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    Propane Council of Texas Takes Part in World’s Biggest Earth Day Celebration

    The Propane Council of Texas (ProCOT) is proud to represent our national Propane Education & Research Council (PERC) at the Earth Day Texas and National Alternative Fuel Vehicle Day Odyssey, in which PERC is a major sponsor. Odyssey Day is the largest, nationwide event dedicated to promoting the use of and educating people about alternative fuel vehicles and Earth Day Texas is the world’s largest Earth Day celebration.

    The National Alternative Fuels Training Consortium (NAFTC), Earth Day Texas, and the Dallas-Fort Worth Clean Cities, a U.S. Department of Energy Clean Cities coalition joined forces to bring the two events together for one long weekend at Fair Park in Dallas to bring awareness to alternative fuel vehicles and clear air initiatives.

    The event kicks off this Thursday, April 19 with National Odyssey Day and an Alternative Fuel Vehicle (AFV) Summit. Friday, April 21, 2017 – Sunday, April 23, 2017 marks the Earth Texas Day event where over 150,000 people from the DFW metroplex are expected. Several cleaner-burning propane-powered vehicles (including a school bus, delivery vehicle, pick-up trucks, and SUV) will be featured in the AFV Pavilion located right next to Cotton Bowl Plaza.

    “The event will give us a chance to show the public that propane goes beyond the grill,” said Jackie Mason, Education & Marketing Director for the Propane Council of Texas, “That propane autogas is a lower-emitting option in school transportation and for fleets in their communities.”

    Propane autogas has been a proven motor fuel since 1913 and is the most commonly used alternative fuel in the world. There are 25 million propane vehicles worldwide, over 200,000 in United States, and nearly 7,000 in Texas. The Lone Star State also hosts 2,600 cleaner-burning propane school buses. In the U.S., there are over 12,500 propane school buses operated by over 700 school districts transporting over ½ a million students each school day.

    About Propane Education & Research Council (PERC)
    The Propane Education & Research Council (PERC) is a check-off program established, operated, and funded by the propane industry. PERC implements safety and training programs, conducts research, and invests in technology development with leading equipment manufacturers to expand adoption of propane as a clean, American-made energy source.

    About the Propane Council of Texas
    The Propane Council of Texas is (ProCOT) is a 501 (c) 3 and the state arm of the Propane Education & Research Council (PERC). Our objective is consumer education, highlighting the benefits of home-grown propane and promoting clean-burning propane technologies.

     

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    More Than 700,000 Students in 47 States Ride Autogas Buses to School

    At the start of this year, more than 12,000 propane
    autogas school buses were in operation at public
    and private school districts across the U.S., an annual
    increase of about 10%, according to figures from the
    Propane Education & Research Council (PERC).
    Propane autogas buses now make up more than 45%
    of all non-diesel school buses used for pupil transportation.
    “First-time adopters of propane autogas school
    buses are converting entire fleets after they see for
    themselves the advantages propane can offer everyone
    involved, from the transportation directors to the bus
    drivers to the students riding the propane buses,” said
    Michael Taylor, PERC director of autogas business
    development. “We expect more districts to turn to
    propane throughout 2017 and beyond as transportation
    directors learn of the lower total cost of ownership,
    cleaner and quieter operation, and better maintenance
    experience that a propane autogas bus fleet can
    offer a district.”

    According to the data, compiled for PERC by
    IHS Polk New Registration figures, propane autogas
    school buses are being implemented on a national
    scale. The buses transport more than 700,000 students
    in 600 districts across 47 states. The data shows six
    states—California, Florida, Oregon, Pennsylvania,
    Texas, and Wisconsin—each have more than 500 propane
    autogas buses in operation within their borders.
    Texas, with 2600 buses in operation throughout
    the state, operates more than 20% of all propane
    autogas buses in the country. New York boasts the
    highest number of districts operating on propane,
    with more than 50 districts. Five other states—Illinois,
    Iowa, Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Texas—have more
    than 30 districts apiece using propane autogas buses in
    fleets.

    Reprinted with permission from Butane Propane News (BPN).

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    New TCEQ Grant Opportunity for Large Fleets & Grant Workshop Dates Announced

    The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality announced that up to $5.9 million in grants is being made available through the Texas Emissions Reduction Plan (TERP) Texas Clean Fleet Program (TCFP) to encourage entities that operate large fleets of vehicles in Texas to replace diesel-powered vehicles with alternative fuel vehicles(includes propane).

    Eligible entities include those that own fleets of 75 or more vehicles operated in Texas. Entities must commit to replace at least 20 diesel-powered light-duty or heavy-duty vehicles with a new alternative fuel vehicle of the same weight classification and use.

    Applications will be accepted for consideration only if received at the front desk, Rm. 1301, 1st floor of Building F on the premises of the TCEQ (12100 Park 35 Circle, Austin, TX 78753) by no later than 5:00 p.m. Central Time, November 10, 2015.

    Please visit www.terpgrants.org or call 1-800-919-TERP (8377) for more information regarding the TCFP eligibility requirements, selection criteria, and application submittal process.

    Interested applicants are also encouraged to attend a TCFP Application Workshop hosted by the TCEQ. The workshop schedule has been provided for your convenience below.

    Austin: September 28, 2015
    1:30 – 4:30 p.m.
    TCEQ’s Austin Office
    Building F, Room 2210
    12100 Park 35 Circle
    Austin, TX 78753

    Longview: September 29, 2015
    1:30 – 4:30 p.m.
    Maude Cobb Convention Center
    100 Grand Boulevard
    Longview, TX 75604

    Arlington: September 30, 2015
    1:30 – 4:30 p.m.
    North Central Texas Council of Governments
    Transportation Council Room
    616 Six Flags Drive, Centerpoint II
    Arlington, TX 76011

    Houston: October 1, 2015
    1:30 – 4:30 p.m.
    Tracy Gee Community Center
    3599 Westcenter Drive
    Houston, TX 77042

    The workshop schedule can also be found online at www.terpgrants.org.

     

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    North Texas: Clean Fleets Call for Projects – Funding Opportunity

    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.

    Grant Highlights

    • 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.

    Please feel free to contact NCTCOG staff at aqgrants@nctcog.org with any questions on this funding opportunity or go to www.nctcog.org/aqfunding.

     

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    Propane Autogas Creating Greener School Districts & Healthier Budgets

    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.