LOS ANGELES— The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP) recently hosted the 3rd Annual Sustainability Awards at the La Kretz Innovation Center in the LA Arts District to recognize its non-residential customers for their leadership in environmental sustainability. Attendees included Board of Water and Power Commissioner Aura Vasquez and representatives from the Los Angeles Mayor’s office.
“The sustainable investments these customers have made in their organizations are good for LA and great for business. We hope the benefits these organizations have received from participation in our rebate programs inspire others to follow their examples and help lead the way to a greener L.A.,” said Board of Water and Power Commissioner Aura Vasquez.
A total of 21 awards were given in five categories: Energy Management, Water Management, Transportation Electrification, Renewables, and Demand Response. For Energy and Water Management categories, awards were presented for largest projects (Top Savings) but also for the impact they had by significantly reducing annual consumption (Greenest Customers).
The top award in Energy Management went to Coresite for implementing retro commissioning measures and installing a new cooling tower and controls to save 5.6 million kilowatt hours (kWh) annually, enough to serve 933 homes in LA.
Also in the Energy Management category, Brookfield Asset Management received the first place “Greenest Customers” award for reducing their annual energy consumption by 87 percent. Brookfield’s comprehensive energy efficiency measures included converting to LED lighting and installing occupancy sensors.
In the Water Management category, the top award went to Air Products and Chemicals for implementing water conservation measures in their production processes to achieve yearly savings of more than 50 million gallons. That’s enough water to supply 460 homes in LA annually.
The top award in the Greenest Customers category under Water Management went to De Toledo High School. This private high school located in the Valley installed cooling equipment and 12 zero-water urinals that helped reduce their annual water consumption by 27 percent.
Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) took first place in the Demand Curtailment category by reducing their energy use through LADWP’s Summer Shift and Demand Response Program. LAUSD’s achievements show that large organizations can see big results with modest changes. LAUSD adjusted thermostats at all of their facilities by two to four degrees and took advantage of LADWP’s Demand Response Program. This program is an incentive based, voluntary energy management program for businesses that helps reduce their utility bills during times of peak power demand, ensuring the continued reliability of power for Los Angeles.
With electrification of transportation taking center stage in pollution reduction and the City’s goal of reaching 100 percent renewable energy, the Transportation Electrification awards were noteworthy because of their focus on electric vehicle chargers. The first through third place honors went to the City of Los Angeles Bureau of Street Lighting for installing 80 level-2 chargers; Loyola Law School for installing 15 level-2 chargers; and Loyola High School for installing three level-2 chargers.
Another highlight was the Renaissance Collection housing development taking first place in the Renewables category for installing 1,300 kilowatt (kW) solar systems on several properties through LADWP’s Solar Incentive Program. They also received the second place award in the “Greenest Customers” award for taking advantage of the LADWP Commercial Lighting Incentive Program, which helped them reduce annual energy consumption by 50 percent.
Anheuser-Busch also garnered two awards receiving second place in the Renewables category for installing a 978 kilowatt (kW) solar system and second place in the Demand Curtailment category for implementing operational changes that allowed for a cumulative demand reduction of 13,000 kW in 2017.
Other honorees included the Museum of Contemporary Art Los Angeles, University of California Los Angeles, Adventist Health White Memorial, the Sterling Family Trust, AirGas, Douglas Emmett, Westfield and Los Angeles Cold Storage.
The LADWP Sustainability Awards ceremony is held annually to recognize non-residential customers who go above and beyond industry practices by implementing major efficiency and conservation projects focused on sustainability. LADWP currently serves approximately 160,000 non-residential power customers and 178,000 non-residential water customers.
For more information on LADWP cost saving non-residential incentive and rebate programs, visit www.ladwp.com/non-res.
Contact: Jason Stinnett, Public Relations Specialist, (213) 367-1361