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Written on: February 13, 2024

Many Key Industry Opportunities Discussed

The National Propane Gas Association (NPGA) Board of Directors met in Monterey, California last week and discussed many key issues facing the industry. Artificial Intelligence was a hot topic as leaders addressed the opportunities presented as well as potential threats. Micro-CHP, a Cummins propane engine and ongoing challenges with regulatory threats to propane were discussed.

The Propane Logistics Analysis Network (PLAN) app was discussed amid changes to make it more focused on peak demand periods rather than day-to-day propane distribution.

Steve Kaminski, NPGA President & CEO and Sarah Jorgensen, managing partner at Reichman Jorgensen Lehman & Feldberg LLP led a discussion on the importance of the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals Ninth Circuit decision not to rehear a 2023 case overturning Berkeley’s 2020 gas ban.

Approval of a Young Professional’s Council for industry members 40 and younger was a major accomplishment at the Board Meeting. The Council is designed to further develop younger industry leaders who are employees of NPGA-member companies. Stephanie Hennen of Lakes Gas, a leader in the creation of the council, said the council will offer multiple educational workshops and webinars tailored to its members who are 40 years and younger. “But most importantly, the council will work to ensure its members are prepared both personally and professionally to continue to move forward in life and in the propane industry,” she said in a post on LinkedIn. “A special thank you to the National Propane Gas Association, Austin Wicker, and the Board of Directors for making this become a reality. I can’t wait to see what’s just past the horizon.” The Young Professional’s Council will launch at the NPGA Convention and Expo in April in Charlotte, North Carolina.