High energy prices and power shortages encourage consumers to seek cost-effective alternative sources for heat and power. Distributed power generation technologies are decentralized energy systems that offer consumers reliable sources for heat and power that lower energy costs and reduce emissions while expanding the propane industry's share in energy markets and balancing off-season demand. Through the Propane Education & Research Council, the propane industry is investing in the development, demonstration, and commercialization of propane-fueled generator sets, fuel cells, and micro-turbines.
The Certified Employee Training Program (CETP) is a nationally recognized training program for people involved in the handling of propane, as well as propane equipment and appliances. CETP is used extensively throughout the country and is continually expanding and updating.