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    TCEQ Opens Up Funding for the Statewide Alternative Fuel New Light-Duty Motor Vehicle Purchase or Lease Incentive (LDLPI) Program

    The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) announced that up to $7.8 million in grants is being made available for the new Light-Duty Motor Vehicle Purchase or Lease Incentive (LDPLI) Program. The LDPLI is a program that provides financial incentives up to $2,500 for the purchase or lease of eligible new vehicles powered by compressed natural gas (CNG), liquefied petroleum gas (LPG), or electric drives (plug-in).

    “The great part of this program is you do not have to be in non-attainment or near non-attainment area. Anyone in the state of Texas can take advantage of this program,” says Jackie Mason of the Propane Council of Texas.

    The vehicle must be a new light-duty motor vehicle. Texas Health and Safety Code Section 386.151 (2), defines a light-duty motor vehicle as a vehicle with a gross vehicle weight rating of less than 10,000 pounds.

    The propane autogas powered vehicles must be purchased or leased from a dealer or leasing company licensed to sell or lease new vehicles in Texas to qualify. Some of the LPG eligible vehicles include Roush’s E-150 – E-350 vans as well as their F-250 as long as the vehicles meet the weight criteria.  A full listing of eligible vehicles under the LDPLI is available on the TERP web site at www.terpgrants.org.

    Bi-fuel and dedicated conversions may be eligible, but only under these very strict circumstances. The car dealer will need to work directly with an alternative fuel system convertor to convert the engine and fuel system to operate on the alternative fuel before the sale or lease of the vehicle is completed.

    So basically, to be eligible for the rebate grant someone may not have the engine and fuel system converted to the alternative fuel after they have purchased or leased the vehicle. To qualify for a grant, the final alternative fuel vehicle must be sold or leased as a new vehicle by the licensed new vehicle dealer or leasing company.
    Applications will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis from now until June 26, 2015 (so until next Summer), or until all funding is awarded, whichever occurs first.

    Please note: Only purchases completed after the official opening of the grant round, which began May 13, 2014 are eligible to apply for a Rebate.

    For questions regarding the LDPLI program, please contact the TERP program at 800-919-TERP (8377).

     

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    Green Lawn Equipment Event to Showcase Cleaner-Burning Options for Landscapers

    (Dallas, TX) The Propane Council of Texas (ProCOT) has partnered with DFW Central Texas Clean Cities Coalition and UT Southwestern to bring you the Green Lawn Equipment Show on May 5, 2014 at UT Southwestern Landscaping Yard in Dallas, TX right on the heels of Air Quality Awareness Week. The event will showcase cleaner-burning commercial lawn mowers from propane to electric.

    Grounds managers from schools, colleges, area medical centers, golf courses, and cities’ parks departments as well as commercial landscapers from the Dallas-Fort Worth and surrounding areas are expected to attend this lunchtime event.

    Propane autogas is the ideal fuel for lawn and landscape professionals because propane-powered mowers produce fewer greenhouse-gas emissions than traditional gasoline mowers allowing landscapers to operate cleaner propane mowers on Ozone Action/Air Quality Action Days without violating EPA regulations. Additionally, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) estimates that more than 17 million gallons of fuel are spilled each year refueling lawn equipment. However, since propane mowers have a closed loop, spill-free refueling system, you do not have this issue.

    “The Propane Council of Texas will be participating not only to educate landscapers and grounds managers on the benefits greener propane-powered commercial mowers, but also on state and national incentives available to those that switch to the cleaner technology, “ says Jackie Mason, Education & Marketing Director.

    For more about the free event, please visit http://www.dfwcleancities.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.

    About the DFW Texas Clean Cities Coalition
    DFW 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.