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    Green Lawn Equipment Event to Showcase Cleaner-Burning Options for Landscapers

    (Dallas, TX) The Propane Council of Texas (ProCOT) has partnered with DFW Central Texas Clean Cities Coalition and UT Southwestern to bring you the Green Lawn Equipment Show on May 5, 2014 at UT Southwestern Landscaping Yard in Dallas, TX right on the heels of Air Quality Awareness Week. The event will showcase cleaner-burning commercial lawn mowers from propane to electric.

    Grounds managers from schools, colleges, area medical centers, golf courses, and cities’ parks departments as well as commercial landscapers from the Dallas-Fort Worth and surrounding areas are expected to attend this lunchtime event.

    Propane autogas is the ideal fuel for lawn and landscape professionals because propane-powered mowers produce fewer greenhouse-gas emissions than traditional gasoline mowers allowing landscapers to operate cleaner propane mowers on Ozone Action/Air Quality Action Days without violating EPA regulations. Additionally, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) estimates that more than 17 million gallons of fuel are spilled each year refueling lawn equipment. However, since propane mowers have a closed loop, spill-free refueling system, you do not have this issue.

    “The Propane Council of Texas will be participating not only to educate landscapers and grounds managers on the benefits greener propane-powered commercial mowers, but also on state and national incentives available to those that switch to the cleaner technology, “ says Jackie Mason, Education & Marketing Director.

    For more about the free event, please visit http://www.dfwcleancities.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. To find out more about propane autogas, visit FuelingTexas.com.

    About the DFW Texas Clean Cities Coalition
    DFW Texas Clean Cities, is a Department of Energy (DOE) Clean Cities Coalition. Clean Cities Coalitions are strategically located all across the country and work within non-attainment and near-attainment areas to reduce our reliance on foreign oil, promote clean air, and encourage the use of alternative fuels.

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    The Propane Council of Texas to Take Part in Milestone Clean Cities Celebration

    The Propane Council of Texas (ProCOT) is proud to take part in the Lone Star Clean Fuels Alliance (LSCFA) 20th Anniversary on April 15, 2014 at the Palmer Events Center. Not only is the event in celebration of the alliance’s anniversary, but it is also a precursor to Earth Day.

    Lone Star Clean Fuels Alliance, formerly known as Central Texas Clean Cities, is a Department of Energy (DOE) Clean Cities Coalition. Clean Cities Coalitions are strategically located all across the country and work within non-attainment and near-attainment areas to reduce our reliance on foreign oil, promote clean air, and encourage the use of alternative fuels in the transportation sector.

    The Propane Council of Texas will be participating as a sponsor and exhibitor, showcasing cleaner-burning on and off-road vehicles, as well as, helping recognizing clean air advocates past and present during the awards luncheon, including current and former policymakers and city leaders.

    “Our local clean cities coalition, the LSCFA, has been a strident voice for alternative fuel and electric vehicles alike in Central Texas,” says Jackie Mason, Education & Marketing Director. “They’ve helped promote cleaner-burning propane-powered school buses, getting dirtier, older diesel buses off of Texas roads, encouraged propane commercial mowers allowing landscapers and parks to mow on Ozone Action Days, and have helped facilitate grants to build alternative fuel refueling stations.”

    For more on the Lone Star Clean Fuels Alliance (LSCFA) 20th Anniversary, please visit http://lonestarcfa.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. To find out more about propane autogas, visit FuelingTexas.com.

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    North Texas Commission Rolls Out Preferred Parking Program for Alternative Fuel Vehicles

    Program Possible Through Grant from North Central Texas Council of Governments,  Department of Energy

     North Texas – The North Texas Commission, a non-profit organization that markets the region, advocates for regional issues and fosters collaboration among regional stakeholders, launches a free program to establish preferred parking for alternative fuel vehicles (AFV). This program provides North Texas businesses with signage designating parking spaces as “AFV-Preferred” as a way to incentivize individuals to drive alternative fuel vehicles and help improve regional air quality. The parking signs are the first phase in the NTC’s work to promote AFVs in North Texas.

    “Texas is second only to California for number of alternative fuel vehicles on the roads. The AFV-Preferred Parking Program not only rewards those drivers, but also raises awareness of these vehicles and their ability to improve North Texas’ air quality,” said Robert Kent, Director of Public Policy for the North Texas Commission.

