Public Utilities Commission and Port of San Francisco form partnership
to provide clean electric power to docked cruise ships
By Angela Hokanson, Bay City News Service
July 12, 2006
SAN FRANCISCO (BCN) - San Francisco will become the first
California city to provide clean, city-generated, renewable power
to docked cruise ships under a new partnership between the San
Francisco Public Utilities Commission, the Port of San Francisco
and the cruise ship industry, the SFPUC announced Tuesday.
Clean, hydro-electric power will be available from 2008 to cruise
ships docked at terminals currently under construction at piers
30-32 in San Francisco, facilitating a reduction in diesel fuel
emissions by docked cruise vessels, the SFPUC reported.
Cruise ships that use diesel-powered generators while docked
emit toxins and particulates into the air, according to the SFPUC.
The partnership to provide cleaner power is designed to reduce
the emission of diesel fuel from cruise ships docked in the city
by up to 80 percent.
The shoreside electric power will be generated by the Hetch Hetchy
water system and the SFPUC's solar and renewable energy projects.
"San Francisco is leading California by example and setting
the standard for green development nationwide with this historic
partnership to replace toxic diesel emission with clean energy
at the new cruise ship terminal," Susan Leal, general manager
of the SFPUC, said in a statement.
"The harmful effects of diesel emissions are well-documented
and this plan helps protect our environment, our public health
and our economy," Leal said. Tom Dow, vice president of public
affairs for the Carnival Corporation, welcomed the plan.
"The shoreline power plan will be a win for the environment,
Bay Area residents, the cruise ship industry and our customers,"
Dow said in a statement.
The use of shoreside power is in line with statewide and local
programs calling for increasing regulation of air quality at ports
in California, according to the SFPUC.
The port clean power agreement will also help San Francisco abide
by a resolution passed by the San Francisco Board of Supervisors
in 2002 that commits the city to reducing greenhouse gas emissions
to 20 percent below 1990 emission levels by 2012, the SFPUC reported.
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