Port of Los Angeles launches initiative to improve energy efficiency

  • Energy Management Action Plan to serve as a ‘global model for energy efficiency’

The Port of Los Angeles has announced the development of an Energy Management Action Plan (E-MAP) initiative designed to improve energy efficiency at America’s busiest container port, which will include the nation’s largest port energy assessment.

The E-MAP, unveiled during an energy workshop with representatives of the port, the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP) and terminal operators, will serve as the port’s blueprint to identify, develop and implement various programs to improve energy efficiency, reliability, quality, cost and resiliency while keeping up with the accelerating electrification and energy demand at the port .

“Today’s workshop represents the first milestone in our development of an energy plan that sharpens our competitive edge and ensures the Port of Los Angeles remains America’s most efficient and reliable gateway for international trade,” said LA Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa.

“The E-MAP will be the most comprehensive plan of its kind and will serve as a global model for energy efficiency.”

With the demand for electricity expected to increase dramatically in coming years, port officials said that it is developing the E-MAP as a guide to improve the port’s energy profile into the future. Driving the increased demand is the expanded use of shore power; electric cranes, yard tractors and other cargo handling equipment; and future automation.

E-MAP elements will include assessing the port’s existing and future power demands and developing a contingency plan for resuming operations in the event of an unexpected loss in power and an Energy Technology Advancement Program.

“Reducing the consumption and cost of electricity at the Port of Los Angeles benefits everyone who lives and works in the region – it reduces the port’s costs, it saves money for all LADWP electric customers and it reduces emissions,” said Ron Nichols, General Manager of LADWP.

“We are eager to team with the Port and its stakeholders to develop lasting, cost-effective energy strategies.”

Throughout the development and implementation of the E-MAP, the port will collaborate with its business partners and the community to share information, concerns and program updates.

A final roadmap is due to be presented to the Los Angeles Board of Harbor Commissioners later this year.

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