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    Fueling Texas makes impression at Police Fleet Expo

    AUSTIN — Propane Autogas: Fueling Texas, the Propane Council of Texas’ educational campaign, made an impression at the Police Fleet Expo Southwest. From May 22-24, hundreds of police officers gathered in Fort Worth to discuss the most efficient and innovative ways to manage vehicle fleets—including converting to propane autogas, the world’s most popular alternative fuel.

    The Fueling Texas presence at the Police Fleet Expo included volunteers, educational materials, video presentations and a propane-powered pick-up provided by Northwest Propane. Law enforcement officers had a chance to get up close and personal with the pick-up, examining its bi-fuel system and asking questions about the benefits of propane autogas.

    Law enforcement fleets that switch to propane autogas save 30-50 percent on fuel costs. Autogas’s high octane rating means fleets spend less on maintenance costs and vehicle engines last longer—all without sacrificing the performance and range law enforcement officers depend on. Autogas vehicles also produce fewer harmful emissions, contributing to cleaner air in the communities officers proudly serve.

    “Law enforcement fleets are fueling with propane autogas because it’s dependable, reliable and safe,” said Jackie Mason, Education and Marketing Director of the Propane Council of Texas (ProCOT). “Not only does autogas save taxpayer dollars, but it’s a domestically produced, green choice that’s consistent with the service-oriented mission of law enforcement officers.”

    In addition to some OEM options, EPA-certified conversion kits are available for both older and newer vehicle models, including the Ford Crown Victoria, Chevy Tahoe and Chevy Impala. With more than 700 fueling stations across Texas—or the option of installing an on-site fueling station at a low cost—officers can drive autogas vehicles with peace of mind.

    Autogas tanks are 20 times more puncture resistant than gasoline tanks and can withstand up to four times the pressure, making autogas tanks more durable in an accident. Propane autogas has a lower flammability range than any other conventional fuel; and in one independent study, autogas tanks withstood direct hits from a variety of bullet calibers.

    Law enforcement fleets across the state are making the switch to propane autogas, including Williamson County in Central Texas. Federal and statewide incentives may be available to offset the costs of conversion and refueling infrastructure. For more information, visit FuelingTexas.com.

    Propane Autogas: Fueling Texas is a public awareness campaign that educates Texans about the benefits of running fleet vehicles and equipment on clean-burning, domestically produced 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.

    To view photos from the event, click here.

  • Houston Skyline

    Grant funding available in the Houston area

    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 cleanvehicles@h-gac.com or call 713-993-2488.

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    EarthWorks saves big with propane autogas

    AUSTIN — EarthWorks, Inc., a full-service commercial landscaping company based in Dallas, expects to save 30-35 percent on maintenance costs annually running lawn equipment on propane autogas, the world’s most widely used alternative fuel. EarthWorks also reports $41,600 in annual fuel cost savings.

    “We have been thrilled with converting our lawn equipment fleet to propane autogas,” said Chris Lee, president of EarthWorks. “The biggest benefit isn’t even the more affordable fuel; it’s that our maintenance and repair costs have decreased dramatically. Propane is so much cleaner and so much easier on our machines that I wouldn’t believe it if I hadn’t seen it myself.”

    Lee said he was initially drawn to propane autogas because of the high price of gasoline and the increased maintenance and internal engine issues EarthWorks experienced since the mandatory addition of ethanol to gasoline. Now, he reports virtually no carbon build-up on valves, reduced carburetor maintenance and extended oil life.

    Propane autogas not only helps businesses like EarthWorks lower their fuel and maintenance costs, it also reduces harmful emissions and contributes to cleaner air. Propane-powered mowers are allowed to operate on Ozone Action or Air Quality Action Days without being in violation of Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regulations. In 2012, there were 36 Air Quality Action Days during which EarthWorks was able to continue working.

    The EPA estimates more than 17 million gallons of traditional fuel are spilled each year while refueling lawn equipment. But with the closed loop refueling system for propane-powered mowers, fleet operators experience no spilled fuel and fewer instances of pilferage. Propane autogas is widely available throughout Texas, with more than 700 propane autogas marketers across the state. Propane tanks are easy to switch, and there are on-site cylinder exchange programs available.

    EarthWorks’ fleet includes twenty 36-inch mowers from Toro and Scag, and twenty-four 52-inch mowers from Toro, Scag and Exmark. Lee estimates the landscaping company uses 40,000 gallons of propane per year and mows 31,500,000 square feet of turf during the growing season. EarthWorks also saved $15,000 in incentives through a state and national program administered by the Propane Council available to landscapers switching to propane autogas.

    “EarthWorks is just one of many landscapers experiencing the benefits of propane autogas,” said Jackie Mason, Education and Marketing Director of the Propane Council of Texas (ProCOT). “Across the state of Texas, more mower fleet operators are choosing propane, one of the most viable, affordable and environmentally conscious fuels.”

    EarthWorks joins other Texas lawn equipment fleets that have saved significantly by fueling with propane, including Benchmark Landscapes, City of Austin Parks Department and Austin Independent School District. For more information about EarthWorks, contact Chris Lee at chris@earthworksdfw.com.

    Propane Autogas: Fueling Texas is a public awareness campaign that educates Texans about the benefits of running fleet vehicles and equipment on clean-burning, domestically produced 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.

    To view the Fueling Texas case study on EarthWorks, click here: EarthworksMowerCaseStudy.