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DOE grant helps Sea-Tac go electric

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seatacgroundThe Department of Energy awarded $5 million to help the Port of Seattle’s Seattle-Tacoma Airport install electric charging stations for aircraft ground support equipment.

Airlines operating at Sea-Tac and the port, which owns and operates the airport, will match the DOE grant.

The cost-share project will replace about 200 gas and diesel vehicles with electric-powered equipment, and will save more than 400,000 gallons of fuel a year, according to DOE.

The move “jumpstarts Sea-Tac’s efforts to be the first airport in the U.S. to fully electrify its fleet of ground support equipment,” the agency says. Sea-Tac currently has about 650 ground support vehicles.

In addition to the fuel savings, the project is expected to reduce CO2 emissions by more than 4,500 metric tons per year.

Initial focus of the project will be gasoline baggage tractors and loading equipment because they are large fuel consumers at the airport. The project will install new electric charging stations on the ramp area.

For more information on activity nationwide on cost-sharing projects under the Clean Cities program, which is funded with nearly $300 million from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, visit the DOE website page or the Puget Sound Clean Cities Coalition.

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Written by William DiBenedetto

27 August, 2009 at 11:03 am

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