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    $6 million available through AFRED

    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.

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    Earth Day 2013: Green your fleet with propane autogas

    AUSTIN — April 22, 2013 — In celebration of Earth Day 2013, the Propane Council of Texas is challenging fleets across the state to support clean air by switching to propane autogas. Operating vehicles on American-made autogas is cost effective and significantly reduces greenhouse gas emissions compared to conventional fuels like gasoline and diesel.

    “Because making environmentally conscious choices is important to Texas businesses and government organizations, we want to make more of them aware that propane autogas is the most viable clean fuel on the market,” said Jackie Mason, Education and Marketing Director of the Propane Council of Texas (ProCOT). “Not only does fueling vehicles and lawn equipment with autogas benefit the air quality in our Texas communities; but because propane autogas is domestically produced, it contributes to a stronger and more sustainable economy.”

    More than 18 million vehicles worldwide run on propane autogas, making it the most widely used alternative fuel in the world. Fleets that convert vehicles to autogas save between 30 and 50 percent on fuel costs, and many fleets also report reduced maintenance needs and extended engine life. Listed as a clean alternative fuel in the Clean Air Act of 1990, propane autogas produces lower total well-to-wheel emissions than gasoline, diesel and even electricity.

    Propane autogas is widely available throughout Texas, with more than 700 autogas fueling stations across the state. Texas propane-powered fleets include small and large businesses, airports, taxi services, state and local governments, and 75 school districts across the Lone Star State, from small school districts in East Texas to larger ones in major metropolitan areas. Dallas County Schools, the largest autogas school bus fleet in Texas, has utilized autogas for nearly 20 years and saves about $1.5 million in fuel costs annually.

    Switching fleet vehicles to propane autogas is simple and straightforward; fleets can choose between converting existing vehicles with EPA-certified aftermarket autogas systems or purchasing OEM autogas-dedicated vehicles.

    Propane Autogas: Fueling Texas is a public awareness campaign that educates Texans about the benefits of running fleet vehicles and equipment on clean-burning propane autogas. The campaign features a series of statewide autogas presentations and road shows to provide fleet operators, drivers and community members a hands-on experience with clean autogas technology. 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 check-off funds 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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    Williamson County saves 73k annually on fuel costs

    AUSTIN — Williamson County expects to save $73,000 on fuel costs annually running fleet vehicles on propane autogas, the world’s most widely used alternative fuel. The Central Texas county began converting vehicles to autogas in 2009, and now operates 36 clean vehicles across nine departments, including EMS, Williamson County Constables and the Parks Department.

    “We are pleased to be able to convert part of our fleet to propane autogas, which is domestically produced in Texas, and is less expensive than gasoline or diesel fuels,” said Williamson County Commissioner Cynthia Long. “In addition to being more economical, autogas is cleaner burning which makes it better for engine maintenance and emissions.”

    More than 18 million vehicles worldwide run on propane autogas. U.S. fleets that convert vehicles to autogas save an average of 50 percent on fuel costs, and autogas vehicles produce less greenhouse gas emissions and harmful pollutants than gasoline vehicles. Because autogas is a cleaner fuel, many fleets also report reduced maintenance needs and extended engine life.

    In addition to saving on fuel costs, Williamson County was able to take advantage of the $0.50 per gallon Alternative Fuel Motor Tax Credit, a federal incentive available through the IRS for fleets that choose propane autogas.

    The 36 autogas-powered vehicles in the Williamson County fleet include eight with autogas-dedicated systems and 26 with bi-fuel autogas systems. Bi-fuel autogas vehicles are a popular option for fleets because of their flexibility. Fleets can easily and inexpensively convert existing vehicles to autogas with a dual-fuel system that provides both extended vehicle range and peace of mind for drivers.

    Propane autogas is widely available throughout Texas, with more than 700 autogas fueling stations across the state. Williamson County has built six autogas fueling stations, each with a storage capacity of 2,000 pounds. Many fleets install their own on-site autogas fueling stations at a fraction of the cost of a compressed natural gas (CNG) fueling station.

    “Williamson County is just one of the many U.S. fleets making the transition to propane autogas,” said Jackie Mason, Education and Marketing Director of the Propane Council of Texas (ProCOT). “Across Texas, more fleet owners and operators are choosing autogas to power their fleets because it’s simply the most viable fuel on the market. Autogas is environmentally friendly, cost-effective and made in America—the ideal fuel for fleets looking to reduce emissions and their fuel costs.”

    Williamson County joins other Texas fleets that have saved significantly using autogas, including the Texas Department of Transportation and 75 school districts across the Lone Star State. For more information about Williamson County’s clean fleets, contact Public Affairs Manager Connie Watson at cwatson@wilco.org.

    Propane Autogas: Fueling Texas is a public awareness campaign that educates Texans about the benefits of running fleet vehicles and equipment on clean-burning propane autogas. The campaign features a series of statewide autogas presentations and road shows to provide fleet operators, drivers and community members a hands-on experience with clean autogas technology. 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 check-off funds 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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    Texas Offers $1.4 Million in Alt Fuel Grants

    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.

    For more information about the SECO grant and the application form, click here. For information on additional federal and state incentives, click here.