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  • Propane Powered School Bus

    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.

  • Percautogasrefuelsmallerfile

    TCEQ to Hold Workshops for Public Alternative Fueling Station Grants

    The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) announced that up to $7.6 million in grants is being made available to eligible individuals, businesses, and governmental entities to continue the development of a network of public alternative-fuel stations in Texas.

    The Alternative Fueling Facilities Program (AFFP) grant is a part of the Texas Emissions Reduction Plan (TERP), and is offered to eligible entities that intend to build, own and operate alternative-fuel fueling stations in eligible Texas counties. The 19 counties are only in Ozone non-attainment areas and include the El Paso area, the Dallas-Fort Worth area, and Houston-Galveston-Brazoria area.

    While the grant is available to both public and private entities, the station must be open to the public and accessible Monday-Friday at least 8 hours a day.

    The grants can fund ‘up to’ $600,000 OR 50% of eligible expenses of fueling station. AFFP grants offset a portion of the cost of either the construction of new facilities dispensing alternative fuels, or the substantial reconstruction of existing facilities to provide new services or capabilities dispensing alternative fuels. Eligible alternative fuels for the AFFP include biodiesel, hydrogen, methanol, natural gas, propane, and electricity.

    The TCEQ has scheduled four AFFP grant application workshops to review the grant requirements and the application process. Reservations are not required.

    Below are the workshops:
    Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2013 – Austin, 1:30-3:00 p.m
    TCEQ headquarters, 12100 Park 35 Circle, Building F, Room 2210

     

    Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2013 – Houston, 1:30-3:00p.m.
    Tracy Gee Community Center, AR-1, 3599 Westcenter Drive

    Thursday, Dec. 12, 2013 – San Antonio, 10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
    Alamo Area Council of Governments, Al J. Notzon, III Board Room, 8700 Tesoro Drive

     Friday, Dec. 13, 2013 – Arlington, 1:30-3:00p.m.
    North Central Texas Council of Governments, Metroplex Conference Room
    616 Six Flags Drive, Centerpoint II

     

    Please note part of the workshop will be for CNG grants and the other part will be for all alternative fuels including propane autogas. For more information on the grant program and to access up-to-date information on the application process, specific geographic eligibility requirements, and copies of all application forms for the program, visit www.terpgrants.org or call 800-919-TERP (8377).

  • Propane Powered Van

    Government Fleet Summit to feature greener propane-powered technology

    AUSTIN, TX — On November 21st, the Propane Council of Texas plans to highlight cleaner, domestically produced propane autogas at the Government Solutions Team Public Fleet Summit at the Holiday Inn Arboretum in Austin. The Government Solutions Team holds educational summits across the nation with the goal of connecting public works directors, fleet managers and others with expert technology, networking resources and innovative solutions.

    Between 30-50 fleet and facilities professionals from across Texas and neighboring states are expected to attend Thursday’s event. From 10:30am – 12:00pm, the Propane Council of Texas (ProCOT) and other organizations will display fleet technologies in the parking lot, including a propane-powered pick-up truck and a propane zero-turn commercial mower. Attendees will get the opportunity to have a hands-on experience with propane autogas technology and speak to propane industry professionals about the benefits of powering their fleet with greener propane autogas.

    “Propane autogas is a great fit for local governments,” said Jackie Mason, Education & Marketing Director for the Propane Council of Texas. “Fleets across Texas that have switched to autogas are experiencing significant fuel savings, longer engine life and are contributing to cleaner air for their community.”

    Local governments across Texas that are choosing cleaner-burning propane include everything from city and county transits to public works trucks. Government fleets can find platforms straight from the vehicle manufacturer. Both Ford and GM carry the propane option in a number of platforms through their fleet division, or fleets have the option to convert with a wide variety of Environmental Protection Agency-certified conversion kits on the market.

    The Propane Council of Texas (ProCOT) is participating in the Government Solutions Team Public Fleet Summit as part of its Propane Autogas: Fueling Texas campaign. The public awareness campaign has traveled across the state to educate Texas fleets about the benefits of running vehicles and mowers on cleaner-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.

  • Texas Motor Speedway

    Clean propane autogas spotlighted at Texas Motor Speedway event

    FORT WORTH, TX — On November 15th, the Propane Council of Texas (ProCOT) will showcase the benefits of cleaner-burning, American-made propane autogas at the Texas Equipment and Technology Show at the Texas Motor Speedway. The annual show is put on by the Texas chapter of the Rocky Mountain Fleet Management Association, a nonprofit fleet industry organization.

