Seven Feathers adds truck parking, soon will offer shorepower

By Clarissa Kell-Holland, Land Line staff writer | 2/10/2012

Seven Feathers Truck and Travel Center in Canyonville, OR, recently announced that they have expanded their site to accommodate parking for 172 trucks.

The truck stop, located at exit 99 on Interstate 5, has added 87 new truck spaces to the existing site, which is good news for truckers struggling to find parking in the area.

As cities, counties and states continue to crack down on anti-idling laws, drivers without APUs are left with few options when they are out on the road.

Alan Bates, vice president of marketing for Shorepower Technologies, told Land Line on Friday, Feb. 10, that construction will begin in approximately four to five weeks to build electrical connections at Seven Feathers as part of the federally funded Shorepower Truck Electrification Program – or STEP. The project is a collaborative effort between Shorepower; the Department of Energy, which is funding the installation of the power pedastals; and Cascade Sierra Solutions, which is offering rebates to truckers who purchase shorepower technology through STEP.

Bates said the company has launched an aggressive plan to install and complete shorepower connections at 50 truck stops in 2012, as a cost-effective solution to idling. Drivers will be able to plug in and use the truck stop electrification services for around $1 per hour.

Seven Feathers, owned and operated by the Cow Creek Band of Umpqua Tribe of Indians, is part of a planned truck stop electrification corridor along I-5, which will include sites in California, Washington state and Oregon. 

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