Wisconsin opens up diesel idling reduction grant program

By Charlie Morasch, Land Line staff writer | 7/26/2011

Dozens of OOIDA members have obtained grants through Wisconsin’s diesel emission reduction programs, and now truckers have yet another crack at those grants through the state’s 2011-2012 program.

The Wisconsin Department of Safety and Professional Services is providing reimbursement grants for up to 50 percent of the cost of idling-reduction equipment such as APUs.

Applicants must be headquartered in Wisconsin, must pay at least half of eligible costs for each idling-reduction unit, as well as collect and report information about the unit’s operation and performance. The truck the units are installed on must have a 1999 model year or newer engine.

Though the state did not release a definite dollar total of grants, an informational sheet says it expects to dole out $1 million during the 2011-2012 grant cycle.

Wisconsin’s diesel programs have attempted to spread the grants to owner-operators and small-business trucking operations, as well as larger transportation businesses – something not every state has tried.

The Wisconsin Department of Safety and Professional Services website has more information.