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Alabama NRCS Announces Combustion Engine Improvement Initiative

Release No.: 000019.18

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AUBURN, Ala., March 19, 2018 – USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) State Conservationist for Alabama Ben Malone announced a new initiative focused on addressing combustion engine improvements. The Combustion Engine Improvement Initiative will focus on updating current engines to be more energy efficient. Eligible individuals in Alabama are encouraged to apply for funding by April 19, 2018.

Internal combustion engines have often been used as the source of power for irrigation pumps. Existing pumps can be centrifugal which are often used for surface water sources, and submerged turbine which are used in well systems. Funding will provide assistance for replacing fuel operated engines with electric motors to run existing irrigation systems. Electric motors used as the power source for irrigation are easier to operate and maintain, more energy efficient and do not have air emissions. By replacing motors operated through fossil fuel, producers will help improve air quality and save energy.

Combustion EnginesIn order to be eligible for replacement, the existing engine must be fully functional, in operational condition and have the ability to start up. This must be documented to the NRCS technical specialist during the planning field visit.

Eligible producers are encouraged to apply by April 19, 2018 by visiting their local USDA service center

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