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The Propane Council of Texas, a non-profit dedicated to educating the public on cleaner-burning propane hopes to help green the landscape community. This past week, August 13-15, 2015 in Dallas, the Council attended the Nursery/Landscape Expo hosted by the Texas Nursery & Landscape Association in effort to tout the benefits of greener options for landscapers.
The EPA estimates that 17 million gallons of gasoline are spilled each year refueling lawn equipment. Propane eliminates this threat to the environment, because it doesn’t contaminate groundwater or soil. Plus, it has a closed refueling system.
Additionally, propane commercial mowers produce less carbon and fewer greenhouse-gas emissions.
“Landscapers do not have to worry about lost labor hours due to mowing restrictions on Ozone Action Days, because propane mowers have lower emissions than traditional gasoline mowers,” says Jackie Mason, Education & Marketing Director for the Propane Council of Texas.
Landscapers also now have a vast amount of mowers to choose from that can be powered with propane. There are more than 17 manufacturers and 135 propane commercial mower models available either straight from the factory or through conversion.
“Propane Council of Texas also makes it easier for landscapers to make the switch by offering the incentives,” says Mason.
The program, which began in 2010, currently gives up $1,000 per propane commercial mower, up to 5 mowers.
For more information, propane mowers and the Council’s incentive programs, visit http://www.fuelingtexas.com.
About the Propane Council of Texas
The Propane Council of Texas (ProCOT) is a non-profit 501 (c) 3 dedicated to educating the public and the propane industry on safety and on the newest clean-burning propane technologies. ProCOT is the state entity that represents the Propane Education & Research Council (PERC), which was authorized by the U.S. Congress with the passage of the Propane Education and Research Act (PERA) of 1996.
On July 10, 2015, the current National Propane Education & Research Council (PERC) Propane Mower Incentive Program will cease accepting new applications, and all activity within the program will begin to draw to a close. A revised and refreshed incentive program is in the planning stages and will be announced in the coming months.
PERC has remained very committed to this program, as it serves as both a unique sales tool for the industry and a measurement for market success. Since 2013, the Mower Incentive Program has helped place over 3,100 propane mowers into the marketplace, adding 3.1M gallons of demand to the market since its inception and roughly 15.5M gallons of demand over the next five years (avg. lifespan of the equipment).
All national incentive program communications and the online application will be updated this week to reflect the program status.
Below are some key notes regarding the end of the Propane Mower Incentive Program.
- The incentive was subject to the available budgeted funds and, as such, could end at any time should program funding be depleted.
- No new applications will be accepted after July 10th.
- PERC will honor all current applications in process prior to the July 10th deadline, provided the applicant completes the program paperwork and requirements.
- A new Propane Mower Incentive Program is in the planning stages, and an announcement will likely be made in the fall of 2015.
Please contact Jeremy Wishart at 202-452-8975 or firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
DALLAS — School transportation directors from all over Texas converged on Dallas for the Texas Association of Pupil Transportation (TAPT) Conference at the Hilton Anatole this weekend. The Propane Council of Texas (ProCOT) was on hand to educate transportation officials on propane cutting-edge technology to help districts lower school bus emissions.
Propane school buses reduce greenhouse-gas emissions, produce fewer smog-forming hydrocarbon emissions, and do not expose children to harmful particulate matter found in diesel exhaust. Particulate matter can increase breathing-related issues and worsen asthma.
“Propane autogas is a smart choice for Texas schools,” said Jackie Mason, Educational & Marketing Director for the Propane Council of Texas. “Not only does propane lower harmful emissions, but it reduces fuel costs and has a proven safety record in Texas.”
Even with the low cost of motor fuel, propane autogas still offers very significant savings over diesel for school districts looking to make the switch, and it’s found right here in our own backyard. Texas produces nearly half the nation’s propane and the U.S. is a net exporter of the domestic, cleaner-burning fuel.
“School districts have options. Top school bus manufacturers have responded to requests for greener buses, and they now produce propane buses, including Blue Bird, Collins Bus Corporation, Thomas Built Bus, and IC Bus,” says Mason.
