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Trucking firms awarded $1 million to reduce diesel engine idling

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More than 50 trucking companies in Wisconsin will be getting almost $1 million to help buy equipment to reduce diesel fuel consumption and pollution.

The diesel truck idling reduction equipment provides alternatives to running heat, air conditioning or cab equipment instead of letting the diesel engine idle all night.

The money comes from the State Energy Office in a program that started in 2007 to reimburse up to 50 percent of the cost of the equipment to trucking companies headquartered in Wisconsin. The funding has helped firms buy more than 2,400 idling reduction units, saving 22 million gallons of diesel fuel every year.

About $750,000 of the 2014 funding will go to trucking companies with large fleets and over $200,000 to companies with small fleets.

Area firms getting funding include Stoughton Trucking Inc. in Stoughton and Hayes Transport Inc. in Verona.


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