 Ill. city may run some vehicles on propane autogas

The Springfield, Ill., City Council is considering a proposal to equip 24 city-owned vehicles with bi-fuel systems that would allow them to run on propane autogas as well as gasoline. Under the proposal, CleanFuel USA would supply the conversion kits and the personnel to install them in the vehicles. Running the 25 cars on propane would help the city save up to $61,000 annually on fuel costs, said Bill McCarty, the city's budget director. The State Journal-Register (Springfield, Ill.) (9/9) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

 Taxi firm takes autogas-fueled cabs on the road in Baltimore

Taxi cab company Veolia Transportation rolled out propane autogas-powered yellow cabs in its Baltimore operations in a bid to slash fuel expenses and reduce emissions. The company aims to deploy 50 autogas-powered taxi cabs in the Baltimore area by the end of the year, and it also plans to convert about 300 cabs in Denver, Pittsburgh and Jacksonville, Fla., to propane autogas through the Southeast Propane Autogas Development Program. The company has built a fueling station in Baltimore to fuel its new autogas fleet. American City Business Journals/Baltimore (5/11), WJZ-TV (Baltimore)/Baltimore (5/11), LPGasMagazine.com (5/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

 Ariz. school district saves on fuel costs by using autogas buses

Mesa (Ariz.) Public Schools saved a total of $136,000 in fuel costs this year thanks to the 27 propane autogas-powered school buses that the school district purchased last year. Ron Latko, the school district's transportation director, said he is proposing to convert all of the district's buses to propane autogas, but the move could take as long as 15 years to complete. AzCentral.com (Phoenix) (4/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

 Propane autogas is becoming more common in U.S.

  • Propane autogas is becoming more common in U.S.
    The use of propane autogas as fuel for vehicles is gaining popularity in the U.S. as more fleet operators convert their fleets to autogas, according to this article. About 200,000 of the 15 million autogas vehicles around the world are operating in the U.S., Alliance AutoGas said. Propane autogas is also more accessible than gasoline blended with 85% ethanol, according to the Department of Energy, with 2,670 autogas pumps installed across the U.S., compared with 2,498 E85 fueling stations. DomesticFuel.com (4/2) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

 S.C. county's patrol cars run on propane autogas, gasoline

  • S.C. county's patrol cars run on propane autogas, gasoline
    The Pickens County (S.C.) Sheriff's Office now has about 28 patrol cars that run on both propane autogas and gasoline thanks to a federal grant that helped the city make the shift. The department expects the conversions, which covered about half its fleet, to help it slash fuel and engine-maintenance costs. "Having a cleaner fuel and a cleaner engine is going to help the life of the car," said Assistant Sheriff Tim Morgan. WSPA-TV (Spartanburg, S.C.) (3/16) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

Crude Market Update 03/08/12

Crude oil futures for April delivery on the NYMEX ended $1.46 higher yesterday to settle at $106.16 per barrel, as more investors signed on to a Greek debt swap, reducing concern that the country will default and bolstering optimism that the European economy will rebound. RBOB gasoline for April delivery rose $0.0575 to settle at $3.2874 per gallon, and April heating oil gained $0.0312 to $3.2194 per gallon. Futures climbed after investors with holdings amounting to 58% of the Greek bonds eligible for the nation’s debt swap agreed to participate. An Energy Department report showed that US crude supplies increased last week while stockpiles of gasoline, diesel and heating oil fell. Crude oil prices are up 7.4% this year. Brent’s premium to WTI widened to $17.96. The Standard & Poor’s 500 Index was up 0.8%. The euro gained 0.3% against the dollar. Companies in the US added 216,000 workers to their payrolls in February. US employers are poised to boost jobs as confidence in the economy climbed to the highest level in a year. Crude supplies climbed 832,000 barrels to 345.7 million barrels last week, the highest level since September, the Energy Department report showed. Stockpiles at Cushing, Oklahoma climbed 2.37 million barrels to 36.2 million, the biggest gain since December 2009. Gasoline inventories fell 396,000 barrels to 229.5 million last week, the Energy Department said. Supplies of distillate fuel decreased 1.94 million barrels to 139.5 million. Total fuel demand fell an average 78,000 bpd to 18.2 million bpd last week, the report showed. Consumption was down 7.6% from the same week a year ago. The European Union offered to negotiate with Iran on behalf of China, France, Germany, Russia, the UK and the US, after President Obama called for more time to let diplomacy and sanctions solve the standoff. Sanctions may be cutting Iranian oil exports as vessels cancel trips to the country. Shipments have declined by 400,000 bpd because of the restrictions. Half of the tankers booked to load at the country’s largest terminal last month didn’t complete the voyages. Volume totaled 737,533 contracts Tuesday, 19% above the 3-month average. Open interest was 1.58 million, the highest level since June 14th. In London, the Brent contract for April delivery on ICE settled $2.14 higher at $124.12 per barrel yesterday.

 Ind. city is enjoying benefits of using propane autogas

  • The city of La Porte, Ind., is reaping the benefits of using propane autogas after the Indiana Department of Transportation converted 133 of the city's more than 600 vehicles to run on the fuel. "The LaPorte District is seeing several hundreds of thousands of dollars in savings already and statewide we're looking at more than a million dollars in savings," said Matt Deitchley, a spokesman for the department. "Propane is ultimately safer" because it has a higher ignition temperature than gasoline and it doesn't spill, Deitchley said. WBND-TV (South Bend, Ind.) (3/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

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