On November 13, 2014, Congressman Bob Latta (R-OH) and Congressman Tim Walz (D-MN) introduced legislation to reinstate the propane industry’s ability to use its own resources to educate consumers. The Propane Education and Research Enhancement Act of 2014 amends the Propane Education and Research Act (PERA) to update the data that must be used to calculate a critical price comparison.
Under PERA, the Department of Commerce (DOC) must calculate annually the price for “consumer grade propane” and compare it with an index of prices of specified competing fuels. If the price of propane exceeds a certain threshold, the industry is restricted from conducting most educational outreach activities. In 2009, due to a misinterpretation of the law by the DOC, the restriction was triggered and all educational outreach ceased.
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