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    Texas school districts educated on cleaner burning propane

    DALLAS — Texas school board leadership had the opportunity to learn about clean, American-made propane autogas at the Texas Association of School Administrators (TASA) and Texas Association of School Boards (TASB) Annual Convention September 27-28 at the Dallas Convention Center. The Propane Council of Texas (ProCOT) participated with its awareness campaign, Fueling Texas, to educate participants about the benefits of operating school buses, administrative vehicles and commercial mowers on propane autogas.

    “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 and reduce fuel costs, but it has a proven safety record in Texas.”

    Propane autogas is the most widely used alternative fuel in the world. The clean-burning, domestically produced fuel is ideal for mowers, school buses, and other vehicles. School bus fleets that switch to autogas save anywhere from 30 percent to up to half on fuel costs. Propane-powered buses produce less particulate matter, carbon monoxide, NOx, hydrocarbons and greenhouses gas emissions than many school buses on Texas roads today.

    There are more than 2,000 propane-powered buses operating in more than 75 Texas school districts. Some of these ISDs are benefitting from a 50-cents-per-gallon tax credit through 2013. Thanks to the tax credit, Dallas County Schools—the largest propane-powered school bus fleet in the state—saves about $500,000 annually. Northside ISD, the second-largest propane autogas bus fleet in Texas, saved around $225,000 with the credit from 2011, and Denton ISD recouped $170,000 in the same year.

    Propane commercial mowers can also contribute to additional savings for school districts. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency estimates that almost 17 million gallons of gasoline are spilled each year refueling lawn equipment. Propane mowers have a closed loop, spill-free refueling system; no spills mean no lost dollars.

    For many school districts across the state, operating mowers, school buses and other vehicles on cleaner burning autogas is a great way to help build greener communities and healthier budgets.

    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 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.

  • Tyler Cab Company Taxi

    Tyler cab company saves 10.5k annually with autogas

    TYLER — Taxi Cab Company of Tyler reduced its fuel costs by $10,578 in 2012 by running five vehicles on clean propane autogas. A cab and transportation company serving Tyler for nearly 25 years, Taxi Cab Company of Tyler first switched to American-made autogas two years ago and cites numerous reasons for the switch—including autogas’ affordability and eco-friendliness.

    “I chose propane autogas because of the low cost of fuel, reasonable price of infrastructure, the safety factor and the positive environmental benefits ” said Jamal Moharer, President of Taxi Cab Company of Tyler. The company’s autogas vehicles—which include two taxis, two vans and a shuttle bus—are primarily used for private, medical and public transportation services.

    Propane autogas, the most widely used alternative fuel in the world, is ideal for light- to medium-duty vehicles. Fleets that convert to autogas save an average of 30-50 percent on fuel costs, and autogas vehicles produce less greenhouse gas emissions and harmful pollutants than gasoline-powered vehicles. Because autogas is a cleaner-burning fuel, many fleets also report reduced maintenance needs and extended engine life.

    “Propane autogas is a safe, reliable and inexpensive choice for vehicle fleets,” said Jackie Mason, Educational & Marketing Director for the Propane Council of Texas. “With our Fueling Texas campaign, we’re spreading the word about this clean, economical, domestically-produced and widely available fuel to help more Texas businesses save on fuel costs and contribute to clean air.”

    With more than 700 propane autogas fueling stations across the state, propane autogas is widely available. In addition to Tyler’s public refueling station, Taxi Cab Company of Tyler has built a private refueling station at their headquarters. Many companies with autogas vehicle fleets choose to install their own station due to the refueling infrastructure’s affordability and easy installation process.

    Taxi Cab Company of Tyler joins many hundreds of other Texas vehicle fleets making the switch to propane autogas, including the Texas Department of Transportation, multiple private organizations, many municipalities and more than 75 school districts across the Lone Star State.

    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 modest 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.