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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).
(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.
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.
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
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.
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.