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Texas Proposing Bill to Adopt Natural Gas Vehicles

New Texas Propane Bill Proposes an Adoption of Natural Gas Vehicles

Texas has always been a leader in the energy sector. So it comes as no surprise that the state is positioning itself to lead the way in finding a cleaner, more efficient, more affordable alternative to gasoline. Right now Texas legislators are considering Senate Bill 12, which would allow many state vehicles to be converted to propane and natural gas fuels. The bill was proposed by Democratic Sen. Carolos Uresti in an effort to promote cleaner fuel sources in the state where 30% of the country’s natural gases are located.

The bill calls for using 3% of the funds that have already been set aside for the Texas Emissions Reduction Plan, so there would be no additional cost to implement SB12. If it passes the bill would also provide many local governments with the funds needed to convert vehicles.

The benefits of natural gas and propane-powered vehicles include:

  • Up to 30% reduction in carbon dioxide emissions
  • Up to 75% reduction in carbon monoxide emissions
  • 50% reduction in nitrogen oxide
  • 50% reduction in volatile organic compounds
  • Cheaper than gasoline

Across the state there is already momentum behind the autogas movement. The number of Austin, TX propane vehicles is increasing every year since the local city government decided to switch from gasoline to autogas trucks. There are also propane-powered buses used by the Austin Independent School District. Businesses like SuperShuttle are making the switch to autogas in Houston. There are also 500 maintenance vehicles at the DFW airport that run on natural gas.

Pinnacle Propane already supplies autogas services in many cities throughout Texas, and the company has plans to continue growing. If you need reliable, affordable propane autogas services for your fleet give our experts a call to discuss your options.

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Texas businesses now have one more reason to use propane-powered vehicles in place of standard options that use petroleum. The Propane Council of Texas (ProCOT) recently announced that they will be offering a special inventive of up to $15,000 for businesses that upgrade their fleet with propane vehicles.

Details About the New ProCOT Incentive

The idea behind the new ProCOT incentive is that it will make the initial investment in propane vehicles more affordable for businesses. The hope is that once businesses experience the benefits of using a propane vehicle they will continue to expand their fleet with these more environmentally friendly vehicles. The benefits for businesses include:

  • Less wear and tear on engine components
  • Lower emissions
  • Improved fuel cost savings

The incentive offers $7,500 per vehicle, with a cap of $15,000 per private fleet. There are two ways that Texas businesses can qualify for the ProCOT incentive. Businesses can either purchase a propane vehicle or convert an existing vehicle to propane autogas. Businesses will also need to provide ProCOT with data on their current fleet.

For businesses that want to support Texas propane industries, using propane vehicles is a clearly superior choice. Around 66% of America’s propane is produced in Texas, which helps the local economy and lowers the overall eco footprint of this alternative fuel.

Business owners that would like more information on how they can take advantage of the new incentive program should visit the ProCOT website.

More About ProCOT and Their Incentives

The Propane Council of Texas is a leading non-profit that has been promoting the use of propane for the last five years by offering incentives to Texas businesses. ProCOT also provides the general public and industry leaders with information on the latest technological advances in propane. The goal is to increase awareness about alternative fuel options within Texas and increase adoption of cleaner burning propane fuel.

Pinnacle Propane will help you find a propane service that works for you. Contact your local propane office for additional information about our services.

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December 11, 2014 – Millions of Americans enjoy the unmatched comfort of propane-powered appliances for space heating, water heating, cooking and clothes drying. To help them stay safe and comfortable in cold weather, the Propane Education & Research Council (PERC) offers some advice.

“Safety is extremely important to the propane industry,” PERC President and CEO Roy Willis says. “We’ve compiled a checklist that homeowners can follow to put them at ease.”

Make sure you have an adequate propane supply. Call for a delivery when your propane tank is 30 percent full. Doing so gives your propane provider time to reach you when roads are bad or demand for propane is high.

Mark your propane tank. Use a flag, pole or stake higher than the average snow cover depth. The marker will help you avoid plowing into or shoveling snow on top of your tank.

Consider installing UL-listed propane gas detectors and carbon monoxide detectors for additional security. Always follow the manufacturer instructions for installation, location and maintenance.

Create an emergency preparedness plan. Frequently review the plan with all household members and make sure to post the phone numbers for your propane provider and local emergency services in an accessible place.

Prepare a disaster supply kit. It’s important to be prepared in the case of an emergency by creating a kit with several days’ worth of water and canned foods, a can opener, extra clothes and blankets, flashlights and batteries. Include a battery-powered NOAA weather radio to stay informed as conditions change.

Consider having a propane-powered generator installed. When other power sources fail, a propane-powered generator can keep your home operating without interruption.

According to Willis, another step that propane customers should take is to build a strong relationship with their local propane provider. “Weather is unpredictable,” Willis says. “Your propane provider can help you put together a plan to make sure that you have the energy you and your family need when you need it.”

Article by The Pueblo Chieftan.