ATCO Electric Leads Alberta With Introduction of First Hybrid Utility Truck

Vehicle Uses Both Electricity and Diesel Fuel to Significantly Improve Environmental Performance


 
 EDMONTON, ALBERTA--(Marketwire - March 18, 2009) - ATCO Electric today introduced the Alberta utility industry's first hybrid maintenance vehicle to its fleet - a bucket truck that operates on electricity and diesel to significantly reduce environmental impact during power line work.

"ATCO Electric is again demonstrating industry leadership as we continuously explore new and innovative ways to reduce our impact on the environment," said Sett Policicchio, President, ATCO Electric at the unveiling ceremony. "With Alberta's first hybrid utility truck, we will reduce our carbon footprint without compromising the safe, reliable service our customers expect and count on."

With an enclosed work platform, or bucket, fitted at the end of a hinged arm extended during aerial maintenance and repair operations, the environmentally progressive vehicle will be deployed in Grande Prairie: an urban setting that faces diverse weather conditions.

Hybrid bucket trucks have the potential to reduce fuel consumption by up to 60 per cent, with the improved fuel economy cutting carbon monoxide, nitrous oxide and particulate matter by up to 70 per cent. Idling and noise are also reduced by as much as 80 per cent as battery power is used instead of diesel during operation of equipment.

ATCO Electric provides safe, reliable delivery of electricity to 197,000 customers in 245 communities across Alberta and is part of the ATCO Group of Companies. ATCO Group is an Alberta-based, worldwide organization of companies with more than 7,700 employees actively engaged in Power Generation, Utilities, and Global Enterprises. More information about ATCO can be found on its website www.atco.com.

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ATCO Electric
Sett Policicchio
President
(780) 288-7621
Website: www.atco.com