#LPGday, New Global Awareness Day, To Be Celebrated June 7

With the goal of raising global awareness about propane and achieving more visibility for it, the World LPG Association (WLPGA; Paris) has launched #LPGday. This global awareness day is to be held annually on June 7, starting this year.
LPGDay June 7, 2019 raises awareness about clean propane energy including Boats powered by LPG keep oceans clean
WLPGA will celebrate the day with a “social media storm” and invites other associations, companies, and individuals around the world to do the same.

“There are many days in the global awareness calendar to celebrate an incredible breadth of topics—from women, to raise awareness around various illnesses, or even more fun initiatives like bicycles day, tulip day, chocolate day, etc.—and we realized that we have nothing to celebrate LPG/propane and felt it was a great opportunity to join this awareness community,” Alison Abbott, marketing and communications director at WLPGA, told BPN.

The goal of #LPGday is to raise awareness of the many uses and benefits of LPG among policymakers, media, and the general public. “We will be promoting not only the benefits of LPG, but also the many, many applications and sectors where LPG can have a highly beneficial impact on so many areas from health and clean air, to even more fun uses such as barbeques,” Abbott explained.

June 7 was selected and agreed to by WLPGA members because the day does not clash with public and religious holidays around the world, or with established awareness days. Also, it is separate from the annual World LPG Forum that is organized by WLPGA and held in September or October.

Abbott suggested some ways organizations and individuals can help spread the word before and during #LPGday:
  • Support WLPGA’s social media, follow them, and retweet their messages. The association has prepared videos and visuals that it has been posting on every platform since May 2. WLPGA is active on Twitter (@worldlpgassoc), Facebook (WorldLPGAssociation), Instagram (worldlpgassociation), and LinkedIn (WorldLPGAssociation).
  • Link to the WLPGA website. The site (wlpga.org) has a wealth of information about LPG in general.
  • Post your own ideas on social media. Suggestions include photographs of your own businesses, your teams, and your products with the #LPGday hashtag.
LPGDay Korean Propane Autogas Taxi“We encourage the entire community to be creative and make this day their own,” Abbott said. “Our goal is, over time, for this to become an established part of everyone’s annual communications strategy planning.”

For more information about #LPGday, contact Camille Pieron, WLPGA digital communications manager, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

WORK TRUCK SHOW 2019: PROPANE AUTOGAS STAKEHOLDERS MAKE THEIR CASE

A walk through the massive annual Work Truck Show in Indianapolis in early March gave attendees a chance to discover almost every new development in the work truck world. Alternative fuels received a good deal of competitive spin regarding which fuel delivers the best bang for your buck now and in the future. Many speakers and seminars made their case that electric vehicles are the way of the future—or that clean diesel is the way of the future—the option of propane autogas wasn’t mentioned.

Work Truck Show 2019 feature propane autogas trucks and fleet vehicles reports BPN the propane industry's leading source for news and information since 1939Meanwhile, an ever-growing group of stakeholders representing propane autogas begs to differ. This group, anchored by the Propane Education & Research Council (PERC), has steadily reserved more floor space at the Work Truck Show and they, too, want their message heard. “Education and awareness continue to be critical,” said Michael Taylor, director of autogas business development at PERC. “Many people are resistant to change, but we have been successful in convincing fleet managers that propane has a short-term return on investment, typically less than two years, and can provide the lowest total cost of ownership over the vehicle life.”

At PERC’s booth at the Work Truck Show, attendees were asked to “pin” their fleet profile—regardless of fuel type—on an in-booth map of the United States. All participants were eligible for prizes and were encouraged to make several “pit stops” throughout the booth to learn more about how propane autogas could help their fleet reach sustainability goals while cutting costs over the lifetime of the vehicle.

Taylor cited “clean diesel” and gasoline as two fuels that fleet managers are reluctant to switch from. “We can show the cost savings and we have numerous testimonials to back us up,” he said. “The environmental concerns remain despite the efforts to position ‘clean diesel’ and gasoline as free of contaminants,” noting that runoff can find its way into soil and water and cause serious contamination. Case studies on fueling with propane can be found at propane.com.

“Electric vehicles will likely find their niche with personal sedans and some Class 1 and 2 vehicles. There will be very limited success for EVs expected to handle significant payload or range. I expect there will continue to be limited additional adoption for electric school buses. Propane makes much more sense.”
On the following pages are some details on other stakeholders promoting propane usage who were at the Work Truck Show.

