City of Lake Charles

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City of Lake Charles

Challenge & Solution

The City of Lake Charles had a problem. In 2012, emissions levels in the city, located in the southwest corner of Louisiana, were approaching EPA thresholds for public health. City leaders devised an alternative fuel program and concluded the city could make significant emissions reductions by converting its commercial propane mower fleet, which maintains 112 greenspace locations, including parks, sports fields, building grounds, and public right-of-way.

“The gasoline mowers can’t begin to compare when it comes to lowering emissions.”

Patrick Ardoin

City Fleet Superintendent

City of Lake Charles

Equipment Fleet Profile

  • 28 Commercial Mowers
  • 4 Propane Forklifts
  • 3 Light-Duty Pickup Trucks
  • 2 22-Passenger Propane Autogas Transit Buses
  • 1 On-Site Refueling Infrastructure

Lake Charles Propane Highlights

  • $1,000 saved on each propane mower purchased with the Propane Education & Research Council’s Propane Mower Incentive Program.
  • 23,704 pounds of greenhouse gas emissions reduced in 2016.
  • 19% of NOx emissions were reduced on each propane mower compared to gasoline.
  • 16% of SOx emissions were reduced on each propane mower compared to gasoline.
  • 12,750 gallons of gasoline consumption reduced in 2016.
  • $5,565 saved on fuel and maintenance costs in 2015.

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