March 28 2022
In Brief
In this edition of the Monday Morning Messenger, the association shares how over $1 billion dollars has been allocated to switch city and county buses and transits to low emissions and how propane plays in and provides you with a fact sheet you can share with your local transits.

Our next three stories touch on several upcoming important events including our upcoming 2nd quarter TPGA board & committee meetings. The association will be meeting to discuss new membership categories, regulatory updates, scholarships, and other industry matters.

TPGA is very excited to announce we have new regulatory compliance training we are organizing for the Crossroads Conference. Find out more about the training in our third story of the morning.

In addition to the new training, TPGA is offering at the Crossroad Conference, TPGA goes into more detail about what you might find at the over 200 exhibits this summer at the Crossroads Propane Expo/Southwest Fuel & Convenience Expo mashup.

Lastly, check out our Quick Links section to access the Winter Fuels Weekly Pricing & Supply Update and our TPGA Store to find an array of consumer education materials. Speaking of consumer education, we also link to the latest alert from the Propane Council of Texas sharing with you some valuable propane wildfire safety materials for your customers and community. Our final link is to our scholarship application, which deadline is coming later this spring.
In this issue

  • In Brief
  • $1.4B for Propane Buses & Transits
  • Board Meeting Deadline
  • New Training Announced
  • Over 200 Exhibits This Summer
  • Quick Links
Calendar

March 28, 2022

March 28-31, 2022

March 30, 2022
Last Winter Weekly of
2021-2022 Heating Season

March 31, 2022
  
April 1, 2022

April 4-29, 2022

April 10, 2022

April 12-13, 2022

April 15, 2022
TPGA Office Closed
for Good Friday
$1.4 Billion Dollars in Federal Grants Available
Propane Transit Buses & Vans
There is a grant totaling more than $1.4 billion managed by the Federal Transit Authority (FTA) to replace, rehabilitate, purchase, or lease buses, related equipment, or facilities with alternatives like propane autogas funded by the 2021 Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act.

FTA combined two grant opportunities: the Buses & Bus Facility Program and the Low or No Emission Grant Program. The Buses & Bus Facility Program awards grant money to projects that will improve resiliency, reliability, and service. The Low or No Emission Grant Program awards grant money to projects that will reduce energy use and emissions.

Contact your state and local governments to alert them that propane autogas transit, paratransit, and other medium-duty vehicles, equipment, and maintenance facilities are eligible for purchase or lease under the FTA grants.

Grant applications are due by May 31, 2022. The grant announcement is available online here.

The Propane Council of Texas has contracted with a grant expert to help any Texas fleet that wants to pursue any state or federal grant opportunity.

Your bus and transit fleets can contact the Council at info@propanecounciloftexas.org for more information and to get assistance with the application process.
Upcoming Events
2nd Qtr 2022 TPGA Board & Committee Meetings at Texas Margaritaville Resort
April 12-13, 2022
Join TPGA for the spring board & committee meetings in Montgomery, TX, the second week of April. The event includes dinner at the Waterside Cove Lounge at the Margaritaville Resort.
Schedule
April 12, 2022
9:00a – 10:30a    T&S Committee
10:45a - 11:30a    Scholarship Foundation
11:30a – 1:00p    Lunch on your own
1:00p – 2:00p    Meeting Planning Committee
2:15p – 3:30p     Membership Committee
3:45p – 4:45p     Executive Committee
5:00p – 6:00p    Finance Committee
7:00p            Dinner – Margaritaville Resort,
Waterside Cove Lounge
 
April 13, 2022
9:00a – 11:00a    TPGA Board of Directors     
Hotel reservation deadline is today, March 28th
Regulatory Compliance Training
Announced for Crossroads
The Texas Propane Gas Association (TPGA) will be hosting Regulatory Compliance Training Forum on Monday, June 20, 2022, from 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm as part of the 2022 Crossroads Propane Expo & Conference. 

The afternoon will kick off with lunch, followed by 30–45-minute training sessions from various state and federal government agencies that regulate the propane industry.

Attend the regulatory training series that will include sessions from:
  • Railroad Commission of Texas
  • Commercial Motor Vehicle Enforcement of the Texas Highway Patrol
  • Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration of the U.S. Department of Transportation
  • Pipeline Hazardous Material Safety Administration of the U.S. Department of Transportation

Additional state and federal regulatory agencies have been invited.

In the upcoming weeks in the Messenger, we will announce what compliance item each agency will be tackling.

TPGA will host a Regulatory/Government Pavilion on the expo floor with several additional state and federal agencies that regulate or provide government aid to the propane industry for those who cannot make the training.
Over 200 Exhibits & Counting
Join us June 21-22, 2022 at the Convention Center
on the San Antonio Riverwalk.

Crossroads attendees will have access to both the 2022 Crossroads Propane Expo & Conference hosted by the Texas Propane Gas Association and the Southwest Fuel & Convenience Expo hosted by the Texas Food & Fuel Association.
Sample Blue Bell ice, Dippin Dots, slurpees, pizza, and other snacks as you peruse 200 booths between the two expos with companies that sell:
  • Propane appliances
  • Back office software
  • General liability, property, casualty & workers comp insurance
  • Petroleum & propane tanks and cylinders
  • Gasoline, diesel & propane dispensers
  • Gasoline, diesel & propane wholesalers
  • Gasoline, diesel & propane bobtails & transports
  • Propane service trucks
  • Fleet graphics & vehicle wraps
  • Tank truck cleaning services
  • Tank testing & inspection
  • Tank monitoring solutions
  • Leak detection monitoring services
  • Compliance services companies & resources
  • PPE & safety equipment distributors
  • Valves, compressors, vaporizers & other propane equipment
  • Meters, registers, and printers
  • Payment processing solutions
  • Video survellience solutions
  • Building signage companies
  • Display cases and retail counters & metal buildings
  • Website & social media management companies
Don't miss out on early bird pricing secure registration now.
Quick Links
MARCH 23, 2022
WINTER FUELS WEEKLY
PRICE & SUPPLY UPDATE
NATIONAL, REGIONAL & STATE
SHOP PROPANE SERVICE CORP (PSC)'S CONSUMER EDUCATION MATERIALS ONLINE
TEXAS IS AT RISK FOR WILDFIRES FIND MATERIALS TO DOWNLOAD TO EDUCATE YOUR PROPANE CUSTOMERS
TPGA OFFERS SCHOLARSHIPS TO MEMBERS' EMPLOYEES' CHILDREN & GRANDKIDS THE APPLICATION ROUND IS OPEN