Seaports Magazine - Fall 2013 - (Page 26)

»FEATURE ENERGY POLICIES TAKING HOLD Ports throughout the Western Hemisphere are showing leadership by undertaking energy-related projects aimed at increasing their renewable portfolio and positioning themselves for long-term sustainability By Meredith Martino T he issue of energy is one that cuts across port management roles and departments. Energy efficiency and cost savings are topics that pique the interest of financial officers and operations managers, while green energy sources are a focus of port environmental managers. When it comes to the topic of energy reliability, risk managers and engineers may be driving the discussion. As more cargo-handling equipment and vessels utilize aging land-based electricity delivery systems, the idea of energy security and grid infrastructure may rise to the concern of the executive team. And for any port that has had the misfortune of staring down a post-natural disaster recovery, the issue of energy is one of the most pressing that must be addressed to get facilities back on line and resume port operations. With these cross-cutting ideas in mind, ports are beginning to adopt energy policies that attempt to address and align these various and diverse aspects of an increasingly complex issue. In southern California, the Port of Long Beach and the Port of Los Angeles have adopted or are developing comprehensive policies that attempt to position themselves and their customers on solid ground related to energy use, efficiency, infrastructure, reliability and resiliency. Throughout the Western Hemisphere, ports such as the Port of Seattle, the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey and the Hamilton Port Authority are showing leadership related to energy efficiency and 26 AAPA SEAPORTS MAGAZINE conservation. And ports elsewhere are undertaking energy-related projects aimed at increasing their renewable portfolio and positioning their organization for long-term sustainability. Southern California Grappling with the Big Picture The Port of Long Beach established The Port of Long Beach Energy Policy in May 2013 by a unanimous vote of its Board of Harbor Commissioners. The policy lays out the port’s commitment to energy efficiency, conservation, resiliency and renewable energy generation. The goals of the policy are to reduce the port’s reliance on limited natural resources, work with customers for mutually beneficial improvements to energy choices and infrastructure, promote energy conservation and efficiency, optimize generation of alternative and renewable energy, foster innovative energy technologies and ensure a safe and reliable energy supply to support continuity of port operations. Rick Cameron, acting managing director of environmental affairs and planning at the Port of Long Beach explained, “One key feature of our energy program is that it will be largely customer-driven. As a landlord port, our administrative energy use is almost negligible compared with our tenants. We’re going to work with our customers to find out what they need and how to support them in getting it. We understand that, among other environmental initiatives, shore-side power is extremely expensive and, because it’s not required across the country, puts our tenants at a potentially competitive disadvantage. Helping them find energy savings elsewhere is one of the main goals of the energy program.” Port of Los Angeles staff announced development of an Energy Management Action Plan, or E-MAP, in June 2013. Elements of the E-MAP include assessing the port’s existing and future power demands, developing a contingency plan for resuming operations in the event of an unexpected loss in power and creating an Energy Technology Advancement Program. “Development of the port’s new Energy Management Plan (E-MAP) will allow us to plan for how we can provide more efficient, higher quality energy service to our tenants and customers,” said Chris Cannon, director of environmental management at the Port of Los Angeles. “This will be very important as the port grows in the years to come, especially with increasing use of shore power due to state regulations, and the anticipated emergence of automated terminals, as well as zero emission trucks and cargo handling equipment.” The two San Pedro Bay area ports participated in a workshop on June 3 that brought together power companies, marine terminal operators, academic researchers and others. Organized by the Aquamarine Institute, the event focused on energy resiliency, energy efficiency, reliability, quality and cost.

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Seaports Magazine - Fall 2013

AAPA Headquarters
From the President’s Desk
LNG Poised for Dramatic Growth
Harnessing Wind Power
XXII Latin American Ports Congress Welcomes the World
Energy Policies Taking Hold
Environmental Certifications Offer Tangible Benefits
A Good Neighbor
AAPA to Honor 26 Ports for Communications at 102nd Convention
New Rules for Marine Engines Reduce Port Emissions
Marine-Based Renewable Energy Creating Opportunities on a Global Scale
Curb Energy Costs to Boost Profits, Maintain Competitiveness
Considerations When Evaluating Alternative Power Sources from an Air Perspective
Halifax to Implement Shore Power for 2014 Cruise Season
Aruba Creates Port-Funded Mangrove Reforestation Project
Arica: Meeting the Challenges Presented by Innovation and the Environment
FPL to Build Next Generation Energy Center at Port Everglades
Index of Advertisers

Seaports Magazine - Fall 2013