OXFORD, Miss. (AP) — The city of Oxford's Electric Department is preparing to purchase three new hybrid trucks with help from the Tennessee Valley Authority.
The Oxford Eagle reports (http://bit.ly/bxMH7X) that the city is benefiting from a 2011 lawsuit settlement between TVA and the Environmental Protection Agency. That settlement resolved Clean Air Act violations at 11 of TVA's coal-fired plants. The settlement required TVA to invest up to $5 billion on state-of-the-art pollution controls, and to invest $350 million on clean energy projects.
One project involved hybrid electric vehicles to reduce emissions.
The program was limited to the first 25 local power companies that distribute TVA power that signed up. Oxford Electric and New Albany Light and Water are the only two Mississippi agencies entered in the program.
The city will purchase two hybrid electric pickup trucks with TVA funding of up to $25,000 for each vehicle.
OED Superintendent Rob Neely said the trucks cost about $34,000 each.
OED also will purchase a hybrid bucket truck, a Ford F750 with a Terex boom. TVA will pay $60,000 toward the price of the bucket truck.
"We're getting three brand new vehicles at drastically reduced prices," Neely said. "The benefits of adding the hybrid vehicles include improved fuel efficiency, reduced emissions, and being on the cutting edge of a proof of concept. Oxford is a forward-thinking city and this is another way to provide customer service and satisfaction."
Information from: Oxford Eagle, http://www.oxfordeagle.com