Off-Road Equipment Demonstration Projects

U.S. Department of Energy and the Propane Education & Research Council Offer $158,000 for Off-Road Equipment Demonstration Projects


November 5, 1999

Applications are due by December 15

Washington D.C: The Propane Education & Research Council (Propane Council) and the U.S. Department of Energy (DoE) are working together to fund a Propane Off-Road Vehicle Demonstration Program. The goal of the grant program established this year seeks to demonstrate the benefits of using new propane off-road equipment. DoE and the Propane Council are seeking interested parties who are willing to invest in off-road propane equipment and related infrastructure.

The propane industry's goal is to triple and possibly quadruple its initial investment of $158,000 by seeking matching funds from potential partners.

The purpose of the demonstration program is to identify and make public the air quality benefits of propane, reduce foreign oil imports, and expand the awareness of propane as an alternative transportation fuel. Targeted projects include those that demonstrate the quality and benefits of off-road equipment compared to other fuels, airport applications and other highly visible projects that could be modeled nationally.

'This program is significant because it is the first time a federal agency has awarded the propane industry funds to support such an initiative,' said Propane Council President Roy Willis. 'It's good news for consumers because they will reap the benefits of having new types of clean-burning propane-powered equipment at work in America,' added Willis.

Earlier this year, DoE awarded the Propane Council $250,000 in grant money to fund similar projects. The Propane Vehicle Council is managing the Propane Vehicle Demonstration Program.

If interested in applying for this program, applicants must provide a 40% match and be a Clean Cities Stakeholder or partner with a local Clean Cities program. The grant program will be used to fund approximately up to three propane demonstration projects. Applications will be due by December 15, 1999.

The Propane Council is dedicated to promoting the safe use of propane gas as a preferred energy source through consumer education, safety and research projects. The 21-member Council was authorized by the Propane Education and Research Act of 1996 and created by industry referendum in 1997. Programs and projects are funded by an assessment or check-off on every gallon of odorized propaneîone-tenth of one cent per gallon. Collections amounted to $8.6 million in 1998.

More information about the grant process can be found on the Council's website - (Hot News/Press Releases).