COVID-19 Resources for the Propane Industry

Governor Tom Wolf has issued ‘Stay-at-Home’ Orders to Allegheny, Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Monroe, Montgomery, and Philadelphia counties, as the state seeks relief to save lives and stop the spread of COVID-19.  This order takes effect at 8:00 PM on Monday, March 23, 2020, and will continue until April 6, 2020.  All schools statewide will also remain closed through at least April 6, 2020.

Click Here for Stay-at-Home Order Guidance

 

Please be advised, the Pennsylvania Propane Industry IS a Life-Sustaining Business and is NOT included in the Order.

This means Pennsylvania retail propane operations and operations of those in the propane supply chain that make it possible for the propane industry to provide its services REMAIN ESSENTIAL to the state of Pennsylvania. Likewise, this means PAPGA members should continue to provide its services to those that rely on propane for their homes and businesses.

 

PAPGA recommends the following precautions:

  1. To maintain social distancing, practicing the highest standards of hygiene, and frequently wash hands and surfaces at your workplaces.
  2. Make adjustments to limit contact with customers during home deliveries and at retail operations.
  3. Restrict | Close public access, utilizing a drop box for onsite payments to limit customer interaction.
  4. Encourage employees who are sick to remain at home.
  5. Above all, be smart with how you conduct yourselves, your employees and your operations during this crisis.

 

Click HERE for the most up-to-date information on COVID-19 in Pennsylvania.

 

Earlier info:

Over the past week, most of us have received a number of questions and concerns about what COVID-19 means for the propane industry. The National Propane Gas Association (NPGA) has made available, for industry use, several COVID-19 response and guidance documents. 

Templates:
COVID-19 Company Prevention Memo
COVID-19 Workplace Employee Exposure Notice

Guidance Documents:
COVID-19 Marketer’s Employee|Employer FAQ
COVID-19 Summary of Marketer Common Practices
Protecting Workers During a Pandemic – OSHA Factsheet

To access the documents, see attached or you may log in at https://www.npga.org/membership/my-npga/, look for “COVID-19 Documents” under “Benefits and Services.”  Check back frequently, as NPGA will update information as necessary.  

This is definitely a time where the rule is, “There’s no question that’s a bad question.” If you have questions, let me know. Nothing is too small or strange, as this assists NPGA with updating the frequently asked questions and have constructive conversations with State and Federal regulatory officials as the situation evolves. To expedite answers on regulatory issues, please email Sarah Reboli, NPGA Deputy Counsel of Regulatory Affairs, at sreboli@npga.org.

Thank you for all you have done to remain safe and provide service to your customers during these challenging times. Please let me know what I can do to help you in your efforts.

Shelby L. Bell
Executive Director
Pennsylvania Propane Gas Association
717.441.6040
PApropane.com

 

PAPGA’s Salute to our Veterans – A Video Feature

On this Veteran’s Day 2019, Pennsylvania Propane Gas Association Members honor family, employees and friends who have served our country in the Armed Forces.

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Thank you for your service and a thank you to all of the women and men protecting our freedom worldwide.

PAPGA Supports the Pennsylvania Manufactured Housing Association’s 70th Anniversary Celebration

The 2019 Pennsylvania Manufactured Housing Association’s (PMHA) Industry Networking Conference and 70th Anniversary Celebration was held March 12 – 13 at the Wyndham Gettysburg. 

The conference, sponsored by PMHA in partnership with the Pennsylvania Propane Gas Association (PAPGA) drew a record number of attendees and exhibitors. 

Steven B. Wiley, President & Founder of the Lincoln Leadership Institute was the keynote speaker.

Steven Wiley

Wiley’s powerful multi-media experience provided attendees an insight into leadership, followership and organizational effectiveness using history as a metaphor and the battlefields of the Gettysburg National Military Park as a classroom in leadership. Wiley was welcomed and introduced by long-time friend and PAPGA Board of Director, Dan Messett, who also chairs the PAPGA Marketing Committee.

Dan Messett was the surprise recipient of the prestigious President’s Award. The winner, selected solely by the PMHA President, was revealed during the 70th Anniversary Celebration Dinner themed “Honoring Our, Past and Present, Industry Greats’. President John Fanelli announced he chose Messett for his unfaltering 20+ years of support and participation in the Association and the Pennsylvania manufactured housing industry.

PAPGA Marketing Chair Dan Messett accepts the President’s Award from PMHA President John Fanelli

‘I am honored to receive the President’s Award. I am very surprised and accept it on behalf of the past and present members of PAPGA who support and participate in the events we sponsor with PMHA. The true success of our efforts with the manufactured housing industry is our propane marketers providing the energy needs daily to the thousands of families who live in factory built housing’, said Dan Messett.

