Money still available in Wisconsin APU program; applications due Dec. 1

By Charlie Morasch, Land Line staff writer | Thursday, November 20, 2008

Trucking companies headquartered in Wisconsin have only days left to apply for grant reimbursement that covers half the cost and installation of an APU.

The Wisconsin Department of Commerce extended the application deadline for the 2008 Diesel Truck Idling Reduction Grant until Dec. 1 to disperse the remainder of the state’s funds. State officials aren’t saying how much money is still available, but eligible Wisconsin trucking companies should apply, said Tom Coogan of the state Department of Commerce.

“There’s no guarantee of what funding will be available,” Coogan told Land Line Magazine on Thursday, Nov. 20. “Motor carriers are free to apply and see what happens.”

The program will reimburse motor carriers for up to 50 percent of the cost to purchase, install and field test idle-reduction technologies.

Owner-operators and motor carriers must be approved for the program, purchase an APU, and test it before they’re reimbursed.

To be eligible, owner-operators with their own authority and motor carriers must be headquartered in Wisconsin, and own and operate a 1999 or newer diesel truck engine. They also must be considered a common, contract or private motor carrier that transports freight.

For more information and to download the application, go to http://commerce.wi.gov/dieselgrantprogram, or contact Jean Beckwith at 608-261-2517 or Jean.Beckwith@wisconsin.gov.

– By Charlie Morasch, staff writer
charlie_morasch@landlinemag.com

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