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Concord Installs Anti-Idling Equipment on Municipal Vehicles

Here is a potential energy saver for the town.

City of Concord Installs Anti-Idling Equipment on Light Duty Vehicles and Police Cruiser

The City of Concord will install vehicle idle reduction equipment on eight of its vehicles at the end of December, thanks to grant funding from the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant (EECBG) Program, funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (Recovery Act) of 2009. Working collaboratively with City staff, the Concord Energy and Environment Committee assisted with the process of securing funding.

Although the RFQ originally called for installing idle reduction equipment on only five light duty vehicles, funding allowed for eight vehicles, including seven trucks in the general services fleet and one police department sedan. Following a competitive bid process, the City contracted with Ossipee Mountain Electronics, Inc. for the installation work to be completed for a sum of $3,753.

The Ideright Anti-Idling Controller technology will enable emergency lights and other accessories to continue working when the vehicle is parked, while automatically cycling the engine off and on to maintain battery charge. The City estimates a total of 2648 gallons of fuel will be saved annually as a result of the idle reduction equipment.  One hour of idling burns a half to a full gallon of fuel.

Source: The Nov. 9, 2010 newsletter of The Local Energy Committee Working Group of the NH Carbon Coalition.

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