32nd World LPG Forum: Bringing The Best Of LPG To Amsterdam

32nd World LPG Forum Brings Propane Leaders around the globe to Amsterdam Conference Sept 24-27 2019 reports media sponsor Butane-Propane News the propane industry's trusted source for news and information since 1939

By Mimi Brasseur… (September 19, 2019) — The World LPG Association (WLPGA) and Liquid Gas Europe are joining together September 24-27 to bring the largest LPG event in the world, the 32nd World LPG Forum & 2019 European Congress, to Amsterdam. This influential event combines a high-level conference, a major exhibition, and a choice of dedicated small summits and dynamic side events that cover the entire industry.

During the event, delegates will have access to five key sessions that follow the theme of the event and the roundtable session, “Energy in Transition.” “Session 1: Supply in Transition” will look at the supply growth for LPG worldwide. Demand for LPG is also growing at an impressive rate, which will be analyzed during “Session 2: Demand in Transition.” “Session 3: LPG in a Digital World” will discuss the need for the LPG industry to increase its use of the latest digital technologies. In “Session 4: Communications: From Reactive to Proactive,” hear from communications specialists on how the LPG industry can improve its outreach and strengthen its voice throughout the world. Finally, “Session 5: From Transition to Destination: What Does the Future Hold?”, will gather the current and incoming presidents and vice presidents of WLPGA and Liquid Gas Europe to offer their views on the future of LPG.
32nd World LPG Forum and and Liquid Gas Europe bring global propane energy leaders together in Amsterdam reports major media sponsor Butane-Propane News Sept 24-27 2019
Between sessions, delegates also have the option to explore the biggest exhibition ever, which will host over 200 exhibiting companies and their booths, including the Autogas Village at the entrance of the venue, which will display LPG cars and tanks.

largest global gathering of propane leaders at the 32nd World LPG Forum in Amsterdam reports BPN the propane industry's leading source for news and info since 1939GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY CONFERENCE
Successful marketing and implementation of new technologies, equipment, and ideas from around the world will be showcased at this global conference dedicated to technology and innovation in the LPG industry. The 12th Global Technology Conference (GTC) will be held Tuesday, Sept. 24.

The role of LPG in improving health outcomes, in accordance with World Health Organization Guidelines for Emissions Reductions for Health, will be the focus of this event. The third LPG for Development Summit (LPG4Dev), co-organized with the Global LPG Partnership, will take place Sept. 24.

Opportunities for autogas at a global level will be highlighted during the first international Autogas Day. It will provide an exceptional opportunity to hear and share the latest autogas innovations, marketing situations, experiences, as well as networking opportunities. Autogas Day is set for Friday, Sept. 27.

32nd World LPG Forum in Amsterdam Sept 24-27 Brings together Global Propane Leaders To discuss future of clean energy reports media sponsor Butane-Propane News the propane industry's leading source for news and info since 1939
An exceptional opportunity to network with your global peers and a chance to learn more about the positive impact and influence women have on the LPG industry will be offered during this vibrant exchange of best practices. The Women in LPG (WINLPG) Knowledge Exchange will be held Thursday, Sept. 26.

The LPG industry will be engaged in order to solve the proposed challenge for this year: Safety & Training. The World LPG Challenge ’19, a first for the World LPG Forum & European Congress, is a call to companies and startups. The winners will be announced Thursday, Sept. 26, during “Session 3: LPG in the Digital World.”

These are intensive roundtable discussions, separate from the regular sessions, that delegates can register for on a first-come, first-served basis. On Thursday, September 26, three parallel Power Plays are scheduled: “Making LPG the New Marine Alternative Fuel,” “Making Safety Interesting,” and “Taking BioLPG to the Next Level.”
32nd World LPG Forum and European Congress host largest gathering of propane energy and autogas leaders in Amsterdam reports BPN the propane industry's most trusted source for news and info since 1939
This two-part workshop is designed to increase awareness of cyber risk and fill in the knowledge gaps for executive and non-executive and information and non-information technology staff. Delivered and facilitated by HudsonCyber, along with AON, the workshop includes a general cyber risk awareness briefing followed by an interactive exercise.