There are nearly 2,500 school buses powered by propane operating in Texas. Over 70 school districts, including Arlington ISD, Conroe ISD, Houston ISD, and Eanes ISD in Austin are using propane alternative fuel buses. Dallas County Schools and Northside ISD in San Antonio host the largest propane powered school bus fleets in Texas.
For many school districts across the state, running propane-powered school buses and other vehicles on cleaner-burning autogas is a great way to help build greener schools and healthier budgets.
About the Propane Council of Texas
The Propane Council of Texas (ProCOT) is a non-profit 501 (c) 3 dedicated to educating the public and the propane industry on safety and on the newest clean-burning propane technologies. ProCOT is the state entity that represents the Propane Education & Research Council (PERC), which was authorized by the U.S. Congress with the passage of the Propane Education and Research Act (PERA) of 1996. To find out more about propane autogas, visit FuelingTexas.com.
According to the Houston Chronicle, this past December 2014, the Texas Parent Teacher Association (TX PTA) presented another school district with a grant to purchase cleaner school buses, helping the district to reduce school bus emissions. Clear Creek school district was awarded $100,000 to buy two more buses to add their existing alternative fuel bus fleet.
The PTA’s Clean School Bus grants are funded by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ). The program assists school districts with the purchase of cleaner alternative fuel buses.
According to the article, Clear Creek runs 55 buses on compressed natural gas (CNG), 16 buses on propane, and 213 on diesel.
TX PTA President, Leslie Boggs is quoted in article discussing how school buses can emit harmful diesel exhaust and particulate matter, which can cause or amplify respiratory problems like asthma and be harmful to children whose lungs have not fully developed.
Boggs states in the article that buses that run on propane or compressed natural gas reduce particulate matter emissions to virtually zero also touts the substantial economic benefit of using propane autogas.
CCISD has plans to grow its alternative fuel bus fleet with twelve more propane buses this March.
The district also recently applied for an additional grant through the TCEQ’s Texas Clean Fleet Program. This grant could potentially fund up to $1.8 million for the purchase of 28 propane-powered school buses replacing some of the district’s older diesel school buses.
Texas non-profit offers vehicle rebates to those upgrading to propane autogas
The Propane Council of Texas—a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting the use of cleaner-burning,
domestically produced propane—is offering incentives to Texas businesses who upgrade their fleet vehicles to
the globally-recognized alternative fuel. The Propane Council of Texas (ProCOT) now offers up to a $7,500
incentive per new propane vehicle purchased or converted to propane autogas by a private fleet. This is an
increase from what was previously allowed for aftermarket conversions. The program cap is $15,000 per
private fleet. In return for the incentive(s), vehicle incentive recipients will be required to provide data on their
“The program provides seed money for Texas businesses who are introducing propane autogas into their fleet
for the first time,” said Jackie Mason, Education and Marketing Director for the Propane Council of Texas
(ProCOT). “The Council believes businesses that demo the vehicle in their fleet will clearly see the advantages
and continue to adopt propane into their fleet without any further incentives.”
Some of the benefits of propane autogas include fuel cost savings, lower harmful emissions, and reduced
vehicle maintenance due to propane’s high-octane rating. Plus, propane is an American made alternative fuel,
with two-thirds of the nation’s supply being produced right here in the Lone Star State.
Many private fleets across Texas are already fueling with propane autogas, including delivery and service
companies, shuttle services, taxis, telecommunications companies and landscapers. Since 2010, the Propane
Council of Texas has provided incentives to business fleets that have powered their vehicles with propane
autogas. Some past incentive recipients include: ARS, Admiral Linen & Uniform, Primetime Gutters, and
To learn more about the many advantages of propane autogas, please visit the Propane Council of Texas’
dedicated autogas website,
www.fuelingtexas.com. To find out more about the business vehicle incentive program, please visit www.propanecounciloftexas.org.
