October 21, 2014

Shoreside Power Project to Reduce Emissions Approved at Port of Hueneme

 

OXNARD—The California Air Resources Board (ARB) has approved a financial repayment plan that will allow the Port of Hueneme to construct an important shoreside power project that will allow it to reduce emissions of particulate matter and nitrogen oxides by 60 percent.

The financial plan was worked out at the request of Governor Brown and Sen. Fran Pavley (D-Agoura Hills), who facilitated the funding process for shoreside power at local ports.

“I am delighted at the collaboration between the Port of Hueneme, which has been outstanding in instituting green practices, and the California Air Resources Board,” Sen. Pavley said. “The port is an economic driver in Ventura County. We need to continue investments that make California ports vital connections to the global economy while protecting the health of nearby communities.”

Shoreside power is of major importance to coastal communities. Traditionally, ships have provided their own power by running diesel engines while at dockside, an unnecessary practice that can spread air pollution inland. By providing access to power while ships are loading and unloading cargo, ships can shut down these engines, lowering the burden on port communities that often already see high volumes of truck traffic.

“The ARB modification to their supplemental guidelines demonstrates a true example of good government,” said Kristin Decas, Executive Director for the Port of Hueneme. “Leadership at all levels took the time and made the commitment to address the unique needs of smaller specialized ports to ensure the success of an affordable and sustainable shoreside project.”

Ventura County Air Pollution Control District executive officer Mike Villegas noted that there are homes within about 400 yards of ships docked at the Port. “That is very close compared to other ports,” he said. “Getting rid of that diesel particulate matter is going to have a significant public health benefit.”

Funding for the $11 million project comes from several different sources.

The Port of Hueneme is the only deepwater port between Los Angeles and San Francisco Bay. It is a major economic force on the Central Coast of California, providing more than 2,200 local jobs and moving more than $7 billion in cargo annually. Its position near the Santa Barbara Channel makes it the primary support port for California’s offshore oil industry.