On this stage in the middle of the exhibition area, companies and individuals will present on various subjects on Wednesday and Thursday, Sept. 25-26. The stage will also host the Snapshots presentations dedicated to LPG in Humanitarian settings, LPG’s contribution to the Sustainable Development Goals, and the potential for LPG in heating.

A number of outstanding social and networking gatherings will also be held throughout the week. On Sunday, Sept. 22, WLPGA associations can attend the Associations Executive Cocktail. The following day, Monday, Sept. 23, WLPGA and Liquid Gas Europe members are invited to the Members’ Dinner. Tuesday, Sept. 24, is the official opening of the exhibition. Here, delegates can gather together in the exhibition hall for drinks and snacks during the Exhibition Opening Cocktail. Finally, the official event Gala Dinner is being held on Wednesday, Sept. 25, where registered guests are invited to enjoy an elegant dinner in the Concertgebouw.

If you would like more information about the World LPG Forum, visit the website at www.worldlpgforum-aegpl2019.com/ or contact Esther Assous, WLPGA events director, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Don’t miss out on this great opportunity to introduce yourself to the industry and to learn how you can get involved.

Mimi Brasseur is communications assistant for the World LPG Association (WLPGA).

Rick 4.0 Approaches as Closeout Nears For Roldan 3.0

(September 18, 2019) — In software versioning parlance, National Propane Gas Association (NPGA) president and CEO, Rick Roldan, observes he will soon transition from 3.0 to 4.0. The former is his tenure at NPGA, the latter what comes next. Roldan concludes his 25 years of service to the association at the end of this year. Rather than lament the departure, he’s eyeing new options, professional and volunteer, and expressing “boundless gratitude” for this two and a half decades in the propane industry, including 18 years at the helm of NPGA. His outlook echoes that of country music performer, actor, and businessman Jimmy Dean, who noted, “I can’t change the direction of the wind, but I can adjust my sails to always reach my destination.”
After 25 years as CEO of National Propane Gas Association Rick Roldan is retiring reports BPN the propane industry's trusted source for news and information since 1939
“It’s been a wonderful run,” says the native Coloradan, who describes the transition to a new, and as yet unannounced, CEO as “a mutual move.” He adds, “I was fortunate to work with quality people every day.” Roldan was named president and CEO of NPGA in March 2002. His involvement with the industry group, however, began in 1994 with his selection as the founding executive director of the former Propane Vehicle Council. In 1995 he was appointed vice president of government relations. Roldan is an active member of the Natural Gas Roundtable and the Washington Industrial Roundtable.

“It was a tremendous honor to be named as Dan Myers’ successor and to be given the task of relocating the association to Washington, D.C.,” he says of his elevation to NPGA’s top administrative post. “Most of the Chicago staff had no interest in relocating, so we had to essentially hire a new team. One of the things of which I am most proud is the quality of people that we were able to recruit and their genuine commitment to the propane gas industry. Advocacy becomes a lot easier if you truly believe in your product. Our staff has always had that belief, which is probably why we were able to enact more bills than any other association or industry our size.”

Regarding industry expertise among NPGA membership, Roldan observes, “Call it luck or providence, but NPGA has always had a knack for picking the right leaders at the right time. Each year, our former board chairmen get together and talk about industry issues at the 50,000-foot level. When I look around the room at those meetings, I am struck by the wisdom and leadership experience of the people in the room. Their insights have been invaluable to me over the years.”

Who are some of those leaders? “If you forced me to identify some standouts, I would point to the winners of the NPGA Distinguished Service Award. Milford Therrell, for example, was the driving force behind the creation of PERC. Gene Bissell guided our relocation to Washington, D.C. The technical expertise of Bill McHenry, Sam McTier, and Mike Gorham are unparalleled.”
Rick Roldan retires after 25 years as Nat'l Propane Gas Assoc CEO reports BPN the propane industry's trusted source for news and info since 1939
Regarding his own view of association leadership, the University of Colorado, Boulder graduate and CU Presidential Scholar identifies being open and clear about what is to be accomplished as the foundation. “That is why I like volunteer-driven strategic plans. Establish your goals; allocate resources to achieve those goals in a reasonable time frame. Then understand that you are on the hook for getting the job done.

