NPGA’s Propane Days, Eastern Energy Expo Set New Venues

The National Propane Gas Association (NPGA) has modified this year’s Propane Days and its annual board meeting due to the uncertainty around the restrictions placed on this type of gathering due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The association is modifying this year’s activities scheduled for June 14-17 as noted.

The Leadership Summit scheduled for Sunday, June 14, is cancelled. On Monday, June 15, the Marketers Meeting will be held via webinar from 11 a.m to noon EST, followed by NPGA’s board meeting, also by webinar, from 1-3 p.m. EST. The Capitol Hill visits will be replaced by a combination of regional calls between NPGA members and members of Congress utilizing member input, as well as visits to local Congressional district offices later this year. The PAC event will be moved to webinar format (details to be determined).

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Another annual industry event, the Eastern Energy Expo (EEE), will take its show to convention attendees by holding its new “On Demand Venue.” By bringing the Expo directly to participants using a dynamic web platform, EEE will continue to serve the energy and comfort industries, this year through a 100% online experience during the entire month of August.

While attending the On Demand Expo, visitors will be able to tour the exhibits, watch the business sessions, see new products, and interact with vendors. Through its On Demand exhibit, exhibitors can display products, services, videos, show specials, news, and contact and social media links.

Eric DeGesero, executive vice president, FMA, representing Eastern Energy Expo, said, “Of course, we were all eager to be at the new Mohegan Sun Convention Center. However the reality of COVID-19 has impacted the way we all work and travel. Over the last few weeks, it has become evident that regardless of what the status of reopening in our region is by August, the in person experience would not only raise legitimate safety concerns, but also inhibit our ability to facilitate the face-to-face results that we all want from a trade show.”

Lisa Strug, executive director, OESP, commented, “While we know we cannot replace the face-to-face networking of an in-person show, the partners to the show are working hard to assure this year’s event will provide all participants, attendees, exhibitors, and sponsors a new way to interact in this virtual format. Going “On Demand” will enable us to bring the show to attendees for a month-long experience where they can take advantage of the opportunity to participate at their convenience. OESP is excited to continue to bring quality educational programs to you.”

Ted Harris, executive vice president, Pennsylvania Petroleum Association, noted, “Going virtual affords us the opportunity to expand the demographic reach of the show. Location is not a barrier to participation and attendee registration is free to all. With the cancellation of so many events, we are pleased to offer exhibitors, sponsors, and attendees the opportunity to connect and maintain visibility during this challenging time”

Now in its fifth year, Eastern Energy Expo brings together wholesale and retail heating fuel marketers, motor fuel distributors, diesel and biodiesel distributors, propane marketers, and HVAC service professionals. This year’s event will offer business programs, technical education programs, “live” events, and an interactive trade show experience.

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