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  • VWSchoolBus

    Millions Available in Texas for Switch to Cleaner Buses

    Propane Council of Texas Offering Grant Writing Assistance

    AUSTIN, Texas, May 29, 2019 /PRNewswire/ — The Propane Council of Texas is happy to announce the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) is currently accepting grant applications for cleaner school buses, shuttle buses and transit buses under the Texas Volkswagen Environmental Mitigation Program (TxVEMP) in Austin area, Beaumont-Port Arthur area, Dallas-Fort Worth area, El Paso, Houston-Galveston-Brazoria area and San Antonio area.

    From the $209 million allocated to Texas for TxVEMP, TCEQ has allocated $58M for its first grant round for buses. Entities operating buses 51% in a qualifying area replacing a model year 2009 diesel bus with new model year cleaner school bus may qualify for a Texas VW grant.

    The Propane Council of Texas, a non-profit 501 (c) 3 educational foundation, is dedicated to informing school districts, transits, and shuttle operators on cleaner-burning propane school buses, shuttles and transit buses. Propane buses emit up to 90 percent fewer nitrogen oxides (NOX) than a clean diesel bus. NOx are a significant contributor to smog and pollution and those switching to more environmentally-friendly propane buses can not only contribute to greener schools and communities but save money by qualifying and applying for VW funding.

    The Council is committed to helping schools, transit authorities and others who want to make the switch to cleaner propane autogas and apply for the grants by offering complimentary grant consultation and grant writing services for those that qualify for VW in Texas that want to switch to propane.

    Currently, more than 17,000 propane school buses are operating across the United States with over 3,000 in Texas, the leader in propane school bus adoption.

    TxVEMP funding is going fast with over a one-third of the funds have already been applied for. School districts, transits, and shuttle operators in qualifying areas of Texas interested in making the switch to propane autogas can learn more about the benefits of propane school buses at www.fuelingtexas.com and contact the Council at info@propanecounciloftexas.org or at (800)325-7427 as soon as possible for complimentary grant consultation and grant writing assistance.

    Contact:
    Jackie Mason
    8003257427
    215531@email4pr.com

    SOURCE Propane Council of Texas

    Related Links
    http://www.propanecounciloftexas.org

  • Greenlungs

    Propane Helps Create Greener Schools & Cleaner Air

    Council highlights Propane School Buses on Earth Day

    Over 840 school districts across the United States
    transporting nearly one million school children each school day have upgraded
    to greener propane-powered school buses. 
    Texas is number one in propane school bus adoption with over 3,000
    propane school buses operating in the Lone Star State, paving the way to
    cleaner communities and schools.

    New propane school buses can produce up to 90%
    fewer nitrous oxides (NOx) than a clean diesel school bus. Why is this
    important? NOx is a significant contributor to ground level ozone, and
    according to the American Lung Association, NOx is likely to be a cause of
    asthma in children, can trigger an increase in asthma attacks and affect a host
    of other harmful effects on the lungs.

    For decades, propane school buses have been a trusted
    greener alternative for school transportation. Quieter and cleaner, propane
    provides an excellent solution for schools and our children’s health.

    Not only that, but propane school buses have the
    lowest total cost of ownership with its reduced maintenance compared to diesel
    buses. That means more money for other vital things like computers, books,
    classroom supplies and teachers.

    In addition to the lower total cost of ownership,
    the cost to upgrade from diesel to a new propane school bus is shrinking. To
    help school districts with the upgrade cost, there are several alternative fuel
    grants available for parts of Texas from a multitude of sources including from
    the state of Texas as well as federally.

    Cleaner air, greener schools, and cost-saving to
    school districts, propane can do that.

    To find out more about propane-powered school
    buses and funding that may be available to your school district, 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.

  • Carkeyscash

    Act Fast! Propane Grants Expiring Soon

    The state of Texas and other organizations have NON-COMPETITIVE grants for propane (LPG) vehicles, trucks and buses. These grant programs’ deadlines are quickly approaching. The deadline to get all paperwork in for the state programs is May 31, 2019. Interested parties should not wait. Funding is first come, first serve and could run out or be swept before the deadline. We might not get an opportunity like this until closer to 2020 if funds are approved by the Texas Legislature.

    The first program is the Light Duty Vehicle Incentive Program. This program is the most flexible of all the state programs.

    Light Duty Vehicle Incentive Program Highlights

    • $5,000 per propane vehicle
    • No region restrictions. Program is
      statewide.
    • No replacement is required.
    • Purchase of new propane vehicle (dedicated
      or bi-fuel) required.
    • Vehicle must be under 10,000 lbs.
    • If converted, must be done within first 500
      miles.
    • LPG vehicle or LPG conversion must be on
      state’s list, click
      here
      .

