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Bath County News-Outlook Your Hometown Newspaper September 9, 2009 11 ross Kentucky school districts to receive federal funds to purchase new hy- brid electric school buses FRANKFORT, Ky. (Sept. 2, 2009) - Kentucky school districts will benefit from $12.9 million in federal American Re- covery and Reinvest- ment Act (ARRA) funds to purchase new hybrid electric school buses. Ken- tucky will replace about 200 diesel-pow- ered units in school bus fleets statewide with Type C-Charge Sustaining Hybrid Electric school bus- es. The procurement process will begin in October, and school districts that intend to purchase new bus- es may choose hybrid electric vehicles at that time. There are currently more than 9,800 diesel-fueled school buses operat- ing in Kentucky, and this project is de- signed to replace the oldest buses in the fleet. "These funds will enable Ken- tucky to continue its outstanding school transportation ser- vice in our state's public schools," said Gov. Steve Beshear. "Clean fuel technol- ogy is not just the wave of the future - it's here now, and our schools are an excellent venue to showcase the ben- efits." The funds are provided as a result of a grant proposal submitted by the Kentucky Clean Fu- els Coalition (KCFC). KCFC will coordinate with the Kentucky Department of Edu- cation, the Kentucky Office for Air Quali- ty, the Kentucky De- partment of Energy Development & In- dependence and the Kentucky Finance & Administration Cabinet on the proj- ect. Education and outreach prior to and during bus delivery will be coordinated by the KCFC. The buses will be part of a nationwide initia- tive to increase ener- gy security, decrease ~0 William D. Ellington AGENCY MANAGER Derek Ellington, Agent wingsville Ph.: (606) 674-6335 dependence on for- eign oil and reduce pollution. Once the project is complete, Kentucky will have the largest fleet of hybrid electric school buses in the nation. The project is antici- pated to provide a number of benefits, including: extending the current 14-year life cycle of school buses to 18-20 years reducing green- house gas emissions by 240 tons annually saving approxi- mately 122,000 gal- lons of diesel fuel per year saving $950,000 over the life of the new buses by using regenerative braking systems that reduce maintenance providing oppor- tunities for students to observe and learn about hybrid electric technology firsthand The Kentucky De- partment of Educa- tion will incorporate hybrid electric tech- nology as a speci- fication in the bus procurement process available to every school district in the state. Performance data will be tracked on a quarterly ba- sis. The Kentucky NEED (National Energy Education Project), in partner- ship with the KCFC, will provide teacher ; 2:00pro i Restorin 5410 ~V~ East Owin v lte, 40360 Phone; 606-261~9263 Email" arn~ fi6~mail.com e-mall: arn~nb~ support and curric- ulum materials for schools participating in the hybrid electric school bus program. Teachers will be en- couraged to use this project as an oppor- tunity to make real- world connections in science, chemistry, mathematics and other subject areas for the students in their schools. Hybrid electric school bus- es are more expen- sive that standard diesel-fueled buses - the base price for a hybrid electric bus ranges from approxi- mately $126,000 to $133,000, compared to $85,000 for a die- sel-fueled bus. The savings in fuel costs and environmental impacts, along with other benefits, make the use of hybrid electric buses a vi- able alternative for Kentucky's public school systems. This grant will enable districts to purchase hybrid electric buses with a reimburse- ment process that will eliminate addi- tional costs. GRAPHIC DESIGNER wspapee Office I~: in+ere~+ed Con+at+ Melissa Mi+chell P. O. 15o l-7l Carlisle, ~/q