    The Texas Equipment and Technology Show, now in its third year, draws fleet professionals from across the state. Attendees will have the opportunity to experience propane autogas up close, speak with propane marketers and win a wide range of prizes, including a ride around the Great American Speedway. The Rocky Mountain Fleet Management Association (RMFMA) services Texas, Arizona, Colorado, Utah and Nevada. Providing fleet professionals with education, resources and networking, RMFMA currently represents approximately 1,300 fleet professionals and suppliers.

    “We’re excited to be able to speak with fleet owners and operators about how propane autogas could benefit them,” said Jackie Mason, Education & Marketing Director for the Propane Council of Texas. “By choosing propane autogas, many fleets cut their fuel costs anywhere from one-third to one-half. Plus, autogas is domestically produced, environmentally friendly and easier on your vehicle’s engine.”

    The Propane Council of Texas (ProCOT) will be displaying a City of Fort Worth propane-powered pick-up truck from ROUSH CleanTech, a division of ROUSH Enterprises that partners with Ford to produce OEM trucks and vans powered by propane autogas. Like Fort Worth, many cities and local governments across Texas are choosing cleaner-burning propane, including the City of San Antonio, the City of Temple and Haltom City. Not only does propane autogas conserve taxpayer dollars with its fuel savings, but drivers also report decreased maintenance.

    The Propane Council of Texas (ProCOT) is participating in the Texas Equipment and Technology Show as part of its Propane Autogas: Fueling Texas campaign. The public awareness campaign has traveled across the state to educate Texans about 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.

  • Propane Mower Turf

    Alternatively fueled propane engines perfect fit for turf care

    DALLAS, TX — The Propane Council of Texas (ProCOT) will participate in the 2013 Texas Turfgrass Association Conference and Show on November 12-13 at the Dallas Sheraton Hotel. The council will be on hand to highlight the many benefits of using greener, domestically produced propane autogas for mowers and irrigation engines for turf care.

    The Texas Turfgrass Association Conference and Show draws turfgrass professionals from a wide range of industries, including irrigation, lawn care, golf facilities, parks and recreation, school districts, turfgrass farmers, athletic facilities and more. Up to 1,250 members and exhibitors from across the state are expected to attend this year’s conference. Attendees will be able participate in educational seminars, experience the latest turfgrass technology and network with industry colleagues.

    “We’re looking forward to educating turfgrass professionals about the newest alternative fuel technology available,” said Jackie Mason, Education & Marketing Director for the Propane Council of Texas. “A number of major mower manufacturers came out with traditional alternative fuel propane-powered commercial mowers a few years ago, but now there are propane mowers on the market specially designed for sports fields and golf courses.”

    Re-engineered propane irrigation engines have re-entered the marketplace. Developed for agriculture, these engines could be the perfect fit for turfgrass farmers. The engine sizes range from 3.0L to 10. 3L, and are reported to cost half of the amount of their diesel counterparts. Users tout the automatic fuel delivery, efficiency, and peace of mind that comes with not having to experience grid power interruptions. Propane engine users on both irrigation engines and mowers report significant fuel savings, as well as reduced maintenance and equipment downtime.

    The Propane Council of Texas (ProCOT) is participating in the Texas Turfgrass Association Conference as part of its Propane Autogas: Fueling Texas campaign. The public awareness campaign has made many stops across the state to educate Texans about the benefits of running on and off-road equipment 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.

     

  • Texas Flag

    Texas part of global autogas trend

    Home to the world’s largest propane storage facility, Texas continues to be among the global leaders in using propane autogas to power fleet vehicles and mowers. Propane autogas, the world’s top alternative fuel, is one of most widely used global fuel sources, ranking third only to gasoline and diesel. Cost-effective and clean-burning, autogas is used to power more than 21 million vehicles worldwide. Because of its economic and practical uses, the number of fleet operators converting to propane autogas both in Texas and around the globe continues to grow.

    Along with Texas, fleets in UK, Hong Kong, India, and Australia are switching to propane autogas. For instance, Hong Kong is making strides transitioning to alternative fuel. The Hong Kong version of Ford Motor Co.’s Transit Connect Taxi, which will run on a liquefied petroleum gas fuel system, made its debut in the Chinese city late last month.

    In Texas, there are more than 2,000 school buses powered by propane. State agencies like the Texas Department of Transportation have more than 900 propane vehicles in their fleets, and local governments like municipalities and counties are also making the switch to propane. Public entities are not the only ones switching to the popular alternative fuel; businesses like Frito Lay, Dish Network and DHL are also going green with propane.

    As the global trend of switching to autogas grows, Texas is recognized as a worldwide leader in alternative fuel. With more than 700 autogas refueling stations located across the state, the use of environmentally-friendly propane autogas is becoming more both more widespread and convenient.