(L to R) Sharp's propane manager, Chris Cafarella; EP-ACT's executive director, Tony Bandiero; and Sharp's director of sales and marketing, Eric Mays

Georgetown, Del.-based Sharp Energy Inc., the propane subsidiary of Chesapeake Utilities Corp., was recently selected by the Eastern Pennsylvania Alliance for Clean Transportation (EP-ACT) as a recipient of EP-ACT’s Industry Support Award.

Sharp was nominated and selected by EP-ACT’s nominating committee to receive the award for its support of alternative fuels and technologies. EP-ACT is one of nearly 90 coalitions sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy’s Vehicle Technologies Program.

The Industry Support Award recognizes Sharp for immediate and consistent action in placing alternative fuel vehicles, fuel supply or technologies on the road within EP-ACT’s territory and for promoting the entire alternative fuel industry.

Sharp calls propane autogas a cost-efficient, flexible fuel that results in a 60% reduction of carbon dioxide compared to gasoline. With 48 propane autogas stations in operation in Delaware, Maryland, Virginia, Pennsylvania and Florida, Sharp has deployed 87 propane-powered vehicles within its own fleet, displacing approximately 155,000 gallons of gasoline annually.

“We are strongly committed to operating our business in the most environmentally responsible manner, and that’s what our customers want from us,” says Andy Hesson, vice president of Sharp Energy. “This award highlights our focus on sustainability by offering our customers a clean and reliable alternative vehicle fuel such as autogas.”

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