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2015 KPGA Summer Convention Will Return to Lexington July 12-14
This year's KPGA Summer Convention will be here before we know it! The Association will hold its 67th Summer Convention back at the Marriott Griffin Gate Resort & Spa. This year's agenda is going to be packed with exciting events for your whole family!

The convention will include an afternoon of picturesque horse farm tours, a "Bourbon and Game Night in the Bluegrass," a wine and canvas class for all the ladies, a golf tournament and more! Educational training sessions on propane supply and trends, and additional topics relevant to the propane industry will also be on the agenda.

The convention always provides KPGA members with a wonderful opportunity to catch up with old friends, form new relationships with others in the industry and learn more about propane! You will not want to miss out! 

Click HERE to register now!
Additional information was mailed out about the 2015 KPGA Convention.
A special thanks to those sponsors who have already agreed to support this year's convention at the following levels:
Gold
  • Holston Gases
  • Ferrellgas
  • Bergquist
  • AmeriGas
Silver
  • Boyd Service
Bronze
  • Bulk Truck and Transport Service
  • Grammer Industries
  • Suburban Propane
  • Southern States Cooperative
KPGA is still in need of sponsors for this year's convention. Please send in the form below or contact Ashley Foree if you would like to be a sponsor at aforee@kypropane.org or (502) 875-2686. You can also click HERE to fill out a sponsorship form online.
KPGA Member Glenn Miller Inducted into LP Gas Hall of Fame
KPGA would like to congratulate Glenn Miller of Miller's Bottled Gas, Bowling Green on his recent induction into the LP Gas Hall of Fame. LP Gas established its hall of fame in 2012 as a way to honor the legends, icons and leaders who helped to establish and advance the propane industry. This award provides our industry with an annual, peer-recognized achievement. Miller was recognized at the LP Gas Hall of Fame recognition dinner and awards ceremony at the Ritz-Carlton in Atlanta, Georgia on April 10.
LP Gas inducted four men to the 2015 class as pictured above. The inductees included: Jim Bertelsmeyer, Heritage Propane; Stewart Kean, Utility Propane Co./World LPG Association; Glenn Miller, Miller's Bottled Gas; and Charles Revere, Revere Gas.
Miller is known for his long-term dedication and commitment to the propane industry. Miller, owner of Miller's Bottled Gas, has lobbied at both the national and state levels for years. Miller led an effort that ultimately resulted in the 1996 passage of the Propane Education and Research Act, or the bill that created the Propane Education & Research Council (PERC). Miller has been involved in KPGA for decades, and KPGA congratulates him on this accomplishment.
Click HERE to view the LP Gas Hall of Fame profile article recognizing Glenn Miller.

Click HERE to view Glenn Miller's Hall of Fame video.
2015 Midwest Convention Held May 5-7 in Columbus, Ohio
The 2015 Midwest Propane Gas Convention was held May 5-7, 2015 at the Hilton Polaris Hotel in Columbus, Ohio. This event was well-attended by propane marketers and affiliates. This year there were 256 marketers registered for this event, as well as 55 companies registered as either an exhibitor or sponsors. Attendees included individuals from 18 states and territories as well as Canada and Washington D.C.
Above: Lewis Nall, Owensboro Community and Technical College, updates the crowd on autogas and the OCTC initiative.
On Tuesday, close to 60 golfers came together at the Bent Tree Golf Club for the golf outing, followed by dinner at the course. Wednesday's agenda was packed with great educational seminars including a Natural Gas challenges panel and a Propane Supply panel. Thursday's program featured an Autogas panel with several individuals tied to the propane industry here in Kentucky. KPGA would like to especially thank Lewis Nall, Owensboro Community and Technical College; Steve Ford, Roush CleanTech; Jim Coker, R & R products; and David Nethercut, Whayne Supply for making the trip to serve on this panel. A special thanks also goes out to KPGA President Bill DePriest for serving as the moderator.

Both inside and outside exhibitor spaces for the tradeshow were sold out this year, and the show featured many new and innovative products. After lunch on the trade show floor early Thursday afternoon, this year's convention came to an end.
2015 KPGA Thomas B. Bright, Jr. Memorial Scholarship Winners
Congratulations to the 2015 KPGA Thomas B. Bright, Jr. Memorial Scholarship recipients! Three students were named recipients of this scholarship and each will each receive $1,000 to be applied towards their college education. These scholarship awards are due to donations from the KPGA Suppliers Fund and the generosity of KPGA members. Each year, the Blue Grass Community Foundation administers the scholarship program for the Kentucky Propane Gas Association.

This year's Thomas B. Bright, Jr. Memorial Scholarship winners are:
Clellan McMurry recently graduated from Danville High School and will be an incoming freshman at the University of Kentucky, majoring in Natural Resources and Environmental Science. Clellan is the son of Dough McMurry, employed by Southern States Cooperative in Richmond, Virginia.
Austin Stivers is a rising senior at the University of Kentucky, majoring in Mechanical Engineering. Stivers is the son of Tim Stivers, employed by Southern States Cooperative in Eminence, Kentucky.
Megan Willie is a rising junior at the University of Kentucky, majoring in Human Health Sciences. Megan is the daughter of Kevin Willie, employed by United Propane Gas in Paducah, Kentucky.

