CleanFUEL USA and Texas State Technical College Host DOE Grant Event

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Hear How the Grant Will Expand the State's Alternative Fuels Industry and Job Training Opportunities

WHAT: Learn about the $12.3 million Department of Energy (DOE) Clean Fuel grant recently awarded to CleanFUEL USA and Texas State Technical College (TSTC) to establish the nation’s first and largest propane refueling network. Congressmen John Carter (R-TX) is expected to join stakeholders to discuss the project’s impact on advancing the state’s alternative fuels training and infrastructure as well as how communities can get involved. Propane-powered vehicles and refueling infrastructure will be on display, and a tour of TSTC’s training facilities is available following the event, along with a reception. The event is open to the public.

WHEN: Friday, Dec. 11, 2009 from 10:30 a.m. CST

WHERE: Texas State Technical College, Waco, TX
                 Industrial Technology Center Atrium (corner of Crest and Campus drives)

DOE Clean Fuel Grant and Propane Facts:

§    DOE awarded Texas State Technical College and grant partner, CleanFUEL USA, $12.3 million to develop over 184 liquid propane refueling stations in 16 major cities along high-traffic interchanges and highways across the country. The initiative also supports the purchase of propane vehicles and provides for an innovative outreach program to retrain and certify out of work or at-risk service technicians and U.S. veterans for work in alternative fuel industries. DOE estimates that the project will help displace more than 3 million gallons of petroleum annually.

§    Propane projects received over $33.5 million under the 2009 American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) to transform the nation’s vehicle fleets to support job creation, improve the environment, and reduce U.S. dependence on foreign oil.

§    Propane is a low-carbon fuel and the cleanest-burning alternative fuel for fleet vehicles today. It also offers greater cost-efficiency, typically 40-50 percent less than gasoline/diesel per gallon.

§    Roughly 97 percent of propane used in the U.S. is produced in North America. Greater utilization of abundant alternative fuels, such as propane, can help the U.S. decrease its dependence on foreign oil.

About CleanFUEL USA
Founded in 1993, CleanFUEL USA is a recognized leader in certified and approved alternative fuel dispensing equipment for propane and E85, and the development of liquid propane injection systems for light to medium duty fleet vehicles. The company distributes OEM and aftermarket engine fuel systems, fleet management network services, and associated technical support, training and fuel contract services. CleanFUEL USA is a registered trademark of CleanFUEL Holdings, Inc. Headquartered in Georgetown, Texas, CleanFUEL USA has sales, engineering, and operations facilities in Michigan, California, Kansas and Florida as well as international offices in New Delhi, India and Buenos Aires, Argentina.

About TSTC
Texas State Technical College Waco is part of the only state-assisted technical college system in Texas. The Texas State Technical College System is a state-funded institution of higher education offering Associate of Applied Science degrees and certificates in critical and emerging technologies at four campuses and three extension centers across Texas.

Media Contacts:

Crystelle Markley
(512) 864-0300

Lauren Whittenberg
Lois Paul & Partners
(512) 638-5322

Jan Osburn
Texas State Technical College
(254) 867-3014

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