Duke Energy announced $320,000 electrification project
Transport refrigeration units will be able to plug into the power outlets at the facility, which will allow vehicles to keep cargo cold without having to run the engine. This electrification project will lower exhaust emissions at the facility as well as will save money on diesel fuel.
“Most trucks can use electricity to keep cargo cold when not driving,” said Melisa Johns, Duke Energy’s vice president, business development. “This project will make that technology available to trucks at MDI’s facility – providing cost savings and an environmental benefit to the local community.”
The power outlets will be installed by Shorepower Technologies.
“Shorepower is proud to be a part of this project with Duke Energy and MDI,” said Jeff Kim, president, Shorepower Technologies. “MDI is a world-class facility with the latest energy-saving technologies. This project will further its efficiency goals and help reduce its carbon footprint.”
Construction is currently underway at the Hickory center and the project should be operational by this fall. This is Duke Energy second project in North Carolina. This same project is set up at Big Boy’s Truck Stop in the Johnston County town of Kenly. IdleAir set up that installation.
Both projects are part of the 2015 settlement with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and environmental groups, coming from a legal case against the Duke Energy for alleged violations of the Federal Clean Air Act at some of the company’s coal-fired plants in NC. According to the agreement, Duke Energy will spend $4.4 million on environmental projects and donations.
According to EPA, long-duration truck idling results in more than 1 billion gallons of wasted fuel and 11 million tons of carbon dioxide emissions every year.
“MDI has invested in yard management software that will help maximize the use of the new power outlets,” said Brent Vaughan, MDI’s director, facility engineering. “This capability enables us to keep product cold using electricity, which is estimated to reduce fuel consumption by up to 31,000 gallons per year. In addition to fuel savings and reduced emissions, this project will also reduce noise and air pollution for our team and neighbors.”