The Alabama Department of Environmental Management (ADEM) is working to reduce diesel emissions through an idling reduction project using Diesel Emissions Reduction Act (DERA) funds. The agency is partnering with the Piggly Wiggly Alabama Distributing Company to replace 12 refrigerated trailers that have diesel-only transport refrigeration units with hybrid electric models.
These new trailers will be able to use electrified parking spaces funded with 2016 DERA funds. When parked in these spaces, the trailers are able to use electricity instead of diesel for refrigeration. ADEM estimates that this will reduce 5 to 10 hours per day of diesel engine idling per trailer.