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Webinar: Electrifying America’s Ports

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Monday, 23 May 2022, 2:00

Monday, May 23, 2022. 2:00 PM. Webinar: Electrifying America’s Ports. Sarah Froman, EPA's Office of Transportation and Air Quality; Leslie Goodbody, California Air Resources Board; Mark Messersmith, South Carolina Ports Authority; Graham VanderSchelden, Port of Tacoma; Jeremy Steward, Tacoma Power. Sponsored by the State and Local Climate Energy Program of the EPA. Register here.

Ports are gateways of commerce and drivers of the United States (U.S.) economy but are also significant sources of air pollution due to land- and water-side diesel equipment operations. In this webinar, you’ll learn how electrifying drayage trucks, locomotives, ocean-going vessels, cargo-handling equipment, and harbor craft equipment is helping to accelerate decarbonization and cut pollution in communities across the U.S.  Electrifying port operations is an important way to address environmental justice concerns of port-adjacent communities.

The webinar will begin with an overview from U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Ports Initiative about resources to support port electrification. The California Air Resource Board
(CARB) will provide an overview of commercially available zero-emission port equipment and highlight lessons learned from various projects. The South Caroline Ports Authority will discuss its air quality initiatives and Diesel Emission Reduction Act (DERA) grants, including coordination with trucking companies for deployment of all-electric Class 8 trucks in and around port terminals. The Port of Tacoma will present lessons learned from its DERA shore power and electric yard hostler projects and plans to deliver infrastructure upgrades at all its port facilities. Lastly, Tacoma Power will provide recommendations and best practices for improving how utilities and ports work together to support and plan decarbonization efforts.

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