Milwaukee’s best: Wisconsin brews up clean diesel funding workshop

| 2/19/2009

Wisconsin truckers trying to keep pace with ever-changing diesel and idling regulations may want to attend a workshop next week, Feb. 26, in Milwaukee.

The Wisconsin Clean Diesel Coalition – a group of government officials, trucking interests and environmentalists – announced it is hosting “Forward Wisconsin 2.0: Reducing Diesel Emissions for the Long Haul.”

The workshop will examine the state’s recent strategies aimed at cutting diesel emissions, and look at funding opportunities truckers have to save diesel and other expenses. Vendors, government agencies and some fleets will be available to speak with, and discuss firsthand experiences with emissions-cutting technologies.

The workshop costs $20, which includes all materials, a buffet luncheon and refreshments. The group is inviting all fleet operators, environmental and health organizations and “anyone with an interest or stake in diesel” to attend.

For more information, visit the Wisconsin Clean Diesel Coalition’s Web site here.

Wisconsin is no stranger to diesel truck issues.

Wisconsin’s governor has set up the Task Force on Global Warming, which recently recommended several emissions rules similar to California, including a 5-minute idling limit that would exempt only extreme temperatures and a cap and trade program for carbon emissions. The state has had an APU grant program that sets aside a minimum of 25 percent of its $2 million in grants for small-business trucking operations.

– By Charlie Morasch, staff writer