Port of Oakland secures $42 million investment for decarbonisation project

Port of Oakland secures $42 million investment for decarbonisation project

The California Transportation Commission (CTC) has voted to award a $42 million grant to the Port of Oakland for its Green Power Microgrid Project.

To apply for the award, the port collaborated with Caltrans and the Metropolitan Transportation Commission.

The Port of Oakland aims for the project to improve its capacity to provide green-sourced electricity to seaport operations, bringing it closer to its zero-emissions target.

READ: Port of Oakland advances green initiatives

Danny Wan, Port of Oakland Executive Director, said: “We are very excited about this next step in decarbonising port power and operations at the Port of Oakland. The Green Power Microgrid Project is a major milestone on our road to zero emissions.

“We could not have succeeded without the support of Governor Newsom’s Administration, Bay Area legislators, Caltrans, the Metropolitan Transportation Commission, numerous regional and environmental organisations and West Oakland community advocates.

“We are grateful for their advocacy and support, and for the commitment of the California Transportation Commission.”

The total cost of the project is reportedly $60 million, with the port expected to provide approximately $18 million in funds for it.

In May of this year, the Oakland Board of Port Commissioners approved an ordinance expected to help reduce emissions from cargo handling equipment at TraPac, a marine terminal at the Oakland Seaport.

More recently, the Board of Commissioners at the Port of Oakland voted to purchase up to $13.5 million in geothermal energy over a 12-year period.

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