Mayor Villaraigosa Announces $2 Million LADWP Energy and Water Efficiency Audits and Retrofits for Nonprofit Organizations


Mayor Villaraigosa Announces $2 Million LADWP Energy and Water
Efficiency Audits and Retrofits for Nonprofit Organizations

Program Will Provide Energy Efficiency Audits for Up to 80 Nonprofits 

LOS ANGELES — Mayor Villaraigosa announced today that the City of Los Angeles will award up to 80 local nonprofit organizations  the
opportunity to receive free services to increase the energy and water efficiency of their facilities, lowering their utility bills while
benefiting the environment.

“This program is one of the first of its kind in the country to offer nonprofits the opportunity to increase their energy efficiency, create
jobs, and save money,” Mayor Villaraigosa said. “Once again, Los Angeles is leading the way in finding innovative methods to promote
environmental stewardship that also benefits our rate-payers.”

LADWP will begin accepting “letters of interest” from nonprofit organizations who wish to participate in the program, which will
include energy and water efficiency audits and retrofits of their facilities. The $2 million program is funded through the City of Los
Angeles’ Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant (EECBG), which was awarded to the city through the U.S. Department of Energy American
Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) funds.

“Our assistance will help these nonprofit organizations lower their bills so they can spend their resources helping our community. Well targeted efficiency programs like this also help reduce LADWP’s carbon footprint by lowering its overall generating needs,” said LADWP General Manager Austin Beutner.

The program will also serve to pilot a new approach by LADWP for implementing energy efficiency and water conservation projects in the
commercial sector.

“We are focusing this program on nonprofit organizations, recognizing that they have limited technical expertise and funding for
retrofitting their facilities,” said Lorraine Paskett, Senior Assistant General Manager for Sustainability Programs and External
Affairs. “Since we also are limited in the number of the facilities that can be completely retrofitted, one of the goals is to develop
demonstration projects that can showcase energy and water efficiency measures in various communities around the city.”

The program will provide initial assessments on about 80 nonprofit organizations with facilities in geographically diverse areas of the
city. These facilities will be evaluated for the potential to reduce electricity and water use, focusing on building-related “low-hanging
fruit.” About half of these facilities will receive basic retrofits, such as replacing inefficient lighting, and installing programmable thermostats, occupancy sensors, high-efficiency toilets, and other relatively easy upgrades.

Up to 10 facilities will be selected to receive a more advanced audit. The advanced audit provides comprehensive plans to retrofit lighting
and mechanical systems, such as heating and cooling systems, along with a detailed cost estimate and energy/water savings estimate. About
half of these will become demonstration projects, receiving comprehensive retrofits by LADWP crews that include engineering
design, construction and installation work.

The retrofit program is one of several that LADWP is managing under the City of Los Angeles EECBG, totaling over $8 million. The grant
supports the development and promotion of energy efficiency and conservation programs under the directive of the City’s Energy
Efficiency and Conservation Strategy.

LADWP will ask these “showcase” facilities to share their experience, allow public access, and help spread the word about the benefits of
energy efficiency in their communities.

Interested organizations may submit a letter of interest to by 5 p.m. on Jan. 21, 2011.

Selection criteria include:
•     Located in the City of Los Angeles for at least five years
•     Maintain 501(c)3 status continuously for the past three years
•     Directly occupy the space to be improved; and either own the facility or have written permission from the owner to proceed
•     Demonstrate a commitment toward encouraging energy efficiency and water conservation through their programs or by showcasing their

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