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    The Propane Council of Texas to Take Part in Milestone Clean Cities Celebration

    The Propane Council of Texas (ProCOT) is proud to take part in the Lone Star Clean Fuels Alliance (LSCFA) 20th Anniversary on April 15, 2014 at the Palmer Events Center. Not only is the event in celebration of the alliance’s anniversary, but it is also a precursor to Earth Day.

    Lone Star Clean Fuels Alliance, formerly known as Central Texas Clean Cities, is a Department of Energy (DOE) Clean Cities Coalition. Clean Cities Coalitions are strategically located all across the country and work within non-attainment and near-attainment areas to reduce our reliance on foreign oil, promote clean air, and encourage the use of alternative fuels in the transportation sector.

    The Propane Council of Texas will be participating as a sponsor and exhibitor, showcasing cleaner-burning on and off-road vehicles, as well as, helping recognizing clean air advocates past and present during the awards luncheon, including current and former policymakers and city leaders.

    “Our local clean cities coalition, the LSCFA, has been a strident voice for alternative fuel and electric vehicles alike in Central Texas,” says Jackie Mason, Education & Marketing Director. “They’ve helped promote cleaner-burning propane-powered school buses, getting dirtier, older diesel buses off of Texas roads, encouraged propane commercial mowers allowing landscapers and parks to mow on Ozone Action Days, and have helped facilitate grants to build alternative fuel refueling stations.”

    For more on the Lone Star Clean Fuels Alliance (LSCFA) 20th Anniversary, please visit http://lonestarcfa.org/.

    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. To find out more about propane autogas, visit FuelingTexas.com.

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    North Texas Commission Rolls Out Preferred Parking Program for Alternative Fuel Vehicles

    Program Possible Through Grant from North Central Texas Council of Governments,  Department of Energy

     North Texas – The North Texas Commission, a non-profit organization that markets the region, advocates for regional issues and fosters collaboration among regional stakeholders, launches a free program to establish preferred parking for alternative fuel vehicles (AFV). This program provides North Texas businesses with signage designating parking spaces as “AFV-Preferred” as a way to incentivize individuals to drive alternative fuel vehicles and help improve regional air quality. The parking signs are the first phase in the NTC’s work to promote AFVs in North Texas.

    “Texas is second only to California for number of alternative fuel vehicles on the roads. The AFV-Preferred Parking Program not only rewards those drivers, but also raises awareness of these vehicles and their ability to improve North Texas’ air quality,” said Robert Kent, Director of Public Policy for the North Texas Commission.

    The North Texas Commission is offering hundreds of “AFV-Preferred” parking signs to our region’s businesses at no cost on a first-come, first-served basis. In addition, there are a limited number of sign stands available. Businesses can contact Robert Kent at the North Texas Commission at Robert@ntc-dfw.org or 972-621-0400. Businesses who wish to learn more about the parking program can attend one of the several “AFV-Preferred Parking Workshops” that the NTC will be hosting at various events across the North Texas region this spring. These events include:

    • April 26, 1:00 p.m., Earth Day Texas (Fair Park)
    • April 27, 1:00 p.m., Earth Day Texas (Fair Park)

    As part of phase two of the program, NTC is building an interactive website (www.NTxGreenParking.com) that will provide users with the location of all the AFV-Preferred parking spaces in the region. NTC is also developing a smartphone application for drivers of AFVs that will provide information on the locations of AFV re-fueling stations and preferred parking.

    Both the AFV-Preferred Parking Program and the forthcoming app and website are made possible through a grant from the North Central Texas Council of Governments and the Department of Energy. The North Texas Commission was awarded the $99,000 grant in late 2013.

    Established in 1971, the North Texas Commission is a regional non-profit consortium of businesses, cities, counties, chambers of commerce, economic development entities and higher education institutions in the North Texas Region. The North Texas Commission improves the economic vitality, infrastructure and lifestyle of North Texas by marketing the region, promoting collaboration and advocating on critical issues.

    Source: North Texas Commission