The City estimates that each propane autogas vehicle operating will annually emit 1,295 lbs less of carbon-dioxide emissions, displace 1,600 gal of conventional fuels and save the fleet from $2,500 to $3,000 in fuel costs.
Last year, the City converted five fleet vehicles to propane power andinstalled an onsite fueling station.
“Propane autogas fits our Sustainability Management Plan perfectly since the fuel offers substantial savings and allows us to operate a cleaner fleet with a domestically produced alternative,” said Ashley Williams, sustainability & grant manager for the City of Temple. “CleanFuel USA has been an essential propane autogas partner— from implementing our station to converting our vehicles.”
The City’s Sustainability Management Plan details a process of converting the majority of its fleet to an appropriate alternative fuel. The City said its fleet department is committed to this plan by working to achieve the following plan-related goals: reduce energy costs and consumption, prevent pollution, increase energy efficiency and decrease reliance on non-renewable resources.
The Temple project was funded in part by a grant from the U.S. Energy Department’s American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. Texas State Technical College serves as the lead grantee of the funds, which support the development of a national propane autogas refueling network, incentives to convert school buses and other fleet vehicles to alternative fuels, and training for green jobs. This initiative is projected to displace millions of gallons of petroleum annually.
“Our neighbors at the City of Temple are leaders in the movement toward reducing our nation’s foreign fuel consumption with the use of propane autogas,” said Curtis Donaldson, founder & CEO of Georgetown, TX-based CleanFuel USA. “We are proud to provide them-- and fleets of any size or specification— with the platforms to help achieve their economical and sustainable goals through our propane autogas offerings.”
The City of Temple recently received an environmental-stewardship award presented by Orion Lighting for its energy-efficiency efforts.