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    A Unified Propane Industry Brings Cost Savings and Environmental Quality to the 6th National Clean Cities Conference and Expo

    Across the Country, Propane, the Leading Alternative Motor Fuel, Means Savings at the Pump for Fleets and Consumers

     

    May 8, 2000

    San Diego, CA, May 8, 2000- Providing "exceptional energy" for the new century, the propane industry today unveiled an expanded role at the U.S. Department of Energy's 6th National Clean Cities Conference and Expo.
    "The propane industry comes to San Diego as an increasingly unified and cohesive industry," said Roy Willis, president of the Washington, D.C.-based Propane Education & Research Council (the Council). "And we come with good news for propane users in the current fuel market."

    "More than 350,000 vehicles fueled by propane are on the nation's roads, mostly in fleets. And these days those fleets are seeing real cost savings from propane use."

    Cost savings are evident in many propane markets. In Pasadena, Ca., McKesson Water Products Co. operates several hundred propane-powered Sparklett's Water delivery trucks that service a number of Western states. Fleet Manager Norm Berry said the vehicles "provide a good cost structure" for fleet operations.

    "The cost per mile for running our trucks is 10 percent lower than diesel trucks of the same vehicle type," Berry said, adding that clean-burning propane "fits well with our product image."

    Last month, in San Antonio, Texas, the Northside Independent School District's fleet of 440 school buses realized annual fuel savings of about $220,000 (when compared with gasoline) on the 32,000 gallons of fuel it consumes each week to safely transport approximately 34,000 students, according to Randy Zanatta, vehicle maintenance supervisor of the Northside Independent School District.

    "About 80 percent of our fleet runs on propane, a cheaper, cleaner-burning fuel," said Pascual Gonzalez, a spokesman for the Northside District, in a published report.

    For the first time, the propane industry will come to the DOE's Clean Cities Conference as a leading sponsor, and in a new industry partnership, to exhibit under one roof.

    The Council, along with the National Propane Gas Association, the Propane Vehicle Council, Amerigas, AutoGas Systems, Inc., Clean Fueling Technologies, CleanFUEL USA, Conoco, Inc., Delta Liquid Energy, Ferrellgas, IMPCO Advanced Technologies, Inc., Manchester Tank & Equipment Co., Mutual Liquid Gas & Equipment Co., Suburban Propane, and U-Haul International, have come together to announce new products and funding opportunities for fleets, and financial incentives for the development of demonstration projects.

    The Propane Education & Research Council is dedicated to promoting the safe use of propane gas as a preferred energy source through consumer education, safety and research projects.

    The Council was authorized by the Propane Education and Research Act of 1996; programs and projects are funded by an assessment or check-off on every gallon of odorized propane-one-tenth of one cent per gallon. Collections amounted to $10 million in 1999.
     
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    PERC 2000 05 08 A Unified Propane Industry Brings Cost Savings and Environmental Quality to the 6th National Clean Cities Conference and Expo Across the Country, Propane, the Leading Alternative Motor Fuel, Means Savings at the Pump for Fleets
     
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