    The North Texas Commission is offering hundreds of “AFV-Preferred” parking signs to our region’s businesses at no cost on a first-come, first-served basis. In addition, there are a limited number of sign stands available. Businesses can contact Robert Kent at the North Texas Commission at Robert@ntc-dfw.org or 972-621-0400. Businesses who wish to learn more about the parking program can attend one of the several “AFV-Preferred Parking Workshops” that the NTC will be hosting at various events across the North Texas region this spring. These events include:

    • April 26, 1:00 p.m., Earth Day Texas (Fair Park)
    • April 27, 1:00 p.m., Earth Day Texas (Fair Park)

    As part of phase two of the program, NTC is building an interactive website (www.NTxGreenParking.com) that will provide users with the location of all the AFV-Preferred parking spaces in the region. NTC is also developing a smartphone application for drivers of AFVs that will provide information on the locations of AFV re-fueling stations and preferred parking.

    Both the AFV-Preferred Parking Program and the forthcoming app and website are made possible through a grant from the North Central Texas Council of Governments and the Department of Energy. The North Texas Commission was awarded the $99,000 grant in late 2013.

    Established in 1971, the North Texas Commission is a regional non-profit consortium of businesses, cities, counties, chambers of commerce, economic development entities and higher education institutions in the North Texas Region. The North Texas Commission improves the economic vitality, infrastructure and lifestyle of North Texas by marketing the region, promoting collaboration and advocating on critical issues.

    Source: North Texas Commission

     

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    Greener propane autogas to be showcased at DFW-area clean air conference

    IRVING, TX — The Propane Council of Texas (ProCOT) in partnership with the Propane Education & Research Council (PERC) will showcase propane autogas at the upcoming 5th Annual Texas Alternative Energy & Transportation Conference & Expo (AltCar) at the Irving Convention Center on March 28-29, 2014. The expo follows on the heels of the National Propane Engine Fuel Summit, held just one day before.

    This two-day AltCar Expo hosted by the DFW Clean Cities Coalition was created to educate fleets and North Texans on cleaner-burning alternative fuel vehicles and equipment. Friday, March 28th is designed for fleets and will feature John Davis from the automotive TV series, MotorWeek as the keynote speaker along with a number of other panels on incentives, alt fuel vehicle options, and success stories.  AltCar is open to the public and FREE on Saturday, March 29th so not just fleets, but also consumers can come learn about the latest green vehicle technology. The expo hall and green ride & drive will be open from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. both days.

    “We’re excited to be able to speak with fleets, landscapers, and the public about the benefits of cleaner-burning propane autogas,” said Jackie Mason, Education & Marketing Director for the Propane Council of Texas. “By choosing propane autogas, many fleets and landscapers can cut their fuel and maintenance costs. Additionally, propane autogas is domestically produced, environmentally friendlier, and easier on your vehicle’s engine.”

    The Propane Council of Texas (ProCOT) is participating in the Texas Alternative Energy & Transportation Conference & Expo as part of its Propane Autogas: Fueling Texas campaign. The public awareness campaign has traveled across the state to educate Texans about the benefits of running vehicles and mowers on clean-burning propane autogas. To find out more about propane autogas, visit FuelingTexas.com.

    For more on the Texas Alternative Energy & Transportation Conference & Expo, please visit Altcarexpotexas.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. Visit www.procot.org for more information.

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    Super Shuttle fleets save 50-60 percent on fuel costs with propane autogas

    Super Shuttle, an airport transportation service with franchises across the U.S., saves about 50-60 percent on fuel costs by operating vehicles on clean, domestically produced propane autogas. Super Shuttle vehicle fleets in Phoenix, Ariz.; Denver and Fort Collins, Colo.; and Orlando, Fla. have been using the alternative fuel since 2009, while Super Shuttle Houston has been using autogas for 18 months.

    Each Super Shuttle location uses propane dedicated Ford E-350 vans from ROUSH CleanTech; there are 160 vans nationwide and 30 at Super Shuttle Houston. The average Super Shuttle driver uses 10,000 gallons of propane annually. Super Shuttle leadership cites several reasons for the transition to propane autogas, including dramatic reductions in fuel costs for franchise owners and operators, significantly reduced harmful emissions compared to gasoline, and the national security benefits of reduced dependency on foreign oil.

    “National vehicle fleets like Super Shuttle are leading the way in going green by choosing propane autogas,” said Jackie Mason, Education & Marketing Director for the Propane Council of Texas (ProCOT). “Propane autogas significantly reduces harmful emissions and greenhouse gases, making it a more environmentally conscious choice than gasoline or diesel.”

    Propane autogas is widely available in Texas, with more than 700 refueling stations across the state. Super Shuttle Houston chooses to refuel at public stations near the airport, but other Super Shuttle franchises have installed on-site refueling stations at an affordable price. Super Shuttle isn’t the only fleet to recognize the benefits of propane autogas. Across the globe, more than 21 million vehicles run on propane autogas, and here in Texas, private businesses, municipalities, and more than 75 independent school districts operate vehicles, mowers and off-road equipment on the alternative fuel.