“The ‘no surprise rule’ is something we all practice. When our chairman travels to a particular state, it is important for him to be aware of any issues or controversies that may exist. Likewise, when I attend a board meeting, I want to be prepared for any issue that may arise. The no surprise rule is a close cousin of the transparency rule, which holds that bad news doesn’t get better with age. Get it out in the open, then deal with it head-on.”

Roldan acknowledges both challenges and opportunities for the propane industry, with “the important challenges the industry will face already well known to us: the drive toward renewable energy at the expense of low-carbon alternatives; policies and proposals like zero-net energy; the ‘electrify everything’ movement; the Green New Deal; and the hardening of sentiment against any fossil fuel, regardless of its potential for substantial emissions reductions.” Further, “for nearly a half century energy independence has been a national goal, for both economic and national security reasons. It is ironic that, having achieved the goal, there are those who would actually take us backward.”

At the same time, as these issues are faced, propane’s greatest advantage is that the industry “has a great story to tell,” he says. That story includes: “we are part of America’s global energy dominance. Propane is flexible. Our infrastructure is not stationary, thus immovable, nor is it susceptible to cyberattack as our competitors are. Propane is clean and green. We are neither a greenhouse gas—like natural gas—nor a groundwater contaminant—like fueloil. Our fuel is substantially more efficient than electricity in direct-flame applications.”

In addition, “We invest, through PERC, in technology that will make our product even better. Our industry is part of the fabric of America. Our members have deep roots in nearly every community in America.” Roldan adds he is optimistic about the future. “We will excel provided everyone who is a part of this industry—members and employees alike—become part of the effort to tell this story in their own towns and communities.”

Early Interest
He recalls he caught the statecraft bug early and that his hardworking parents were always supportive of his budding interest in government and politics, “even though most people at the time didn’t think a political science degree could put you on a solid career path. When I was 16, they paid to send me to a weeklong program in Washington where we interacted directly with members of Congress and administration officials like the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. I knew I would be back!”

His early career was more about politics than government, a period he refers to as Rick 1.0. “I was a department manager at the National Republican Congressional Committee, 1986 campaign cycle, and a division director, director of party development, for the Republican National Committee in the 1988 cycle. One of the great things about Washington is that upward mobility can be lightning fast if you’re willing to put in the hours, including extensive travel.”

One of Roldan’s fondest memories of that time in the nation’s capital was receiving an invitation to attend a gathering at the White House. The country’s president was fellow westerner Ronald Reagan. More than 30 years later he still has that invitation, and the envelope it was mailed in. “I kept it because it documents the possibility of lightning-fast upward mobility,” he says. “I arrived in D.C. on Jan. 3, 1983, a kid from a steel town in southern Colorado, Pueblo. A little more than three years later, April 1986, I received a formal invitation to the White House.”

The invitation being memorable enough, by chance the young man from Pueblo met and came face-to-face with the transformative, 40th U.S. president and leader of the free world. “That was the event at which President Reagan entered the East Room through a door opposite of where most of us thought he would enter. There I was, and there he was. He was perhaps the most engaging person I ever met.”

Roldan went on to serve in the administration of President George H.W. Bush from 1989 to 1993, Rick 2.0, as deputy assistant secretary of the Interior for Land and Minerals Management, acting as one of the principal stewards of the nation’s land, mineral, and renewable resources. He also served on the staff of the White House Conference on Climate Change.

Looking forward, he says the future, Rick 4.0, is promising and flexible, with plans to remain in Washington. He is an active member of the Cathedral of Saint Matthew Parish and a past president of the parish council. “I have always tried to be active in parish life. I am looking forward to having more time to expand this portion of my routine. I don’t know what form this will take. In charitable work, need always outpaces resources, so finding a meaningful role should not be too difficult.”

And there’s music and cooking. “I did play violin. Unfortunately, my dog hated it. Each time I played she did this Shakespearean death act. After a 15-year friendship, Bella died last January. I intend to return to the violin very soon. Yes, I love to cook because I believe that food has a way of bringing people together. This is really important in an age where people are glued to their screens. It has also been a good stress reliever for me. It is a way to turn your attention away from the pressures of the day. This is the hobby that must always be paired with a good gym membership.”

