Mammoth Cave National Park Powered with Propane

July 11, 2014 By Karen Henry

mammoth-cave-energy-manageTo help Mammoth Cave National Park (MCNP) in Kentucky reduce its energy consumption, the Propane Education & Research Council (PERC) has donated propane-powered off-road and stationary equipment to fuel park operations.

Worth more than $62,000, the propane-powered equipment includes three John Deere zero-turn mowers, two Generac portable generators, and a CleanFuel USA propane dispenser featuring eConnect, a fuel network management system for electronic dispensers.

Not only does using propane-powered equipment help MCNP reduce greenhouse gas and carbon emissions and lower operating costs, it also advances the National Park Service Green Parks Plan, which is aimed at reducing dependence on foreign oil, mitigating effects of climate change and conserving energy.

In addition to PERC’s recent donation of propane-powered infrastructure and equipment, MCNP operates eight propane autogas Bluebird school buses and two propane autogas Roush CleanTech Ford F250 pick-up trucks.

MCNP’s sustainability efforts began in the late 1990s when it partnered with the Kentucky Clean Fuels Coalition (KCFC), which was instrumental in securing the donation of the first eight propane autogas buses, as well as cultivating MCNP’s relationship with PERC. KCFC has been advocating for alternative fuel usage and supporting the National Park Service since it was established in 1993.

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