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    Propane Council Recognizes Humble ISD for Propane School Bus Use

    Donation acknowledges Humble Independent School District’s
    commitment to student health and safety by operating propane school buses

    HUMBLE, Texas (September 26, 2017) – The national nonprofit Propane Education & Research Council (PERC) surprised teachers at River Pines Elementary School today with a $5,000 donation in recognition of Humble Independent School District’s efforts to maintain good stewardship of its economic and environmental resources by adding propane buses to its school transportation fleet. The donation is part of PERC’s nationwide campaign to educate parents, teachers and school officials about the benefits of using an alternative fuel like propane.

     

    “Propane school buses are the clean, quiet and safe alternative to older diesel buses, and Humble ISD is a great example of the success a school district can enjoy after transitioning to propane school buses,” said Tucker Perkins, PERC president and CEO. “Plus, propane buses cost less, so school districts can spend more of its operating budget on classroom programs.”

     

    The $5,000 donation will awarded to River Pines Elementary teachers to help buy classroom materials through the nonprofit AdoptAClassroom.org’s online marketplace for teachers.

     

    The school district first purchased 27 propane buses in 2011 with the help of a $2.9 million grant from the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ), the Texas Railroad Commission and the Texas Parent Teacher Association. In the fall of 2016, $1.1 million of grant money, obtained from TCEQ and Houston Galveston Area Councils, increased the number of propane buses operated by the fleet to 47. About 20 percent of the district’s total school bus fleet is now powered by propane to help transport approximately 12,000 students to and from school daily. Propane school buses at Humble ISD have helped the district save on fuel costs. Propane is $0.80 per gallon compared to $1.80 for a gallon of diesel.

     

    “Humble ISD seeks ways to be good stewards of environmental and economic resources,” J.P. Burd, director of transportation said. “Propane buses are clean and safe, and the cost of fuel is significantly less than diesel.”

    The benefits of propane school buses, however, extend beyond the cost of the fuel. Propane school buses are safe because of their quiet and clean operation. Because they are quiet, students don’t have to shout over a noisy engine if they need assistance and drivers can more easily hear what is going on inside the bus, along with the area outside surrounding the bus. Propane school buses emit fewer greenhouse gases and carbon monoxide than older diesel buses, so the air at bus stops is better for students. The World Health Organization classifies diesel exhaust as a carcinogen, and the chemicals it contains can have both short- and long-term health effects on children and drivers, from aggravated asthma to respiratory illnesses.

     

    The trend of propane school bus adoption is growing across the country. Schools in 750 districts across 47 states are operating more than 13,000 propane school buses, which transport nearly 790,000 students to school each day. The trend prompted PERC to launch its awareness campaign to teach communities about the benefits of propane-powered transportation, and partnered with the non-profit AdoptAClassroom.org. Now in its third year, the campaign has donated $75,000 to teachers at schools adopting propane buses.

     

    For more information on propane school buses, including bus safety tips for parents and children, visit BetterOurBuses.com. To donate to teachers in your local community, visit AdoptAClassroom.org.

     

    Propane Education & Research Council: The Propane Education & Research Council is a nonprofit established, operated, and funded by the propane industry. PERC leads safety and training efforts and drives technology development to expand the adoption of propane as a clean, domestic, and affordable energy source. PERC programs benefit a variety of markets including transportation, agriculture, landscaping, residential, and commercial. For more information about propane-powered technologies, equipment incentives, and PERC, visit propanecouncil.org.

     

    AdoptAClassroom.org

    AdoptAClassroom.org empowers teachers by providing the classroom supplies and materials needed to help their students learn and succeed. As an award-winning 501(c)(3), AdoptAClassroom.org makes it easy for individual donors and corporate sponsors to donate funds to K-12 classrooms in public, private and charter schools throughout the U.S. On average, teachers spend $600 of their own money each year to equip their classrooms – 20% of teachers spend more than $1,000 annually. Since 1998 AdoptAClassroom.org has raised more than $30million and benefited more than 4.25 million students. AdoptAClassroom.org holds a 4-star rating from Charity Navigator. For more information, or to adopt a classroom, please visit www.adoptaclassroom.org.

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    IC Bus launches Propane School Bus Grant Program. $5,000 per bus.

    The IC Bus Grant Program will offer qualifying school districts throughout the United States and Canada $5,000 in grants per newly purchased propane-powered CE Series school buses. This grant gives those school districts that would like or are planning to make the switch to propane more flexibility in their purchase decision. The grant can be used towards items such as buying additional buses, investing in new technology, hiring additional drivers, infrastructure updates to maintenance facilities, among other uses that the school district prioritizes.

    “With today’s advanced propane-powered buses offering an added dimension of environmental benefit, IC Bus is committed to doing what’s right for our customers and for the environment, to create a better world by creating better buses,” said Trish Reed, vice president and general manager, IC Bus. “School districts frequently stress to us their desire to pursue environmentally friendly fuel choices. The IC Bus Grant Program reaffirms our commitment to continue developing affordable, reliable, safe and environmentally beneficial school bus options.”

    The IC Bus® CE Series school bus powered by the Power Solutions International (PSI) 8.8-liter LP propane engine is purpose-built for the school bus industry. The CE Series with PSI propane engine is designed to provide diesel-like performance with higher torque at lower engine speeds, while lowering emissions and reducing maintenance costs.

    For complete IC Bus Grant Program rules, contact your IC Bus dealer or visit http://www.icbus.com.

    About Navistar
    Navistar International Corporation (NYSE: NAV) is a holding company whose subsidiaries and affiliates produce International® brand commercial and military trucks, proprietary diesel engines, and IC Bus® brand school and commercial buses. An affiliate also provides truck and diesel engine service parts. Another affiliate offers financing services. Additional information is available at www.Navistar.com.

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    Act Fast! Quick Nozzle Propane Autogas Incentive Program Ends June 30

     

    The Propane Education & Research Council is awarding $100 per tank-side connector and $1000 per hose-end connector through its Quick Connect Nozzle Rebate Program.

    Using the quick connect nozzle has its advantages.

    • Similar to refueling with gasoline and diesel
    • May be operated with one hand
    • Does not require the refueler to wear protective eyewear or gloves
    • Are unable to be cross-threaded
    • Release less emissions per connection

    Click here to learn more or apply for the incentive.

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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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    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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    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).

     

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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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