SUPERIOR ENERGY SYSTEMS AIMS TO HELP MAKE PUBLIC REFUELING A REALITY
Superior Energy Systems (SES; Columbia Station, Ohio) displayed a propane autogas dispenser at the Work Truck Show. Having worked exclusively in propane since 1975, the company has sold more than 1100 dispensers to customers in all 50 states and throughout Canada. Projects have ranged from very small dispenser installations to massive midstream infrastructure installations such as the Crestwood Terminal at Montgomery, N.Y., that can fill four transports in 17 minutes.
Several factors are currently helping to make public refueling a reality, including creating an opportunity for autogas customers to no longer be limited to refueling between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m., when an attendant is available. Superior and others have been working with the National Propane Gas Association’s Technology, Standards, and Safety Committee (TS&S) to make the K-15 connector safer and ease the requirement for glasses and gloves at refueling sites. “State propane associations in states such as Minnesota are also offering infrastructure rebates to help make public refueling sites available,” said Jim Bunsey, director of operations at SES. “We are getting to the point where a good portion of autogas users can drive up 24/7 and use their credit card to refuel.”

“While more environmentally-friendly and cost-effective, the goal is to make refueling with propane as user-friendly as it is to refuel with motor gas or diesel,” Bunsey said. In addition to the dispenser, Superior displayed a Propane Autogas Evacuation System that simply, safely, and efficiently removes autogas from fleet vehicles for service and maintenance. The system can be used with both liquid and vapor vehicle systems and operates completely on air using a pneumatic pump, with no engine, electricity, or switching of hoses.

Work Truck Show 2019 features ROUSH Propane Autogas vehicles for no emissions and lowest total cost-of-ownershipROUSH CLEANTECH’S SCHOOL BUS SUCCESS
ROUSH CleanTech displayed an F-550 chassis cab at its booth and a Ford F-750 propane-powered van body in the Propane Education & Research Council booth. While there wasn’t a school bus in sight, Ryan Zic, school bus sales director for ROUSH CleanTech, extolled the reduced emissions of the ROUSH bus compared to a diesel model manufactured before 2007. “Our engine is 90% cleaner than the current EPA standard,” Zic explained. “You would have to operate 100 of our propane autogas vehicles to emit as much NOx as one diesel bus manufactured before 2007.”

He wanted Work Truck Show attendees to take away the propane message—that alternative fuel vehicles offer a fuel option that substantially lowers NOx emissions. “Our school district customers are responding in a big way. With all the diesel emission scandal and maintenance system complexity, fleets are ready for a fuel that is clean, straightforward, and reliable.” Zic noted there are currently 14,000 propane school buses operating in more than 850 school districts in North America. “School fleets have been challenged over the past nine years with a tough, stop/start duty cycle and a complicated diesel emission system that struggles with excessive idle. The simple, passive emission system offered on our propane school buses was a huge motivator early on for fleets to switch away from diesel. That is still a major factor today, but, like the diesel emission system, our customers are evolving too,” Zic said. “We now have peers within school fleets sharing data on cost per mile of operation between propane and other fuels. They report savings from 15 to 30 cents per mile when compared to a diesel bus—some even more. Reducing the cost per mile of operation is quickly becoming as much a motivator as the simplicity of propane school bus operation.”

With strong gains in the U.S. and Canada, propane buses are gaining traction even in areas where alternative fuels have struggled in the past. “The Midwest, Central Plains, and remote provinces of Canada have been strong adopters of propane because of cold resilience and effective operational costs.” Zic also cited headway as more retail propane marketers engage in alternative fuel development by utilizing business development teams, promotions, marketing materials, vehicle incentives, and more. “When retailers engage like this, it really amplifies the propane autogas cause and makes potential buyers feel infinitely more comfortable in taking the next steps toward a propane fleet.”

Work Truck Show 2019 Propane Autogas Freightliner features clean alt fuel LPG vehiclesFREIGHTLINER EXPANDS S2G OFFERINGS WITH NEW 8.8-LITER ENGINE
Freightliner Custom Chassis Corp. (FCCC; Portland, Ore.) utilized its presence at the 2019 Work Truck Show to showcase a new version of its S2G work truck powered by an 8.8-liter propane engine, part of FCCC’s DriveForce non-diesel engine line.

The S2G now comes with two engine options—an 8.0-liter as well as the new 8.8-liter—from FCCC’s DriveForce, its line of proprietary non-diesel engines for the commercial market. Touted as providing “diesel-like” performance and “gasoline-like” operation, FCCC says S2G delivery fleet owners can expect smooth, quiet, reliable power at lower operational costs.

The 8.8-liter DriveForce liquid propane engine offers 270 hp@2600 rpm, 565 lb-ft@1500 rpm, and is the only factory installed propane autogas engine available to the medium-duty market. Its front suspension offers up to a 55-degree wheel cut for industry-leading maneuverability, and a GVWR of up to 33,000 pounds.