About the Propane Council of Texas
The Propane Council of Texas (ProCOT) is a non-profit 501 (c) 3 dedicated to educating the public and the
propane industry on safety and on the newest clean-burning propane technologies. ProCOT is the state entity
that represents the Propane Education & Research Council (PERC), which was authorized by the U.S. Congress
with the passage of the Propane Education and Research Act (PERA) of 1996. The program is funded with
small fees from the propane industry and goes to fund several safety programs, as well as the commercialization
of new propane technology. Visit www.procot.org for more information.
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)’s National Clean Diesel Campaign (NCDC) is now accepting applications for the 2014 School Bus Replacement Funding Opportunity.
This is a rebate program to replace older school buses in both the public and private fleets. The total funding for this opportunity is approximately $3 million. EPA will accept rebate applications until Monday, November 17, 2014, at 4 pm EST. Applicants may submit only one application for up to five buses.
Funding is between $15,000-$25,000 based on the class of bus.
- The diesel bus being replaced must be MY 2006 or older.
- Old bus being replaced must be scrapped
- New bus must be MY 2014 or newer. Propane buses are eligible. Bus cannot be purchased prior to grant selection.
For more information, please visit http://www.epa.gov/cleandiesel/dera-rebate-schoolbus14.htm or send questions to CleanDieselRebate@epa.gov.
The Propane Education & Research Council (PERC) offers incentives for cleaner-burning propane commercial lawn mowers to landscapers nationwide on mowers with 32 to 72 inches in deck size. Propane commercial mowers are available from Ariens/Gravely, Big Dog, Bob-Cat, Exmark, Ferris, Husqvarna, Hustler, Kubota, John Deere, R & R Products, SCAG, Snapper Pro, Toro, Ventrac, Wright, and Zipper. Also EPA-certified propane conversion options are available on various sized Kawasaki engines.
For a limited time, from October 1, 2014 to December 31, 2014. The below incentive amounts are DOUBLED. This applies to the national propane mower incentive program only.
$1,000 for new factory-built propane mowers. This is now doubled to $2,000.
$500 for EPA certified conversion to propane. This is now doubled to $1,000.
Since the national program’s inception in 2012, more than 500 contractors have received incentive dollars in exchange for data about their usage and mower performance. Landscapers and other qualified participants can apply for the national program at http://www.propane.com/commercial-landscape/programs-and-incentives/. And yes; you can apply for both the national incentive, and the incentive distributed by the Propane Council of Texas for the same propane commercial mower.
For more on the state mower incentive implemented by the Propane Council of Texas, please visit http://fuelingtexas.com/off-road/mower-incentives/.
A new grant opportunity just opened up through the TCEQ called the Emissions Reduction Incentive Grant to replace older dirty diesel vehicles and equipment with cleaner options like alternative fuels. The grant pot of money is $50 million. Grants may pay up to 80% of the incremental cost for replacement and 50% for on-site refueling infrastructure.
There are propane OEM platforms that could qualify for this program dependent on how old of a diesel you or your fleet customer are replacing including the following propane-powered vehicles: the Bluebird School Bus, MicroBird, Collins School Bus, Thomas buses, Freightliner chassis, as well as some Roush trucks and vans. Must be over 8,500 lbs. The vehicle you or your fleet replaced must be destroyed.
The eligible counties include:
o Austin Area: Williamson, Travis, Bastrop, Caldwell, and Hays Counties
o Beaumont-Port Arthur: Hardin, Orange, and Jefferson Counties.
o Corpus Christi Area: Nueces and San Patricio Counties.
o Dallas-Fort Worth: Denton, Collin, Tarrant, Dallas, Rockwall, Kaufman, Ellis, Hood, Johnson, Parker, and Wise Counties.
o Houston-Galveston-Brazoria: Brazoria, Fort Bend, Waller, Montgomery, Liberty, Chambers,Galveston, and Harris Counties.
o San Antonio Area: Comal, Guadalupe, Wilson, and Bexar Counties.
o Tyler-Longview: Upshur, Gregg, Rusk, Smith and Harrison Counties.
o Victoria Area: Victoria County.
Learn more about the grant and program requirements by attending a workshop. Workshops are free of charge and registration is not required.
