States with propane, especially during emergencies and other unpredictable logistical events.

Legislative Issue Brief: Jones Act

Carbon Labeling

In 2009, the National Academy of Sciences recommended that the Department of Energy adopt the Full Fuel Cycle (FFC) as a critical component to its policy implementation objectives. NPGA also urges the DOE to work collaboratively with the Federal Trade Commission to ensure consumers have access to information about the emissions profile of their purchases. NPGA is working on a legislative proposal to ensure federal agencies provide this to consumers seeking to purchase new appliances. The Association believes that including FFC on EnergyGuide labels will improve consumer education while avoiding unnecessary burdens on appliance manufacturers.

Legislative Issue Brief: Carbon Labeling

Combined Heat and Power (CHP)

Improved building technologies and energy infrastructure will play a critical role as local, state, and federal governments seek to reduce emissions across the United States.  CHP systems generate electricity and utilize heat from the combustion process to provide thermal energy for additional heating and cooling applications. As a clean, abundant, domestic fuel, propane is an excellent primary fuel for CHP. By engaging on this issue and advocating the benefits of the technology, the propane industry can grow gallons and further improve the fuel’s reputation among federal policymakers and other stakeholders.

Legislative Issue Brief: CHP

Site Visits & Grassroots Tools

Site Visit Resources

Other Resources

Congressional Propane Facility Visits (117th Congress | 2021-2022)

  • April 7, 2021 – Rep. John Joyce (PA-13) – Shaffer’s Bottled Gas; Hooversville, PA
  • April 27, 2021 – Rep. Thomas Tiffany (WI-7) – France’s Propane Service, Inc.; Schofield, WI
  • May 10, 2021 – Rep. Jack Bergman (MI-1) – Tri Gas Distributing Co; Traverse City, MI
  • May 25, 2021 – Rep. Jim Jordan (OH-4) – Coles Energy; Milan, OH
  • June 1, 2021 – Rep. Troy Balderson (OH-12) – The Energy Coop; Nashport, OH
  • June 3, 2021 – Rep. Thomas Massie (KY-4) – Arrick’s Propane; South Portsmouth, KY
  • July 6, 2021 – Rep. Fred Keller (PA-12) – WOC Energy; Towanda, PA
  • July 13, 2021 – Rep. Michelle Fischbach (MN-7) – Rahn’s Propane; Melrose, MN
  • July 15, 2021 – Rep. Jimmy Panetta (CA-20) – Dassel’s Petroleum; Hollister, CA
Webinars
PowerPoint Presentations
Alternative Fuel Credits Fact Sheet

The Alternative Fuel Credit Fact sheet provides guidance on how NPGA members and their customers can file claims for the Alternative Fuel Tax Credit and the Alternative Fuel Vehicle Refueling Property Credit with the Internal Revenue Service.  While not tax advice, the fact sheet is a tool that provides an outline for claimants to work with their tax professionals to claim the maximum credits available. Please share the fact sheet with your customers.

117th Congress (2021-2022) Federal Advocacy Activity Recap

Congressional Propane Facility Visits (117th Congress)

  • April 7, 2021 – Rep. John Joyce (PA-13) – Shaffer’s Bottled Gas; Hooversville, PA
  • April 27, 2021 – Rep. Thomas Tiffany (WI-7) – France’s Propane Service, Inc.; Schofield, WI
  • May 10, 2021 – Rep. Jack Bergman (MI-1) – Tri Gas Distributing Co; Traverse City, MI
  • May 25, 2021 – Rep. Jim Jordan (OH-4) – Coles Energy; Milan, OH
  • June 1, 2021 – Rep. Troy Balderson (OH-12) – The Energy Coop; Nashport, OH
  • June 3, 2021 – Rep. Thomas Massie (KY-4) – Arrick’s Propane; South Portsmouth, KY

Congressional Propane Facility Visits (116th Congress)

