Port of San Diego Teams on ‘First-of-its-Kind’ Green Initiative

Officials at a news conference announcing a Port of San Diego-U.S. Navy ‘green’ initiative. Photo courtesy of POSD.

The Port of San Diego and Navy Region Southwest have announced a “first-of-its-kind partnership” that would allow the U.S. Navy access to take part in California’s Low Carbon Fuel Standard (LFCS) market, paving the way for millions of dollars to electrify Naval Base San Diego and the port.

Navy and port representatives made it official at a Sept. 20 Intergovernmental Support Agreement signing at Cesar Chavez Park in San Diego.

The collaboration marks the Department of Defense’s first time in taking part in this type of carbon-lowering effort, enabling the navy to generate LCFS credits while vessels plug into shore power, the port said.

Meredith Berger, assistant secretary of the Navy for Energy, Installations, and Environment, called it “another example that shows the power of partnership – we are far more impactful together.”

“The Department of the Navy is proud to work with the State of California on energy resilience, and we will continue to find more opportunities for collaboration,” Berger said. “As the Navy and Marine Corps continue to take action against the threat of climate change, we work hand-in-hand with partners like California who are focused on the same mission, and as a community build our resilience and reduce the threat.”

By Karen Robes Meeks