On February 4, 2015, the Tampa Bay Clean Cities Coalition (TBCCC) held Tampa Bay’s first ever propane fuel event.
Hosted by the City of Tampa Fleet Maintenance Facility, the learning luncheon gathered 60 TBCCC members and industry stakeholders from the public and private sectors for an informational session on propane fuel.
Daryl Stewart, Chief of Operations for the City of Tampa Department of Solid Waste & Environmental Management, and Tim Perry, City of Tampa Fleet Manager, welcomed the group.
“The City of Tampa and the Solid Waste Department believe that alternative fuels are not just cost effective for business, but also just the right thing to do,” said Stewart. “With over 137 vehicles and growing, we realized it’s time we determine our own destiny. This is why we are dedicated to our partnership with the TBCCC.”
Steve Reich, TBCCC Coordinator, followed with general updates on the coalition. He also encouraged stakeholders to take advantage of the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services offer to rebate up to 50% of the incremental cost of an original equipment manufacturer NGV or propane vehicle, or the cost of converting a vehicle to run on natural gas or propane. The program allows up to $25,000 per vehicle and $250,000 per applicant per fiscal year. Of the funds available for these rebates, 40% is reserved for government applicants and the remaining funds are allocated to commercial applicants.
Guest speakers also discussed the different aspects of propane use in business.
David Rigney, National Autogas Account Manager for AmeriGas, gave an overview of autogas, or propane vehicle fuel, detailing the physical properties, benefits, advantages, and safety considerations. He also covered the features of autogas dispensers, safety protocols, and the general process to dispense autogas.
“Refueling a propane vehicle takes about the same time as refueling a gasoline vehicle,” said Rigney. “Many people don’t know this, but propane is the only alternative fuel with fueling stations located in every state.”