State gets $13 million for hybrid school buses

Kentucky will receive nearly $13 million in federal stimulus money to buy 190 hybrid school buses that run on diesel fuel and batteries.

The project will replace 190 older diesel school buses with hybrid electric school buses to be used in school districts throughout Kentucky. The initiative also includes technical training programs and educational outreach.

The federal Department of Energy estimates that the project will help displace 122,000 gallons of petroleum annually.

Lisa Gross, a spokeswoman for the state Education Department, said school districts will have the opportunity to buy the hybrids using the stimulus money.

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