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Texas grants to help five railroads obtain RailPower hybrid switchers


The Texas Emissions Reduction Program (TERP) recently approved $24.4 million in funding to enable three Class Is, two regionals and three switching operations to obtain more than 25 RailPower Technologies Corp. Green Goat® hybrid locomotives.

TERP granted a total of $80 million to state companies to promote the use of locomotives, trucks, tugboats and heavy construction equipment designed to reduce nitrogen oxide (NOx) emissions.

"We will provide clarification of the final number of hybrid locomotives involved after we have discussed the awards with TERP and the applicants," said RailPower President and Chief Executive Officer Jim Maier in a prepared statement.

Featuring 130-horsepower diesel generators and long-life recyclable batteries, 2,000-horsepower Green Goats are designed to reduce NOx and other emissions 50 percent to 80 percent, and fuel use about 50 percent compared with a conventional switcher.

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