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The North Central Texas Council of Governments (NCTCOG) has opened the Clean Fleets North Texas 2015 Call for Projects to help to upgrade to cleaner-burning options like propane. Applications are being accepted through October 23, 2015. The grant opportunity will provide approximately $2.5 million in funds on competitive basis for private and public fleets (includes school districts) with operations in the 10-County Dallas-Fort Worth (DFW) Ozone Non-attainment area.
- Up to 80 percent of incremental cost will be awarded minus scrap value to eligible projects on a competitive basis.
- Project types eligible for grant funding include qualifying new purchase, replacement, repower, retrofit, or engine conversion
- All projects must achieve a reduction in NOX emissions.
- Applicants must adopt the Clean Fleet Policy prior to the application deadline.
- Again, this is a competitive grant, not all submitted projects will be funded
A grant workshop will be conducted on September 3, 2015 at the NCTCOG offices at 2:00 PM in the William J. Pitstick Executive Board Room. The grant application and guidelines will be reviewed and any questions will be addressed.
In addition, NCTCOG is seeking information on refueling or recharging infrastructure projects desired by fleets; while these projects are not eligible for grant funds at this time, staff will use this information to evaluate potential future opportunities for assistance.
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.
AUSTIN — The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) announced that grant funding is being made available to eligible individuals, businesses and government entities to continue the development of a network of Texas alternative fuel stations—including clean, domestically produced propane autogas, the world’s most popular alternative fuel.
The Alternative Fueling Facilities Program (AFFP) grant is part of the Texas Emissions Reduction Plan (TERP), and is offered to entities that intend to build, own and operate alternative fuel fueling stations. Nineteen Texas counties in ozone non-attainment areas are eligible, including the Dallas-Fort Worth area, the El Paso area and the Houston-Galveston-Brazoria area.
Propane autogas is a clean, cost-efficient and environmentally friendly alternative to diesel and gasoline. Light- and medium-duty fleets that switch to propane autogas save money on fuel costs, reduce harmful emissions and experience less frequent vehicle maintenance. Across the state, more and more fleets are choosing to fuel with propane autogas, including businesses, local governments and more than 75 independent school districts.
“Currently, there are more than 700 propane autogas fueling stations in Texas,” said Jackie Mason, Education & Marketing Director for the Propane Council of Texas (ProCOT). “But as propane autogas continues to become widely adopted across the state, having even more fueling locations available would be beneficial to both private and public organizations.”
Refueling with cleaner-burning propane autogas is comparable to refueling with gasoline or diesel, making the transition easy for fleets. The only difference is propane’s sealed connection—meaning no fuel spillage or ground contamination. Propane dispensers can be as simple as a pump and a tank to as advanced as a state-of-the-art dispenser with credit and fleet card capabilities.
The AFFP grant period opened on November 15, 2013 and will close on February 18, 2014. While the grant is available to both public and private entities, the station must be open to the public Monday through Friday for at least eight hours per day. The grants can fund up to $600,000 or 50 percent of eligible expenses of the fueling station; the grants offset some of the cost of either the construction of a new fueling station, or the substantial reconstruction of existing facilities to dispense alternative fuel.
The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality is hosting grant application workshops this December. For more information on the grant program, the application process or the workshops, please visit terpgrants.org or call 800-919-TERP (8377).
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 procot.org for more information.
Are you considering converting a Houston-area fleet to clean-burning propane autogas? The Houston Galveston Area Council (HGAC) has announced grant funding for light and heavy duty vehicles, as well as refueling infrastructure, to reduce harmful emissions in eight Texas counties. Propane autogas is eligible, but not specifically listed in guidelines.
If your fleet operates in one of these counties — Harris, Fort Bend, Waller, Montgomery, Liberty, Chambers, Galveston and Brazoria — you may be eligible for the program. The grants are available for private and public fleet vehicles that have accelerated turnover. Bi-fuel and conversions may be eligible. Engine destruction is required for the vehicle you are replacing, and quarterly reporting is also required. Infrastructure grants are available for private or public refueling stations.
Please note that fleets may not begin conversion until they have a signed contract from HGAC or they may be deemed ineligible.
There are no deadlines for this funding. To apply or to download the guidelines, please visit HGAC’s website. If you have additional questions, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 713-993-2488.
Are you considering converting a forklift, school bus or bobtail to propane? The Alternative Fuels Research and Education Division (AFRED) of the Railroad Commission of Texas can help. AFRED has a new $6 million grant program to help companies replace their older forklifts and medium- and heavy-duty diesel vehicles with ultra, low-emission propane–fueled equipment. The grant program, which will produce significant air-quality benefits, is funded by the Texas Emissions Reduction Plan (TERP) through the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ).
Since 2005, AFRED has awarded $39.5 million in grants to Texas companies and school districts, and reduced emissions of smog-forming nitrogen oxide by nearly 5,000 tons. To be eligible for the grants, new equipment must meet the latest emissions standards and operate in one of the 43 counties designated by the TCEQ as having substandard air quality. The grant amount averages $9,500.
For more information, contact AFRED’s Pat Wilson at (512) 475-2911 or click here.
In Texas, it pays to be green. The State Energy Conservation Office (SECO) is offering approximately $1.4 million in grant funding for eligible public fleets to purchase new or convert existing vehicles to alternative fuels. The deadline for applications is April 26 at 2 p.m., and funds must be spent by August 31, 2013.
Applicants must be a Texas political subdivision or a taxpayer-supported Texas Independent School district. They must also provide documented evidence of matching funds totaling at least 20% of the total project costs. Grants may cover up to 80% of the incremental costs related to the purchase of alternative fuel or hybrid vehicles and conversion of vehicles to alternative fuels.
Are you considering going greener and cleaner? Propane autogas, the most widely-used alternative fuel in the world, is not only cleaner burning and more environmentally friendly than traditional fuels, it’s also significantly less expensive. Vehicles that fuel with autogas save an average of 50% on fuel costs. Autogas is also widely available throughout the state — with more than 700 fueling stations in Texas, you’ll never be far from a fill-up.