Long Beach’s Board of Harbor Commissioners has unanimously approved a Port of Long Beach energy policy that will guide efforts for a more sustainable supply of power as demand increases.
The energy policy declares that the port will implement measures to boost efficiency, conservation, resiliency and renewable energy in collaboration with port tenants, utilities, other city departments, industry stakeholders, labor unions, the Port of Los Angeles and others. It was created in anticipation of increasing demand for electricity at the port with air quality improvement programs, such as shore power, which allows large cargo ships to shut down diesel engines and plug into landside electricity while at berth.
“When we look at our future energy demands due to shore power, zero-emissions programs and more, it’s imperative that we increase our energy security,” said Rich Dines, harbor commissioner and chair of the commission’s energy subcommittee, in a written statement.
The program will also look at improving ways to keep the port operating in the event of a crisis that could impact the flow of electricity to the port.