Trucking may tap energy-efficiency funds worth $4.95 million

The State Technologies Advancement Collaborative (STAC), a five-year pilot program funded by the U.S. Department of Energy and directed by the STAC Executive Committee, has announced that it will be making $4.95 million available for cost-shared energy efficiency projects

The State Technologies Advancement Collaborative (STAC), a five-year pilot program funded by the U.S. Department of Energy and directed by the STAC Executive Committee, has announced that it will be making $4.95 million available for cost-shared energy efficiency projects.

The good news for the trucking industry is that heavy-duty vehicles have been identified by STAC as an “area of interest,” specifically projects to “demonstrate and collect data on heavy-duty vehicle idle reduction technologies and new technologies being proposed and introduced by manufacturers.”

The closing date for this solicitation is July 15, 2005.

Detailed project information and eligibility requirements are included in the solicitation announcement, which can be found at www.stacenergy.org(click on the link to solicitation 05-STAC-01).

Basically, to be considered eligible proposals must be submitted by either a State Energy Office or State Chartered Institution in conjunction with a State Energy Office or State Chartered Institution from at least one other state, territory or the District of Columbia.

Teaming arrangements with industry and others are encouraged, however, according to STAC. A 55% non-federal cost share, in cash and/or as an in-kind equivalent, is the other primary eligibility requirement.

Proposals will be evaluated for approximately 60 days following the deadline, according to SAC. Contracts will be negotiated and signed another 60 days after that.

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