Groups from across the state are in La Crosse today
talking about the future of alternative fuels in Wisconsin.
The day showcases businesses already seeing the benefits
of using fuels other than gasoline.
News 8's Kyle Dimke caught up with one local group
that knows those benefits.
He joins us know with more.
Lisa ... the La Crosse Police Department has been
using propane in it's squad cars since 2009.
And by using propane they've been saving tax payers
ten's of thousands of dollars each year.
Because Wisconsin has to import gasoline... it's
extremely expensive for companies to put a large number
of vehicles on the road.
GL: 2- Something like $11 billion dollars is what
Wisconsin is spending every year, is leaving our state,
because we are not petroleum producers.
But at Tuesday's workshop...companies from across
Wiscosnin are showing others how they're saving money
by using alternative fuels.
LL: 5- it's lowering our emmissions, it's lowering
our costs and it's an American made fuel and their
renewable fuels. So it's better for our country and
it's better for our environment.
The La Crosse Police Department has seen the cost
savings alternative fuels can bring.
As a way to cut costs... 5 years ago the department
began installing 25-gallon propane tanks in it's squad
PH:7- we wanted to make sure our squad cars could
still perform at the level and we have not seen any
problems with the performance of our squard cars
On top of seeing its cars run cleaner... the department
saves between 50 and 70 thousand dollars a year thanks
PH: 4- we can get a gallon of propane for a little
over a 1.50, a gallon to 1.60 a gallon
All of the La Crosse P-D vehicles are duel-fuel.
Meaning they can run on either gasoline or propane.
PH: 9- just this past winter when the propane prices
went way up and was actually higher than fuel at that
time then we just actually switched our squard cars
over to run in fuel
The police department says it used around 45,000
gallons of propane....
Compared to about 20,000 gallons of gasoline in
And Lt. Hogan says the deparment is happy to be
doing it's part by saving money and the environment.
PH: 11- I mean I think we've seen, actually we've
seen the cars perform well. There's no safety concerns
and like I said we've been able to save the city tax
payers some money
Lt. Hogan says the squad cars get a couple miles
per gallon less on propane versus gasoline.
He also says the tanks stand up in a crash test rating.
A squad was hit at about 55 miles per hour by a drunk
driver and the tank was unharmed and caused no added
The Police Deparment gets a 50 cent rebate from the
federal government for each gallon of propane they
use... which brings the cost down to around one dollar