Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Governor, Illinois EPA, Chicago Clean Cities Coalition designate nine new Illinois Green Fleets

December 17, 2013. The Illinois Environmental Protection Agency (IEPA), in partnership with the Chicago Area Clean Cities Coalition, designated nine new “Illinois Green Fleets” at an event held December 12 at Brookfield Zoo.

The Illinois Green Fleets program provides for “Green Environment, Green Energy, & Green Economics for a Green Illinois,” through the use of clean “American fuels.” It recognizes businesses and local governments for the implementation of alternate fuel vehicles, such as natural gas, propane, ethanol, biodiesel and electric vehicles, in their fleet operations.

“These businesses and communities are taking a smart and responsible course, saving natural resources and money at the same time,” said Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn (D). “I salute these businesses for the example they are setting for people across our state and nation.”

Following are the nine new Illinois Green Fleets designated Dec. 12:

• Menards, a family-owned Midwest chain of hardware stores, selected Illinois to start implementing propane vehicles and propane autogas sites at many of its stores.

• The City of Springfield converted 24 of its police cars and pickup trucks to propane this past summer, which will use about 35,000 gallons of this clean-burning fuel annually and save the city about $82,000 in fuel costs each year.

• Two Chicago-area bakeries, the Turano Baking Company and Alpha Baking Company, recently implemented propane-powered delivery trucks into their fleets.

• Windy City Limousine in Chicago has converted 11 of its limousines to propane. The company has helped to develop public alternate fuel stations in the area around O’Hare International Airport and plans to convert more of its fleet, possibly including natural gas for its buses, in the future.

• Amerigas Propane was also recognized for implementing several propane-powered trucks in its fleet, with plans to have 20 percent of its Chicago-area fleet operating on this clean fuel by 2015.
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