BAF Technologies, a company that converts vehicles to run on natural gas, has made its customers aware of a grant from the Texas Railroad Commission to convert vehicles to CNG. The TRC also has a helpful spreadsheet for calculating savings. You can download it here. From the BAF Technologies web site:
On Friday, the Texas Railroad Commissioners announced that the Commission has about $700,000 available in grants to help public fleets, such as those operated by school districts, cities and counties, purchase new, ultra-low-emission natural gas vehicles. The grant funding, which the Commission originally received to use for propane-fueled vehicles, has now been expanded to NGVs and can be used to offset some or all of the incremental costs of a natural gas fuel system on a new or retrofitted vehicle. Matching funds for the purchase of the vehicles must come from non-federal sources. Public fleets statewide are eligible to apply for these grants regardless of the fleet location¹s air-quality classification.
Chairman Barry Smitherman said, “Natural gas costs about $1.50 per gallon equivalent. That means a pretty quick payback for your initial investment. I suggest that fleet operators use the cost calculator on the Commission¹s website to see if natural gas pencils out for them. The more clean-burning domestic natural gas we use, the less oil we have to import from tyrants like Hugo Chavez.” Commissioner David Porter said, “I think it is excellent that we are expanding our propane grant program to natural gas. When you look at the price of natural gas, anything we can do to encourage consumption is going to have a positive effect not only on the industry but also the entire economy of the state. It¹s a small step by the agency that we can build on to encourage not only the use of propane, but also natural gas as a transportation fuel, and I want to see the agency continue to move in that direction.”