HOUSTON: September 23, 2014
10:00 a.m.- 12:00 p.m.
Tracy Gee Community Center
3599 Westcenter Drive
Houston, Texas 77042
AUSTIN: September 24, 2014
10:00 a.m.- 12:00 p.m.
TCEQ’s Austin Office
Building F, Room 2210
12100 Park 35 Circle
Austin, TX 78753
ARLINGTON: September 30, 2014
10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
Arlington Public Library- George W. Hawkes Central Library
101 East Abram Street
Arlington, TX 76010
SAN ANTONIO: October 2, 2014
10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
Alamo Area Council of Governments
8700 Tesoro Drive, Suite 100
San Antonio, TX 78217
Grant applications must be received by December 2, 2014. For more information, please visit http://www.tceq.state.tx.us/airquality/terp or call 800-919-TERP (8377).
The Texas Clean Fleet Program (TCFP) administered by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) is providing incentives to owners of large fleets both public fleets like school districts and municipalities as well as private fleets in the state to replace diesel-powered vehicles with alternative fuel.
Texas Emission Reduction Grants (TERP) may result in cost reductions up to 80 percent off of heavy and light-duty vehicles.
Eligible Applicants. Owners of fleets of 75 or more vehicles operated in Texas, at least 20 of which are diesel-powered vehicles, may be eligible to apply for a grant under this new program.
Replacement of on-road heavy-duty diesel vehicles (8,500 lbs. or more)
Replacement of on-road light-duty diesel vehicles (under 10,000 lbs.)
Alternative fuels, for this program, are limited to electricity, compressed natural gas (CNG), liquefied natural gas (LNG), hydrogen, propane (LPG), or a mixture of fuels containing at least 85% methanol by volume (M85).
Applications must be submitted by October 3, 2014 to be considered.
Learn more about this incentive program at http://www.tceq.state.tx.us/airquality/terp.
TCEQ Opens Up Funding for the Statewide Alternative Fuel New Light-Duty Motor Vehicle Purchase or Lease Incentive (LDLPI) Program
The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) announced that up to $7.8 million in grants is being made available for the new Light-Duty Motor Vehicle Purchase or Lease Incentive (LDPLI) Program. The LDPLI is a program that provides financial incentives up to $2,500 for the purchase or lease of eligible new vehicles powered by compressed natural gas (CNG), liquefied petroleum gas (LPG), or electric drives (plug-in).
“The great part of this program is you do not have to be in non-attainment or near non-attainment area. Anyone in the state of Texas can take advantage of this program,” says Jackie Mason of the Propane Council of Texas.
The vehicle must be a new light-duty motor vehicle. Texas Health and Safety Code Section 386.151 (2), defines a light-duty motor vehicle as a vehicle with a gross vehicle weight rating of less than 10,000 pounds.
The propane autogas powered vehicles must be purchased or leased from a dealer or leasing company licensed to sell or lease new vehicles in Texas to qualify. Some of the LPG eligible vehicles include Roush’s E-150 – E-350 vans as well as their F-250 as long as the vehicles meet the weight criteria. A full listing of eligible vehicles under the LDPLI is available on the TERP web site at www.terpgrants.org.
Bi-fuel and dedicated conversions may be eligible, but only under these very strict circumstances. The car dealer will need to work directly with an alternative fuel system convertor to convert the engine and fuel system to operate on the alternative fuel before the sale or lease of the vehicle is completed.
So basically, to be eligible for the rebate grant someone may not have the engine and fuel system converted to the alternative fuel after they have purchased or leased the vehicle. To qualify for a grant, the final alternative fuel vehicle must be sold or leased as a new vehicle by the licensed new vehicle dealer or leasing company.
Applications will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis from now until June 26, 2015 (so until next Summer), or until all funding is awarded, whichever occurs first.
Please note: Only purchases completed after the official opening of the grant round, which began May 13, 2014 are eligible to apply for a Rebate.
For questions regarding the LDPLI program, please contact the TERP program at 800-919-TERP (8377).