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    National and state incentives available for greener propane-powered mowers

    AUSTIN, TX The Propane Council of Texas (ProCOT) and the Propane Education and Research Council (PERC) are offering national and statewide incentives for commercial mowers that run on greener, domestically-produced propane autogas.

    The Propane Education and Research Council (PERC) offers incentives nationwide for propane mower end-users on select mowers that are 36 to 72 inches in deck size. Mower operators can receive $1,000 per factory-built mower and $500 per EPA-certified propane conversion. There is a perpetual cap of 25 incentives per end-user. On the state level, the Propane Council of Texas (ProCOT) offers incentives for commercial propane mower users. Statewide incentives include $1,000 per factory-built propane mower and $1,000 per EPA-certified conversion, with a perpetual cap of five incentives per entity. Both the national and the state program offer the incentives in exchange for data on the mowers.

    “The statewide and national incentive programs are a great way for landscapers and other commercial mower end-users to experience the benefits of propane autogas,” said Jackie Mason, Education & Marketing Director for the Propane Council of Texas. “At the same time, we are able to learn more about the performance of the propane units in the marketplace.”

    Propane autogas is clean, cost-efficient and environmentally friendly. Landscapers that operate propane-powered mowers experience reduced fuel costs, less maintenance, longer engine life and decreased harmful emissions.

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency estimates more than 17 million gallons of traditional fuel are spilled each year while refueling mowers. However, with propane’s closed loop refueling system, landscapers can experience less spilled fuel and fewer instances of pilferage.

    Propane autogas is widely available throughout Texas, with more 700 propane autogas stations across the state. Plus, propane tanks are easy to switch, and there are on-site cylinder exchange programs available. Not only are refueling stations plentiful, but more than 14 major mower manufacturers produce propane-powered commercial units, so there are several options for interested landscapers.

    For more information about national mower incentives, please visit www.PoweredByPropane.org; and for additional information about statewide mower incentives, please visit 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. 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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    Texas school districts save on fuel costs with propane autogas

    AUSTIN — Austin Independent School District (ISD) saves more than $45,000 annually by operating school buses, maintenance trucks and mowers on clean, domestically produced propane autogas. Using propane autogas not only decreases AISD’s fuel costs, but also reduces the amount of harmful emissions released into the air.

    Austin ISD has 126 schools serving approximately 86,000 students. The Central Texas school district has been operating propane-powered vehicles for two years and propane-powered mowers for nine years. Austin ISD’s propane fleet contains six buses, 10 maintenance trucks and 15 mowers.

    Propane autogas—the most widely used alternative fuel in the world—is ideal for mowers, school buses, and other vehicles. School bus fleets that switch to autogas save anywhere from 30 to 50 percent on fuel costs. Propane-powered buses produce less particulate matter, carbon monoxide, nitrous oxide, hydrocarbons and greenhouses gas emissions than traditionally-fueled buses—plus, propane-powered buses are exempt from idling laws and restrictions.

    “Using propane autogas is a great way to help build greener communities and healthier budgets,” said Jackie Mason, Educational & Marketing Director for the Propane Council of Texas. “Propane’s proven safety record, environmental benefits, and low cost make it an ideal choice for school districts across the state.”

    There are more than 2,000 propane-powered buses operating in more than 75 Texas school districts. Propane autogas is widely available throughout Texas, with more than 700 autogas fueling stations across the state. Many fleets choose to install their own on-site autogas fueling stations for an inexpensive cost.

    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.

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    ProCOT Streamlines Propane Vehicle Incentive Program for Business Fleets

    As many might be aware, the Propane Council of Texas (ProCOT) offers incentives to business fleets in Texas looking to make the switch to propane.  Texas business fleets who are “new” to propane may be eligible for this program. The Council provides $5,000 for conversions and $7,500 for OEM’s with a cap of $15,000 per business fleet. The funds are seed money for fleets for their first two or three propane vehicles.

    With the new streamlined process, the first step is getting pre-qualified. The Council can ensure that fleets have met all the qualifications like verifying the vehicle is certified, they are the proper size fleet, are under 40,000 miles, and are new to propane.

    Once fleets are pre-qualified, fleets can only then complete a reservation form. A reservation reserves funds for 90 days to ensure fleets do not make the investment and order a kit and then find out the funds are already gone.

    Now prospective fleets must submit a purchase order or sales order for the aftermarket propane conversion kit or propane vehicle they ordered with their reservation form. They cannot reserve funds without a copy of a P.O.

    With this new process, ProCOT believes that down the road this will ameliorate the cyclical waiting list that program has had in the past.

    To learn more about the program, please visit www.propanecounciloftexas.org, click on the Programs tab, and then click on the side left tab Propane Vehicle Incentive Program.

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    John Deere Commercial Mowing Introduces Propane Conversion Kit

    Dealer-installed propane option gives landscape contractors another fuel choice

    CARY, North Carolina (October 24, 2013) – Landscape contractors will be able to purchase a new piece of John Deere equipment with a dealer-installed propane kit. The kit is designed and manufactured by EnviroGard™, and is available for John Deere ZTrak™ zero-turn mowers, QuikTrak™ stand-on mowers, and commercial walk-behind mowers.