For the remainder of his tenure at NPGA, Roldan is working to ensure a seamless leadership transition at the association. “I am hopeful the transition will work out just fine,” he says. “I want everyone to know I am so deeply grateful for the opportunity to serve NPGA. My abiding hope is for a future of growth and prosperity for this great industry.” — John Needham

Montana School District Chooses Propane Buses For Cost-Savings and Emission Reductions

COLUMBIA FALLS, Mont. (September 17, 2019) — When Columbia Falls School District Six began school last month, it joined over 900 other school districts across the nation transporting students in clean-operating, economical propane school buses.

School Bus Bluebird kids cardinalbussalesThe district purchased three Blue Bird Vision Propane buses after researching various alternative fuels, including electric and compressed natural gas. “Our school board concluded that propane was the best price and fit for our needs,” said Steve Bradshaw, superintendent of Columbia Falls School District Six. “We are a cost-conscious community, and saving taxpayer dollars while reducing emissions is a priority for our school district.”
Nearby Browning Public Schools has operated propane school buses with success for five years.
On average, propane autogas costs about 50 percent less than diesel fuel. Columbia Falls school district pays $1.08 for propane compared with $2.89 for diesel, a savings of over 60 percent. The district also will reduce its maintenance expenses since propane buses do not require costly and complex after-treatment systems required for diesel buses.

In addition, the propane buses will help clear the air around its students and the community. According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), exposure to nitrogen oxides (NOx) exhaust can trigger health problems like asthma, bronchitis and other respiratory issues. Propane naturally emits 96 percent fewer NOx emissions than diesel. The domestically produced alternative fuel also emits less greenhouse gases, smog-producing hydrocarbons, and particulate emissions compared to conventional fuels.
“Columbia Falls School District Six will experience noticeable cost and emissions savings with its new propane-powered buses,” said Ryan Zic, vice president of school bus sales for ROUSH CleanTech, the propane fuel system manufacturer. “The district’s drivers will also enjoy how quiet they are, allowing them to focus on the students and the road ahead.” Buses fueled by propane autogas reduce noise levels by producing less sound, resulting in about 50 percent less noise.
The district needed a plan to fuel the buses, but did not have space on its property to install infrastructure. The district signed a fueling contract with CityServiceValcon that built a propane fuel station near the school at no charge to the school district. The propane provider also trained the district’s bus drivers on fueling, which is as fast and simple to fuel as diesel buses.
“Montana winters can be brutal. With propane buses, there is no need to delay or close school in extreme temperatures because they start up and operate reliably in cold weather — up to negative 40 degrees,” said Zic.
About Columbia Falls School District Six: School District Six covers a large area of northern Flathead County in Montana, south of Glacier National Park. The district has about 2,400 students in two elementary schools, one junior high school and one high school. Its mission is to provide a quality education through shared responsibility in a safe supportive environment for all students to meet the challenges of a global society. Visit cfmtschools.net for more information.
About ROUSH CleanTech: ROUSH CleanTech, an industry leader of alternative fuel vehicle technology, is a division of Roush Enterprises based in Livonia, Michigan. ROUSH CleanTech designs, engineers, manufactures and installs propane autogas and electric fuel system technology for medium-duty Ford commercial vehicles and school buses, and compressed natural gas fuel systems for school buses. As a Ford QVM-certified alternative fuel vehicle manufacturer, ROUSH CleanTech delivers economical, clean and domestically produced fueling options for fleets across North America. Learn more at ROUSHcleantech.com or by calling 800.59.ROUSH.

Propane Retailers Juggling Flood Recovery With Winter Prep

(September 16, 2019) — Following a spring and summer of flooding and recovery efforts, retailers in the Midwest have begun adding winter preparation into their already hectic days and weeks. “We wish we could control the weather, but we can’t,” said Paul Harris, fuel division manager at Ray-Carroll Cooperative, which has 10 locations in northwest Missouri. “We can only focus on recovering from the current situation, learning from it, and being as prepared as possible for future challenges.”
Floods Affecting Propane Grain Drying  with delays reports Butane Propane News the propane industry's leading source for news and info since 1939. Sept 2019
In the July issue, BPN covered the flooding in Nebraska, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, and Arkansas that began in March and continued to cause problems well into the summer as levees failed and rivers suddenly rerouted themselves through fields and everything else in their new path. In mid-June, serious damage from additional flooding continued and Interstate 29 from Omaha to St. Joseph, Mo., which had been reopened, then closed once again for a short period.

