LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) - The U.S. Department of Energy is awarding $12.9 million in two stimulus grants to CleanFUEL USA.
The money will go toward establishing more than 100 propane refueling stations across the country.
CleanFUEL USA is building six of those state-of-the-art liquid propane refueling sites in Louisiana.
"They'll be scattered from Lake Charles all the way to New Orleans," says Curtis Donaldson, President and CEO of CleanFUEL USA. "That'll provide an infrastructure along the corridor of the interstate to make sure fleets can fill up as they travel across the state."
CleanFUEL USA hopes the establishment of these new stations will urge more fleet drivers to turn to using propane.
"It's the energy independence because it's made right here," says Donaldson. "And lastly it's the economics, propane is a less costly fuel by 40 to 50 percent."
The company is also urging fleet drivers to take advantage of an energy efficent fuel that is better for the environment.
"The vehicles that run around during the day delivering are the ones that really harm the air quality," says Donaldson. "Propane has less emissions than any other fuel."
CleanFUEL USA Chairman Rick Richard says the new fueling sites could bring more revenue to the area.
"We have this fuel produced in Louisiana that is clean burning and very cost effective," says Richard. "We think it will boost the vehicle traffic that comes through Lake Charles."
The Department of Energy says the initiative will provide more than 3 million gallons of petroleum annually.
The Louisiana refueling corridor is expected to be in place by early 2010.