NJPGA e-Regulator
2019 - Issue 3
In this Issue:
  • Governor's Draft Energy Master Plan & NJPGA's Response
  • NPGA's Propane Logistics Analysis Network (PLAN) is Now Live!
  • New NJ PERF Project - Water Heater Safe Installation Rebate Program Kickoff!
  • NJ School Board Association Workshop 2019 - Atlantic City, October 22-23
  • NPGF Scholarship Announced for 2020-21 - 2/15/20 Deadline
  • ROUSH CleanTech Update: Clean Transportation: Perception vs Reality

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Governor's Draft Energy Master Plan
. . . and NJPGA's Advocacy for NJ's Propane Industry
In June, Gov. Phil Murphy's administration released a draft of its Energy Master Plan ( click here to read the Draft EMP ), the state's energy planning document for the next several years.

The state Board of Public Utilities (the BPU) said in a statement that the plan outlines how New Jersey will achieve 100 percent clean energy by 2050. The plan will define clean energy as achieving carbon-neutral electricity generation and "maximum electrification" of the building and transportation sector to reduce emissions 80 percent relative to 2006 levels by 2050, as mandated by the Global Warming Response Act. "The Draft Energy Master Plan is a comprehensive road map toward achieving our goal of a 100 percent clean energy economy by 2050," Murphy said in a statement. "The strategies set forth in this draft plan will foster economic growth by creating thousands of jobs in New Jersey's energy, building, and transportation sectors."

The Energy Master Plan includes seven strategies to meet the state's clean energy goal — reducing energy consumption and emissions from transportation; maximizing energy efficiency and reducing peak demand; reducing energy use and emissions from buildings; supporting community energy planning in underserved communities; modernizing the grid and utility infrastructure; accelerating the deployment of renewable energy and distributed energy resources with a focus on underserved populations; and expanding the clean energy economy.

Between July - September, the BPU held hearings to gather input on the draft plan. NJPGA is deeply grateful to our members who attended and spoke at the critical Stakeholder Meetings, to help ensure that the Governor and state legislators know the concerns of propane marketers and those whose businesses serve the propane industry in NJ. 

Michael Merrill
Michael DelMauro
Staci Rammel
JD Stem
Tom Tarantin 
Their comments gave insight into the ramifications on the New Jersey economy if the propane industry is decimated because of the Energy Master Plan. NJPGA's lobbyists at PPAG coordinated the delivery of individual messages to build the industry's position, reinforcing the important messages, without being redundant. 

David Smith of Princeton Public Affairs Group (PPAG) submitted this letter  on behalf of NJPGA to the BPU. PPAG provided this letter to all 120 senators and assembly members to fortify our position that propane is a clean energy option.

The BPU will now review stakeholders’ comments, and determine which changes should be made to the draft Energy Master Plan, with the expectation of release by December 2019. NJPGA will provide an update as it becomes available.       
Propane Logistics Analysis Network
(PLAN) is Now Live!

NPGA announced the launch of the Propane Logistics Analysis Network (PLAN). Previously there was no centralized tool to help drivers maximize their hours of service. NPGA developed PLAN with the support of the Propane Supply & Logistics Committee, and with the assistance of state and regional association executives as well as propane businesses. As of today, there are more than 400 supply points listed in PLAN.

PLAN is a crowd sourced online tool, which means it relies on active user input. Everyone is encouraged to enter wait times at supply points, including drivers, dispatchers, terminal managers, and wholesalers. Please note PLAN does not represent supply levels, pricing, or other market variables, and may be subject to error.

PLAN is available online at https://plan.npga.org and through an update to the NPGAction app. To download the NPGAction app, visit the Apple App Store or the Google Play Store .
NPGA thanks all of the industry members and state executives who volunteered their time and resources to help with development of PLAN. With your help and continued use, this tool can grow and provide timely information to the industry. Please contact NPGA at plan@npga.org with any questions.
New NJPERF Project - Coming Soon!
Water Heater Safe Installation Rebate Program

This Fall, NJ Propane Education and Research Foundation (NJPERF) is launching a Water Heater Safe Installation Rebate Program for 2019-2020. 

Modeled after the Mid-Atlantic Propane Gas Association's Rebate Program, the purpose of the NJPERF Safe Appliance Installation Rebate Program is to help ensure the safe installation of propane appliances, specifically propane-fueled water heaters, in new or existing construction. Consumers will receive a rebate through a participating propane retailer.

Additionally,  the program is intended to increase propane use statewide by adding new propane water heater users, and to create an entry opportunity for installing additional propane appliances. 

NJPERF's safe appliance installation rebate program will offer up to one hundred $200 rebates upon safe installation of propane-fueled water heaters. For installations in existing homes, the new propane water heater must replace an existing electric or natural-gas water appliance. Both tank style and tankless water heaters are eligible. Program participants will be issued a rebate only after a safety audit has been conducted by a qualified technician and documentation is processed by the program administrator (such as a proof of gas check or leak test).  A rebate application must be submitted by a propane company in NJ to NJPERF within 30 days of the final safety inspection following installation of the water heater. Checks will be sent directly to the homeowner or builder, with up to 6 weeks allowed for processing. The installation and inspection of a water heater must be completed within 12 months of the project kick-off date, projected for late October.

Learn more at the NJPGA Fall Board Meeting on Oct. 17!

