Alliance AutoGas' EPA Certifications enable Law Enforcement to “Protect and Save”

Clean vehicle and fuel provider Alliance AutoGas announced recently that it has received new Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) certifications covering 2015 and 2016 model year availability for bi-fuel Police Vehicles including:
 
• Ford Taurus Interceptor 3.5L (2013, 2014, 2015),
• Ford Explorer Interceptor 3.5L & 3.7L (2013, 2014, 2015, 2016),
• Dodge Charger 3.6L (2015)  
• Dodge Charger 5.7 HEMI (2013, 2014, 2015)
 2015 Propane Autogas Dodge Charger Police Interceptor
Specifically of interest to U.S. Law Enforcement fleets are the certifications of the Ford Explorer Police Interceptor, Ford Taurus Police Interceptor, and the Dodge Charger Pursuit.
 
These platforms are being offered with Alliance AutoGas' exclusive plug and play technology. This technology allows for consistent OEM quality installs taking only a few hours.
 
Certifications are secured by Blossman Services Inc. (BSI), the equipment distributor for Alliance AutoGas (www.allianceautogas.com). BSI is the exclusive United States distributor and the Manufacturer of Record (MOR) for EPA and CARB certifications on behalf of Alliance AutoGas and its members.

Alliance AutoGas offers the only comprehensive conversion program in the United States. Alliance AutoGas consults with companies to determine if propane autogas is a good choice for their fleet and is able to convert existing vehicles without voiding any warranties.
EPA certified Propane 2016 Ford Explorer

The state-of-the-art conversions are EPA-certified, to ensure safety and maximum efficiency, and performed for zero upfront cost.  Alliance builds the fueling station wherever the fleet is based at no upfront cost and provides a guaranteed fuel supply going forward. Refueling infrastructure costs are considerably less than any other fuel source and scalable, growing as the size of the fleet increases. Alliance AutoGas additionally provides fleet management software integration; training and full support in the form of safely training, warranties on conversions, and advise on green branding opportunities.
 
Alliance AutoGas, the nation's largest network providing EPA-certified Propane Autogas conversion systems to mid- and heavy-duty fleets in North America, has converted more than 7,400 vehicles to run on cleaner-burning, affordable, domestically-produced propane autogas. In 2014 alone, Alliance AutoGas members collectively displaced 32 million gallons of gasoline and produced $45 million in fuel cost savings for the 460 fleets they service.

Propane-Powered School Buses Save Broward County Public Schools Over $600,000 In Annual Operating Costs

A recent analysis found Broward County Public Schools (BCPS) Student Transportation and Fleet Services Department reduced its annual operating costs by more than $600,000 through the use of school buses fueled by propane autogas.
 Broward Co Blue Bird School Buses

BCPS began using 98 of the propane autogas fueled school buses, made by Blue Bird, in the 2014/15 school year. “Providing safe and efficient transportation for our students is always our priority,” said Broward County Public Schools Superintendent Robert W. Runcie. “The fuel and maintenance savings from our buses using propane autogas has allowed us to reduce our expenses for transporting students to and from school.”

The district paid an average of $1.32 per gallon for propane and $2.75 for diesel over the last year. In addition to fuel savings, annual maintenance costs for the alternatively fueled buses amounted to 80 percent less than for their diesel buses. Propane autogas reduces maintenance costs due to the fuel’s clean-burning properties.

The sixth largest school system in the nation, BCPS operates 1,269 school buses, including the 98 fueled by propane autogas. Each bus travels an average of 16,500 miles per year, transporting approximately 75,000 students. BCPS expects to save more than $74,000 in operating costs over the 12-year lifecycle of each propane autogas bus, which equates to a 38 cents per mile savings.

“After researching the direction of school bus transportation, we decided propane was the best fit and the best use of taxpayer dollars,” said Patricia Snell, director of student transportation and fleet services for BCPS. “We’ve been thrilled with the savings, as well as the performance of the buses.”
BCPS budgeted for a six-month return on investment of the initial propane engine upcharge, but succeeded in recouping that cost in three months. The Blue Bird Propane Vision buses had an incremental cost of less than 3 percent more than their diesel counterparts.

“The budget-conscious decisions made by Broward County Public Schools means their students ride cleaner, cost-effective buses that emit less harmful pollutants,” said Todd Mouw, vice president of sales and marketing for ROUSH CleanTech, the manufacturer of the engine fuel system and an industry leader of alternative fuel vehicle technology including propane autogas fuel system technology for light- and medium-duty Ford commercial vehicles, and Type A and Type C Blue Bird school buses. “Propane autogas is a smart, versatile and American-made fuel choice that is beneficial for all school districts.”

