Sacramento – Assemblymember Patrick O’Donnell (D-Long Beach) introduced legislation today to help make California ports greener and more energy efficient. Assembly Bill 678 creates the Energy Efficient Ports Program which would assist in funding energy efficiency upgrades and investments at California’s public ports.
“We currently provide financial assistance to other public entities to cut their energy usage. Upgrading and investing in the energy infrastructure of our ports is long overdue and will ultimately make them more competitive ensuring a bright future.” said Assemblymember O’Donnell.
Current law provides financial assistance for energy efficient upgrades and investments to several public entities in the state, including education, cities and counties, utilities, and hospitals. Despite significant opportunities for energy savings in California ports, these facilities do not qualify for the same assistance as other public entities.
“The Energy Efficiency Ports Program would fund improvements including the installation of solar panels at marine terminals and freight facilities, the replacement of conventional lighting, and other efficiency measures.” stated Assemblymember O’Donnell
The increased efficiency from these important installations will help lessen demand on the regional power grid, save money, and green our ports.
"We can improve our port infrastructure and further reduce the environmental impacts of port operations by investing in renewable energy," said John McLaurin, President of the Pacific Merchant Shipping Association. "We are looking forward to working with Assemblymember O'Donnell on AB 678 and bringing state resources to our local ports for these energy efficiency projects."