    The Propane Council of Texas (ProCOT) created the Super Shuttle case study as part of its  Propane Autogas: Fueling Texas  campaign. The public awareness campaign has traveled across the state and produced a wide range of educational materials to promote the benefits of running vehicles and mowers on clean-burning propane autogas. To find out more about propane autogas, visit  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. 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.

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    Clean Up Your Vehicle Fleet with this New Years Resolution

    If you’re looking for a great way to start the new year with a clean fuel for your vehicle fleet, look no further than propane autogas. Switching your vehicles, buses or commercial lawn care equipment to propane will lower your fuel costs and reduce your emissions while using a fuel that’s made right here in Texas—not overseas.

    While most people think of propane as a fuel for your home and barbecue, it’s also an ideal fuel for public and private fleet vehicles. When used as a transportation fuel, propane is called propane autogas. It is the most popular fuel in the world behind gasoline and diesel, but it burns much cleaner than those conventional fuels. Autogas vehicles significantly reduce harmful emissions and greenhouse gases.

    Furthermore, two thirds of our nation’s propane supply is produced right here in Texas. Choosing propane strengthens both the nation’s and our state’s economy — and promotes U.S. energy independence.

    “It’s no surprise that so many fleets are switching to propane autogas,” says Jackie Mason, Education and Marketing Director for the Propane Council of Texas. “They’re saving a lot of money because it’s a much more affordable fuel, and they’re supporting our efforts to clean up the environment at the same time.”

    Vehicle fleets across Texas are switching to autogas. From school buses to pickup trucks and commercial mowers, there are many factory-direct and aftermarket conversion options. Texas fleets using propane autogas include the delivery and service companies, shuttles, taxis, school districts, as well as state and local governments.

    So, make 2014 the year for your vehicle fleet to save money, go green and use domestically produced fuel! When you switch to autogas, keeping that resolution will be easy.

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    ‘Tis the season to go green and save green with propane autogas

    For many businesses, the hustle and bustle of the holiday season means a lot of driving. From delivery trucks to taxis, all types of equipment help us carry the load at this time of year. All this driving adds up to one thing: spending a lot of money on fuel.

    But there are a lot of vehicle fleets around Texas that saving big on fuel costs by using propane autogas instead of gasoline—and, at the same time, reducing their greenhouse gas emissions substantially. State and local governments, school districts, and many businesses are experiencing the benefits of propane autogas.

    Propane autogas is an ideal vehicle fuel for many reasons. The fuel and fueling stations are affordable. “The fuel itself is significantly less expensive than gasoline for fleets, and there is a wide range of factory-direct and aftermarket conversions available,” said Jackie Mason, Education and Marketing Director for the Propane Council of Texas (ProCOT). “Autogas powers school buses, sedans, pickup trucks, vans, box trucks, and even off-road equipment like forklifts and commercial lawn care equipment.”

    Propane autogas is an American-made alternative fuel. One hundred percent of our nation’s propane supply is now produced in the United States—and two thirds of that amount is produced in Texas. Texas is also home to the world’s largest propane storage facility in Mont Belvieu.

    So, while the holiday season speeds past us in a whirlwind of gifts, gatherings and greenery, remember that your vehicle fleet could be saving a sleighful of money just by switching to propane autogas.

    The Propane Council of Texas (ProCOT) promotes autogas as part of its Propane Autogas: Fueling Texas campaign. The public awareness campaign has traveled across the state and produced a wide range of educational materials to promote the benefits of running vehicles and mowers on clean-burning propane autogas. To find out more about propane autogas, visit 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. 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.

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    Propane Council of Texas offers business fleet incentive program

    Austin — The Propane Council of Texas—a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting the use of cleaner-burning, domestically produced propane—is offering incentives to private Texas vehicle fleets that are new to propane autogas, the world’s most widely-used alternative fuel.

    The Propane Council of Texas (ProCOT) defines a private fleet as a business fleet with three or more vehicles registered in Texas. Incentives are available for the purchase of new, dedicated original equipment manufacturer (OEM) propane autogas vehicles up to $7,500. The Propane Council is also offering incentives for vehicles converted to propane autogas up to $5,000. The program cap is $15,000 per fleet. In return for the incentive, vehicle incentive recipients will be required to provide data on their fleet.

    “The funds are seed money for fleets for to try their first two or three propane autogas vehicles,” said Jackie Mason, Education and Marketing Director for the Propane Council of Texas (ProCOT). “We believe after their first couple propane autogas vehicles fleets will see the benefits of going propane without the incentive and continue to adopt propane into their fleet.”

    The benefits of propane autogas include a 30 to 50 percent reduction in fuel costs, a significant decrease in the amount of harmful emissions, and reduced vehicle maintenance due to propane’s high octane rating. Propane is an American made alternative fuel, with two-thirds of the nation’s supply being produced right here in the Lone Star State.