    “Propane has emerged as a leading alternative fuel, and many of our customers are very interested in exploring it for their businesses,” said Steve Wilhelmi, John Deere tactical marketing manager. “By working with EnviroGard, John Deere can provide our customers with an economical fuel solution that will reduce their carbon footprint and keep them up and running on the jobsite.”

    EnviroGard is also providing dealer training to ensure the installation of each conversion kit adheres to EPA standards. The kit meets the Propane Education & Research Council (PERC) requirements for funding – up to $1,000 credit – and some units converted after the initial purchase may be eligible for a $500 credit.

    “We are excited to provide John Deere dealers with application-specific propane conversion kits for their commercial mowers,” stated Jeremy Hahne, general manager of EnviroGard. “Operators running Deere equipment can now utilize a specifically designed, EPA certified, and approved propane configuration that is easily installed by their local John Deere dealer.”

    In addition to new equipment, the kit can be used to retrofit many John Deere commercial mowers from previous model years. Contractors simply need to visit their local John Deere dealer to determine if a kit is available for their specific machine.

    To learn more about the propane conversion kit, visit your local John Deere dealer or www.JohnDeere.com/MowPro to learn more.

    About John Deere

    Deere & Company (NYSE: DE) is a world leader in providing advanced products and services and is committed to the success of customers whose work is linked to the land – those who cultivate, harvest, transform, enrich and build upon the land to meet the world’s dramatically increasing need for food, fuel, shelter and infrastructure. Since 1837, John Deere has delivered innovative products of superior quality built on a tradition of integrity. For more information, visit John Deere at its worldwide website at www.JohnDeere.com.

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    Texas Municipal League Conference highlights clean propane technology

    AUSTIN, TX — The Propane Council of Texas (ProCOT) promoted cleaner-burning propane autogas technology at the Texas Municipal League Annual Conference and Exposition in Austin, October 9-11, 2013 as part of its Propane Autogas: Fueling Texas public education campaign. The conference is one of the largest gatherings of local government leaders in the nation with over 3,000 city leaders from all over the state.

    “By attending the Texas Municipal League Annual Conference, we spoke with many city leaders on the importance of going green with propane,” says Jackie Mason, Education & Marketing Director for the Propane Council of Texas. “Propane autogas is a great option for Texas municipal vehicles, because it saves on fuel costs, it significantly reduces greenhouse-gas emissions, and it’s widely available throughout the state. Texas is home to more than 700 propane autogas retail fuel outlets and the world’s largest propane storage.”

    American-made autogas is ideal for powering municipal fleet vehicles, including city shuttles, patrol cars, street sweepers, and public works trucks. Cities are not only looking to the propane for their fleet vehicle needs, but also turning to propane commercial mowers to help keep their parks beautifully maintained. Landscapers not only report reduced fuel costs, but also significant savings on mower maintenance.

    “EPA estimates that over 17 million gallons of gasoline are spilled each year while filling lawn equipment,” says Mason. “Cities are not just reducing emissions by using the cleaner-burning fuel, but with propane’s closed loop refueling, they are diminishing the pollution of groundwater and soil in their parks.”

    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.

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    ProCOT & Clean Cities partner to promote clean propane autogas

    SAN ANTONIO, TX — The Propane Council of Texas, in partnership with the Alamo Area Clean Cities Coalition, held their 4th Annual Commercial Propane Mower and Vehicle Fleet Event on Thursday, October 3, from 11:30am—1:30pm at Padre Park in San Antonio. The Propane Council of Texas’ public awareness campaign, Fueling Texas, has been touring the state to educate Texans about the benefits of operating commercial lawn equipment and fleet vehicles on propane autogas. The campaign features a series of statewide road shows providing fleet operators, drivers and community members a hands-on experience with clean autogas technology.

    Those in attendance at Thursday’s public event had the opportunity to demo commercial-grade propane mowers from top manufacturers and test drive fleet trucks powered by the popular alternative fuel. The event will also highlight the benefits of powering commercial lawn mowers and vehicles with cleaner-burning propane autogas, including potential savings on both fuel and maintenance costs.

    Recent Fueling Texas case studies have highlighted Texas mower fleets, including Austin-based Benchmark Landscapes, which saved 58 percent on fuel costs with propane mowers, and Dallas area EarthWorks, Inc., which has saved $41,600 on fuel costs annually with 44 propane mowers. Likewise, Taxi Cab Company of Tyler recently switched five taxis to clean propane autogas, saving $10,578 on fuel costs, while Williamson County near Austin saves an impressive $73,000 per year with 36 propane-powered vehicles.

    “San Antonio is already an early adopter of propane autogas. Northside ISD has had propane autogas in their school bus fleet for over 30 years, and the National Parks have both mowers and trucks powered by propane autogas,” says Jackie Mason, Education & Marketing Director for the Propane Council of Texas. “This event is to showcase those already using propane autogas and to educate those new to propane autogas on the benefits of running their landscape or vehicle fleet on the greener fuel.”

    Propane autogas is the most widely used alternative fuel in the world, powering more than 21 million vehicles globally. It’s the third most-used vehicle fuel worldwide, right behind gasoline and diesel. U.S. fleets running on cleaner-burning autogas support our nation’s energy security because 98 percent of the U.S. supply is made in America. Texas propane mower and vehicle fleets, in particular, are helping to boost the local economy, as Texas is home to more than 700 propane autogas marketers and the world’s largest propane storage.

    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.