For Ray Collins, propane safety director for Sapp Bros. Petroleum (Omaha, Neb.), the relentless flooding meant more and more recovery efforts for the propane operation. While additional roads had opened as of early August, there were some that remained impassible, including roads in and out of the Sapp Bros. Hamburg, Iowa, location. “We are fortunate that we can take care of customers using propane from other locations,” Collins said. “The Hamburg propane storage location might have been in worse shape from continued flooding if it were not for area farmers who built a stronger levee themselves on private property.”

Meanwhile, Sapp Bros. has also been dealing with its travel center near Hamburg, which flooded for a second time in three months in June. “A lot of recovery work was already completed when the second flood hit,” Collins explained at the end of July. “Four new feet of water ruined all of the progress there. New gas lines are having to be run. The travel center now has a target date of mid-August to reopen.” For Collins, despite all the problems, there is pride in the Sapp Bros. team and how they have handled all the situations. “Our team is working hard to restore propane service safely to homes and hopes to be caught up in the August-September timeframe,” he said. “Our techs are often jumping in and helping where needed at other locations. We definitely look forward to a return to normalcy.”
Floods Affect Propane companies in flood recovery 2019
For Ray-Carroll Cooperative, the levee breach at its Brunswick, Mo., location was the only breach to allow water to shut off access to the bulk plant. Other plants sustained damage due to breaches, including limited access caused by road closures. “The water receded and we are working hard to reset tanks, test systems, and have customers prepared for winter,” said Ray-Carroll’s assistant petroleum manager, Dean McFatrich.

For Mike Root, an inspector for the Missouri Propane Safety Commission, a Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) mission assignment requested some propane expertise and he was asked to help. FEMA required the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) and Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to eliminate the safety risk caused by 364 containers that held a wide variety of hazardous materials. The containers were found in low-

Lying areas in Missouri’s Holt County, where water remained high following numerous levee breaches, some as much as a half-mile long, when rivers simply rerouted onto flat land. These materials included used oil, herbicide, diesel, gasoline, fertilizer, and propane. Of the 364 containers, only 25 were propane tanks. Most of the propane tanks were 500- and 1000-gal. tanks, however, there were a few forklift cylinders and 20-lb cylinders.

“The Missouri Propane Safety Commission agreed to help advise and assist with the processing of the propane tanks,” said Root, who covers the area of northwest Missouri. “The DNR and EPA contracted with a Louisiana company that brought in airboats to navigate the water.” Root explained the airboats were ideal for navigating waters crossing over fallen trees and other debris. In most cases, the tanks were processed but then left to be retrieved later when the water had receded sufficiently. The tanks were marked and secured with a chain or rope. In many cases, there was evidence that someone had tried to secure the various propane tanks that got away, according to Root. He said the majority appeared to be old, privately-owned tanks.

State government leaders in Missouri, Iowa, Nebraska, and Kansas blame the U.S. Corps of Engineers for placing too much emphasis on habitat management and not enough on flood control. Governors of these states are demanding more control over management of the Missouri River System. Farmers whose land was severely flooded are part of a lawsuit that claims flood control is taking a back seat to slowing the river and restoring habitats that protect the endangered Pallid Sturgeon and shorebirds such as the Piping Plover and Interior Least Tern. The Corps claims it works to balance all priorities and that the excess water came from record rains and melting snow that flowed over frozen ground and directly into the river downstream of its dams.

