Wisconsin Department of Commerce Newsletter
August 2006
Diesel Truck Idling Reduction Grant Program Welcomes Jean Beckwith

Jean Beckwith is a new addition to Commerce's Bureau of Entrepreneurship. Jean, a grants specialist, will be serving as the point person for the Diesel Truck Idling Reduction Grant Program. Jean comes to the program after six years working as a claims reviewer with the Department's Petroleum Environmental Cleanup Fund Act (PECFA) program.

Jean Beckwith
Jean Beckwith

The Wisconsin Diesel Truck Idling Reduction Grant Program is a new grant program that was created by the Governor's budget bill, 2005 Wisconsin Act 25. The program is designed to assist common, contract and private motor carriers in the purchase and installation of idling reduction technology. Motor carriers are eligible for 70% reimbursement for the purchase and installation of idling reduction equipment. The program's primary goals are to help Wisconsin motor carriers reduce air pollution emissions and fuel consumption. The program has $1 million available annually until 2011.

Idling reduction units provide an alternative source of power used to heat, cool, and/or provide electricity to the cab or other parts of a truck in lieu of operating the truck's main drive engine to power these services.

The Department began accepting applications July 1, 2006. Due to a tremendous response from the trucking industry with grant requests far exceeding available funds, the department is no longer accepting applications this year. The truck owners that did not receive funding this year are encouraged to apply for grant coverage next year.

For more information about the Diesel Truck Idling Reduction Grant Program please visit http://commerce.wi.gov/dieselgrantprogram.

-- Tom Coogan

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Please send comments or questions to Barbro McGinn, editor.

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