The Los Angeles Board of Airport Commissioners (BOAC) approved to accept an approximately $4-million grant offer from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) for a Voluntary Airport Low Emissions Program (VALE) project at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX).

The grant will partially finance the Remain Over Night (RON) West Electrification Project. This project will install nine 400-Hertz electrical Ground Power Units (GPUs) at aircraft parking slots located on the west side of LAX and associated electrical infrastructure. Aircraft parked at these slots will be able to draw power from the airport’s electrical supply rather than run the aircraft’s onboard Auxiliary Power Unit (APU) or diesel GPU, which both produce emissions and noise. 

Los Angeles World Airports’ Board of Airport Commissioners approved a terminal facilities lease and license agreement.

“Being recognized with a VALE award affirms LAWA’s hard work to create a sustainable and environmentally responsible airport for generations to come.” said Deborah Flint, CEO at Los Angeles World Airports.

The U.S. Congress created the Voluntary Airport Low Emission Program in 2004 to help airport sponsors meet their state-related air-quality responsibilities under the Clean Air Act.  It is funded through the FAA’s Airport Improvement Program (AIP) and Passenger Facility Charges (PFC).

The VALE award covers up to 75 percent of a project’s eligible cost.  The Remain Overnight West Electrification project’s total cost is $6.5 million, of which $5.3 million is eligible for VALE funding.