Autogas Education and On-Road Consumer Rebates
The Ohio Propane Education Resource Council (OPERC) offers on-road incentives toward the purchase of autogas vehicles and mowers. For 2021, OPERC intends to use the resources through Clean Fuels Ohio to expand autogas opportunities for Ohio schools and across the campuses of Ohio’s colleges and universities. OPERC will offer rebates to end users of up to $1,000 as an incentive for the purchase of a new autogas vehicle, the purchase of a new propane mowers, and OEM conversion. New for 2021, OPERC will provide $1,000 incentive rebates for those that install new propane autogas dispensers open to the public.
OPERC believes that the expansion of autogas dispensers must continue for autogas to be successful across the state. Consumer and dispenser rebates will be administered on a first come, first serve basis until the funds are exhausted. OPERC remains excited about the potential growth of propane school buses, propane mowers, and other propane vehicles in the state of Ohio. OPERC believes that continued success will come through the use of professional public relations promotions through videos, social media, and other media sources.
Propane Vehicle Rebate Application Propane Autogas Dispenser Rebate Application
Duty to Warn
OPERC will encourage the purchase and distribution of PERC designed Duty to Warn materials by offering a reimbursement to any Ohio propane retailers that purchases Duty to Warn materials from PERC and provides them to their customers as an education and awareness tool. Ohio propane retailers that choose to participate will purchase the Duty to Warn materials they need, have them shipped to their plants, and submit a receipt or proof of purchase to the OPGA. OPGA staff will then reimburse $750 per plant (up to $3000 total) to the retailer.
Duty to Warn Rebate Application
Safe Appliance Installation Program
OPERC will be allocating funds to begin offering a safety appliance installation rebate program. The appliance installation rebate program has been a great success over the past several years in other states in our region (like Indiana and Kentucky), and OPERC intends to replicate their success. To begin the program, OPERC will be offering rebates to propane consumers for water heaters and furnaces. For propane customers who replace an old electric water heater with a new propane water heater, OPERC will pay a $300 rebate. For propane customers who replace an old electric furnace with a new propane furnace, OPERC will pay a $400 rebate. For propane customers who replace an old propane water heater with a new propane water heater, OPERC will pay a $150 rebate. For propane customers who replace an old propane furnace with a new propane furnace, OPERC will pay a $200 rebate.
Safe Appliance Installation Rebate Application
Environmental Messaging and Engagement
A new project for 2021, OPERC intends to significantly expand its engagement, partnerships, promotions of environmental messages to combat decarbonization efforts in Ohio. The primary goal is to increase propane consumer awareness to make them understand that propane plays a significant role in decarbonization as a clean energy source. The project will also share this messaging with construction professionals so they are better equipped to share it with potential propane consumers. This project will promote the already developed PERC resources so OPERC shares a unified message by PERC. To accomplish this project, OPERC will provide incentive rebates to propane retailers, and OPERC will utilize a professional public relations consultant to help OPERC place effective social media campaigns and engage in digital advertising. The social media and digital advertising campaigns will promote messages from #PropaneCanDoThat and #BringingPropaneToYou. OPERC will offer a rebate to incentivize propane retailers to purchase select items from the PERC Environmental Toolkit and share those materials with their customers. OPGA staff will then reimburse $750 per plant (up to $3000 total) to the retailer for purchasing and sharing those environmental materials.
Environmental Messaging Rebate Application