Port of Oakland officials are making an 11th hour financial pitch to freight haulers this month. Their message: the state of California has millions of dollars available for purchasing new, lower-emission trucks and cargo-handling equipment.
The Port is meeting with trucking company owners and harbor drivers to inform them about clean-truck grants. Among the opportunities:
• $48 million from a 2006 state ballot measure for purchasing rigs that range from natural gas-powered to electric;
• More than $16 million from California’s Carl Moyer air quality program for everything from new trucks to marine terminal cargo handling equipment; and
• Up to $150,000 per unit in vouchers through the state’s Hybrid and Zero-Emission Truck and Bus Voucher Project.
The Port is encouraging truckers to sign up in an effort to reduce diesel and greenhouse gas emissions in Oakland. Previous clean-truck programs have cut diesel particulate matter emissions 98 percent at the Port since 2005.
“We’ve made significant progress in Oakland in partnership with air quality regulators and harbor truckers,” said Diane Heinze, the Port’s Environmental Supervisor. “Now it’s time to ramp up the effort as new clean-air technology becomes available.”
The Port has announced that it will introduce an updated clean air plan in 2018 to attack air emissions. It said that the plan would include working with industry, public sector and community partners to bring grant funding to Oakland.