Port of Oakland OKs Clean Energy Project Design Contract

Port of Oakland headquarters. Photo: Mark Nero.

The Port of Oakland has approved a $2 million design contract for a clean energy project at the Northern California seaport, the port announced Monday, Aug. 22.

Engineering design consulting company Burns & McDonnell has been selected to perform the work, which would involve injecting green technology and resiliency elements to the electrical infrastructure design of the project that would serve the former Oakland Army Base and Outer Harbor areas and bolster its electrical grid resiliency, according to the port.

That electrical infrastructure encompasses “solar generation, battery storage systems, a fuel cell and the replacement of a substation and connecting circuitry,” which seeks to create renewable energy to help the port move toward fully electric heavy-duty trucks and cargo-handling equipment and do away with fossil fuel reliance on cargo handling operations, the port explained in a statement.

“This is a major step toward our goal to make the Oakland seaport a zero-emissions operation,” the port’s Maritime Director, Bryan Brandes, said.

By Karen Robes Meeks