August 18, 2015 | Sacramento, CA
The Efficiency Council held a successful inaugural Energy Champions Awards networking event at Mayahuel Restaurant in Sacramento on August 18. The event attracted about 70 people including Senators, Assemblymembers, Efficiency Council members and businesses who lead the way in energy efficiency projects in California.
Senate President pro Tempore Kevin de León and Assemblymember Richard Bloom were recognized as key policy leaders who have shown excellence in advancing energy efficiency.
Senate President pro Tempore de León spoke about his policies advancing energy efficiency and combating climate change. In particular, Proposition 39 – the California Clean Energy Jobs Act – which will dramatically reduce energy waste in schools, and for introducing legislation this session that will increase building energy efficiency by 50% before 2030. “You should be involved in politics, because politics is definitely going to be involved with you”, said Senator de León.
Assemblymember Bloom, as the author of the Efficiency Council’s first energy efficiency bill, AB 1330, spoke about how AB 1330 creates the Energy Efficiency Resource Standard (EERS), a statewide target for energy efficiency savings for public and investor owned utilities. This represents a way to put into law the Governor’s goal to double efficiency.
In addition, seven exceptional companies received awards for implementing outstanding efficiency projects. The Efficiency Council evaluated each of the nominations on a number a factors, including: project accomplishments, customer diversity, and geographic location.
“Consumers, governments and businesses are central to achieving California’s goals to quit wasting energy. This award recognizes the efforts of forward-thinking organizations and leaders who are achieving long term savings now.” said Ted Pope, Chair of the Efficiency Council.
The Outstanding Projects of the Year are:
California Community College Chancellor’s Office, 112 Colleges throughout California; nominated by Newcomb Anderson McCormick. California Community Colleges have installed 546 efficiency projects since 2013, representing annual avoided energy costs of $10 million, which can be reinvested in the schools. This is partially the result of Proposition 39 funds.
Campbell’s Soup, Dixon, Solano County; nominated by Nexant. Campbell’s Soup has optimized energy use in its entire Dixon plant for dicing tomatoes and making tomato paste, thus reducing energy waste.
Kern High School District, Bakersfield, Kern County; nominated by CLEAResult. Kern High School District is a leader in energy efficiency and has been active in projects since 2008. This year in particular, the school district is undertaking $5.9 million in efficiency improvements, such as installing LED lighting and upgrading HVAC systems, which will save more than 2.3 million kWh/year.
In addition, Senator Jean Fuller presented Kern High School District with a resolution for their energy efficiency efforts.
Kroger Logistics, Compton, Los Angeles County; nominated by Cascade Energy. Kroger reduced energy use by 8.5% in a recent project, representing a savings of $80,000/year. They also installed a state-of-the-art waste-to-fuel microturbine system, which takes up to 150 tons of food waste daily from Kroger stores and transforms it into biogas to run generators.
Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro); nominated by TRC. Metro has the most comprehensive energy plan of any transit agency in the US. They have achieved LEED certification for six buildings and plan to achieve LEED levels for all of their 18 bus and rail divisions by 2020. Reducing energy waste has thus far yielded approximately $2 million in annual energy cost savings.
Pat Eilert, Manager, Codes and Standards Program, Pacific Gas & Electric; nominated by Energy Solutions. Pat Eilert has worked tirelessly to improve energy codes and standards through the IOU’s statewide program. Over the last 15 years, the program has proposed approximately 100 new building code measures and 80 new appliance standards to the California Energy Commission. Taken together, the savings from these actions could offset more than 24 power plants.
Space & Naval Warfare Systems, Command Systems Center, San Diego; nominated by AECOM. SSC PAC has about 225 buildings in California and Hawaii, where they have savings nearly 30% in operational costs – about $3.5 million per year.