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    Propane Education & Research Council Seeks Interested Partners For Airport Vehicle Demonstration Projects

    $700,000 Available for Propane Grants Projects

     

    July 3, 2001

    Washington, D.C., July 3, 2001-The Propane Education & Research Council (Council) is seeking partners wishing to demonstrate clean-burning propane vehicles at select airports throughout the United States. The Council's goal under this program is to provide $700,000 for two or more projects that will establish the positive air quality benefits and availability of propane technologies in off-road airport applications.

    Projects proposed for funding are limited to off-road vehicles, such as baggage tugs, catering vehicles, and ladder trucks. Priority will be given to demonstration projects that a) achieve the greatest air quality benefits measured by the amount of emissions reduced per dollar of funds expended and; b) have commitments from an airline or airlines. Applicants must provide a minimum of 50% cost share per project. Funds from the Federal Aviation Administration's Inherently Low Emission Vehicle Pilot Program or the Federal Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Program, among others, may be used as cost share.

    "A few years from now airports may be required by the Environmental Protection Agency to reduce their contributions to harmful emissions,"  explains Roy Willis, Council president. "We believe they will find propane vehicles to be the most economical solution to improving air quality while maintaining vehicle performance."

    To apply for a propane grant contact Jill Hamilton, project coordinator, at Jhamil9700@aol.com as soon as possible to discuss the grant process. Final applications are due to Sustainable Energy Strategies, Inc., 4803 Marymead Drive, Fairfax, VA 22030, by September 7, 2001.

    The Propane Education & Research Council was authorized by the U.S. Congress with the passage of the Public Law 104-284, the Propane Education and Research Act (PERA), signed into law on October 11, 1996. The mission of the Propane Education & Research Council is to promote the safe, efficient use of odorized propane gas as a preferred energy source. For more information about the Propane Council, please call 202-452-8975 or visit the Website at www.usepropane.com