Idle Reduction Special Projects

The U.S. Department of Energy is working with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Federal Highway Administration to develop a national idle reduction plan. The goal of this effort is to define activities promoting the introduction of idle reduction strategies and technologies. Clean Cities is also involved to help plan the way results from demonstration projects and information from other idle reduction activities are disseminated. Steering committees are being formed, and a draft of the plan is anticipated in February 2005. The Advanced Vehicle Testing Activity will support development of this plan through sharing of information and knowledge gained through the technology demonstration projects.

EPA is leading another idle reduction activity. In 2004, the EPA's SmartWay Transportation Partnership announced a grant program to support state governments and nonprofit organizations s in deploying stationary idle reduction technologies on major interstate highways.

For more information on idle reduction activities, contact Ken Proc.