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Funding Loss for Public Projects
The American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials recently stated that automakers' very effective, and faster than expected, rollout of fuel-efficient vehicles to help meet the 2025 fuel-use reduction mandate is negatively impacting the largest source of revenue for transit projects: taxes on gasoline and diesel. The association warns that "policymakers are running out of time to solve long-term project funding problems." Increasing fuel taxes is one way to add funds and many states have already taken that step.

This spring, Wiese Research Associates conducted a survey of landscape contractors to gain an understanding of perceptions of propane in the market.

Key Findings:
• Thirty-four percent of landscape contractors would likely purchase a propane mower within three years.
• Eighty percent of landscape contractors are aware that propane powered mowers are available, although far fewer were able to name OEMs that offer propane equipment
• Fifty percent of landscape contractors said they would be more likely to purchase propane mowers if they know financial incentives are available, including the Propane Mower Incentive Program from PERC.
• More than 50 percent of contractors reported they believed that using propane can lower their emissions and reduce fuel loss.


Commercial Propane Mower Trends from the Propane Education and Research Council
• At the start of the 2016 cutting season, more than 20,000 propane mowers were in operation.
• Fourteen manufacturers offer more than 150 zero-turn, walk-behind, and stand-on models.
• Propane mower purchases have grown 300 percent in the last four years.
• Today, John Deere has more than 30 mower options available for dealer conversions.

Ongoing E15 Debate
Continuing to be concerned with higher ethanol blends, the Outdoor Power Equipment Institute provided comments to the EPA about its Renewable Fuel Standard Program: Standards for 2017 and Biomass-Based Diesel Volume for 2018. The national trade association expressed that the expansion of E15 in the marketplace without a solid education program and better labeling at the pump puts 250 million pieces of equipment at risk for damage. The EPA has yet to announce the public hearing date and location for this proposal. More info is available at

As seen in LC/DBM magazine, August 2016.

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