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DATE: June 20, 2012 11:18:02 AM PDT

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LADWP Announces New Energy Efficiency Director

David Jacot Will Lead Effort to Achieve Aggressive
10 to 15% Energy Efficiency Goal by 2020 

LOS ANGELES — The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP) announced the appointment of a long-time Southern California energy efficiency executive to lead LADWP’s effort to achieve an aggressive target of 10% to 15% in energy savings by 2020, supported by a $267 million budget for the next two fiscal years.

David Jacot, P.E., formerly of Southern California Edison (SCE), will implement the newly adopted Energy Efficiency Savings Plan with a $128 million budget for energy efficiency in FY 2012-13 and $139 million in FY 2013-14.

“I am very pleased to welcome David to the LADWP,” said General Manager Ronald O. Nichols. “David brings a wealth of experience, understanding, demonstrated leadership and success in implementing complex energy efficiency programs. I look forward to working with him to help our customers save energy and money as we achieve aggressive targets for energy savings.”

As Director of Energy Efficiency, Jacot will oversee a team of LADWP professionals who develop and manage energy efficiency programs for residential, commercial and industrial customers.

Jacot previously worked for 10 years at SCE in progressively responsible management positions. Most recently, he served as Manager of the Energy Efficiency Business Portfolio, leading a diverse department of about 80 professionals and managing over 50 energy efficiency and sustainability programs.

Jacot will be transitioning from one of the state’s largest investor-owned, private utilities to the largest municipally owned utility in the nation. LADWP provides water and power to a city of 3.8 million people, with 1.4 million electric meters and 650,000 water meters.

“I’m really excited to see the commitment to energy efficiency that LADWP has made, and am thrilled to be a part of the effort,” Jacot said. “I’m looking forward to growing LADWP’s energy efficiency programs and strengthening its relationships with commercial, industrial, and residential customers, as well as with the California Energy Commission, as we implement state goals and mandates.”

On May 24, the LADWP Board of Water and Power Commissioners approved a resolution adopting targets for energy efficiency savings of at least 10% by 2020 over a 10-year period that began in FY 2010-11. The increased funding levels for energy efficiency are reflected in the LADWP power rate proposal now under public review.

“As part of our power rate proposal, we have set forth a new Customer Opportunities Program that places a priority on our energy efficiency program that will help our customers save energy and money.  Energy efficiency will play a pivotal role in the transformation of L.A.’s power supply to meet state requirements for expanding renewable energy and eliminating the use of coal power, while keeping our rates competitive,” General Manager Nichols said.

LADWP officials expect to achieve 561 gigwatt-hours of energy savings in the first two years, or 2.4% savings, ramping up to at least 10% savings by 2020. That is the minimum level required under state law, AB 2021. However, the potential energy savings could reach up to 15% by 2020. The total savings goal will be determined through an updated energy efficiency potential study that will be completed in 2013.

The revised Energy Efficiency Program will have a sharper focus on all customer sectors—reflecting public feedback received during the past 6 months of workshops, stakeholder meetings, and local government reviews–-while preserving the most effective existing energy efficiency measures.

Click here to learn more about current energy efficiency rebate programs and here for energy saving tips.

Click here to read more about LADWP’s new Energy Efficiency goals.