  • March 29, 2019 – Rep. Pete Stauber (MN-08) – AmeriGas Propane LP; Walker, MN
  • April 17, 2019 – Rep. Vicky Hartzler (MO-04) – AmeriGas Propane LP; Jefferson City, MO
  • April 22 – 25, 2019 – Rep. Jim Hagedorn (MN-01) – CHS, Inc.; Luverne, MN
  • May 31, 2019 – Rep. David Trone (MD-06) – ThompsonGas, LLC; Frederick, MD
  • June 17, 2019 – Rep. Steve Watkins (KS-02) – Heartland Propane; Girard, KS
  • June 30, 2019 – Rep. Dan Newhouse (WA-09) – AmeriGas Propane LP; Kennewick, WA
  • July 29, 2019 – Rep. Kurt Schrader (OR-05) – Blue Star Gas; Salem, OR
  • August 15, 2019 – Rep. Larry Buschon (IN-08) – Overpeck Gas Co.; Marshall, IN
  • August 29, 2019 – Rep. Roger Marshall (KS-01) – Propane Central; Wichita, KS
  • September 5, 2019 – Rep. Brad Wenstrup (OH-02) – AmeriGas Propane LP; Mt. Orab, OH
  • October 1, 2019 – Rep. Xochitl Torres Small (NM-02) – AmeriGas Propane LP; Las Cruces, NM
  • October 9, 2019 – Rep. Jim Himes (CT-04) – Rural Fuels; Trumbull, CT
  • January 21, 2020 – Rep. David Kustoff (TN-08) – Wilder LP Gas Company; Mason, TN
  • August 19, 2020 – Rep. John Katko (NY-24) – Johnston Propane Gas; Fulton, NY
  • August 19, 2020 – Rep. Greg Pence (IN-06) – Harvest Land Co-op, Wilkinson, IN
  • August 19, 2020 – Rep. Chris Pappas (NH-01) – Eastern Propane & Oil; Loudon, NH
  • August 25, 2020 – Rep. Darin LaHood (IL-18) – Prarieland FS; New Berlin, IL
  • August 31, 2020 – Rep. Anthony Brindisi (NY-22) – Mirabito; Vestal, NY
  • September 3, 2020 – Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick (PA-01) – Penn Valley Gas; Telford, PA
  • October 8, 2020 – Rep.-Elect Scott Fitzgerald (WI-05) – Boehlke Bottled Gas; Cedarburg, WI
  • October 9, 2020 – Senator Mike Braun (IN) – Southern Indiana Propane; Jasper, IN
  • October 14, 2020 – Rep. Carol Miller (WV-03) – AmeriGas Propane LP; Lewisburg, WV
  • October 22, 2020 – Rep. Chris Jacobs (NY-27) – Wendt’s Propane; Sanborn, NY
Propane Days 2020 Conference Calls
  • June 8, 2020 – Rep. Bob Latta (OH-05) – Participants: NPGA Membership
  • June 8, 2020 – Rep. Rodney Davis (IL-13) – Participants: NPGA Membership
  • June 9, 2020 – Rep. Xochitl Torres Small (NM-02) – Participants: NPGA Membership
  • June 9, 2020 – Rep. Kurt Schrader (OR-05) – Participants: NPGA Membership
Additional Advocacy Calls
  • October 7, 2020 – Senator Tom Carper (DE) – Participants: SchagrinGAS, NPGA
2020 Election Cycle (2019-2020) NPGA Political Action Committee Activity

PropanePAC Conference Calls

  • February 27, 2019 – Rep. David Loebsack (IA-02) – Participants: PropanePAC supporters and Iowa constituents.
  • September 25, 2019 – Rep. John Moolenaar (MI-04) – Participants: PropanePAC supporters and Michigan constituents.
  • December 4, 2019 – Rep. Garrett Graves (LA-06) – Participants: PropanePAC supporters and Louisiana constituents.
  • July 9, 2020 – Rep. Michael Guest (MS-03) – Participants: PropanePAC supporters and Mississippi constituents

Click here to learn more about PropanePAC’s role in NPGA’s advocacy