About the Propane Education & Research Council

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The Propane Education & Research Council promotes the safe, efficient use of propane as a preferred energy source. Congress passed the Propane Education and Research Act (PERA) in 1996, and the industry began to conduct a referendum among propane producers and marketers, who overwhelmingly approved the formation of the Council.

The Council receives funding by an assessment, or "check-off," on each gallon of odorized propane gas. The assessment will collect five-tenths of one cent per gallon in 2008 and is projected to generate $50 million to fund programs and projects.

Through the Council, the propane industry has committed itself to a multiyear, multimillion-dollar effort to improve consumer and employee safety, fund research and development of new and more efficient propane equipment, and expand public awareness of propane and its many uses and environmental advantages.

In addition to its activities in the residential and commercial construction industry, PERC promotes the use of propane under the following missions:

  1. Autogas. Autogas delivers high-octane power yet fewer greenhouse gas emissions than gasoline and considerably less nitrogen oxide and particulate pollution than diesel.
  2. Research and Development. PERC's research and development mission invests in new technologies and fosters industry practices that bring innovative products and services to customers, improve the economic vitality of the industry, and provide greater value to propane consumers.
  3. Propane Safety. The Safety and Training Advisory Committee (STAC) leads PERC's mandated mission to develop programs and projects to enhance consumer and employee safety and training.
  4. Propane for Agriculture. Propane can be a key solution for many agricultural operations, including waste treatment, crop drying, power generation, and space conditioning.

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