Port of Oakland Approves 5-Year Renewable Energy Purchase
The Port of Oakland approved an existing renewable energy Power Purchase Agreement with East Bay Municipal Utilities District (EBMUD) for an additional five years.
The Port purchases renewable energy from EBMUD's biogas facility at the foot of the Bay Bridge to serve electric customers at its airport and seaport. All of the energy purchased from EBMUD is both renewable and greenhouse gas-free and will help the Port meet state renewable energy goals.
The Port entered into a 5-year contract for the output from this facility in 2012 and the facility has been a reliable source of renewable power. Port and EBMUD staff proposed several modifications to the agreement that will continue the successful partnership, including a price reduction of approximately 20%.
“Extending the contract will continue and strengthen the Port’s commitment to environmental protection and sustainability.” says Director of Engineering Chris Chan.
The waste that goes into EBMUD’s wastewater treatment plant provides the Port of Oakland with electricity for purchase. As a utility provider, the Port purchases renewable energy and resells it to 125 customers. The customers are maritime and Oakland International Airport tenants who need the energy to power their operations.
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