Port of Oakland Ramps Up Clean Energy Project
August 24, 2022
$2 million renewable energy infrastructure design approved for
Port of Oakland approved a $2 million contract for the design of a
new, clean energy project at the Oakland Seaport. The project
includes electrical infrastructure including solar generation,
battery storage systems, a fuel cell, and the replacement of a
substation and connecting circuitry.
ďThis is a major step toward our goal to make the Oakland Seaport a
zero-emissions operation,Ē said Port of Oakland Maritime Director
The Port approved hiring Burns & McDonnell, an engineering design
consulting firm with expertise in power resiliency and clean energy.
The design work will result in construction drawings of electrical
infrastructure components that incorporate green technology and
Design is the foundational work that creates the first critical step
toward constructing the new substation and the accompanying
infrastructure. The latter will integrate renewable power to support
the Portís goal of transitioning to all electric, heavy-duty trucks
and cargo-handling equipment. It will eliminate the reliance on
fossil fuels in cargo handling operations. This new infrastructure
in the maritime area will serve the former Oakland Army Base and
Outer Harbor sites. The project will also improve the maritime
areaís electrical grid resiliency.
In December 2021 the Port of Oakland received a federal Port
Infrastructure Development Program grant award from the U.S.
Department of Transportation. The grant is for upgrading a portion
of the Portís utility system and increasing its renewable energy
design efforts will support implementation of that project. The Port
said itís grateful to the U.S. Maritime Administration (MARAD) for
helping fund these upgrades that support the Portís clean energy and
power resiliency goals.
In 2019, the Port approved a bold initiative to create a
zero-emissions seaport. The Seaport Air Quality 2020 and Beyond Plan
provides the strategy and process for the transition from a fossil
fuel-based seaport to a zero-emissions seaport. Providing electrical
infrastructure systems to support zero-emissions equipment and
operations is essential to decarbonizing the Oakland Seaport and
delivering air quality and community health benefits. The Port is
continuing to work with regional, state and federal partners to
advance and implement clean energy and zero emissions initiatives
throughout the Port.
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