Thursday, May 23, 2013

Long Beach Port Updating Energy Strategy

The Port of Long Beach says it is instituting a new energy policy to increase its efficiency, conservation, resiliency and renewable energy.

“When we look at our future energy demands due to shore power, zero-emissions programs and more, it’s imperative that we increase our energy security,” Harbor Commissioner Rich Dines, Chair of the Commission’s Energy Subcommittee, said. “This energy policy will guide the creation of an energy program that will improve the environment and business continuity at the port.”

The port says the energy policy was created in anticipation of increasing demand for electricity at Long Beach with air quality improvement programs such as shoreside power, which allows massive cargo ships to shut down diesel engines and plug into landside electricity while at berth.

In coming years, the port says, air quality efforts will continue to fuel demand for electricity at the port, as will the introduction of cutting-edge marine terminal equipment that runs on electricity and not diesel fuel.

“Just as our environmental initiatives have changed the way we think about construction, operations, maintenance and properties, this energy policy adds another lens we look through when making decisions as it relates to energy in the future,” port Director of Environmental Planning Rick Cameron said. “We want to be efficient and we want to be innovative, because this keeps us competitive.”

The program will also look at improving ways to keep the port operating in the event of a crisis that could impact the flow of electricity to the port.

Long Beach says it will collaborate its efforts with port tenants, utilities, other city departments, industry stakeholders, labor unions, the Port of Los Angeles and others.