HCBF’s Air Quality Mitigation Program Award to Effenco is Approved by the Los Angeles Board of Harbor Commissioners

We are excited to announce that on November 21st, 2019, the Los Angeles Board of Harbor Commissioners approved HCBF’s selection of Effenco to receive Round 1 of funding through HCBF’s Air Quality Mitigation Program.

Back in July, HCBF’s Board of Directors approved HCBF Staff’s recommendation to award $823,050 of AQMF funds to Effenco for rapid deployment of the electric active STOP-START technology system, which provides zero-emission operation of yard tractors when equipment is idling. This technology will be tested at the Yusen Terminal.

HCBF is looking forward to supporting this technology which ensures emissions reductions for the communities of San Pedro and Wilmington. The ultimate goal of the Air Quality Mitigation Program is to support viable technology companies so they not only reduce emissions throughout the duration of the project, but also keep implementing those technologies and continue to grow their businesses in the local area of San Pedro and Wilmington. Achieving a high rate of success would mean that the technology companies would likely stay in the area after the completion of this program and continue reducing emissions.

What is Active STOP-START technology?

The active STOP-START system uses energy stored in ultracapacitors to supply electric power to the vehicle equipment. Effenco’s bi-directional telemetry systems collect operating parameters to remotely monitor each vehicle status and system performance. It’s suitable for most medium heavy-duty vocational trucks such as port terminal tractors and drayage trucks. The project would involve the retrofit of a total of 16 tractors in two port terminals and on a mix of Tier 3 and Tier 4 engine technologies.

What is the Air Quality Mitigation Fund (AQMF)?

The AQMF was established through a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) between the Port of Los Angeles (POLA) and the Harbor Community Benefit Foundation (HCBF).

The Air Quality Mitigation Fund (AQMF) provides approximately $5 million for projects to reduce port-related air emissions in the San Pedro Bay area. Projects funded by the AQMF must demonstrate achievable and quantifiable emissions reduction in San Pedro and Wilmington, within a 25-mile boundary of the San Pedro Bay.

HCBF administers the Air Quality Mitigation Fund through its Air Quality Mitigation Program. For more information, check out the AQMF webpage.