    The second program and the one with the largest incentive is the Texas Natural Gas Vehicle Grant Program where propane is an eligible fuel for the program.

    Texas Natural Gas Vehicle Grant Program Highlights

    • You must be in one of 80+ counties, click
      here
      to view eligibility map.
    • Old vehicle you are replacing must be MY
      2007 or older.
    • Old vehicle you are replacing must have run
      on either gasoline or diesel.
    • There cannot be a lapse in the old vehicle
      registration more than 30 days in 2 years.
    • New vehicle must be a dedicated propane
      vehicle (mono fuel)
    • Grant amounts range from over $1,000 –
      $100,000 per vehicle
    • The older the vehicle, the higher the GVWR,
      the bigger the payout.
    • GVWR 8,501lbs – 33,000 lbs.
    • GVWR must be like for like
    • Replacement and destruction of the old
      vehicle is required.

    Have a vehicle over 10,000 lbs. you want to purchase, but do not have a vehicle to replace? The last program open at this time is not from the state it is from us, the Propane Council of Texas (ProCOT) and could help you. The Council has a fleet incentive program open to select fleets.

    ProCOT Propane Vehicle Incentive Program Highlights

    • $7,500 per eligible propane vehicle that will be operated in Texas
    • $20,000 lifetime cap per fleet
    • Eligible entities include government, local government & non-propane business fleets
    • No region restrictions. Program is statewide.
    • No replacement required.
    • No GVWR restrictions.
    • For new propane vehicle purchases or conversions under 40,000 miles
    • Dedicated and bi-fuel both eligible
    • Vehicle and conversion kits must be EPA or CARB certified

    If you believe you qualify for one or more of these programs, please reach out to the staff at the Propane Council of Texas at info@propancounciloftexas.org or at (800)325-7427. We provide complimentary grant writing services to eligible entities in Texas seeking propane vehicle grants.

  • 6 Bus

    Texas Schools Discover How Going Green Can Save Big

    This week, the Propane Council of Texas (ProCOT) attended the Texas Association of Pupil Transportation (TAPT) Expo & Conference at the American Bank Center in Corpus Christi, TX for a chance to connect with 750 school transportation officials and educate them on the growing popularity of propane-powered school buses.

    Schools across the nation are turning to cleaner propane autogas to power their buses. 840 school districts in 48 states, including Texas have upgraded to greener propane school buses. There are over 15,000 propane-powered school buses on our nation’s roads transporting nearly 1 million students daily. Texas is leading the charge and has more propane school buses than any other state with 2,870 buses and growing.

    What makes propane buses so popular? New low NOx propane school buses produce significantly fewer emissions than modern diesel buses and are up to 75 percent cleaner than the current emissions standard.

    Plus, there is usually a high price tag with going green, but that isn’t necessarily the case with propane. With lower fuel costs, reduced maintenance expenses and the shrinking cost of propane school buses, school districts do not have much to worry about high investments to go green.

    School districts operating propane school buses are saving up to 50% on fuel costs when compared to diesel.  Propane does not just cost less at the pump for school districts, but propane school buses have significantly less maintenance than a new clean diesel school bus, which equates to fewer expenses to the district.  Propane school buses make sense for budget savvy transportation departments who are looking to save their school district some money.

    In addition to reduced fuel and maintenance expenses, the incremental cost of a new diesel school bus and new propane school bus is shrinking. To help school districts with the small upgrade cost, there are many alternative fuel grants available from a multitude of sources from the state and sometimes nationally.

    “There is some funding out there for school districts in Texas. It can be tough for school districts to keep track of all the alternative fuel grants that may be available to them. That’s where the Propane Council of Texas comes in,” states Jackie Mason, education & marketing director for the Propane Council of Texas.  “We are a non-profit. We are here to help districts whether it is providing general education on propane school buses or help to find funding for propane buses.”

    To find out more about propane-powered school buses and to contact the Council, 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.

  • Earthday Propane

    The Propane Council of Texas Touts Benefits of Propane School Buses During Earth Week

    Propane Helps Schools & Communities Reduce Their Carbon Footprint

    In honor of Earth Week, the Propane Council of Texas would like to highlight the environmental benefits of clean-burning propane school buses for a way school districts can lower their emissions and help create greener schools and communities.

