Gloucester County Virginia recently unveiled the states first propane school bus fleet during an event attended by the state’s Department of Environmental Quality, Congressman Robert Wittman and Delegate Harvey Morgan. Five diesel school buses were replaced with propane power during an event at Page Middle School in Gloucester County designed to celebrates the school district’s commitment to environmental sustainability, energy independence and economic security.
Roger Kelly, Director of Transportation for Gloucester County Public Schools said during the ceremony, “Using propane-powered school buses is a step in the right direction to significantly decrease vehicle emissions and improve the air quality for our students. We are excited to be involved in this clean school bus initiative.”
The decision to switch to propane over other alternative fuels was due to several benefits including the estimation that the school will save $1.50 per gallon in fuel costs, propane reduces greenhouse gas emissions by nearly 18 percent, the flammability range of the fuel is lower than other alternative fuels, and the majority of propane is produced domestically.
A $221,355 grant from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act $221,355 funded a portion of the project, the EPA’s National Clean Diesel Program funded another portion and the Gloucester County Public Schools funded the remaining amount.