Assemblymember O’Donnell’s Green Ports Bill Passes Assembly

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(SACRAMENTO) – A bill by Assemblymember Patrick O’Donnell (D – Long Beach) establishing an Energy Efficient Ports Program passed the Assembly today on a 66-0 vote.  AB 678 would allow investment in energy efficiency green technology aimed at cutting energy use at California’s ports.

“California provides financial incentives to most public entities in order to cut energy usage, but we have yet to provide the same assistance to our ports. The Energy Efficient Ports Program will ultimately make California ports more competitive and draw additional business to the state,” said Assemblymember O’Donnell, who chairs the Assembly Select Committee on Ports.  “This bill will help Long Beach, San Pedro and other ports across the state reduce demand on their regional power grid, cut greenhouse gas emissions and ensure California continues leading the way in the implementation renewable energy.”

Current law provides financial assistance for energy efficient investments to several public entities including schools, government administrative buildings, utilities and hospitals.  However, despite significant opportunities for energy savings in California ports, they are not eligible for these financial programs.

This bill now moves to the State Senate.

Assemblymember Patrick O’Donnell represents the 70th Assembly District which includes Long Beach, Signal Hill, San Pedro and Catalina Island.