LADWP Celebrates Top Customers Who Are Distinguished Leaders in Environmental Sustainability
Awards Given for Energy Management, Water Management, Electrification of Transportation and Demand Curtailment
LOS ANGELES (April 11, 2017) — It’s not easy picking winners when so many customers are leading the way with their water and energy saving measures, but that’s exactly what the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power’s (LADWP) Premier Accounts Team did at the annual Sustainability Awards Program (SAP) on Thursday.
Gathered at the La Kretz Innovation Campus, LADWP officials and City leaders recognized and celebrated the above-and-beyond efforts of top non-residential customers who completed major efficiency and conservation projects and received rebates in the previous calendar year. These efforts in Energy Management, Water Management, Electrification of Transportation and Demand Curtailment address the Mayor’s Sustainable City pLAn goals and contribute directly to a Los Angeles that is environmentally healthy and economically prosperous.
Honored with the first place in overall energy management savings was City National Plaza who saved over 5.3 million kilowatt-hours (kWh) by replacing and retrofitting air conditioning chiller units. First place with the highest percentage of energy savings went to The Westin Los Angeles who saved 28 percent in annual energy consumption by participating in LADWP’s Custom Performance Program.
First place in overall water management savings went to the Housing Authority of the City of Los Angeles who saved over 15 million gallons of water after installing 1,182 high efficiency toilets, while first place with the highest percent of water saved went to 1600 Vine, who installed over 550 high efficiency toilets and saved 52% of their annual water consumption.
The first place winner for Electrification of Transportation went to the City of Los Angeles Bureau of Street Lighting for their installation of 30 level-two electric vehicle chargers throughout the City.
First place in the Demand Curtailment category went to the Los Angeles Unified School District for shifting and removing over 20,000 kW in demand through LADWP’s Demand Response and SummerShift Programs.
“I applaud all our customers who are going to tremendous lengths to become more sustainable. Public solutions are critical to fighting climate change, equally important are the voluntary steps taken by the private sector that have a direct positive effect and show by example how the sustainable practices can work for businesses of all sizes. With the SAP Awards we highlight some of the City’s largest water and power customers who have gone to tremendous lengths to contribute to a greener, more sustainable City of Los Angeles,” LADWP General Manager David H. Wright said.
The SAP awards, which were launched last year, is a way to quantify and acknowledge the positive results of large, non-residential LADWP customers for their commitment to environmental sustainability.
Other customers earning top honors were Los Angeles Center Studios, Los Angeles Bureau of Street Lighting and Los Angeles Times for overall savings in energy management. Los Angeles Center Studios and Sears Holding Corporation also earned recognition for the highest percentage of savings in energy management. USC was recognized for overall savings in water conservation and the Los Angeles Convention Center and California State Teachers Retirement System were recognized for achieving the highest percentage of savings in water conservation.
Top honors in Electrification of Transportation went to 707 Wilshire, Hines Campus Playa Vista, One California Plaza, Grifols, and Los Angeles World Airports. Los Angeles Metro, Merle Norman, USC, Los Angeles World Airports, and J Paul Getty Trust were all also recognized for Demand Curtailment by shifting demand through LADWP’s Demand Response and SummerShift programs.
In addition to their trophies and public recognition, all winning sustainable customers are granted advanced program notice, participation in forum discussions on LADWP rebate programs, and access to dedicated tours of LADWP facilities.