The propane industry was also represented by guest speaker, Jesse Marcus, Director of Residential & Commercial Business Development with the Propane Education & Research Council (PERC). Marcus

PERC’s Jesse Marcus presents the latest industry trends to attendees

provided an overview of propane and discussed the many benefits of propane usage within manufactured housing projects and construction. 

The next event on the PAPGA calendar is the Spring Membership/Board of Directors Meeting on April 4, 2019 at the Hershey Lodge, Hershey, PA. For more information and to register, follow this link.

The Pennsylvania Propane Gas Association (PAPGA) is a member-focused trade association providing services that communicate, educate and promote the propane industry in Pennsylvania. The association was formed in 1947 to offer opportunities to learn through training and networking with peers, and to aid with legislative issues that contribute to operating a safe and successful industry. PAPGA continues to focus on education, networking and representing the interest of Pennsylvania’s propane businesses to the government, while assisting members in remaining current on topics vital to the propane industry. The Pennsylvania Propane Gas Association is affiliated with the National Propane Gas Association (NPGA), Propane Education and Research Council (PERC) and Women in Propane Council (WIP).

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Pennsylvania Announces 2018 Grant Funding Awards for Alternative Fuels Incentive Program – Including Propane Autogas Projects

The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) has awarded more than $2.6 million in grant funding to municipalities and businesses, as well as $610,000 to four school districts, for clean vehicle projects statewide as part of the Commonwealth’s 2018 Alternative Fuels Incentive Grants (AFIG) Program.

The projects for the municipalities and businesses are expected to reduce emissions by more than 2,800 tons and save more than 1 million gasoline gallon equivalents annually. The funding for the school districts will enable them to reduce carbon dioxide emissions by approximately 316 tons annually and save more than 67,000 gallons of diesel per year.

Here is a summary of the awards that involve Propane AutoGas projects:

Delaware County

  • Colonial Airport Parking Inc.: $66,000 for four propane AutoGas shuttle buses.

Montgomery County

  • Suburban Transit Network Inc.: $300,000 to purchase 14 propane AutoGas shuttle buses and convert seven additional vehicles to propane AutoGas.

Washington County

  • Monark Student Transportation: $76,000 to purchase eight propane AutoGas school buses.

Dauphin County

  • Derry Township School District: $68,000 to purchase eight propane AutoGas school buses.

McKean County

• Bradford Area School District: $19,000 for this first-time AFIG recipient to purchase two propane AutoGas school buses.

Delaware County

  • Haverford Township School District: $68,000 to purchase eight propane AutoGas school buses.

Montgomery County

• North Penn School District: $300,000 for this first-time AFIG recipient to purchase 10 propane AutoGas school buses and convert 16 buses to propane AutoGas, as well as $155,302 to construct a fast-fill propane AutoGas fueling station for its fleet.

“The AFIG program continues to be a valuable incentive for school districts choosing propane as the alternative fuel to power their school bus fleets,” stated Steve Bell, Director of Transportation with Derry Township School District. “It has assisted my school district to make an environmentally responsible decision, as well as a financially responsible one, enabling us to purchase propane school buses at a cost comparable to diesel and gasoline. Our propane buses have proven to be cost effective and reliable.” 

“The primary goals of the AFIG program is to improve the air quality in Pennsylvania and reduce imported oil consumption.” stated Shelby Bell, Executive Director for the Pennsylvania Propane Gas Association. “Propane AutoGas achieves and even exceeds these goals.”

About the Pennsylvania Propane Gas Association

The Pennsylvania Propane Gas Association (PAPGA) is a member-focused trade association providing services that communicate, educate and promote the propane industry in Pennsylvania. The association was formed in 1947 to offer opportunities to learn through training and networking with peers, and to aid with legislative issues that contribute to operating a safe and successful industry. PAPGA continues to focus on education, networking and representing the interest of Pennsylvania’s propane businesses to the government, while assisting members in remaining current on topics vital to the propane industry. The Pennsylvania Propane Gas Association is affiliated with the National Propane Gas Association (NPGA) and the Propane Education and Research Council (PERC).

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Sweepstakes Winners Enjoy a Penn State Football Weekend

Joseph Piotrowicz of Lansdale was randomly selected as the Grand Prize Winner in the 2018 PAPGA Football Sweepstakes.

Joe and family enjoyed an experience of a lifetime in State College as the Nittany Lions defeated Maryland on Senior Day at Beaver Stadium. 

They also won a prize pack, two nights stay, a field visit, tickets to a pre-game hospitality tent and of course four great seats for the game. 

PAPGA would like to thank everyone who entered this year’s sweepstakes and look forward to another great event in 2019.