The S2G has a 60-gal. LPG fuel tank, and Allison 2500RDS and 2550RDS automatic transmissions with PTO provisions available. The chassis comes with 3-year/50,000-mile warranty with towing and roadside assistance and 24/7 factory-direct customer support.

“The 8.8-liter propane engine…offers the torque and power of a diesel engine at near-idle RPM levels,” said Mike Stark, product manager for Commercial Chassis at FCCC. He told BPN that the new 8.8-liter DriveForce engine is designed with the terrain of a typical bobtail route in mind. “Customers were not as concerned about speed,” he said, “as they were about torque and reducing oil consumption.”

ALLIANCE AUTOGAS’ NEWLY RELEASED TECHNOLOGIES
Following a record number of technologies released in 2018, Alliance AutoGas (Swannanoa, N.C.) had a wealth of accomplishments to share at the Work Truck Show. This technology included a previously unreleased vehicle system in partnership with Prins Alternative Fuel Systems installed on a 2019 Chevy Silverado.
Work Truck Show 2019 features Alliance Autogas propane vehicles reports BPN the propane industry's leading source for news and information since 1939
Examples of the new 2018 technologies include 58 new EPA certifications covering 38 different vehicle platforms, an electric/propane autogas hybrid Ford Fusion, and the aftermarket autogas port-fueled direct injection (PFDI) engineered system introduced last year for the 2018 Ford F-150 with the 3.3-liter V6 and the 5.0-liter V8. “We are pleased to differentiate Alliance AutoGas in the alternative fuel market as hybrid-friendly,” said Alliance AutoGas president Stuart Weidie. “This vehicle is a precursor of many to come in the Ford family.”

“While we aren’t doing a live conversion or a ride and drive at this year’s Work Truck Show, we have more to share than ever,” said Ed Hoffman, president of Blossman Services Inc. (BSI), Alliance’s technology distributor. “In 2018 we not only maintained our industry-leading portfolio of products, but also expanded into new technological realms.” Hoffman explained that all products were simple multi-point fuel-injected engines a few years ago while the company ran through R&D projects to better understand how they would interface with fuel systems of the future.
Work Truck Show 2019 feartures Alliance Autogas propane vehicles
The Prins and Alliance-engineered system installed on the 2019 Chevy Silverado displayed in the PERC booth is estimated to save more than $3000 annually in fuel costs and result in an average reduction of 58 tons of greenhouse gas emissions. The vehicle was provided by Alliance AutoGas service center Dickinson Fleet Services, and was fully equipped with the Alliance AutoGas-engineered system.

ONE-STOP SHOPPING WITH ICOM NORTH AMERICA
ICOM North America (New Hudson, Mich.) has enjoyed dramatic growth in the past few years. “People are seeing the benefits of propane autogas and we’ve done a better job of aligning with partners to allow a ‘one-stop shopping’ approach for those wanting to make a switch to autogas,” said Albert Venezio, chairman of ICOM North America.
Work Truck Show 2019 ICOM North America presents Propane Autogas one-stop shopping approach for Fleet vechicles
Four years ago, ICOM partnered with various propane industry stakeholders, including Industrial Propane Services (IPS), Signature Truck Systems, and several other retail propane marketers and service providers, to create United Propane Autogas Solutions (UPAS). According to Venezio, the partnerships have been critical to make “one-stop shopping” available. “We had to make it easy to partner with those who can provide all components of the autogas program—the best retail marketers, competitive propane pricing, and the most ideal gas dispensing systems.”

It has expanded its dealer network to 150 in the U.S. and Canada, and is seeing growth in Mexico and Latin America. “We have the largest grouping of EPA and CARB certifications with a total of 500 certifications. We’re working with UPAS to bring about more shuttle buses, trolleys, work trucks, pickup trucks, vans, and law enforcement vehicles,” Venezio added.

NAFTC ADDS PROPANE-SPECIFIC CURRICULUM
The National Alternative Fuels Training Consortium (NAFTC) of West Virginia University was represented at the Work Truck Show by interim director Micheal Smyth, who met with a number of propane industry stakeholders. “We have many projects going,” Smyth said. “Fleets are adopting, autogas product upfitters are making much more robust and stable systems, and early adopters are feeling much more confident in their autogas vehicles.”

Smyth told BPN that NAFTC is currently creating several training projects for the Propane Education & Research Council (PERC). “We are putting a propane autogas training program online for first responders,” Smyth added. “We are creating education on how the vehicle works and what they need to know when they respond to an accident. In addition, NAFTC is preparing an online version of Propane 101. This should allow for shortening of technical training from a three-day to a two-day class if students do the Propane 101 online and replace some ‘dry lecture’ with a more interesting approach.”

