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November 02, 2005

Port of Los Angeles to Clear the Air with Alternative Fuels

The Port of Los Angeles is not only the nation's largest port, but its heavy traffic of all sorts of vehicles also makes it one of the largest sources of air pollution in California. To help address the problem, the port announced on October 12th that it plans to purchase freight trucks and in-port cargo handling equipment that run on liquefied natural gas (LNG), compressed natural gas (CNG), electric power, or other alternative fuels. The port currently has $20 million available to begin the switch. The port is considering building an LNG or CNG fueling station within the port, and will also explore the use of hydrogen fuel cells and biofuels. Following up on that announcement, the port has requested statements of interest from biofuel and LNG suppliers. See Port of Los Angeles press releases about the shift to alternative fuels (PDF 42 KB) and the biofuel (PDF 39 KB) and LNG (PDF 39 KB) requests. Download Adobe Reader.

Late in 2004, the port announced a four-year, $52.9-million program to support near-term air quality improvement measures. At that time, the port was the only port in the world where some berthed container ships were using on-shore electrical power to reduce ship idling, a practice the port plans to aggressively expand by the end of next year. See the December 2004 press release from the Port of Los Angeles (PDF 111 KB).