    There are over 26 million propane-powered vehicles worldwide with over 14,000 propane-powered school buses operated by more than 830 school districts transporting over 850,000 students a day across America. 2,870 of those propane school buses are greening Texas.

    Propane is cleaner-burning, non-toxic, and does not contaminate groundwater or soil. With cleaner-burning propane school buses, students are exposed to reduced emissions like greenhouse gas, carbon monoxide, nitrous oxide (NOx), sulfur oxide, and particulate matter.

    “The Propane Council of Texas hopes that number will grow as more school districts realize the health benefits of lower emitting propane school buses to their students and transportation personnel,” states Jackie Mason of the Propane Council of Texas.

    A new modern, best in class propane-powered school bus is more earth-friendly and can reduce NOx by 75% compared to a new “clean” diesel school bus. According to the National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration, NOx has now become the largest ozone-depleting substance created by human activities. NOx also contributes to ground-level ozone and can aggravate asthma and other breathing related issues. According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), ground-level ozone can also have harmful effects on vegetation and ecosystems.

    The new Low NOx propane school buses are helping schools contributing to cleaner air for school children and reducing their carbon footprint.

    To learn more about more about the advantages of propane autogas, please visit the Propane Council of Texas’ dedicated autogas website, https://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 on clean-burning propane. 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.

  • RCT20Technician20Training202017202 X2

    Four Myths About “Clean” Diesel School Buses

    Recent claims within the school bus industry state that diesel buses are clean, cost-effective and easier to maintain — while casting doubt on propane autogas. Here are some of those recent statements made about “clean” diesel school buses — and the facts about propane-fueled models.

     

    Fiction: Diesel is clean and has the lowest carbon footprint over the operational life of a school bus.

     

    Fact:  Modern diesel emissions are much cleaner than they used to be and typically do well in terms of greenhouse gas emissions. Propane engines also have very low greenhouse gas emissions — and also significantly reduce the toxic emission constituent of nitrogen oxides (NOx) at four times less output than modern diesels. This is important because most NOx emissions are sourced from the transportation sector whereas only a small percentage of greenhouse gas emissions are sourced from transportation. Greenhouse gas emissions like carbon dioxide are inert gases and are part of what we exhale. NOx pose considerable danger to human health and air quality.

     

    “Propane is definitely the direction to go, away from diesel and emission issues,” said Neal Higgins, mechanic for Bibb County School District in Macon, Georgia.

     

    Fiction: Diesel buses are easier to maintain.

     

    Fact: Today’s diesel buses may be cleaner than year’s past, but they are cleaner only through complexity, like expensive equipment and high-maintenance systems, which aren’t required on propane autogas school buses. To meet federal emission standards, a diesel bus has 20 additional parts — that’s 20 components that need to be maintained. They include diesel particulate filters, manual regeneration and diesel exhaust fluid, and other complex after-treatment devices.

     

    “There are a lot of hoops you have to jump through with diesel due to of all of the EPA emission standards. New EPA-certified diesel buses have become much more expensive and difficult to maintain,” said Bruce Thomas, master technician for Adams 12 Five Star in Thornton, Colorado. “For our district, the upfront costs have increased substantially just for equipment to pass newer emission standards.”

     

    Fiction: When you look at all the factors, diesel buses offer the lowest total cost of ownership.

     

    Fact: More than 800 school districts are saving 20 to 50 percent on a cost per mile basis for fuel and maintenance operating propane buses compared to diesel. School bus fleets have saved between $400 and $3,000 per propane bus per year when compared to the diesel buses they operate. Propane has the lowest cost of infrastructure of all transportation fuels, saving money on fueling station needs. Historically, propane autogas averages 50 percent less than diesel.

     

    “We tracked data on both a propane bus and a diesel bus of the same model year. The propane bus was driven for bus routes on dirt roads with multiple stops and starts,” said Brian Swestaka, director of transportation for Howard-Winneshiek Community School District in Cresco, Iowa. “The diesel bus was used as an activity bus, mostly highway miles. The propane bus still operated significantly cheaper than the diesel bus due to fuel and maintenance savings.”

     

    Fiction: Many alternative fuel engines aren’t built for medium-duty use.

     

    Fact: The Ford 6.8L engine is built specifically for medium-duty applications. Introduced in 1997, there are more than 1.8 million of these engines on the road today. This is the engine used in more than 10,500 Blue Bird Vision Propane school buses transporting students to and from schools across the nation.

     

    While there is an upfront cost associated with converting a vehicle or buying a new dedicated propane autogas model, the low cost of the fuel compared with diesel often translates to a quick return on investment. Most fleets that make the switch recoup their investment within 18 months of use.

