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The National Idling Reduction Network brings together trucking and transit companies; railroads; ports; equipment manufacturers; Federal, state, and local government agencies (including regulators); nonprofit organizations; and national research laboratories to identify consistent, workable solutions to heavy-vehicle idling for the entire United States. Below is the most recent issue; the archives are available on the Archives page.


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August 2014 National Idling Reduction Network News: From the Editor

In another reminder that the National Idling Reduction Network News is celebrating its 10th year of publication, we thought you might want to see how far we’ve come in terms of idling reduction laws. By the way, many of these laws started as noise ordinances.

Thanks to Mike Tunnell of the American Transportation Research Institute, who provided historical data, we designed a map that shows which states and jurisdictions had idling reduction laws in place in 2004.

"Map of the U.S. showing which states had idling-reduction laws in 2004. NV, CA, VA, MD, DC, NY, CT, NJ, MA, and NH had idling laws. AZ, UT, CO, TX, MN, MO, PA, and GA had jurisdictional idling laws.


In contrast, an updated map shows how far we’ve come. There are now laws in 20 states and the District of Columbia, compared to 10 states and the District back in 2004. Likewise, there are now jurisdictional laws in 18 states compared to 8 in 2004.


Map of the U.S. showing states that have idle reduction laws in 2014. OR, CA, NV, CO, ME, VT, NH, MA, RI, CT, NY, PA, NJ, DE, MD, WV, VA, NC, and SC have idling laws. WA, ID, MT, WY, UT, AZ, KS, TX, MN, MO, AR, LA, WI, IL, MI, OH, TN, and GA have jurisdictional idling laws.


It’s easy to draw the conclusion that idling is definitely not the way to go. Please let us know what you think of this progress.


Terry M. Levinson, Editor
Energetics Incorporated


Patricia Weikersheimer, Writer
Argonne National Laboratory


Solicitations for Funding and Awards

Program (with link to website) — Organization — Funding Amount — Due Date  (Information new since last month in boldface.)


Deadline in Chronological Order


First Come, First Served 


Rolling Deadline Until Funds are Awarded

Regulatory News

Maryland’s APU Exemption Increases on October 1 

On October 1, Maryland’s APU exemption for heavy-duty trucks increases from 400 lb to 550 lb. To read the law, please see Maryland Senate Bill 72.


Awards and Recognition

Awardee — Source of Award

Thirty-six awards for idling reduction equipment  — Wisconsin State Energy Office


Reports and Other Resources of Interest

Upcoming Meetings and Events

Name of meeting [with Link to Website] Date (Location) (Information new since last month in boldface.)


Manufacturers' News

BAE and Cummins: Stop/Start Technology for Transit Buses

BAE and Cummins have collaborated to integrate stop/start technology in transit buses. According to BAE, the stop/start technology reduces idling time by up to 40%. Accessories such as air conditioning remain operational during engine shut-off mode.

BAE’s stop/start technology is available on 40-foot transit buses produced by New Flyer, Gillig, and Nova Bus that are equipped with Cummins ISB6.7 hybrid engines and HybriDrive Series-E systems. For more information, please go to BAE’s website.  


Mitsubishi: Idle Limit System for Work Trucks

Mitsubishi Fuso Truck of America (MFTA) has developed an Idle Limit System (ILS) option for use with any of its 2012–15 model-year FUSO Canter work trucks. The option enables automatic engine shutdown after 3, 5, or 10 minutes of idling.

According to Todd Bloom, MFTA’s president and CEO, “More and more jurisdictions are enacting idle-limiting legislation. . . . At the same time, many fleets may be interested in ILS to help them reduce fuel consumption and contain fuel costs.” More information is available at



Long Beach Incentivizes Shore Power

The Port of Long Beach (POLB) has approved a cargo-ship incentive with a shore-power component. POLB’s new Vessel Dockage Waiver Program waives dockage fees for vessels that slow down within 40 nautical miles of the Port and use shore power, or a certified alternative, at berth. Compliant cargo ships essentially receive “free parking.”

According to POLB, while the Port will forgo $3.3–$4.9 million a year in dockage fees, the incentive program is expected to bring additional cargo to the Port. For more information, please see the POLB press release.



Electrifying Amtrak in Rensselaer 

Amtrak is retrofitting its Rensselaer, New York, maintenance-and-repair facility to enable standby electrification for locomotives. Seven locomotives have already been retrofitted to operate on electrical standby power. By the end of this month, 18 locomotives are expected to have been retrofitted. (Standby power is required for locomotive repair-and-maintenance activities.)

The electrification initiative has roots in air-quality concerns identified by the Concerned Citizens of Rensselaer and the Sierra Club’s Hudson-Mohawk Group. According to, the two groups conducted air-quality tests near the Amtrak facility in 2011 and 2012. The results, which revealed high levels of black carbon, were sent to the EPA.

The Hudson-Mohawk Group is funding the $90,000 retrofit project as part of a larger grant it received to implement projects to improve air quality. More information is available at


Additional Idle Reduction Resources

Visit the Vehicle Technologies Office's Idle Reduction webpage to view additional idle reduction resources, including Currently Available Idling Reduction Equipment, Status of the Weight Exemption for Idling Reduction Devices, Summary of State and Municipal Idling Regulations, Incentives and Funding Opportunities for Idling Reduction Projects, Tools Available to Calculate the Cost of Idling Equipment, Locations of Electrified Parking Spaces, Idling Reduction Outreach Assistance, and back issues of the Idling Reduction Network News.