Port of Long Beach Incentivises Energy Efficiency

THE Port of Long Beach, California, is launching a new program offering its terminals rebates to encourage them to replace outdated, polluting and inefficient electrical equipment with energy-efficient technology.

The Board of Harbour Commissioners has approved the Energy Efficiency Rebate Match Program, creating a pool of $500,000 to reimburse Port tenants up to 100% of their equipment purchase costs. The Port's rebates would match Southern California Edison rebates for eligible energy-saving equipment but are capped at the total cost of the products.

"As we build the Green Port of the Future in Long Beach, it’s our responsibility to encourage the use of the newest, most efficient equipment,” said Board of Harbou`r Commissioners President Lori Ann Guzmán.

In January 2015, Port CEO Jon Slangerup introduced the Energy Island Initiative, a comprehensive strategy for transitioning the Port to sustainable, zero-emission power sources and self-generation systems. This initiative will enhance resiliency by creating the ability to “island” port operations independently from the grid in an emergency. It will also stabilise power costs for terminal operations, further reducing the Port’s carbon footprint and increasing the competitive advantages of doing business in Long Beach.

The rebate program is integral to achieving these goals by improving energy-related efficiencies, which in turn, reduce the amount of self-generated electricity required for Energy Island. Each port tenant applying is eligible for up to $50,000 in rebates.

Picture of the Port of Longreach by MSUN523 reproduced under CCL.

Friday 15th April 2016


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