The Southeast Propane Autogas Development Program is an initiative focused on converting public and private fleet vehicles to propane autogas in the Southeastern United States. It is the largest Clean Cities fuel conversion vehicle conversion program in history. The program is partially funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA) through the United States Department of Energy Clean Coalition Cities.
The program is converting approximately 1,100 vehicles to propane autogas and implementing more than twenty propane autogas fueling stations. The program is administered by Virginia Clean Cities and the Virginia Department of Mines, Minerals and Energy, and is partially funded by $ 8.6 million grant from the ARRA. The Program’s website states that “under this large-scale initiative, public and private vehicles in Washington DC and nine states … will be converted to propane autogas in order to reduce vehicle emissions, displace gasoline consumption and create American jobs.”
The Program’s stated goals include:
This program, which has been established by ARRA grants, had a strict 50 percent cost-share requirement from the grant recipient and partners. AutoGas was selected by the program administrators to provide the participants with the fleet. The cost share provided by Alliance AutoGas and other program partners is estimated to be over $ 11 million.
The program was conceived under the Virginia Clean Cities leadership of Chelsea Jenkins. It was later lead by the program director, Peter Denbigh, and the assistant program director, Jamison Walker.