Conservation and going green are very important things
for theÂ city of Cedar Park. The city of Cedar Park is hopeful that a Texas Railroad Commission grant will come through
which will allow them to be a step closer to reaching their conservation goals. At the December 9th Cedar Park City Council meeting the members chose to apply for grant funds
from the Commission's Low Emission Propane Equipment Grant initiative.
If the city receives the grant, it will go towards helping to fund alternative fuel vehicles with a focus on propane for the city of Cedar Park
. Assistant City Manager, Sam Roberts, provided Councilmen at the meeting with six alternative options for fuel that are not only environmentally friendly but would save the city money. The optionsÂ were: propane, natural gas, all electric, plug-in hybrids, ethanol and bio-diesel.
The best fuel option for the city was propane as it is less costly than gasoline and more environmentally friendly.Â If the city receives the grant, they will have a year (two budget years) to buy ten propane-compatible vehicles along with a 2,000-gallon fueling station.
The city has already budgeted money into the 2011 and 2012 fiscal yearÂ for the vehicles. Total cost for the vehicles and fueling station are estimated to be $375,500, and the grant would reimburse the city $169,000 if approved.
There are 229 vehicles that the city uses with 78 of them being categorized as low or medium duty which would be the type of vehicles that would be utilizing the alternative fuel. At this time, the city of Austin, Williamson County, and Leander ISD are already using propane for vehicles and have reported a savings.
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