FAA to provide grants for electric ramp equipment

Written by: James Muir |
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The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is awarding over $14m of grant money to help airports reduce emissions from ramp equipment.

Several grants will be used to electrify portable cooling units and the FAA will pay 100% of the costs, with $11.2m in Voluntary Airport Low Emission environmental funds and $3.3m from the American Rescue Plan Act.

Several airports will receive grants, with some benefiting from several million dollars.

In California, Charles M. Schulz-Sonoma Airport will receive $220,411 for two mobile ground power units (GPU), and San Diego International Airport will receive $3.9m to purchase and install 39 dual-port charging stations for electric ground support equipment.

Boise Air Terminal in Idaho will receive $1m to purchase and install two pre-conditioned air (PCA) units that provide temperature-controlled air when the aircraft’s own air conditioning is off.

Fort Wayne International Airport in Indiana will receive $376,213 to purchase and install three PCA units and two PCUs, and St Louis Lambert International Airport in Missouri will receive $1.3m to purchase and install three PCA units and three GPUs.

In Pennsylvania, Philadelphia International Airport will receive $2.8m to purchase and install 11 PCA units, and Pittsburgh International Airport will receive $4.6m for 18 PCA units.

Washington Dulles International Airport and Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport will each receive $61,838 for one electric multi-use vehicle and charging station at each airport.

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