Energy group launches emissions testing at University of Alabama

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The Partnership for Affordable Clean Energy, or PACE, announced Wednesday it has teamed up with the University of Alabama Student Government Association to provide emissions testing for UA students’ cars free of charge.

The pro-traditional energy consortium – which bills itself as a “coalition of working people, business owners, environmentalists, and trade organizations who are fighting for fair, responsible energy policies” – is calling its new initiative PACECAR.

The effort allows students and faculty to test their cars for excessive levels of emissions for free. If their vehicles are found to be in need of repair, the PACECAR program will give vouchers for repairs up to $250. Registering with the program also makes them eligible for free tuition for the next semester.

The testing takes place in UA’s automotive garage facilities.

According to PACE executive director Lance Brown, it has so far been a resounding success.

“The reception from students was very positive and they welcomed the chance to learn more about their vehicle’s emissions profile and earn a chance to win tuition,” said Brown in a recent statement. “We expect our numbers to increase on future testing dates as more students learn about the program.”

University officials concurred Wednesday.

“The University of Alabama is committed to environmental stewardship, and we are always open to projects that empower our students and faculty,” said  Deborah Lane, Associate Vice President for University Relations. “We are proud to support this joint effort between the Student Government Association and PACE to provide free vehicle emissions testing for those who call our campus home.”

At this juncture, four dates are planned for the Fall and Spring semesters.

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