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Vehicle Technologies Office: National Idling Reduction Network News

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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June 2014 National Idling Reduction Network News: From the Editor

Bill Sheaffer of Valley of the Sun Clean Cities invited me to speak last week in Scottsdale, Arizona, and I was very impressed with his accomplishments and the quality of the other speakers at the meeting. One of them, Greg Duckett of the Public Works Department of the City of Phoenix, used materials from the IdleBox electronic toolkit  in his presentation on the Public Works Department’s efforts to reduce unnecessary idling.

It’s good to see how people are using the results of the hard work of our idling reduction team, which created IdleBox and its companion policy resource, IdleBase. These materials may be useful to you in establishing an idling reduction campaign at your school, business, or any location where unnecessary idling takes place.

Now that summer has arrived—in Phoenix last week it was as high as 107° F.—we have to consider more creative ways to avoid unnecessary idling. Drivers of vehicles waiting for passengers outside my hotel turned off their engines, sought shade, and rolled down their windows almost without exception. I suspect that the drivers wouldn’t have been fined for idling because Maricopa County has an exemption for temperatures of over 90° F., but the drivers were being good citizens. We can all use common sense when it’s exceptionally hot outside.

Have a happy, safe, and fun 4th of July!

Terry Levinson, Editor
Energetics, Incorporated
(202) 595-4641
tlevinson@energetics.com

 

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

 

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Rolling Deadline Until Funds are Awarded

 

First Come, First Served 

 

Regulatory News

Florida Increases APU Weight Exemption to 550 lb

Florida Governor Rick Scott has signed into law House Bill (HB) 7175, which increases the weight allowed for APUs on heavy-duty trucks from 400 lb to 550 lb. The law takes effect on July 1.

To qualify for the weight allowance, the vehicle operator must present written certification of the APU’s weight and “demonstrate or certify that the idle-reduction technology is fully functional at all times.” The text of the comprehensive transportation bill as signed into law is available at the State Library and Archives of Florida.

 

Awards and Recognition

Awardee — Source of Award — Purpose of Award — Award Amount

Montgomery County [Ohio] Regional Air Pollution Control Agency (RAPCA) — Ohio EPA — Promotion of RAPCA’s program to reduce motor-vehicle idling at schools in the Dayton, Ohio, area — $4,975

 

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.)

 

Electrified Parking Spaces

IdleAir: New Site and an App

The Doswell Truck Stop, off I-95 in Doswell, Virginia, is now equipped with IdleAir technology. This is IdleAir’s first installation in Virginia. IdleAir is now available at 32 truck stops throughout the country. It is also available at five dedicated terminal facilities, with plans for more in the works.

IdleAir also has a new app for the Android that allows truckers to find nearby locations and to reserve a spot with a “one-button call.” More information is available at IdleAir’s website.  

 

CCOG Files Suit over Removal of TSE Equipment

Centralina Council of Governments (CCOG; Charlotte, North Carolina) is suing Love’s Travel Stops and three other companies for the removal of truck stop electrification (TSE) equipment from a truck stop in Salisbury, North Carolina.

According to the Salisbury Post, CCOG is seeking $400,000 in damages for breach of contract from CabAire LLC, the company that installed the equipment, and $800,000 in compensatory damages from Love’s Travel Stops & Country Stores Inc., Worsley Operating Company, and Ri Cs5 LLC.

The TSE project was unveiled at the travel plaza then known as Derrick’s in June 2010. CabAire entered into an agreement with CCOG to ensure that the equipment would remain in place and operational for 7 years. In 2012, however, Worsley sold Derrick’s to Love’s; CabAire held that Worsley forced CabAire to remove the installation before the sale.

CCOG said it sought an alternative resolution before filing suit. More information is available at the Salisbury Post.  

 

Other News of Interest

Air Force Greens Some of Its Fire Trucks

The U.S. Air Force is adding idling reduction technology (IRT) to some of its fire trucks. IRT enables a truck to transition from engine power to on-board APU power after the truck has been idling for 2 minutes. Stationary fire trucks performing non-fire-related work—which accounts for about 80% of Air Force fire-department responses—need power for emergency lights, communications equipment, and heating or air conditioning.

James Cook, a firefighter with the 23rd Civil Engineer Squadron at Moody Air Force Base in Georgia, says that the difference in fuel use is clear. “We usually fuel the vehicles here twice a week; however, the truck with IRT only requires fueling once a week.” According to Fred Terryn, fire vehicle program manager at the Air Force Civil Engineer Center, the addition of each IRT system would more than pay for itself in the first year of operation, saving as much as $4,000 per vehicle/year.

IRT also allows longer intervals between engine maintenance because there are fewer operational hours on the truck’s primary engine. For more information, please go to the Air Force Civil Engineer Center.  A video about the IRT is available on YouTube.

 

Vermont Launches Idle-Free Certification Program

The American Lung Association in Vermont and University of Vermont Extension’s Certification for Sustainable Transportation program have launched a new program. The Vermont Idle-Free Certification program will help diesel-vehicle operators and businesses in Vermont reduce unnecessary idling. The program’s launch coincided with Vermont’s new idling law, which took effect in early May and restricts the idling of all motor vehicles to no more than 5 minutes in any 60-minute period.

The core of the certification program is an online training and quiz that can be completed in less than an hour. After taking the training, the driver is prompted to make a pledge to be idle free, after which he or she receives a Vermont Idle-Free certification. For more information, please see this University of Vermont press release.  

 

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.