$2 million renewable energy infrastructure design approved for Oakland Seaport


The Port of Oakland has announced the approval of 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.

“This is a major step toward our goal to make the Oakland Seaport a zero-emissions operation,” said Port of Oakland Maritime Director Bryan Brandes.

The port approved hiring Burns & McDonnell, an engineering design consulting firm with expertise in power resiliency and clean energy.

READ: Battery storage and hydrogen high on agenda for Port Oakland green power shift

The design work will result in construction drawings of electrical infrastructure components that incorporate green technology and resiliency features. 

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 Port’s utility system and increasing its renewable energy capacity. These design efforts will support implementation of the project.

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.

Oakland outlined its green aims in February this year.

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