Web site helps find truck stops with shore power

| Tuesday, April 25, 2006

A new Internet-based mapping program has been launched that is intended to help truckers find truck stops with idle-reduction facilities.

The mapping tool, known as the Truck Stop Electrification Locator, is available for free on the National Renewable Energy Laboratory’s Clean Cities Web site, located at http://www.eere.energy.gov/cleancities/idle/station_locator.html.

The technology was developed with funding from the Federal Highway Administration. There are two main types of idle-reduction facilities included in the TSE station locator – IdleAire and Shurepower technologies.

“We developed this tool to help guide truck drivers to truck stop locations with idle-reduction capabilities, because reducing heavy-duty truck idling is an important step in reducing overall fuel consumption and improving our nation’s energy security,” said Stan Bull, NREL associate director of science and technology, in a press release.

According to a Department of Energy press release, idle-reduction technologies could reduce diesel fuel use by about 800 million gallons annually, with a potential savings to the trucking industry of $2 billion each year. In addition, idle reduction strategies can reduce particulate matter emissions by up to 3,000 tons per year.

Currently, only 11 states have TSE stations, and there are fewer than 50 stations. They are in Alabama, Arkansas, California, Georgia, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee and Texas – with plans for many more new facilities to open in the near future.

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