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State of the Union: Spotlight On Clean Energy

Did you catch the State of the Union address last night? While I was watching, I jotted down the following quotes from President Obama’s address:

  • “By 2035, 80 percent of America’s electricity will come from clean energy sources.”
  • “Strategy that’s cleaner, cheaper and full of new jobs.”
  • “Develop every available source of American energy.”
  • “We don’t have to choose between our environment and our economy.”
  • “I will not walk away from the promise of clean energy.”
  • “Pass clean energy tax credits.”

I couldn’t help but be energized by his message, by what it means for our country and especially for this industry. There are many forms of clean energy, some of which our President mentioned last night. One form of clean, green, American energy is propane.

There is one piece of legislation that has been introduced in May 2011 – the Propane Green Autogas Solutions Act (“Propane GAS Act” of 2011). This act would extend the following through 2016:

  • existing tax credits of $0.50 per gallon for the purchase of propane autogas as a motor fuel
  • current tax credits for purchase of propane autogas vehicles (50-80% incremental cost)
  • credits for the installation of propane autogas refueling infrastructure (30% of the refueling property’s cost up to $30,000)

This legislation supports our domestic economy, putting incentives directly into the pockets of U.S.fleets and switching to an American-made alternative fuel.


What is the current status of the Propane GAS Act of 2011?

The National Propane Gas Administration (NPGA) gives us the following update on the status of the Propane GAS Act of 2011:
“The Propane GAS Act has been introduced in both the House of Representatives and Senate and is pending in the Ways and Means and Finance committees, respectively. NPGA is gathering commitments to co-sponsor the bills to demonstrate widespread support.”

How can you help support the Propane GAS Act of 2011?

Our friends at Autogas for America have put together several ways in which you can help promote the passage of the Propane GAS Act of 2011:

 

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2 Comments

  1. B
    Posted January 25, 2012 at 1:54 pm | Permalink

    While cleaner than some energy sources , propane is hardly a “green” energy.
    Consider the amount of pollution that is produced from the railroad tank cars, transport trucks, barges, and tanker ships that are used to get the propane to the propane suppliers.

    • Posted January 26, 2012 at 1:27 pm | Permalink

      Hi B. Actually, propane is an approved, clean fuel listed in the 1990 Clean Air Act as well as the National Energy Policy Act of 1992. Propane has always been a “green” fuel: far ahead of today’s trends. If you’re interested in learning more about how green propane really is, check out our website: http://www.amerigas.com/about/propane_environment_friendly.htm.
      Thanks for your comment,
      Heidi

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