Friday, October 11, 2013

Port of Hueneme Receives Shore Side Power Grant

 A $1.7 million grant was approved Oct. 7 by the Ventura County Transportation Commission to assist with a Port of Hueneme shoreside power project. The port’s currently installing an infrastructure system to enable ocean-going vessels to plug in at berth and operate emission-free while in port.

The funding will complete the $13.5 million project. Other funding sources include $7.2 million from the port, $4.5 million from the California Air Resources Board and $250,000 from the Ventura County Air Pollution Control District.

Over the life of the project, shore power is expected to drastically reduce vessel emissions, including achieving a 92 percent decrease in particulate matter (PM), a 98 percent reduction in nitrous oxides and a 55 percent drop in greenhouse gasses.

“The measures voted today present a win-win in terms of economic development, environmental benefit and progress that improves the quality of life for our community,” said Jason Hodge, president of the Oxnard Harbor District board, which governs the Port of Hueneme.

The system is expected to extend the useful life of existing wharves for up to 30 years, according to the port.

“The VCTC fully recognizes the importance of effective policy and sound investment in our transportation network to ensure efficient freight mobility,” Transportation Commission Executive Director Darren Kettle said. “The actions by VCTC today reinforces our commitment to leveraging the County’s position in the global economy and building a network that serves as a catalyst for economic growth.”