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February 13, 2017   |   Diesel Technology Forum

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Your Partner in Building Next Generation Energy Infrastructure

From construction equipment and commercial vehicles necessary to build and maintain our energy infrastructure to backstopping microgrid applications, clean diesel technology is ready today to make sure our infrastructure can deliver for us tomorrow.


What is infrastructure and how is it paid for? This is the big question that lawmakers will begin to answer this year in Congress. Just this week the powerful House Energy and Committee will be one of the first to attempt to come up with an answer and clean diesel technology will be a necessary partner to get the job done.

On Wednesday, February 15th the House Energy and Commerce Committee will hold a hearing to provide insights about building next generation electricity transmission infrastructure and sustaining grid reliability. It doesn’t matter what side of the political spectrum you are, you have to agree that the nation’s electrical grid is old and needs to keep up with the times. Communities around the country have experienced a growing number of power outages owing to weather related incidents, excessive demand for power and sometimes criminal activity intent on disturbing the supply of power.

Policies designed to modernize and safeguard the grid just can’t get done without clean diesel technology. From heavy-duty bucket trucks vital for linemen to complete the job to off-road construction equipment necessary to build transmission systems, clean diesel technology is the technology of choice. Given the widespread availability of the fuel, these vehicles and equipment can be dispatched to any location to get the job done. The latest vehicles and equipment deploy state-of-the art technology to make sure the job gets done quickly and precisely while saving impressive amounts of fuel.

Clean diesel technology also shines in other important ways. Communities across the country from remote locations to urban centers are relying on microgrid systems that are easy to repair when damaged and easy to maintain. More and more of these microgrid systems are relying on renewable sources of power, like windmills and solar panels. These clean sources of power come at the cost of providing unpredictable and intermittent power.  After all, the wind does not always blow and the sun does not always shine. When renewables are available it may not be when power is needed.  Here, clean diesel generators are available to backstop these renewables and enable microgrids to operate reliably.

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From construction equipment and commercial vehicles necessary to build and maintain our energy infrastructure to backstopping microgrid applications, clean diesel technology is ready today to make sure our infrastructure can deliver for us tomorrow.

 



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