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Air and Energy


A growing number of hybrid vehicles, like this aerial lift truck, are joining the MPA fleet.


Solar panels on MPA facilities are part of a large package of energy reduction projects. Use these links to access real-time information about the energy savings from solar panels on the Cruise Terminal and South Locust Point Marine Terminal/Shed 10.

The Maryland Port Administration (MPA) is working to reduce the port’s carbon footprint, decrease emissions, and lower its energy demand.

The MPA has placed an emphasis on reducing the impact of diesel engines. This includes retrofitting, replacing, and repowering cargo handling equipment and dray trucks that serve the marine terminals; using only ultra-low sulfur diesel; replacing older heating oil systems with natural gas; improving truck gate efficiencies; and purchasing alternative energy and “green” vehicles and equipment.

The Dray Truck Replacement Program, which is currently accepting applications, helps replace older dray trucks with newer models that reduce diesel-related emissions.

To promote energy conservation, MPA facilities are being upgraded with cleaner, more efficient systems for heating, cooling, and lighting. This includes a geothermal system at the Baltimore World Trade Center and solar panels at the Cruise Terminal and South Locust Point Marine Terminal. Together, these upgrades will reduce MPA energy consumption by approximately 29 percent. They will also reduce greenhouse gases by approximately nine million pounds and nitrogen oxides (NOx) by 25 thousand pounds.