Wisconsin APU grant applications must be mailed this week

| 6/25/2007

Truckers headquartered in Wisconsin can apply for a reimbursement for idle-reduction technology – but the applications must be mailed this week.

The Wisconsin Department of Commerce operates the state’s second annual Diesel Truck Idling Reduction Grant Program, which allows for up to 70 percent of the equipment’s cost to be reimbursed through a $1 million grant.

The program will accept applications through July 2.

The program’s 10-step application process includes everything from the applicant researching idling reduction technology and obtaining price quotes from vendors to purchasing and installing units before receiving 80 percent of their approved reimbursement.

The 20-percent remainder will be paid after applicants submit six-month and 1-year reports about the technology.

Applications and more information are available online here.

Drivers must be willing to pay the technology’s full price before later getting a percentage of that money back, according to OOIDA Regulatory Affairs Specialist Joe Rajkovacz.

Eligible applicants must have their fleet headquartered in Wisconsin or be owner/operators that live in Wisconsin, though their trucks don’t necessarily need to be base plated in the state. They must pay at least 30 percent for each “idling reduction unit” covered by the grant and agree to collect and report details about the unit’s performance.

Drivers must have a truck built in 1999 or later to participate.