Chronology of LP gas (1990-99): laying the foundations

LPG celebrates its 80th anniversary in 2021. To commemorate this milestone, LPG the editors combed magazine archives for the past eight decades to create a timeline that marks the history of the industry through our own pages. Here we present the 90s. You can also access these decades: 1940s, 1950s, 1960s, 1970s, 1980s.

National Propane Safety Week (1990)

The National Propane Gas Association (NPGA) designates the first National Propane Safety Week September 3-7 to educate propane consumers about their propane systems and commemorate the fifth anniversary of the NPGA’s GAS Check, a national effort to ensure safety and maintenance inspections of all residential propane systems.

Propane bus (1990)

As talks about “cleaning the air” begin to circulate around the country, two new propane-powered transit buses are being introduced for a test conducted by the Orange County Transit District (Calif. ) to determine which alternative fuel provides the most miles per gallon.

The 1994 Southeastern Convention in Atlanta attracts computer and software companies aimed at helping propane retailers become more “computer savvy.”

New technology (1994)

The Southeast Annual Convention and Trade Show attracts hundreds of propane retailers, where they are met by several IT and software companies aimed at helping retailers become more “computer savvy” and maximize their efficiency using the all new World Wide Web.

Record usage (1994)

US propane consumers set a new usage record in the second half of the 1993-94 winter heating season, consuming more than 27 million barrels, according to the US Energy Information Administration. The previous record was 26 million barrels in January and March 1977.

Midwestern Propane Convention (1996)

The Midwest’s first annual propane gas convention and trade show is held in Indianapolis March 9-11, replacing the Midwest Expo. LPG considers the event “a great success” with 167 exhibitors and more than 2,300 participants in total.

Propane Education and Research Council (1996)

Congress authorizes the Propane Education & Research Council (PERC) with the passage of the Propane Education and Research Act of 1996, which President Bill Clinton enacted on October 11.

New editor (1997)

Pat Hyland named new editor-in-chief of LPG, after Zane Chastain’s 23-year career as editor-in-chief and publisher, the latter Chastain stays.

Summit 2000 (1998)

The NPGA hosts Pinnacle 2000, a convention that attracts over 600 attendees, to discuss the changing state of the propane industry in the late 1990s and look into a new millennium.

Image capture from LP Gas magazine on year 2000 fears

The fears of the year 2000 take hold of the nation.

Preparations for the year 2000 (1999)

As the millennium draws to a close and year 2000 fears grow, all eyes are on websites, computers and the power grid. LPG Editor-in-chief James Guyette encourages retailers to communicate directly with customers and fill tanks as soon as possible.

Featured Image Credits: Cover 1: Robertshaw Thermostat Co.; Cover 2: Impco carburetion; Cover 4: Photos courtesy of LPG Hall of Fame inductees and their families, and background photo by Istockphoto.com/Herbert Bias; Cover 5: LPG Staff; USGirl / iStock / Getty Images Plus / Getty Images; balipadma / iStock / Getty Images Plus / Getty Images; spawns / iStock / Getty Images Plus / Getty Images; Logo / background: Olha Huro / iStock / Getty Images Plus / Getty Images

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