In July, Missouri Gov. Mike Parson signed an executive order establishing Missouri’s Flood Recovery Advisory Working Group. “Missouri has been plagued by record-level flooding this year. More than 80 levees have overtopped or breached,” Parson said. “The impact of flooding on our citizens and communities has been devastating, costing millions of dollars in property damage. This working group will play a key role in establishing Missouri’s path forward to rebuilding infrastructure, revitalizing damaged farm ground, and refocusing our flood-control priorities.” An initial report to Gov. Parson is to be submitted by Dec. 31 and a final report is due May 31, 2020.
Floods cause major problems for propane retailers salvaging LPG tanks reports BPN the propane industry's leading source for news and info since 1939 sept 2019
“In many areas, we are just now seeing the full extent of flood damage for the first time as water recedes,” said Greg Noll, executive director of the Propane Marketers Association of Kansas (PMAK). “Other areas remain underwater. The damage is unbelievable. Levees are holding water on the wrong side; backup water has been so severe it has caused more damage than flood waters; entire roads are gone; and once-prime farmland is now replaced by sand. There will be a lot of discussion at government levels about how we move forward as a state.”

In looking ahead to the coming winter season, Noll’s advice to association members is the same as it was during the winter of 2013-2014 when there was a huge propane shortage: “Plan for the worst and hope for the best!” He believes that based on late planting this year, November and December could be big dryer months, so marketers shouldn’t get caught in a position where they cannot supply enough gas.

In Iowa, the state association’s CEO Deb Grooms commented that a recent board meeting included an update on crops in all sections of the state. In short, every region reported the likelihood of a strong crop-drying year due to late planting. Sapp Bros.’ Collins and Ray-Carroll’s McFatrich concurred with Grooms and Noll on the possibilities for a higher-than-average level of late crop drying this year.

As for damage control from future flooding, for retailers it is all about securing tanks and other assets so they don’t float away. “Securing is cheap compared to going out and finding lost assets,” McFatrich said. “We’ve left augers in place for securing assets, in many cases, so that is one step we won’t have to do again.” Like many companies with assets still underwater, there will still be repairs, resets, and regulators to change out ahead of this season.

While McFatrich agrees with Harris that retailers can’t control Mother Nature, he is much more aware of weather situations he should be monitoring that could cause problems weeks and months later. “We are affected more by snowfall and rainfall levels months earlier and hundreds of miles north of us in Minnesota and the Dakotas than we are by current, local snowfall or rainfall. We need to be watching in advance what could soon be causing excess water to flow our way from the north!” — Pat Thornton

Dead River Propane Collects Tons Of Food For Hungry Children

BOW, NH (September 13, 2019) — FORD dealers throughout the state of New Hampshire and New England teamed up with the manufacturing company as well as the New Hampshire Food Bank and Dead River Propane Company to help feed hungry children in the state. Ford dealers in New Hampshire, including Grappone Ford in Bow, Monadnock Ford of Swanzey, Hampton Ford, McFarland Ford in Exeter, and Autofair Ford in Manchester, and participating companies, spent many weeks during the summer collecting peanut butter and non-perishables for economically disadvantaged children as part of the FORD Focus On Child Hunger drive. Additionally, Dead River Company, a propane retailer with locations around the state, also collected peanut butter at its Manchester, Bristol, Plymouth and New London offices, a tradition the company has been committed to for years.
Dead River Propane helps collect 5 tons of food for hungry children in new hampshire reports BPN the propane industry's leading source for news and information since 1939 sept 2019
The companies collected a total of 10,542 pounds of peanut butter and peanut butter alternatives, more than twice what was collected in the previous year’s food drive.

Eileen Liponis, the executive director of the New Hampshire Food Bank, thanked the participating companies and their customers for helping to provide more than five tons of peanut butter to hungry children in the state.

"The success of this FORD Focus on Child Hunger Peanut Butter Drive is a tremendous example of the impact businesses and the public can have on fighting hunger in New Hampshire," she said. "We cannot thank the Ford Fund enough for this incredible support."

Tom Bouchard, the business development manager for FORD Motor Credit Company, said that the fund and dealers were "gratified by the success" of the program that was making a positive impact in the state.

In 2013, Robert Moore, former president and CEO of Dead River Company, was awarded the JoAnn Pike Humanitarian Award, given by the Good Shepherd Food Bank. That same year, Moore was awarded the Distinguished Citizen Award by the Pine Tree Council of the Boy Scouts of America. In 2015, Junior Achievement of Maine elected Moore to the Maine Business Hall of Fame. Giving back to its community has been a long-honored tradition at Dead River Company.

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