Alternative fuels workshop series planned

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The Propane Education & Research Council and the other members of the Alternative Fuels Trade Alliance will kick off its 2011 nationwide training program on alternative fuels at a workshop for fleet managers Thursday, Jan. 13, in San Diego. The free workshop at San Diego Miramar College is part of a nationwide series of 14 training seminars made possible by a $1.6 million grant from the Energy Department.

The workshops address alternative fuel quality, infrastructure, available vehicles, safety, the latest technologies and the environmental impact of propane autogas, ethanol, biodiesel, and compressed natural gas. To register for the San Diego workshop or another upcoming workshop, or to view an archived webcast, go to www.altfuelsalliance.org.

“There are many reliable green vehicle options available to fleet managers,” says Brian Feehan, vice president of PERC. “Customers are increasingly leaning toward eco-friendly businesses for their commerce decisions. This is definitely the time to learn more about the alternative fuel options available to fleets and how these fuels provide cost savings measures for businesses.”

At the workshop’s ride-and-drive session, fleet managers also will have the opportunity to get inside vehicles that run on alternative fuels. A CleanFuel USA-equipped GM G-4500 cutaway van fueled by propane autogas and owned by Expo Propane will be available for test-driving at this event.

The Alternative Fuels Trade Alliance comprises PERC, the Renewable Fuels Association, the National Biodiesel Foundation and the Clean Vehicle Education Foundation.

Each of the full-day collaborative workshops involves a site in the Energy Department’s Clean Cities program, which uses local coalitions to promote the use of alternative fuels such as propane autogas. The San Diego Clean Fuels Coalition will host the Jan. 13 workshop. Additional workshop sites for 2011 include Seattle; Orlando, Fla.; and Kansas City, Mo.