May 31, 2022
In Brief
In this edition of the Monday Morning Messenger, TPGA wants to remind you that the deadline to comment on the proposed LP Gas Safety Rules is this Friday. Don't miss out on the chance to voice your opinion with the Commission. Check out our first story of the morning for access to a summary of the proposed rules, the complete set of rules, and the easy online comment form.

Speaking of the Commission, check out our second story of the day to see who won the Railroad Commission Primary Runoff and what's next for the candidate.

Thirdly, as part of the NPGA Propane Days Policy Forum, NPGA continues to add meetings with the Senate and Congressional representatives. Check out an additional meeting added for Texas and more about NPGA's upcoming board / annual business & policy forum this month.

Lastly, TPGA said it would update members when the EPA Clean School Bus Program officially opened. It's open and gives priority to rural as well as high need school districts. Check out more details of this nationwide bus rebate program.
Don't forget to check out our Quick Links section for reminders and access to resources, including how you can support Uvalde victims' families, how to unbox savings by shopping at Propane Service Corporation, how to donate to the silent auction, and learn more about our upcoming Kendra Scott Trunk Show.
In this issue

  • In Brief
  • Proposed RRC Rules
  • RRC Race Update
  • Congressional Meetings
  • Propane School Bus Rebates
  • Your Guide to Crossroads
  • Quick Links
Calendar
Don't Forget to Comment on the
Proposed LP Gas Safety Rules
The Railroad Commission has proposed changes to the Chapter 9 LP Gas Safety Rules. Some are favorable; however, some need revisions. TPGA urges you to comment on these rule proposals.

An online comment form makes it quick and easy to comment.
The deadline to comment to the Commission is this
Friday, June 3, 2022.
Wayne Christian Secures GOP Nomination in RRC Race 
Railroad Commission Incumbent, Wayne Christian beat oil & gas attorney Sarah Stogner in the Republican Primary Runoff last week.

Thank you to everyone that voted!

The Texas Tribune reports, "Christian will face Democrat Luke Warford in the general election in November, where Christian will be the overwhelming favorite, as no Democrat has won statewide office in Texas since 1994. The winner in November will serve a six-year term, the longest term of any statewide elected position."
Propane Days Meetings Update
for Texas
In addition to the Senator Cornyn meeting, NPGA has set up a Zoom meeting with Texas Congressional Representative that members can join in on.

NPGA will kick off each meeting on issues affecting the industry and followed by questions by the TX propane industry members attending.

Meetings include
June 2, 2022, 11:00 AM
Congresswoman Lizzie Fletcher (TX-07) Meeting

Fletcher serves on the House Energy & Commerce Committee and NPGA will discuss how the EPA Clean School Bus Program implemented by the recent Infrastructure Investment & Jobs Act gives an unfair advantage to electric buses.

Click here to RSVP for the Fletcher Zoom Meeting

June 6, 2022, 2:00 PM
U.S. Senator John Cornyn (TX) Meeting
Cornyn serves on the Senate Finance Committee and NPGA will be engaging the Senator on the extension of the alternative fuel tax credits that expired on December 31, 2021.

Click here to RSVP for the Cornyn Meeting.
While the Propane Days meetings are virtual, NPGA is hosting in-person events on Capitol Hill in conjunction with their June 8-10, 2022 Board Meeting & Annual Business Meeting / Propane Days Policy Forum. For those of you attending in Washington, Texas Congressman, Dan Crenshaw will kick off the NPGA Propane Days Policy Forum on June 9, 2022.

Click here to get more information and a full schedule on the NPGA Annual & Board of Directors Meetings / Propane Days Policy Forum.
EPA Clean School Bus Update: Program Officially Opens
Although we are lobbying for changes down the road, EPA’s Clean School Bus has officially opened and funds are available now. $250M of the 1/2 a billion for 2022 is available this rebate round for school districts that retire a 2010 or older diesel bus and replace it with a cleaner school bus powered by propane or CNG. Schools can start applying now!

School districts just need to complete a very short & easy application by no later than August 19, 2022.
 
Rebate Amounts
Rural district $25,000-$35,000 rebate per new propane bus
Non-rural district $15,000-$20,000 rebate per new propane bus.
School districts can apply for up to 25 buses

The application is straightforward. The school district can apply at https://www.epa.gov/cleanschoolbus.
 
Rebates will be awarded based on a lottery system, but priority will be given to rural districts, low-income school districts, and high need districts. Districts will have six months from the award to submit their purchase orders to EPA.

Go to https://propane.com/autogas-learning/school-transportation/ to download several resources for school districts on the benefits of propane school buses.
Your Guide to
What: 2022 Crossroads Propane Expo & Conference
hosted by the Texas Propane Gas Association (TPGA)

When: Tuesday, June 21 - Wednesday, June 22, 2022
Conference location:
Grand Hyatt Hotel
600 East Market St
San Antonio, TX 78205
Expo Location: Henry B. González Convention Center
900 E Market St
San Antonio, TX 78205
What is the cost to attend?
Propane marketers can register for the entire conference or expo only
Click here for propane marketer pricing.

Vendors, exhibit space is sold out for 2022.

Where can I stay?
The host hotel, the Grand Hyatt is sold out. An overflow block is available first-come, first-serve, contact TPGA at (800)325-7427 for hotel availability and information.

Who will be at the expo?
Attendees' badges will get into both the Crossroads Propane Expo as well as the neighboring Southwest Fuel & Convenience Expo with over 200 booths between the two shows. Click here for what you will find at the expos.

What is there to do in San Antonio?
San Antonio is a historic, bustling Texas city with delicious cuisine and numerous attractions. Go to https://www.visitsanantonio.com/ to discover all the amazing things to do in San Antonio.
Quick Links
HOW CAN YOU HELP
UVALDE VICTIMS
FAMILIES
MEMBERS UNBOX THE SAVINGS AT PROPANE SERVICE CORP, YOUR ONE-STOP SHOP
HELP SUPPORT THE SCHOLARSHIP FOUNDATION
SILENT AUCTION
DONATE AN ITEM
SHOP KENDRA SCOTT AT THE EXPO. 20% OF SALES WILL BE DONATED TO THE TPGA SCHOLARSHIP FOUNDATION