Sustainable Energy Solutions
Organizations large and small desire to implement sustainable solutions. Alliance can help you balance the energy equation.
Sustainability means more than renewable energy; it means good stewardship of our natural resources and meeting the needs of today while ensuring those of future generations are met. This requires a balanced energy equation including technology, economics and protecting the environment.
Some energy alternatives with great promise aren’t immediately actionable because they are not yet able to balance this value equation. Autogas is a viable solution now because it has already balanced these crucial elements.
The first element of the value equation is sustainable technology. Autogas technology is proven and accessible, and it’s viable even in the absence of incentivized programs.
Autogas has proven, shovel-ready technology that can contribute to a diverse and sustainable U.S. energy portfolio and help balance our nation’s energy equation. With over 18 million vehicles worldwide running on propane autogas, it is the third most widely used vehicle fuel in the world behind conventional gasoline and diesel.
Propane AutoGas provides the longest driving range of any alternate fuel. Vehicles achieve approximately 85%-90% the MPG of gasoline. (in comparison, ethanol achieves 75% the range, CNG 60%, and electric only about 80 miles) You can keep the same trucks you currently own — no surprises from new vehicles. Tank size is much smaller than for CNG, therefore the vehicle is lighter and more fuel-efficient.
Refueling a Propane AutoGas-powered vehicle is as fast as fueling a gasoline vehicle, so you should experience no additional downtime.
Balance Your Greens
Sustainable practices can’t be limited to environmental factors. The economics behind a program have to be sustainable too, beyond government incentives. This includes elements such as affordability and convenience.
The cost efficiency of autogas infrastructure and the cost savings realized by fleets who operate vehicles on autogas make it a sustainable alternative fuel solution. Often with other alternative fuels, groups that receive funds don’t move their program forward beyond grant implementation because the technology itself is cost prohibitive.
Another key facet to the sustainable economics of autogas is represented in the ratio of cost for implementation versus gallons of gasoline and harmful emissions displaced. For every dollar put toward propane conversions, we substantially reduce our dependence on foreign oil, as well as harmful emissions.
One Clean Cities Coalition partnered with Alliance AutoGas to secure $8.6 from the DOE’s ARRA grant to convert 1,200 cars for an estimated displacement of 15,772,100 gallons of gasoline and more than 16,000 tons of airborne pollutants.
The reality is, no organization or government wants to underwrite a grant forever; they want to underwrite something sustainable – an initiative that might not get jumpstarted on its own – that with a nudge, will pick up and carry forward. Successful grant awards go to those who show the most promise, and autogas implementation is less expensive and a more viable solution for post-grant expansion than many other alternative fuels.
The third and final piece to our value equation is environmental sustainability. True sustainable transportation requires that our current transportation systems be strengthened or replaced by more fuel-efficient and environmentally friendly alternatives.
Transportation is one of the major global consumers of energy, representing 20-25% of aggregate energy consumption and CO2 emissions. Autogas is a clean-burning fuel with significantly lower well-to-wheel CO2 emissions than gasoline- or diesel-powered vehicles.
Autogas-powered vehicles produce lower emissions than gasoline vehicles, charting the following reductions:
- Over 20% less carbon monoxide
- A greater than 40% reduction in nitrogen oxides
- And just over 10% less carbon dioxide
Successful Grant Projects
Of the $300,000,000 awarded for alternative fuel projects as part of the ARRA, groups that made requests based on a diverse range of alternative fuels didn’t see as much success because the value equation didn’t quite line up.
One group that made a request based on a variety of different fuel platforms requested $15 million for an overall program that would only displace 3 million gallons of gasoline. If you chart fuels that were awarded large sums, propane comes out on top.
While Virginia Clean Cities, together with Alliance AutoGas, displaced gasoline at a ratio of 2 gallons for every $1 spent, another group using various alternative fuels estimated displacement at only .25 gallons of gasoline for every $1 spent.