Please join us in congratulating these scholarship winners!
KPGA Spring Board Meeting Recap
The Kentucky Propane Gas Association held its spring Board Meeting on April 28th in Louisville. The meeting was well attended with almost 30 people present. The KPGA Convention Planning Committee met prior to the meeting to discuss this year's upcoming convention, as well as the location of the 2016 KPGA Summer Convention.

Mike Taylor, Director of Autogas Business Development with PERC, served as the guest speaker.  Mr. Taylor provided the group with valuable information about propane autogas. Mr. Taylor shared his presentation with KPGA and encourages members to use it. To see his presentation, click HERE.

Following Mr. Taylor's presentation, the KPGA Board meeting was held. Several items of discussion included minimum wage, truck training requirements, and the 2016 KPGA Convention.
OCTC Receives NSF Grant for Alternative Fuels Initiative
Owensboro Community & Technical College has been awarded a grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) in the amount of $745,602 for support of a project entitled "Preparing Vehicle Technicians for Advanced Transportation Fuels (DUE 1400422)." The project, under the direction of OCTC's Southeastern Campus Director, Mike Rodgers, and Automotive Faculty, Keith Nall, begins September 1, 2014 and runs through August 31, 2017. Partners in the program represent industry, government, and nonprofit organizations: ATech, Atmos Energy, ConsuLab, Cummins Crosspoint, Kentucky Clean Fuels Coalition, Kentucky Corn Growers Association, Kentucky Department for Energy Development and Independence, Kentucky Propane Gas Association, Kentucky Soybean Board and Association, Kentucky Propane Education and Research Council, and Owensboro Grain Company.  The group began collaborating in 2013.

OCTC President, Dr. Jim Klauber commented, "This project was an idea that began with the Cobra project. We knew we were just scraping the surface by adding in the alternative fuel components. Once we got started, the need to offer additional curriculum and training options was apparent. This grant will help expand those offerings for our students and for future students."
Above: Tom Underwood, KYPERC; Dr. James Klouber, OCTC; and Tod Griffin, KPGA present a check for $15,000 for propane autogas conversion technology as part of the initiative.
Rodgers added, " This grant will allow OCTC to continue its growth in transportation education and further include innovative technology in its curriculum for the benefit of the students, community, and industry partners. This is the first program that we know of in the country to offer all the alternative fuel options which will allow the students to develop the advanced skill set needed for success in the transportation industry today."
Fuel Choice and Deregulation Act of 2015 Introduced by Two U.S. Senators Including Paul
U.S. Senators Rand Paul (R-KY) and Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) recently introduced the Fuel Choice and Deregulation Act of 2015. This legislation will remove Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) impediments to market competition and innovation in America's transportation fuel market.

"The EPA's onerous regulation of fuels is artificially limiting options for consumers and producers and preventing the adoption of new fuel options that could benefit our environment, our economy, and our energy security. Through competition and consumer choice, my bill will free fuel producers and automobile manufacturers to innovate and bring new products to market that can lower costs to consumers, increase domestic energy production, and benefit the environment." Sen. Paul said.

Click HERE to read the complete article regarding the legislation.

Click HERE to read the Fuel Choice and Deregulation Act of 2015.
2015 KPGA Premier Sponsorship Program
Still haven't signed up to be a premier sponsor? Sign-up today to be a year-long sponsor of KPGA! Through this program your company will be recognized at all KPGA events, in emails and on the KPGA website.
Listed below are a few benefits of the program:
  • Put your company name and representatives in front of the propane industry on the KPGA website, in the KPGA E-News and on all event signage.
  • Set your annual budget and customize your sponsorship level for the entire calendar year.
  • Personalize your marketing with KPGA.
  • Position your organization as a strategic partner for the future.
Download the 2015 Premier Sponsorship Information and Sign-Up Form below.
Tax Extenders Bill Update

Recently a broad-based coalition that included 528 associations, non-profits, and other groups sent a letter to members of the U.S. Congress and the U.S. Senate that encouraged the extension of the expired tax provisions known as the "Tax Extenders." KPGA joined other state associations in co-signing this letter that was submitted to every Senate and Congressional office, as well as several media outlets.

Propane-related provisions under consideration for extension in this debate include the 50 cent per gallon Alternative Fuels Tax Credit and the Alternative Fuel Vehicle Refueling Property Credit.  The Alternative Fuel Vehicle Refueling Property Credit was originally left out of the proposal from the House that provided a one-year extension of the expiring provisions. However, Representative Dave Camp (R-MI) introduced an amendment reinstating this credit. The Tax Extenders bill then passed the House by a vote of 378-46 and just passed the Senate by a vote of 76-16. KPGA is happy to report that all of the tax provisions will now be extended for 2015.

The Kentucky Propane Gas Association provides its membership with legislative, regulatory, and operational support, while fostering fellowship in order to safely expand, enhance, and promote the growth and professionalism of the propane industry.