Oklahoma Propane Gas Association
Funding Available for Alternative Fuel School Bus Projects – Including Propane
The Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) recently released additional details about the state’s Alternative Fuel School Bus program. The State of Oklahoma previously received approximately $21 million in VW Settlement Funds to use in reducing vehicle emissions in Oklahoma. Of the $21 million, approximately 20 percent or $4.1 million was set aside to fund the Alternative Fuel School Bus program. Propane (LPG) is one of the approved alternative fuels/vehicles. Eligible projects include:
- Replacement of 2009 or older Class 4-8 diesel school buses with new alternative fuel buses.
- Repowering of 2009 or older Class 4-8 diesel school buses with new alternative fuel engines.
The deadline for submitting proposals is December 3, 2018. The project application and other program details can be found HERE.
Water Heater Rebate Update:
Water Heater Rebate Reduced by Oklahoma’s LP Gas Commission
Effective September 1, 2017, the Oklahoma LP Gas Research, Marketing and Safety Commission (LP Gas Commission) reduced the rebate it offers for the purchase and safe installation of propane water heaters to $100.00. The reduction was unanimously approved by the LP Gas Commission’s Board of Directors at its meeting in May 2017.
Oklahoma’s LP Gas Commission was created on November 1, 1994, and the Water Heater Rebate Program went in to effect in 1996. Since then, Water Heater Rebates have been adjusted several times due to market conditions, finances, competition, etc. Water Heater Rebates were initially set at $150.00. Rebates peaked at $350.00 following the unusually long and cold winter of 2013-2014. In the 20 plus years the program has been in effect, the LP Gas Commission has paid approximately 20,000 Water Heater Rebates valued at approximately $4.5 million. However, with expenses increasing annually and with income virtually unchanged for more than two decades, the LP Gas Commission’s Board of Directors voted to reduce the Water Heater Rebate in order to help balance the budget and to avoid reductions elsewhere. Under Oklahoma law, the LP Gas Commission is funded by a one-half cent per gallon assessment on the first sale of odorized propane in Oklahoma including propane imported from out of state. Oklahoma’s assessment on propane has remained at one-half cent per gallon since the LP Gas Commission was created almost 23 years ago.
The adjustment in the Water Heater Rebate was the only substantive change approved during the May, 2017, board meeting. Oklahoma’s LP Gas Commission will continue paying a $50.00 rebate to replace out of date and/or faulty regulators. Oklahoma’s LP Gas Commission implemented the nation’s first Regulator Rebate Program in 1996. Initially, rebates were set at $30.00 although they too have been adjusted several times over the years. To date, Oklahoma’s LP Gas Commission has paid more than 40,000 rebates valued at approximately $1.5 million to replace faulty and/or out of date regulators in Oklahoma.
It is the purpose of the Oklahoma Propane Gas Association to promote this industry and to coordinate its activities to the end that OPGA may serve to the fullest extent possible the best interests of both the propane gas industry and the consuming public.
OPGA is and shall remain committed to increasing the effectiveness of gas service for light, heat, and power; to advancing the methods of manufacture, distribution, utilization, sales, and accounting relative to this industry; to advancing the public’s knowledge of, and appreciation for, the unique qualities of propane as well as its various and diverse uses; and shall encourage, now and in the future, economic advancement, safety, conservation and standardization within this industry.
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