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    Propane Industry Accepting Nominations for Fifth Annual PROPANE Exceptional Energy Awards

     

    Washington, D.C. (February 24, 2005) — Nominations are now being accepted for the 2005 PROPANE Exceptional Energyâ Fleet Awards. The awards, sponsored by the propane industry, recognize companies and public sector organizations that are capitalizing on the exceptional business and environmental benefits of using propane to power their fleets. Nominations must be submitted by Monday, April 4, 2005.

    Winners will be announced May 2 at the U.S. Department of Energy’s 11th National Clean Cities Conference & Expo in Palm Springs, CA. Award winners will be showcased at the conference and their business or organization will be promoted by the propane industry throughout the year.

    This year, nominations are focused on the following categories:

    • Private Fleet: Any business using propane, with applications including commercial delivery fleets, taxi fleets and ground maintenance vehicles among others.
    • Public or Transit Fleets: Municipalities using propane to power school bus and mass transportation fleets.
    • Innovative Fleet Applications: Any fleet using propane to reduce overall operating costs and improve the way it runs its business.
    • Airport Applications: This includes groundside vehicles such as airport shuttles.
       

    Nomination forms can be found on the Web at www.propanecouncil.org or by contacting Jill Hamilton (Phone: 703-322-4484; Fax: 703-322-4483; jill.sesi@cox.net), who is the awards coordinator for the Propane Education & Research Council.

    The 2004 PROPANE Exceptional Energy Fleet Award winners were:

    • The City of San Antonio, Texas, recognized as an outstanding example of how local governments can create an economical, self-sufficient, and environmentally conscious fleet program. The city operates four propane-refueling stations throughout San Antonio to keep its fleet of 363 propane-powered light- and medium-duty trucks running.
    • El Milagro, a small Mexican family-owned business located on the south side of Chicago, recognized for its delivery fleet. The company runs 24 of its 32 delivery trucks on propane and operates its own propane refueling station.
    • Island Explorer, which operates at Acadia National Park in Bar Harbor, Maine, recognized for powering all 17 of its Bluebird TranShuttle buses on propane. In 2002, the bus system carried more than 281,000 riders—a 107 percent increase in ridership since 1999, the first year the service was offered.
    • VIA Metropolitan Transit of San Antonio, Texas, which runs 98 percent of its transit bus fleet on propane and uses nearly 2.5 million gallons of propane annually.
    • The Jacksonville Electric Authority (JEA), recognized because it currently utilizes propane to power 28 light-duty fleet vehicles and five forklifts in its off-road equipment fleet. In 1982, JEA started using propane to power medium- and heavy-duty vehicles