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    Council Approves Operating Budget for Engine Fuel Coordinating Committee, Releases Proposed Rebate Changes for Comment

     

    Washington, DC (February 25, 2005) — The Propane Education & Research Council met via an hour-long conference call on February 17, approving an operating budget for the Engine Fuel Coordinating Committee and recommending changes to PERC’s Policies, Rules, and Procedures regarding the use of state rebate funds.

    The Council received a report from Brian Feehan, managing director of engine fuel programs, on the first meeting of the Engine Fuel Coordinating Committee, which was held February 11 in Chicago. The Council unanimously approved Docket 11665, Engine Fuel Coordinating Committee Oversight and Operating Support, for $97,000. The docket includes the cost for developing a roadmap document for the Engine Fuel Coordinating Committee.

    Councilors spent a majority of the call discussing proposed changes to the PERC Policies, Rules, and Procedures regarding the use of rebate funds by state associations/foundations. The proposed changes were developed by a task force created in December by Council Chairman David Lugar that was led by Councilor Tom Nunan, Suburban Propane (Oceanside, CA).

    “When the Council created the rebate program, the intent was for the Council to fund projects and programs that an individual company could not reasonably afford on their own,” Nunan said. “These proposed changes bring the rules and procedures more in line with the original intent of the Council.”

    The Council is now accepting public comments on the proposed changes, which must be received by March 18 to be considered by the Council at its next meeting, scheduled for March 31-April 1 at the Omni CNN Center in Atlanta. The full text of the proposed changes is listed at  http://www.propanecouncil.org/files/February_Policy_Change_Press_Release.pdf.

    In other Council business:

    • New Council member Jay Weinheimer, Williams Energy Field Services (Tulsa, OK), was introduced.
    • Mr. Lugar also announced that he appointed Mike Welch, Cass County Butane Co. Inc. (Linden, TX) to the Research and Development Advisory Committee and also appointed William Glass, Oklahoma LP Gas Administration (Oklahoma City, OK) to the Safety and Training Advisory Committee.
    • The Council moved its fall meeting to October 6-7 in St. Louis, MO.