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    LCF Wins Grant in Partnership with IdleAir to Install Diesel Emissions Reduction Equipment at Truck Stop in Port Allen

    Baton Rouge, LA | June 19, 2013 — Greater Baton Rouge Clean Cities Coalition (now LCF) received a grant from Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality for the installation of a truck stop electrification project at the Cash’s Truck Plaza in West Baton Rouge. $200,633.00 will match the project partner, IdleAir’s contribution of $207,451.00 for completion of the “Louisiana IdleAir Truck Stop Electrification Project”.

    The grant will help in fulfilling the mission of Greater Baton Rouge Clean Cities Coalition by supporting economic growth, improving local air quality, and reducing our nation’s dependence on imported petroleum. LCF executive director, Lauren L. Stuart explains “Our non-profit organization is excited to work with IdleAir and LDEQ on this public private partnership. The Cash’s Truck Plaza project will install 36 electrified truck parking spaces that will help truck drivers manage their fuel budgets by minimizing idling time. The project also creates commercial opportunities for the transportation industry in our area.”

    IdleAir Advanced Truck Stop Electrification provides Class 8 long-haul truck drivers with a suite of services that eliminate the need for idling. “We are pleased to expand IdleAir’s growing national network, and at the same time, help Louisiana communities improve their air quality,” says Ethan Garber, IdleAir CEO. “IdleAir thanks the Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality and the Greater Baton Rouge Clean Cities Coalition for their help in making this progress possible.” Projected impact of the project include; reducing consumption of diesel by 105,120 gallons and reducing toxic emissions from on-road engines by an estimated 1,185 tons per year. IdleAir supports American energy independence by using homegrown electric power from domestic energy resources.

    Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality provides this funding through the Clean Diesel Grant Program, as part of the Diesel Emissions Reduction Act (DERA). The LDEQ has allocated over 2.5 million dollars in DERA funding to seven diesel engine emission reduction projects. “From retrofitting the Caddo Public School Bus Diesel Fleet to reducing the idling of the New Orleans Public Belt Railroad locomotive diesel fleet, the DEQ is committed to improving the air quality for our citizens while investing in public and private partnerships that make good environmental and economic sense” says DEQ Assistant Secretary Sam Phillips. “In addition to significantly reducing toxic air emissions from diesel engines, these projects have created jobs and improved public and private diesel fleets in Caddo, Bossier, Baton Rouge, and Orleans Parishes by saving diesel fuel and increasing diesel engine efficiency. The DEQ looks forward to the completion of this project and will continue to seek ways to sponsor public and private partnerships to better the air quality in Louisiana.”

    Clean Cities advances the nation’s environmental, economic and energy security by supporting local actions to reduce petroleum use in transportation. Clean Cities is an initiative of the U.S. Department of Energy’s Vehicle Technologies Program. Greater Baton Rouge Clean Cities Coalition was established in 2000 and is a designated affiliate of the Department of Energy program in conjunction with the National Renewable Energy Laboratory. We appreciate support provided by the Louisiana Department of Natural Resources and all of our generous stakeholders. Membership to LCF is available to the public at large.

    Contacts:

    Ann Shaneyfelt, Communications Coordinator / Greater Baton Rouge Clean Cities Coalition

    225-334-8083

    [email protected]uisianacleanfuels.org

     

    Jeff Maurer / IdleAir

    865-232-1700

    [email protected]

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