In December 1997, the Michigan Propane Gas Association MPGA Annual Summer Conventionapproved the establishment of a separate organization that would operate as a foundation filed under IRS rules 501(c)3. On June 15, 1999, the organization received its approval from the IRS as a 501(c) 3 tax status. A board of directors was established on December 11, 1997, and work began on the formation of an organization that would represent all propane marketers in the state of Michigan and would present programs to the public, marketers and opinion leaders on the safe, clean, efficient use of propane as a safe and clean fuel.

National Propane Education & Research Council (PERC) Affiliation

Since the organization formation, committees have met to evaluate programs that would be fulfulling the objective of Michigan PERC in providing consumer education, propane marketer safety and training programs, and propane research and development. The Michigan PERC Board formed focus groups to further investigate and evaluate what areas to dedicate the resources of the organization. The Board adopted the programs set by the working committees and began the process to develop a strategic plan for present and future rebate grant applications that meet the criteria of the National PERC for consumer education, safety and training and research and development.

Officers Term Expires
President David Lowe, Pro Image Communications 12/31/2019
Vice President Bruce Montroy, Bergquist, Inc. 12/31/2020
Secretary/Treasurer Scott Underwood, Alto LP Gas 12/31/2021
MPGA Past President Andy Vanderboegh, Alto LP Gas 7/25/2019
Board Member Aaron Huizenga, Ferrellgas 12/31/2020
Board Member Gerad Himebaugh, Forward Corporation 12/31/2021
Board Member Randy Halstead, Homeworks Tri-County 12/31/2019

2018 MIPERC Programs

Education and training. Industry employee training will continue CETP, HM126F, Gas Check and other industry training available for all industry personnel in the state of Michigan. Courses are open now. CLICK HERE to explore the course offerings.

Propane emergency training. This project will continue to train Michigan’s local first responders on how to safely handle propane emergencies should they be encountered. CLICK HERE for more information on the locations of 2018 Propane Emergency Training Courses in your area.

Alternative fuels on-road consumer rebates. This project will now have several objectives in 2018: continue to work with Clean Fuels Michigan; continue to promote autogas vehicle incentives to end users; propane autogas mowers in Michigan; incentivize autogas infrastructure expansion. The project includes the continued public relations component to help promote the autogas vehicle incentives and assistance in aligning MPGA/Michigan PERC with the potential for work with the Volkswagen Settlement. MIPERC also seeks to offer on-road incentives toward the purchase of autogas vehicles, engine conversions, autogas mowers, and autogas infrastructure. MIPERC will offer rebates to consumers up to $4000 for purchase of autogas vehicles and $5000 rebate for new infrastructure expansion. Consumer and industry rebates will be administered on a first come, first serve basis. MIPERC is excited about the potential growth of new propane school buses and other propane vehicles in the state of Michigan. Additionally, to do this right, MIPERC believes that professional promotion of the rebates to interested groups, municipalities and associations is necessary. CLICK HERE for more information about the $4000 vehicle incentive. CLICK HERE to request more information about the $5000 autogas infrastructure rebate.

Consumer and industry education. MIPERC will continue its social media and E-Journal education forums for consumer and industry personnel education. Additionally, MIPERC will continue seasonal education campaigns for consumers, low income customers, and other safety related messaging. Safe Handling of Propane (SHOP) will continue to coordinate the seasonal outreach education along with continued outreach for low income consumer education and safety messaging. CLICK HERE to see the safety education messaging.

Construction professional education. MIPERC will continue and expand its initiatives to bring propane awareness and education resources HVAC professionals, home builders, and plumbers utilizing PERC construction education resources. MiPERC intends to add generator education and training to its offerings. CLICK HERE to request more information about the construction outreach.

If you have questions about any of these projects, simply contact Derek Dalling at the MPGA/MIPERC headquarters.