In addition to bottom line savings, the 98 propane autogas bus fleet emits 153,000 fewer pounds of nitrogen oxide and 3,100 less pounds of particulate matter each year compared to the diesel buses they replaced.

The school district has ordered 37 additional propane autogas buses for the 2015/16 school year.

First Propane-Fueled School Bus Rolls into West Virginia

Many school districts across the nation are implementing a cleaner, lower total cost of ownership solution for their school transportation needs with Blue Bird propane autogas school buses. Monongalia County Schools is the first in West Virginia to reduce emissions and experience the savings other districts have experienced through its purchase of the Blue Bird Propane-Powered Vision from their local dealer, Blue Bird Bus Sales of West Virginia.
Blue Bird Propane Vision and Micro Bird

“We are thrilled to introduce this new product into our fleet,” said Jeff Meadows, Assistant Superintendent of Transportation. “It is a first, not only for our district, but also for the entire state of West Virginia. I believe after one year of service we will start to see more Blue Bird propane-powered school buses in fleets across the state.”

Sales of Blue Bird propane buses are beginning to outpace traditional school bus sales, as customers are realizing the environmental and cost savings benefits, along with a quieter ride for the driver and passengers. School districts that have replaced older diesel buses in their fleets with propane autogas buses are experiencing a combined savings in maintenance and fuel costs from $4,000-$5,000 per bus, per year.

On average, a gallon of propane autogas fuel costs about half that of diesel and is a clean-burning fuel.

“The beauty of propane buses is not only the lower cost of the fuel itself, but also the lack of additional parts to make these buses compliant with EPA emissions standards,” says Trey Jenkins, VP of Alternative Fuels at Blue Bird Corporation. “Fewer parts mean lower maintenance costs. Propane is a very clean fuel, making it not only environmentally friendly, but also easier on the engine, transmission and fuel system of the bus.”

The school district has a contract with its propane provider that allows them to roll in the cost of the fueling infrastructure with the price of the fuel. They currently have two 1,000 gallon propane tanks installed at their location to fuel their fleet.

“It was very easy to get the infrastructure for this vehicle installed,” says Jeff Meadows. “They rolled the price of the infrastructure into the cost of the fuel, which will save the school district thousands of dollars when compared with infrastructure costs for other fuel types.”

The Blue Bird propane-powered Vision runs on an exclusive Ford 6.8L V10 engine and 6R140 transmission powertrain, specifically designed to work in unison, creating a best-in class propane-powered bus. This proven powertrain has tallied over 60 million miles with Blue Bird propane autogas school buses.

“Monongalia County has chosen an alternative fuel that is clean, economical and domestically produced,” said Phil Horlock, President and CEO of Blue Bird. “School districts around the nation are reducing their operating costs and lowering their carbon footprint with our class-leading propane autogas system.”

Monongalia will start running their propane school bus on the first day of school this year.

(SOURCE: BusinessWire)

People & Propane Industry Promotions

People BrunnerJeff Brunner has joined the leadership team at Energy Distribution Partners (EDP; Chicago), where he will serve as the general manager in Pennsylvania/New York. He has more than 25 years of experience in the propane, distillate, and HVAC sectors. During his career, Brunner has held vice president and director level positions in operations, sales, and marketing, and has had extensive acquisition integration knowledge. He has been involved in more than 70 acquisitions throughout the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic regions. Prior to joining EDP, he served as division president for Inergy Propane LP.

People JaenickeTom Jaenicke has joined Warm Thoughts Communications (Clifton, N.J.) as vice president, propane marketing services, where he will lead the company’s efforts in expanding its presence in the propane industry. He has more than 30 years of experience in sales and marketing for some of the largest propane retailers, manufacturers, and service providers. Jaenicke was the founder and president of NRG Distributors, and was vice president of operations, and later, vice president of sales and marketing for Ferrellgas. He is active in both the National Propane Gas Association and Propane Education & Research Council, and has worked with state propane gas associations as well as affiliated organizations in the building and construction industries.

Westmor Industries (Morris, Minn.) has appointed Milt Swenson to its bobtail vessel sales team within its truck and trailer division. When he joined the industry in 1992, he was involved in bobtail sales before later moving into management of vessels and bobtails. Since 2008, Swenson held a sales position for a custom tank fabricator. People Swenson

An active member of the propane industry, Swenson has served on the National Propane Gas Association’s board of directors and its executive committee, representing the manufacturer’s section. He is also past chairman and a member of the association’s conventions committee. At the state level, he is an active member of the Minnesota Propane Association’s board and was inaugural chairman of its Minnesota Propane Education & Research Council, now the Minnesota Propane Education Promotion and Safety Council.

