On March 10th, Clean Fuels Ohio partnered with the Southwestern Ohio Educational Purchasing Council (EPC) to host a meeting for school districts about opportunities to utilize propane powered buses in school fleets. Clean Fuels Ohio was joined by Tony Rumer, Cardinal Bus Sales President, who shared the range of alternative fuel powered Bluebird buses available from Cardinal Bus Sales and on the current EPC contract. In addition, Adam Wilkum, Roush CleanTech Business Development Manager, presented on the Roush Bluebird Vision bus and how over 600 Ohio school buses are running on propane, saving costs on fluids, filters, fuel, and repairs while keeping students safe.
Clean Fuels Ohio Consulting Services Director, Andrew Conley, then presented on a range of grant options available to fleets for propane buses. “Propane Autogas is an excellent economic and environmental solution for powering school buses,” said Conley. “Ohio has grant funding and financing programs available to make it easier and more affordable for Ohio School districts to begin using propane powered buses today.” Ohio currently provides authority to school districts for non-levy financing for propane Autogas and other clean school bus options and will soon open another round of VW funding for these choices.
Propane Bus Financing: Ohio School Alternative Fuel Financing (Available Now): The Ohio Facilities Construction Commission has created the School Alternative Fuel Financing Program to provide bond financing authority to public school districts to pay for alternative fuel vehicle and refueling stations. Applications are straightforward but require a financial analysis that demonstrates alternative fuel projects have a 5-year return on investment – and propane school buses are a great fit. For more information visit the Ohio School Alternative Fuel Financing website.
Propane Bus Grants: Ohio EPA VW Mitigation Grants (Coming June 1): The Ohio EPA’s 3rd round VW Mitigation Grants will be published on June 1 with an Aug. 7 deadline. This second round of vehicle grants will feature a ~$5 million fund for school buses transition to cleaner vehicles, and propane Autogas is a cost-effect and competitive solution for this grant program. More information on the VW Settlement Fund can be found on the Ohio EPA website.
Clean Fuels Ohio has worked with numerous schools to assist with analysis, planning, grant-writing, and alternative fuel deployment. Clean Fuels Ohio offers expert assistance to school districts interested in applying for these funding sources. School districts can email Andrew Conley or Tim Cho or call 614-884-7336.