     

    “A state grant paid for the incremental cost difference of our propane buses, which meant we could start saving money right away since our fuel and maintenance costs are much lower than with our diesel buses,” said Ricky Phillips, vehicle maintenance manager of Clarksville-Montgomery School District in Montgomery County, Tennessee

    Whatever type of fuel used, school districts around the nation must work within their operational budgets and environmental goals. Hundreds of school districts have chosen propane and are proving it’s a clean-burning and economical transportation fuel.

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    Author Bio
    Ryan Zic is the school bus sales director for ROUSH CleanTech, an industry leader of alternative fuel vehicle technology. His expertise includes direct sales, original equipment manufacturer management and Tier 1 sales and support. Reach him at ryan.zic@roush.com or 800.59.ROUSH. To learn more, visit ROUSHcleantech.com.

     

     

  • TXNGVGP

    Propane Council of Texas Touts Opportunities for Cleaner Air with the State’s Texas Natural Gas Vehicle Grant Program

    Propane is eligible under the newly expanded grant program

    This month, the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) announced a grand round of $15.4M for their newly expanded Texas Natural Gas Vehicle Grant Program (TNGVGP). The grant program funds the replacement older diesel or gasoline medium-duty and heavy-duty vehicles with CNG, LNG and now LPG (propane) vehicles operating in the Clean Transportation Zone, an 83 county area of Texas.

    Propane was added to Texas Senate Bill 1731 in the 85th Legislative session since it is Natural Gas Liquid (NGL) and is too homegrown, found right here in Texas.

    “The Propane Council of Texas is excited to educate fleets on this new opportunity to add clean-burning propane vehicles on Texas roads,” says Jackie Mason, Education & Marketing Director for the Council.

    Propane is a great option for fleets, because it is economical, domestically-produced, widely available fuel, and contributes to cleaner air. The propane industry has engineered a multitude of platforms that are eligible for the program from medium-duty trucks to school buses that government and business fleets as well as school districts who can upgrade, too.

    Funding under the Texas Natural Gas Vehicle Grant Program varies dependent on the model year of the vehicle, the Gross Vehicle Weight Rating (GVWR), and fuel type of the vehicle, the entity is replacing. Click here to download the guidelines.

    For more information or to contact the Propane Council of Texas, email info@propanecounciloftexas.org

    About the Propane Council of Texas 

    The Propane Council of Texas (ProCOT) is a 501 (c) 3 and the state arm of the Propane Education & Research Council (PERC). Our objective is consumer education, highlighting the benefits of home-grown propane and promoting clean-burning propane technologies.

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    Propane Council Recognizes Humble ISD for Propane School Bus Use

    Donation acknowledges Humble Independent School District’s
    commitment to student health and safety by operating propane school buses

    HUMBLE, Texas (September 26, 2017) – The national nonprofit Propane Education & Research Council (PERC) surprised teachers at River Pines Elementary School today with a $5,000 donation in recognition of Humble Independent School District’s efforts to maintain good stewardship of its economic and environmental resources by adding propane buses to its school transportation fleet. The donation is part of PERC’s nationwide campaign to educate parents, teachers and school officials about the benefits of using an alternative fuel like propane.

     

    “Propane school buses are the clean, quiet and safe alternative to older diesel buses, and Humble ISD is a great example of the success a school district can enjoy after transitioning to propane school buses,” said Tucker Perkins, PERC president and CEO. “Plus, propane buses cost less, so school districts can spend more of its operating budget on classroom programs.”

     

    The $5,000 donation will awarded to River Pines Elementary teachers to help buy classroom materials through the nonprofit AdoptAClassroom.org’s online marketplace for teachers.

     

    The school district first purchased 27 propane buses in 2011 with the help of a $2.9 million grant from the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ), the Texas Railroad Commission and the Texas Parent Teacher Association. In the fall of 2016, $1.1 million of grant money, obtained from TCEQ and Houston Galveston Area Councils, increased the number of propane buses operated by the fleet to 47. About 20 percent of the district’s total school bus fleet is now powered by propane to help transport approximately 12,000 students to and from school daily. Propane school buses at Humble ISD have helped the district save on fuel costs. Propane is $0.80 per gallon compared to $1.80 for a gallon of diesel.

     

    “Humble ISD seeks ways to be good stewards of environmental and economic resources,” J.P. Burd, director of transportation said. “Propane buses are clean and safe, and the cost of fuel is significantly less than diesel.”

