Georgetown, Texas – The U.S. Department of Energy has awarded a US$12.9 million grant to accelerate the availability of propane engine fuel at retail stations across the country.

The grant was awarded to fuel dispensing equipment and engine technology company CleanFUEL USA, which has announced a partnership with propane distributor Ferrellgas Partners for the project. Eleven cities have been chosen for station roll-outs, starting with Dallas-Fort Worth. The companies expect to break ground for that station in the third quarter of 2010.

The Dallas-Fort Worth station will be followed by projects in Indianapolis, Orlando, Chicago, Phoenix, San Antonio, St. Louis, and along the I-10 highway corridor on Louisiana.

“Dallas-Fort Worth is the fourth-largest metro area in the country, and includes many school districts, municipal entities and private businesses operating fleet vehicles with propane,” said Tony Dale, national director of engine fuels for Ferrellgas. “Propane is the most widely-used fuel after gasoline and diesel. Now CleanFUEL USA and Ferrellgas are making propane even more accessible to fleets and private users. This national fuelling infrastructure project greatly enhances propane’s reputation as the ‘right now’ cleaner-burning and more economical alternative fuel.”

The company said that propane yields 87 per cent fewer hydrocarbons and 50 per cent fewer toxins than gasoline, and costs approximately 40 to 50 per cent less per gallon than gasoline or diesel.

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