Port Electrification Grant

Capital improvement grants for ports across the state to undertake projects that will reduce carbon emissions.

Port Electrification Program

This is a competitive grant program that is only available to public marine port districts. It is intended to fund either smaller projects or a small part of a larger project, where state funds would enable the project to be completed.

This grant program is supported with funding from Washington’s Climate Commitment Act. The CCA supports Washington’s climate action efforts by putting cap-and-invest dollars to work reducing climate pollution, creating jobs, and improving public health. Information about the CCA is available at www.climate.wa.gov.

Grant details

For the 2023-2025 biennium, the Legislature has allocated a total of $26.5 million (as of January 2024) for Port Electrification grants from the state’s Carbon Emissions Reductions Account. In the event your project is selected, you may be awarded the full amount or a portion of the amount you requested in your application.

Who is eligible?

To be eligible to receive state funds under the Port Electrification Program, a marine port must first adopt a policy that requires vessels that dock at the port facility to use shore power, if such vessel is capable of using such power and when such power is available at the port facility. See ESHB 1125, Section 309(13).

Eligible project types include truck and locomotive replacement with electric vehicles, electric power upgrades and zero emission charging, shore power, and other similar projects that will reduce emissions at ports.

More details on grant requirements will be shared on this webpage when application packets are finalized and posted in March 2024. 

Involving the community

We met with the Washington Public Ports Association to inform ports about the program and to encourage potential applicants to conduct local community engagement activities as they develop their projects. Community engagement is included in the scoring criteria that will be used when applications are evaluated.

The Climate Commitment Act (CCA) sets investment goals for the allocation of the Carbon Emissions Reduction Account: 40% of total investments are to provide direct and meaningful benefits to vulnerable populations within the boundaries of overburdened communities (as defined within the CCA), and at least 10% of total investments are to be used for projects formally supported by a tribal resolution. The scoring criteria used for evaluating applications will consider whether the project provides benefits to vulnerable populations within overburdened communities, as well as whether it is supported by a tribal resolution.

How these projects will benefit Washington residents

Projects will be evaluated based on demonstration that they will benefit the state’s interests. Examples of desired benefits include:

  • Enhancing environmental protection and reducing emissions
  • Supporting Washington state’s Environmental Justice and Climate Commitment Act objectives
  • Increasing economic development opportunities
  • Increasing domestic and international trade
  • Preserving or adding jobs
  • Enhancing safety

Other similar projects funded by the Legislature

The projects identified below were funded by the Legislature in the 2023-2025 state transportation budget. They are separate from the competitive grant program outlined above, but provide examples of the types of projects that might qualify for the competitive grant program.

  • Northwest Seaport Alliance - $6.3 million to fund a zero-emission drayage truck demonstration project
  • Northwest Seaport Alliance - $14 million to fund a zero-emission shore power infrastructure project
  • Port of Bremerton - $2 million for port electrification
  • Port of Anacortes – $500,000 for port electrification
  • Tacoma Rail - $5 million to fund the replacement of two diesel-electric switcher locomotives with zero emission battery-electric switcher locomotives and to install on-site charging equipment

Next steps

Application packets will be posted on this website in March 2024. Applications will be due approximately three months after the application materials are available. Grant agreements are expected to be executed in summer 2024.

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