Tuesday, May 7, 2013

NPGA Welcomes Energy Industry Expert Jeff Petrash

Washington, DC (March 22, 2013) – The National Propane Gas Association (NPGA) is pleased to announce that Jeff Petrash has joined the association as Vice President and General Counsel.  An energy policy expert, Petrash will also serve as one of NPGA's senior advocates on Capitol Hill and in federal agencies.

“Jeff's extensive knowledge of federal and state regulation of the energy industry and his background in natural gas policy and legislation are an ideal fit for the propane industry as we focus on getting policies in place that will facilitate greater adoption of propane in applications ranging from home heating to fueling fleets," said Rick Roldan, NPGA's President & CEO.  "Additionally, he is one of the foremost experts on federal full-fuel cycle policy - a key issue for the propane industry,” Roldan continued.

The propane industry is rapidly growing due to increased supply from natural gas shale production.  “70 percent of total U.S. propane supply comes from natural gas liquids, and the industry is fervently working with policy makers to establish favorable parity with natural gas in public policy.  Jeff’s expertise in this area will tremendously benefit NPGA’s members,” said Ray Murray, NPGA’s Chairman.  Between 2005 and 2011, the amount of propane produced in the U.S. increased nearly 10 percent.  Supply is expected to continue growing with increases in shale gas and shale oil production.

For more than a decade, Petrash was Senior Managing Counsel at the American Gas Association (AGA).  Previously, he was a partner in a law firm in Washington where he specialized in energy regulation and litigation. He received his Juris Doctorate degree with honors from the University of Michigan and is a member of the District of Columbia Bar.

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