Support of School Bus Conversion to Autogas

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Mark Denton, VP of Business Development with Alliance AutoGas, is pursuing a unique mission within the propane industry. As the states are working on appointing beneficiaries and completing paperwork to accept VW Settlement funds; Mark Denton is working to unite the propane industry in order to promote the use of settlement funds for school bus conversion to autogas. Denton’s project involves reaching out to the executive directors of each propane association in the mid-Atlantic and Southeast regions. He sends each executive director an informational piece tailored to their own state and urges them to actively and quickly seek cooperation from propane marketers across their state. Each propane marketer is asked to inform local schools of settlement funding opportunities, then assess the school’s level of interest in converting buses to autogas. Once the time comes for states to formulate plans for settlement fund use (expected to be early 2018), each state’s propane association can take the level of school interest in autogas conversion to state officials in a strong, unified lobby for autogas funding.

Propane Autogas School Bus Facts from Propane Education & Research Council:

  • NOx emissions could be reduced up to 92% in a state, depending on the number of older diesel buses replaced or converted.
  • Propane is less expensive than conventional fuels including diesel, even when fuel prices fluctuate.
  • Using propane autogas school buses supports our country’s economy – nearly 90 percent of propane supplies are produced in the U.S.

For further information contact Mark Denton, mldenton@blossmangas.com