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    Propane Education & Research Council Creates Special Award in Recognition of Propane Fueled Fleets

     

    March 21, 2001


    Washington, DC -- In an effort to recognize leading propane fleets, the Propane Education & Research Council (the Council), together with members of the propane industry are seeking nominees for its "Propane. Exceptional Energy Fleet Award."

    The new award is designed to promote the awareness of propane as a motor fuel and acknowledge those industry leaders who use propane to fuel their fleets.

    The Council will select award winners based on the following criteria:

    1. Percentage of propane vehicles in operation,
    2. Size within fleet category (including but not limited to — taxi cabs, school
      buses, shuttle vans, airport vehicles, park fleets),
    3. Duration of the fleets' commitment to propane, and
    4. Level of effort to promote propane as a motor fuel.

    Eligible fleets must be nominated by a Clean Cities Coalition. The Clean Cities Coordinator or representative must submit a letter discussing the qualifications of the nominated fleet and provide sufficient supporting documentation.

    The deadline for submitting nominations is April 23, 2001. Send them to Jill Hamilton via e-mail (jhamil9700@aol.com ) or facsimile (703-322-4483). The Council will announce the award winners at the Clean Cities Conference in Philadelphia, May 13-16, 2001.

    The Council also urges Clean Cities Coordinators to nominate propane fleets for the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) 2001 National Partner Awards. DOE awards are based on the following criteria:

    1. Corporate buy-in and support of alternative fuel vehicles and the Clean Cities Program,
    2. Willingness to work with DOE on projects to build a market for alternative fuel vehicles,
    3. Demonstrated leadership in the alternative fuels industry, and
    4. Ability and willingness to communicate the benefits of alternative fuels and vehicles to fleet owners and/or the general public.

    For more information about the DOE award contact Marcy Rood, DOE, at 202-586-8161 or e-mail her at marcy.rood@hq.doe.gov.

    Since September 1998, the Council has approved nearly $1 million in funding to support numerous propane vehicle demonstration projects throughout the country. Working with the Propane Vehicle Council, the Council has leveraged that investment into an $8.7 million motor fuel initiative with the assistance of matching funds from the federal government and other public and private organizations, including several propane retailers.

    Propane is a leading alternative fuel for automobiles and trucks and is widely used for forklifts and other special-duty vehicles and engines. Propane fulfills energy needs by burning cleanly and efficiently, giving consumers more value for their energy dollar.

    The Propane Education & Research Council was authorized by the U.S. Congress with the passage of 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.