NAFTC is also producing videos for PERC on autogas facility maintenance, tank purging at the commissioning, and how propane acts in the transfer process.

Autogas Experts Share How To Help Fleets Transition To Propane

By Todd Mouw and Jim Bunsey…Propane providers across the nation can bring in propane autogas fleet customers that account for steady, year-round gallons.
Low-emmissions PROPANE Autogas Fleets at 2019 Work Truck Show prove propane vehicles provide lowest total cost-of-ownership reports BPN the propane industry's leading source for news and information since 1939.
Every day, you drive around the city or town you live in. By paying attention to the service and fleet vehicles you see, you can learn a lot about which fleets would consider propane autogas vehicles if they knew about the benefits. Spot a pest control company. What type of vehicle is it? Does an EPA/CARB certification exist for that vehicle system to operate on propane autogas? Check out the back of school buses and look for the diamonds denoting fuel type. Are they running on diesel or another alternative fuel? See a city or county vehicle? How far do you think they are driving every day? Research the fleets in your area and whether they are considering a shift to alternative fuels.

FACE TO FACE
Key company decision makers need to be aware of propane autogas vehicles and infrastructure options. When it comes to fueling, you are the expert! How can you get their attention most effectively?

A sit-down meeting and presentation can be a great way to introduce options. Many valuable resources from the Propane Education & Research Council Product Catalog, including video case studies and cut-sheets, are at your fingertips to download and share. Inviting other industry experts will help you be better prepared to answer any and all questions, too. For example, propane fuel system providers, like Superior Energy Systems, are available to help you with costs associated with fueling equipment and installation information. Propane autogas fuel system manufacturers, such as ROUSH CleanTech, can speak to the types of commercial vehicles available with propane systems. Other options include inviting the fleet customer to tour your facility, especially if you have on-site propane autogas fueling, or tour the facility of a fleet customer you currently serve.

BACK TO BASICS MESSAGING
You have likely heard the phrase “propane autogas” for several years now, along with the key benefits of why it is such an ideal solution for fleets. The most important thing to remember is that the fleets you are approaching have very likely not heard about propane autogas. Start from the beginning.
Three key messages about propane as a transportation fuel are:

No. 1 — IT'S ECONOMICAL
Propane autogas generally costs up to 40% less than gasoline and up to 50% less than diesel. In addition to the fuel cost savings, propane autogas burns cleaner in engines than gasoline and diesel, which results in reduced maintenance costs and potential for longer engine life. Engines fueled by propane autogas require less oil by volume than diesel and no additional diesel emission fluids or extra valve adjustments. Customers report less servicing needed for fluids, coolants, and filters.

No. 2 — IT'S EASIER ON THE ENVIRONMENT
Fleet vehicles that run on propane autogas emit fewer greenhouse gases, smog-producing hydrocarbons, and particulate emissions than gasoline-fueled vehicles. When compared to diesel, propane autogas vehicles emit fewer nitrogen oxides, greenhouse gases, and virtually eliminate particulate matter. Ford Class 4-7 vehicles equipped with a ROUSH CleanTech fuel system are 75% cleaner than the current federal emissions standard for nitrogen oxides—and 99% cleaner than diesel vehicles built before 2007.
Propane Autogas School Bus Fleets at 2019 Work Truck Show reports BPN the propane industry's leading source for news and information since 1939
No. 3 — IT'S SAFE AND WIDESPREAD
Propane autogas is the third most commonly used transportation fuel across the U.S. and the globe (behind gasoline and diesel). Propane autogas vehicles operate about 50% more quietly, which increases safety and decreases driver fatigue. Propane autogas is a nontoxic, noncarcinogenic, and noncorrosive fuel.

Next, review the basics around fueling. Three key messages about propane autogas fueling are:
Propane Autogas Fleets at 2019 Work Truck Show reports Butane Propane News (BPN) the propane industry's leading source for news and information since 1939
No. 1 — IT'S COST EFFECTIVE
It is more cost-effective to install propane autogas fueling than any other conventional or alternative fuel. The average cost of a propane autogas fueling station is $24,000 to $200,000 dependent on fleet size.

There are three main options for installing propane autogas infrastructure:
• The fleet purchases and owns the equipment, as well as maintains it, and the fuel provider supplies fuel for an agreed upon price and time period (usually by bid).
• The fleet agrees to a “lease to own” structure with their fuel provider for an agreed upon price and time period at cost-plus (cost is built into the price per gallon).
• The fuel provider installs the equipment for the fleet and fully maintains it, in exchange for a three- to five-year fueling contract at cost-plus.

