May 2, 2022
In Brief
In this edition of the Monday Morning Messenger, TPGA is ready for the frenzy of prospective convention registrants calling this week to register as the early bird discount ends after this Friday. Check out more information in our Top Story about Crossroads.

Continuing education is only required by the Railroad Commission every four years. It is easy for the date to creep on certified propane professionals. When is your CE due? Check your CE due date and access available classes in our second story of the morning.

TPGA wants to call on Texas propane retail members to complete their sales of propane reports to PERC. Reporting is critical to help Texas get its fair share of funding from PERC every year. Learn more details in our third story of the morning.

Lastly, EPA has released details of the highly anticipated $5 billion nationwide Clean School Bus lottery. School districts do not need to be in a non-attainment area. EPA is targeting rural communities for this rebate.
Also, don't forget to check out our Quick Links section each week for reminders and access to helpful links. This week, access the TPGA scholarship application information as the deadline is exactly just 2 weeks away. Each week, you can also access our TPGA store for propane business forms, decals, signs, consumer education materials, and other resources.
In this issue

  • In Brief
  • This Friday
  • Continuing Education
  • Sales Reports Due
  • $5B for School Buses
  • Quick Links
Our Convention is Next Month
Register by This Friday to $ave
When: Monday, June 20 - Wednesday, June 22, 2022
Where:
Grand Hyatt Hotel
600 East Market St
San Antonio, TX 78205

Henry B. González Convention Center
900 E Market St
San Antonio, TX 78205
Highlights
  • Get training from the folks that make the rules at our Regulatory Compliance Training Forum.
  • Catch up with clients at the Kick-Off Casino Party, Welcome Reception with Live Music, President's Cocktail & Gala.
  • Golf in the heart of the Alamo City Golf Trail. Our golf tournament is also at the site of the Texas Golf Hall of Fame.
  • Access twice to three times as many attendees this year, as both Crossroads Expo & Southwest Fuel & Convenience Expo attendees will have access to your booth.
  • Access 10 state and federal government agencies at the expo for compliance, incentive, grant, and loan questions.
  • Support the TPGA scholarship program with our annual Kendra Scott trunk show & silent auction.
  • Sneak away to enjoy San Antonio: sip margaritas, enjoy amazing Tex-Mex on the Riverwalk, take a boat ride on the river, and explore the historic missions.
  • Kids out for summer? No problem, San Antonio has Legoland Discovery Center, the Alamo, Heimsfair Park, and more within a short distance of the host hotel & Convention Center.
  • You and the family can even venture out further to Sea World, Fiesta Texas, and San Antonio Zoo.
Register by this Friday, May 6, 2022, to save. Price goes up after Friday.
Is Your Continuing Education Due?
Individuals certified by the Railroad Commission of Texas (RRC) in the transportation, storage, distribution, and use of liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) are required to complete continuing education (CE) every four (4) years to renew their certification.

Individuals can check their CE due date on their certification card to determine if they need to attend CE before May 31, 2022, or you can see all your employees' CE dates on this below-linked spreadsheet.
Contact the RRC at training-exams@rrc.texas.gov or 512-463-2682 for questions.
In or near Central Texas, Jack Walzel is hosting a free CE class next week in Buckholts, TX, click here for details.
Help Texas Dollars Stay in Texas
To ensure Texas gets its fair share of PERC funding, please complete your Sales of Propane Survey from the Propane Education & Research Council (PERC) for 2021 gallons.

Only 31 of 304 reports due for Texas have been completed so far.

With proper PERC funding, Texas would be able to continue a lot of our programs like:
  • Texas Saves with Propane Appliance Rebate Program
  • Duty to Warn Safety Mailing Program
  • Propane Living newsletter
  • Propane Builder newsletter
  • Consumer Safety Tip & Recipe Calendar
  • Propane Emergencies Training for Emergency Responders
  • And other programs and projects

Please go to propane.com/salesreport and follow the on-screen instructions for completing the report by no later than May 31, 2022.
 
Individual company data is kept confidential and anonymous, and data is never disclosed to third parties outside of National PERC. This data is not shared with Texas representatives either. TPGA & ProCOT can only see who reported and who has not.

If you have any questions about the 2021 Annual Retail Propane Sales Report, please email salesreport@propane.com or call the PERC office at (202) 452-8975.
EPA Clean School Bus Details: Rural Schools Will Be Given Priority
$5 billion is available for propane, natural gas, and electric school buses through the EPA’s Clean School Bus over the next five years. $500 million will be available for 2022, with half for propane and natural gas and the other half of the funds for electric school buses.
 
Schools district across the United States will be able to complete a very short application and apply for up to 25 school buses this rebate round by replacing 2010 or older diesel buses with newer, cleaner buses like propane.
 
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.
 
Rebates will be awarded based on a lottery system, but priority will be given to rural districts, low-income school districts, and tribal schools. Districts will have six months from the award to submit their purchase orders to EPA.

Due to launch on April 27, 2022, the school bus rebate program will open later this May and will remain open for 3 months. TPGA and ProCOT will alert the industry once the program begins so they can reach out to their school districts.
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