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$147 Million Grant Helps Port Prepare for Transition to Zero-Emissions

The Port of Long Beach (POLB) is receiving more than $147 million in public and private funds to develop six projects for zero-emissions equipment and advanced energy systems for its operations. These projects are intended to demonstrate the feasibility of meeting the goals outlined in the 2017 Clean Air Action Plan (CAAP), which called for a transition to zero-emissions cargo-handling equipment by 2030 and zero-emissions trucks by 2035. CAAP pertains to both POLB and the Port of Los Angeles.

“There is no other port complex in the world that is doing the level of testing and demonstration that we are in terms of zero-emission equipment,” Renee Moilanen, manager of air quality practices at POLB, told the Business Journal.

In total, the port has received more than $78 million in grants from the California Energy Commission (CEC) and the California Air Resources Board (CARB), as well as almost $69 million in matching funds from other sources, for the development of the following projects:

  • The Zero-Emissions Terminal Equipment Transition project, one of the nation’s largest demonstrations for zero-emissions cargo handling equipment, received $9.7 million from CEC. To be undertaken at Piers G, J and F, the project involves the deployment of nine electric gantry cranes, 12 yard tractors, four hybrid and electric drayage trucks, as well as workforce training programs.
  • The Sustainable Terminals Accelerating Regional Transformation (START) project has received $50 million from CARB. It funds 34 pieces of zero-emission cargo handling equipment designated for Pier C.
  • The Port Advanced Vehicle Electrification (PAVE) project has received $8 million from CEC to deploy electric infrastructure at Pier T.

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