City of Temple transitions fleet to propane autogas

CleanFUEL USA announced a growing partnership with the City of Temple, Texas as they transition 11 more fleet vehicles to clean-burning propane autogas.

The City estimates that each propane autogas vehicle annually will emit 1,295 lbs less of carbon dioxide emissions and displace 1,600 gallons of conventional fuels while saving between $2,500 and $3,000 in fuel costs.

Last year the City converted five fleet vehicles to run on this domestically produced alternative fuel and installed 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 and 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 transition to propane autogas is part of the City's Sustainability Management Plan, which details a process of converting the majority of its fleet to an appropriate alternative fuel. The plan commits the City to a clean, safe and healthy environment by exercising sustainable practices that focus on environmental and economical stewardship. The City's 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.

As the nation's third most widely used transportation fuel behind gasoline and diesel, propane autogas reduces greenhouse gas emissions by up to 25 percent and averages 30 to 40 percent less expensive per gallon when compared to gasoline. More than 90 percent of U.S. propane supplies are produced domestically.

The 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 will help 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 and CEO of 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 won an environmental stewardship award from Orion Lighting for its energy efficiency efforts.