No. 2 — IT'S EASY TO USE
Installing and using propane autogas fueling infrastructure is easy. Propane autogas equipment doesn’t require excessive space; the average footprint of a fueling station is 300 square feet.
Propane autogas dispensing is a closed-loop system and new technology allows for almost zero fugitive emissions.

No. 3 — IT'S INTELLIGENT
Some propane autogas dispensers are fully integrated and customizable web-based units. These dispensers track key data like driver and vehicle identification, vehicle mileage, and gallons pumped for a virtually unlimited number of vehicles, drivers, and customers. You can access all fleet information in real time and create customizable reports, without the need to purchase and install separate technology.

FOLLOW UP
In the weeks and months after your presentation at a customer site, be sure to follow up. Ask specifically for updates about where the prospect’s decision-making process is and help to answer questions. Remember to provide updated information on technology and fleets transitioning to propane autogas.

Be sure to track every conversation in your customer relationship management software. If your company doesn’t have a CRM, simply use an Excel spreadsheet.
Once you take notice of the businesses around you, you’ll be sure to find fleet customers interested in propane autogas.


Todd Mouw is president of ROUSH CleanTech, manufacturer of propane autogas fuel systems for fleet vehicles, based in Livonia, Mich. Jim Bunsey is director of operations for Superior Energy Systems, manufacturer of propane autogas dispensers, based in Columbia Station, Ohio.

Cleaner Air, Greener Schools, Healthier Students With Propane School Buses

The Propane Council of Texas highlighted the benefits of autogas school buses on Earth Day April 22, writing in a press release that more than 840 school districts across the U.S. transport nearly one million students each school day on upgraded, greener propane-powered buses. Texas is number one in propane school bus adoption with over 3000 buses operating in the Lone Star State, paving the way for cleaner communities and schools.
Texas Propane Council states Texas is number one in propane autogas school bus adoption with over 3000 buses operating in the Lone Star State for cleaner air, healthier students
The council reported new propane buses can produce up to 90% less nitrous oxides (NOx) than clean diesel variants. Why is this important? NOx is a significant contributor to ground-level ozone, and according to the American Lung Association, NOx is likely to be a cause of asthma in children, can trigger an increase in asthma attacks, and affect a host of other harmful effects on the lungs.

For decades, propane school buses have been a trusted, greener alternative for school transportation. Quieter and cleaner, propane provides an excellent solution for schools and children’s health. In addition, propane school buses can have the lowest total cost of ownership with their reduced maintenance compared to diesel buses. That means more money for computers, books, classroom supplies, and teachers.

In addition to the lower total cost of ownership, the cost to upgrade from diesel to a new propane school bus is shrinking. To help school districts with upgrade costs, there are several alternative fuel grants available in Texas from a multitude of sources, including from the state and the federal government.

From cleaner air to greener schools and cost savings for school districts, propane can do that. To find out more about propane-powered school buses and funding opportunities that may be available to school districts, visit fuelingtexas.com.

(SOURCE: The Weekly Propane Newsletter, April 29, 2019)

Energy Distribution Partners Mourns the Passing of Co-Founder Marlo Young

(April 26, 2019) — Energy Distribution Partners (EDP) today announced that its co-founder and chief operating officer, Marlo Young, passed away unexpectedly.
Energy Distribution Partners Mourns the Passing of Co-Founder Marlo Young propane industry veteran
Mr. Young was a long-time propane industry leader, as well as a key member of EDP’s team since its founding in 2012. He had extensive experience in the energy sector and previously served in operating and executive roles with Ferrellgas, Cornerstone Propane and Inergy Propane.

"Marlo Young touched so many lives, including those of our EDP family members and others throughout the industry. He was recognized throughout the propane business for his wise counsel and positive leadership. At EDP, Marlo helped build a dedicated, resilient team of highly capable executives and managers. We are greatly saddened to lose our friend and colleague, and we offer our deepest sympathy to his family," said Tom Knauff, CEO of Energy Distribution Partners.

Former colleagues are encouraged to make a contribution in Mr. Young’s memory to the National Propane Gas Association (NPGA) Scholarship Fund at the following address: NPG Foundation, National Propane Gas Association, 1899 L Street NW – Suite 350, Washington, D.C. 20036

About Energy Distribution Partners
Energy Distribution Partners is a rapidly-growing company in America's fast-changing energy landscape – with deep experience in retail and commercial propane sales, operations and finance. The company provides safe, reliable propane service to residential and commercial customers in California, Washington, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania, New York and South Carolina. For more information, please visit www.edplp.net.