West side schools to use propane-powered buses

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INDIANAPOLIS (WTHR) - The Indiana Office of Energy Development announced that six Indiana public school corporations will receive $142,202 in grants from its school bus propane program. Schools benefit from propane-powered buses in a variety of ways, including lower maintenance costs and improved air quality for students riding the buses.

In central Indiana, Avon (20 buses), Wayne Township (9 buses) and Tippecanoe Schools in Lafayette (11 buses) applied for and received the grants.

DeKalb, Southwest Allen and West Noble schools will also take part in the program, which helps schools fund the difference in cost of a gasoline-powered bus and propane-powered bus.

The OED requests that schools track their miles driven, fuel usage and cost savings for one year after the propane buses go in service. The savings are expected to demonstrate the value of propane within those communities and other school systems so more will consider propane as an option.

Schools must purchase of a minimum of two new propane school buses to qualify for a grant, and the winning schools must have access to propane fuel.

Reports are due beginning in January 2017 and occur through Spring 2018.