    The benefits of propane school buses, however, extend beyond the cost of the fuel. Propane school buses are safe because of their quiet and clean operation. Because they are quiet, students don’t have to shout over a noisy engine if they need assistance and drivers can more easily hear what is going on inside the bus, along with the area outside surrounding the bus. Propane school buses emit fewer greenhouse gases and carbon monoxide than older diesel buses, so the air at bus stops is better for students. The World Health Organization classifies diesel exhaust as a carcinogen, and the chemicals it contains can have both short- and long-term health effects on children and drivers, from aggravated asthma to respiratory illnesses.

     

    The trend of propane school bus adoption is growing across the country. Schools in 750 districts across 47 states are operating more than 13,000 propane school buses, which transport nearly 790,000 students to school each day. The trend prompted PERC to launch its awareness campaign to teach communities about the benefits of propane-powered transportation, and partnered with the non-profit AdoptAClassroom.org. Now in its third year, the campaign has donated $75,000 to teachers at schools adopting propane buses.

     

    For more information on propane school buses, including bus safety tips for parents and children, visit BetterOurBuses.com. To donate to teachers in your local community, visit AdoptAClassroom.org.

     

    Propane Education & Research Council: The Propane Education & Research Council is a nonprofit established, operated, and funded by the propane industry. PERC leads safety and training efforts and drives technology development to expand the adoption of propane as a clean, domestic, and affordable energy source. PERC programs benefit a variety of markets including transportation, agriculture, landscaping, residential, and commercial. For more information about propane-powered technologies, equipment incentives, and PERC, visit propanecouncil.org.

     

    AdoptAClassroom.org

    AdoptAClassroom.org empowers teachers by providing the classroom supplies and materials needed to help their students learn and succeed. As an award-winning 501(c)(3), AdoptAClassroom.org makes it easy for individual donors and corporate sponsors to donate funds to K-12 classrooms in public, private and charter schools throughout the U.S. On average, teachers spend $600 of their own money each year to equip their classrooms – 20% of teachers spend more than $1,000 annually. Since 1998 AdoptAClassroom.org has raised more than $30million and benefited more than 4.25 million students. AdoptAClassroom.org holds a 4-star rating from Charity Navigator. For more information, or to adopt a classroom, please visit www.adoptaclassroom.org.

  • ICSchoolBus MediaCenter

    IC Bus launches Propane School Bus Grant Program. $5,000 per bus.

    The IC Bus Grant Program will offer qualifying school districts throughout the United States and Canada $5,000 in grants per newly purchased propane-powered CE Series school buses. This grant gives those school districts that would like or are planning to make the switch to propane more flexibility in their purchase decision. The grant can be used towards items such as buying additional buses, investing in new technology, hiring additional drivers, infrastructure updates to maintenance facilities, among other uses that the school district prioritizes.

    “With today’s advanced propane-powered buses offering an added dimension of environmental benefit, IC Bus is committed to doing what’s right for our customers and for the environment, to create a better world by creating better buses,” said Trish Reed, vice president and general manager, IC Bus. “School districts frequently stress to us their desire to pursue environmentally friendly fuel choices. The IC Bus Grant Program reaffirms our commitment to continue developing affordable, reliable, safe and environmentally beneficial school bus options.”

    The IC Bus® CE Series school bus powered by the Power Solutions International (PSI) 8.8-liter LP propane engine is purpose-built for the school bus industry. The CE Series with PSI propane engine is designed to provide diesel-like performance with higher torque at lower engine speeds, while lowering emissions and reducing maintenance costs.

    For complete IC Bus Grant Program rules, contact your IC Bus dealer or visit http://www.icbus.com.

    About Navistar
    Navistar International Corporation (NYSE: NAV) is a holding company whose subsidiaries and affiliates produce International® brand commercial and military trucks, proprietary diesel engines, and IC Bus® brand school and commercial buses. An affiliate also provides truck and diesel engine service parts. Another affiliate offers financing services. Additional information is available at www.Navistar.com.

  • Quicknozzle

    Act Fast! Quick Nozzle Propane Autogas Incentive Program Ends June 30

     

    The Propane Education & Research Council is awarding $100 per tank-side connector and $1000 per hose-end connector through its Quick Connect Nozzle Rebate Program.

    Using the quick connect nozzle has its advantages.

    • Similar to refueling with gasoline and diesel
    • May be operated with one hand
    • Does not require the refueler to wear protective eyewear or gloves
    • Are unable to be cross-threaded
    • Release less emissions per connection

    Click here to learn more or apply for the incentive.

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