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    Nestle Waters Expands Propane Fleet, Deploying Units in Texas

    Nestlé Waters North America cites lower emissions, cost cuts with alternatively fueled delivery trucks.

    Environmental stewardship is just one reason Nestlé Waters North America is adding more than 150 medium-duty beverage delivery trucks fueled by propane autogas — but it’s a big motivation: Over the vehicles’ lifetime, the 155 Ford F-650 trucks will reduce carbon dioxide emissions by more than 24.6 million pounds. These units will be deployed beginning in April.

    “Becoming a better steward of our environment is a priority for Nestlé Waters,” said Bill Ardis, national fleet manager for Nestlé Waters North America, speaking at the NTEA Work Truck Show. “We’ve been running propane autogas vehicles since 2014. Because of the proven emissions reductions and cost savings, we knew it was the right choice to expand our fleet with this domestically produced alternative fuel.”

    The new medium-duty delivery trucks, added to the company’s existing autogas fleet of 30 Ford trucks of the same model, will also help the company save on maintenance and fuel costs.

    “Customers have already noticed that our trucks operating on autogas are quieter and cleaner,” Ardis said.

    Each delivery truck is equipped with a California Air Resources Board- and Environmental Protection Agency-compliant ROUSH CleanTech propane autogas fuel system with a 45-usable gallon fuel tank.

    The Nestlé Waters North America propane trucks are used to deliver product to its customers across the country including Los Angeles, San Francisco, Washington, D.C., Milwaukee and Fort Lauderdale. Deployments in 2016 will include New York City, Boston, Dallas, Houston, Chicago, Philadelphia and Baltimore.

    About Nestlé Waters North America: Nestlé Waters North America provides people with an unrivaled portfolio of bottled waters for healthy hydration. Brands such as NESTLÉ® PURE LIFE®, POLAND SPRING®, PERRIER® and S. PELLEGRINO® have driven Nestlé Waters North America to be the third largest non-alcoholic beverage company by volume in the U.S.

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    Propane Council of Texas: Greening the Landscape Industry

    The Propane Council of Texas, a non-profit dedicated to educating the public on cleaner-burning propane hopes to help green the landscape community. This past week, August 13-15, 2015 in Dallas, the Council attended the Nursery/Landscape Expo hosted by the Texas Nursery & Landscape Association in effort to tout the benefits of greener options for landscapers.

    The EPA estimates that 17 million gallons of gasoline are spilled each year refueling lawn equipment. Propane eliminates this threat to the environment, because it doesn’t contaminate groundwater or soil. Plus, it has a closed refueling system.

    Additionally, propane commercial mowers produce less carbon and fewer greenhouse-gas emissions.

    “Landscapers do not have to worry about lost labor hours due to mowing restrictions on Ozone Action Days, because propane mowers have lower emissions than traditional gasoline mowers,” says Jackie Mason, Education & Marketing Director for the Propane Council of Texas.

    Landscapers also now have a vast amount of mowers to choose from that can be powered with propane. There are more than 17 manufacturers and 135 propane commercial mower models available either straight from the factory or through conversion.

    “Propane Council of Texas also makes it easier for landscapers to make the switch by offering the incentives,” says Mason.

    The program, which began in 2010, currently gives up $1,000 per propane commercial mower, up to 5 mowers.

    For more information, propane mowers and the Council’s incentive programs, visit http://www.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.

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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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    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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    Seguin ISD saves 33% on fuel costs with propane-powered school buses

    SEGUIN —Seguin Independent School District (ISD) is reducing its fuel costs and limiting harmful greenhouse gas emissions by operating school buses on clean, domestically produced propane autogas. The school district, which has been running propane-powered buses for six years, estimates that using the alternative fuel saves 33 percent on fuel costs.

    Seguin ISD is the largest school district in Guadalupe County, covering 365 square miles and servicing 7,556 students. There are 85 buses in Seguin’s fleet, including 57 diesel buses and 28 propane-powered buses. Seguin uses 71,950 gallons of propane per year, and has installed one on-site fueling station—a popular, affordable option for vehicle fleets that choose propane autogas.

    Phia Rigney, Seguin ISD’s Transportation Director, says that the economic and environmental benefits of propane autogas originally caught the attention of the district. “The biggest selling point was the fact that the fuel burns a lot cleaner than diesel—which means cleaner air for the students and community of Seguin,” Rigney said. “We plan to continue purchasing propane buses. The preventative maintenance saves money because propane buses use less oil and can go longer between oil changes.”

    Seguin ISD is just one of more than 75 Texas school districts operating buses on propane autogas. “Currently, there are more than 2,000 propane-powered buses across the state,” said Jackie Mason, Education & Marketing Director for the Propane Council of Texas (ProCOT). “We expect that number to continue to grow. Propane autogas is a clean, safe and reliable way for school districts to reduce emissions for their students and create healthier budgets.”

    Many school districts are able to save money by participating in national and statewide incentive programs. Seguin ISD took part in both a Railroad Commission of Texas incentive program and the $.50 per gallon alternative fuel tax credit from the federal government. With the initial reimbursement for the purchase of propane buses and the rebate on fuel, Seguin ISD has saved $500,000 since 2008. For more information about incentive programs, please visit www.FuelingTexas.com.

    The Propane Council of Texas (ProCOT) created the Seguin ISD 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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