At a meeting in Park City, Utah, the Propane Education & Research Council (PERC) recently signed off on 10 funding requests, including one regarding an autogas nozzle program.
According to PERC, the council approved $500,000 for a pilot program that will give qualifying marketers an incentive to help their customers replace older autogas nozzles with newer, lower-emission autogas refueling equipment. PERC notes further details on the program will be available at a later date.
Of course, this isn't the first time PERC has provided funding for autogas-related projects. For example, the council approved in February $600,000 to back emissions certification for applying Icom North America's autogas technology to the Ford 3.5-liter EcoBoost engine.
Furthermore, PERC adds that the gathering in Park City was the council's first meeting since the end of a restriction on its consumer education activities.
At the meeting, PERC announced that it would form a marketer-led task force to develop a comprehensive communications strategy designed “to inform and educate the public about safety and other issues associated with the use of propane,” a priority of the Propane Education and Research Act of 1996.
Although details are still developing, PERC says the council chairman will appoint members of the task force, and the group will be led by the chairman of the market outreach and training working group of the PERC advisory committee.
PERC will next meet in November in Boca Raton, Fla.