    The Propane Council of Texas has been distributing business fleet incentives since 2010. Many private fleets across Texas are already fueling with propane autogas, including delivery and service companies, shuttle services, telecommunications companies and landscapers.

    The Propane Council of Texas (ProCOT) is promoting the business fleet incentive program through its Propane Autogas: Fueling Texas campaign. The public awareness campaign has traveled across the state and produced a wide range of educational materials to promote the benefits of running vehicles and mowers on clean-burning propane autogas. 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.

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    City of Austin saves more than $299,000 per year with clean propane autogas

    The City of Austin saves $299,200 per year by operating vehicles on greener, domestically produced propane autogas, the world’s most popular alternative fuel. The City of Austin runs 224 propane autogas vehicles and 36 propane-powered mowers across multiple departments, including Austin-Bergstrom International Airport, Public Works, Water, Energy, Parks, Resource Recovery, Watershed Protection and Planning & Development.

    The City of Austin began using propane in 1999, and currently uses an estimated 120,000 gallons of propane per year. The City’s propane fleet includes 224 Ford F-150s, Ford F-250s, Chevy 2500s and Chevy 3500s; 36 Toro lawn mowers; and 10 off-road propane vehicles. Fleets that switch to propane autogas can expect to save 30-50 percent on fuel costs and experience reduced vehicle and mower maintenance.

    “The City of Austin is committed to the use of alternative fuel,” Bruce Kilmer, Operations Support Division Manager, explained. “We are working with many manufacturers and technologies to broaden our alternative fuel usage. We continue to expand the use of propane vehicles in our fleet. Our fuel usage must be as diverse as possible to meet our alternative fuel goals, as well as ensure we do not become tied to one technology. Propane offers a stable fuel source that has a well-established supply chain and an evolved technology.”

    The City of Austin is one of many municipalities across Texas that are choosing propane autogas. “More and more local governments are recognizing the benefits of propane autogas,” said Jackie Mason, Education & Marketing Director for the Propane Council of Texas (ProCOT). “In addition to reducing fuel costs and saving taxpayer dollars, propane lowers harmful emissions and contributes to cleaner air.”

    The Propane Council of Texas (ProCOT) created the City of Austin case study as part of its Propane Autogas: Fueling Texas campaign. The public awareness campaign has traveled across the state and produced a wide range of educational materials to promote the benefits of running vehicles and mowers on clean-burning propane autogas. To find out more about propane autogas, visit 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. 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.

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    Five frequently asked questions about propane autogas

    The Fueling Texas campaign has been participating in events all across the state. From Lubbock to San Antonio, Dallas to Houston, Austin to Corpus Christi, we’ve been all over Texas to talk to fleet owners and operators about clean, domestically produced propane autogas. We’ve collected the top five questions we’re asked most frequently at events. Check them out below!

    1. What will my fuel savings be using autogas?

    Fleets can generally expect to reduce their fuel costs by 30-50 percent with propane autogas. For some real world examples of fleets saving money with propane-powered vehicles and mowers, check out our mower and vehicle case studies.

    2. What does it cost to convert a vehicle?

    It depends on the make and model of your vehicle, as well as the conversion system, but the general range is $5,000-$7,000. While there is an upfront cost associated with conversion, fleets see a significant return on investment in very little time — with many fleets reporting a full ROI in as little as six months. To learn more about EPA-certified conversion kits, click here.

    3. I used propane in the 1970s. Has it changed at all since then?

    Yes! Just as other technologies have become more effective and streamlined, so has propane autogas (after all, we don’t use giant cell phones any more, right?). With the introduction of liquid fuel injection systems, propane autogas has become even more dependable, reliable and easy to use. Many fleets across Texas are choosing propane, including local governments, state agencies, delivery and service companies, and more than 75 independent school districts.

    4. Where is the propane tank located in the car?

    It depends on what vehicle model you are converting, but propane autogas tanks can be installed in several different locations. Common areas are pickup truck beds, trunks of sedans, between the frame rails and even in place of the spare tire. Tanks can be custom configured for specific applications. Ask your conversion center about where the best place on your vehicle is.

    5. Is propane the same thing as natural gas?

    No, propane is slightly different than compressed natural gas (CNG), although both are alternative fuels with a lower carbon content than gasoline. Propane autogas is far more available than CNG in terms of refueling. Currently, Texas has only a handful of CNG stations compared to more than 700 propane autogas facilities. For the cost of one CNG station, you can install up to 10 autogas stations. The range of a propane vehicle is a few hundred miles, while it would take CNG several fuel cylinders to achieve the same distance that propane can do with just one fuel tank. For more information on how propane autogas stacks up against CNG, click here.

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