Landscape Contractor / Design Build Maintain

JUL 2017

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18 LC DBM I n f o r m a t i o n R e q u e s t # 4 4 0 Diesel's future value in the construction industry is solid according to the Diesel Technology Forum. They released a statement touting the industry's continued reli - ance on the fuel, which they argue is the most viable for equipment that exceeds 500 horsepower. And through advanced engine designs, hybrid capabilities, energy storage technologies, modern telematics systems, GPS and integrated work site control systems in new diesel equip - ment, substantial fuel savings and emission reductions are achieved. The Diesel Emissions Reduction Act, part of which is the Clean Diesel National Funding Assistance Program, has been targeted for elimina - tion by the White House. An effort to save the program, which gives grant money to businesses for diesel up - grades, retrofits and clean alternative fuel conversions, is being supported by the Associated General Contrac - tors of America and other organizations. To show your support, contact the EPA's Office of the Administrator or your local representatives. DTF Says that Diesel is the Best Choice for Construction Equipment Funds for Clean Diesel Upgrades May Disappear A new online resource was recently launched by the Propane Education & Research Council to help grounds maintenance departments discover the benefits of propane-powered equip - ment. The new page on the organization's website contains video testimonials and stories detailing real-world experiences from depart - ments already successfully using propane, infographics illustrating the operational, financial, and environmental benefits possible from a changeover to a propane mower fleet, and contact information to learn more about getting started with the technology. Propane Council Initiates New Education Effort Growth Energy, an organization that represents ethanol producers, released a survey that they claim shows "that U.S. small engine owners are pleased with the performance of their fuel and find it easy to pick the best option, including regular unleaded blends of 10 percent ethanol (E10)." The random poll of owners of small engine equipment such as lawnmowers, also found that 90 percent of respondents considered it important to have ethanol blend options at the pump, 95 percent found it easy to pick the right fuel, and 98 percent reported satisfaction with their fuel's performance. Counteracting Claims of Small Engine Operators' Displeasure and Confusion with Ethanol

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