NJPGA Fall Board Meeting,
Golf & Awards Dinner

9:00 am - Golf Tee Time
4:00pm - 6:00pm - NJPGA Board Meeting
6:00 pm - 9:00pm - Reception/Awards Dinner

Thursday October 17, 2019
Forsgate Country Club
Monroe, NJ

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National Propane Gas Foundation (NPGF) Scholarship
Apply Now thru February 15, 2020

The 2020/2021 National Propane Gas Foundation (NPGF) Scholarship application opened on 9/15/2019. The submission deadline is 2/15/2020!
Click here for the link to the “ NPGF Online Application ” or find it under the “Apply Online” heading on the NPGF Scholarship web page at www.npga.org/scholarship .
NPGF’s program offers $1,000 and $2,000 undergraduate college and technical, trade and vocational school awards for children of employees of NPGA member companies and state propane gas associations. Only one application is needed to be considered for its 88 awards in the 2020/2021 academic year.

In the continuing effort to keep expenses down, NPGA no longer prints and mails brochures or flyers. All marketing materials can be found on the NPGA’s Scholarship website under the “ Promotion Materials ” heading to help announce that $121,000 in 2020/2021 NPGF awards will be bestowed.

Applicants will need their parent’s NPGA member ID to apply. Email info@npga.org and insert in the Subject line, “NPGA Member Number Request.” In the body of the email, include the following:
  • Applicant’s Full Name
  • Parent’s Full Name
  • Local Company Name and Complete Address
  • Parent’s Phone
  • Parent’s Company Email

NPGF Scholarship eligibility Information can be found here .

In the 2020/2021 academic year to help with the industry’s work force planning issues, NPGF will continue to offer $1,000 scholarships to applicants attending accredited vocational, trade or technical schools pursuing these propane-related fields:
  • Commercial Truck Driver
  • Electrician
  • Gas Fitter
  • HVAC Technician
  • Pipe Fitter
  • Plumber

To read the bios and view the pictures of the 2019/2020 NPGF scholarship recipients click on the link.  

If you have any questions, please contact Lori Dec, Scholarship Coordinator, NPGA at ldec@npga.org or 202-355-1328.

October 22-23 in Atlantic City
NJ School Boards Association 
Workshop 2019

For the third year, NJPERF, in association with Blue Bird, Hoover & ROUSH, will host a booth and provide presentations to promote the use of propane school buses in New Jersey at the Annual NJ School Boards Association Workshop. Many thanks to PERC for supporting this important program, and to the volunteers who will be staffing the booth and providing the Learning Lab presentations!
Registration is open! Save the Date!

NJPGA Board Meeting &
Holiday Luncheon

Thursday December 5
Maggiano's Little Italy, Bridgewater, NJ
11:00 am - 2:00 pm

From Roush CleanTech -
Clean Transportation: Perception vs Reality

Public and private fleet transportation directors are learning more about advanced technology developments for transportation. These people have a wide variety of job responsibilities across these fleets, and have many of the same concerns. Here are the top three themes that examine their perception versus the reality of what’s going on in the industry.

Perception: Medium-duty electric vehicles are here and commercially viable.
The reality is that EVs are still under development for the commercial truck and bus segment. Mass adoption has not yet taken place. There is work to be done on several fronts, including:

  • The integration of the technology and controls strategy needs to improve.
  • Battery cost must continue to come down.
  • Infrastructure needs must be addressed.
  • Service locations must be identified.
  • More OEM involvement needs to occur, so suppliers can start supporting much larger volumes and drive additional innovation.
  • 2nd life for the batteries once they are decommissioned from the vehicle.
Perception: Big Data on fleet mobility is everywhere.
Reality: There have been huge advances in capturing Big Data as it relates to fleet mobility. By leveraging data, operators can reduce vehicle downtime, improve the safety of their operation, and optimize routes — and that’s just the beginning. Connectivity pilot programs are helping fleet managers operate at peak performance levels and reduce the anxiety of fleets transitioning to a new energy source, like propane or compressed natural gas.
Perception: Propane is solely for backyard grilling.
The reality is that it’s available for off-road applications, like forklifts and lawn mowers, and also for on-road transportation, like Blue Bird buses and Ford commercial vehicles. More than 27 million vehicles travel worldwide with propane autogas in their fuel tank. There are over 1 million children safely riding to and from school on a Blue Bird propane school buses.
Let make sure that we continue to squelch perceptions with reality.

To learn more about ROUSH CleanTech’s alternative-fuel vehicle technology that powers school buses and Ford commercial vehicles, please visit www.roushcleantech.com .
Todd Mouw is president of ROUSH CleanTech, an industry leader of alternative fuel vehicle technology. Mouw has more than two decades of experience in the automotive and high-tech industries. As former president of the NTEA Green Truck Association, Mouw helped set standards in the green trucking industry. To learn more, visit ROUSHcleantech.com.
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Officers & Board of Directors 2019-20
Michael G. Merrill
JEM Mechanical Services
Vice President
Henry S. Papiano
C Three Logistics

Beth Karr

Staci Rammel
Woodruff Energy
Immediate Past President
JD Stem
Stem Brothers, Inc.

National/State Director
Beth Karr
Michael DelMauro
Superior Plus Energy Services, Inc.

Peter Gilman
LP Transportation, Inc.
Chris Mohler
Chesmont Engineering Company, Inc.

Jack Neff
Blue Flame GAS of NJ

Jayson Schneider
Victor Division of F.W. Webb Co.

Tom Tarantin
Tarantin Industries, Inc.

Mike Taylor
Combined Energy Services

Jim Wiltshire
Ray Murray, Inc.
Director of Public Affairs
David Smith
Princeton Public Affairs Group
NJPERF Officers & Board of Trustees
J.D. Stem
Stem Brothers, Inc.
Vice President
Henry S. Papiano
C Three Logistics

Beth Karr

Corrine Walker
Suburban Propane
Peter Gilman
LP Transportation, Inc.

Michael Merrill
JEM Mechanical Services

Thomas A. Tarantin
Tarantin Industries, Inc.
NJPGA and NJPERF Headquarters
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Executive Director

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