Emma Shultz has been named interim executive director for the Wisconsin Propane Gas Association (WPGA). She was previously WPGA’s executive assistant. In addition to her duties with WPGA, Shultz manages the activities and programs of the Wisconsin Propane Education and Research Council (WIPERC).

Jena Williamson has also joined WPGA to support the association’s administrative, communications, operations, and event needs. She is client services manager for the Capitol Group, which provides association management services for WPGA and WIPERC.

The Western Propane Gas Association (WPGA) named its 2015 officers. Terry Ayres, Kamps Propane (Manteca, Calif.), will serve as chairman; Cindy Belmont, Delta Liquid Energy (Paso Robles, Calif.), vice-chairman; Ray Galan, Ferrellgas (Reno, Nev.), secretary-treasurer; and Bruce Thompson, Energy Insurance Services (Phoenix), immediate past chair. The association at its May meeting also presented its Chairman of the Board Award to Rob Scott of WPGA and its Safety Award to Kirk Chaney of Blue Star Gas.

The Canadian Propane Association (CPA) awarded Grant Sparling, formerly of Sparling’s Propane (Blyth, Ont.), with its 2015 CPA Lifetime Achievement Award. Sparling, who died in May at the age of 91, founded Sparling’s Propane in 1951, and the business grew to become one of the largest propane retailers in Canada. Parkland Fuel Corp. (Calgary) bought Sparling’s in 2013. Sparling received the Ontario Propane Association’s first Lifetime Achievement Award.

The New Jersey Propane Gas Association (NJPGA) honored Donald Green with the Howard Card Safety Award posthumously during its annual gathering. He was recognized for “Lifetime leadership and dedication to propane safety through the education and training of emergency responders.” The award is presented annually to an NJPGA member, employee, or affiliate in recognition of distinguished service to the cause of safety within the propane industry.

Mr. Green spent more than 35 years in the propane industry, starting as a serviceman and rising to vice president of Utility Propane. He served as director of NJPGA with strong involvement in its safety programs, and also contributed significantly to the creation of the New Jersey Liquefied Petroleum and Safety Board. As vice president of technical services for Utility Propane, he recognized the importance of properly coating a container to avoid corrosion and mildew, which could render a container unsafe, and he led his company’s program to ensure safety by having safe/properly coated containers in the field.

Blossman’s All-Propane Tiny House Hits the Road

Blossman Gas (Ocean Springs, Miss.) has hit upon a most unique gallon-growing program. This past spring, the company unveiled its 152-sq-ft all-propane Tiny House that features 12 propane appliances. The Tiny House, which measures only 31 feet by 8.25 feet, was developed as a propane education visual. Soon after its unveiling, the Tiny House began touring throughout the 70 Blossman store communities located in the Southeast and Mid-Atlantic U.S.   
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Visitors who walk through the Tiny House see two space heaters, a propane fireplace, a range, refrigerator, clothes dryer, tankless water heater, outdoor fire pit, a grill, outdoor lights, an outdoor heater, and the generator that runs it all. Artificial grass and decorative fencing complete the small-sized bungalow.

Propane Only
The Tiny House runs completely on propane. This truly “mobile” home relies on two 40-gal. propane tanks to fuel the house at the different locations. Blossman employees staff the house, answer questions, and engage visitors in conversation about the benefits of propane for their homes. During its tours, the Tiny House will also be showcased at community festivals, store open houses, home shows, and community events.
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Brochures are available for those touring the Tiny House. Descriptors are placed around the inside of the Tiny House to provide visitors a subtle reminder of the benefits of propane. An example of a descriptor: “Propane is used by more than 1.6 million U.S. households. As a clean, versatile energy source, propane is frequently used for zone heating, water heating, cooking, fireplaces, and clothes drying.”

Just coincidentally, the Tiny House movement is gaining some momentum across the nation. With the added interest in these miniature homes, it would seem likely Blossman’s Tiny House will draw more interest than ever. But just what is the Tiny House movement? According to the Tiny Life, a resource for the Tiny House movement, it is a social movement in which people are downsizing the space in which they live.

Simplified Living
While the typical American home is around 2600 sq ft, the typical small or tiny house is around 100 to 400 sq ft. These houses come in all shapes, sizes, and forms, but they focus on smaller spaces and simplified living.

The most popular reasons people are joining this movement are environmental concerns, financial concerns, and seeking more time and freedom.
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Why a propane-powered Tiny House? It’s the ideal fuel, especially in this situation.

Now, Blossman Gas has taken the concept of the Tiny House and added the feature of living off the grid by using propane to run a home — tiny or any size — and to demonstrate the propane products that can produce economic savings and environmental benefits.