LOS ANGELES, Nov. 12, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Southern California Gas Co. (SoCalGas) supports Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti's recent announcement of the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power's (LADWP) Energy Efficiency goal of 15 percent by year 2020, the highest and most ambitious energy efficiency goal by a major municipal utility in the United States. The new goal, adopted by Mayor Garcetti's appointees to the LADWP board of directors in August 2014, exceeds the 10-year, 10-percent energy efficiency requirements set by Assembly Bill 2021. Mayor Garcetti also announced this goal will create jobs while promoting energy savings for customers.
"SoCalGas is proud of our strategic partnership with LADWP," said Rodger Schwecke, vice president of customer solutions for SoCalGas. "Together, we set out with a shared goal to combine our resources and talents to help families and businesses throughout our shared service territory save energy, water and help protect the environment. We truly appreciate all of the support Mayor Garcetti and the Sustainability Office have provided along the way."
About two years ago, SoCalGas joined with LADWP to launch 11 joint energy efficiency programs. The innovative joint utility partnership has helped save electricity, natural gas and water in the city of Los Angeles. These programs offer financial incentives to help property and business owners create environmentally friendly, energy-efficient communities where they work and live.
"We applaud LADWP's continued leadership in developing a robust energy efficiency portfolio," said Dan Rendler, director of SoCalGas customer programs and assistance. "We look forward to the continued advancement of our partnership which has gained national recognition as a model for effective and sustainable public-private collaboration."
The partnership between SoCalGas and LADWP is also supporting California's Long Range Energy Efficiency Strategic Plan.
"Including natural gas in the long-term energy mix gives Californians more choices and is a clean and affordable way to reduce smog, cut down greenhouse gas emissions and improve health. Natural gas opens new possibilities to help meet California's goals," added Rendler.
The SoCalGas/LADWP partnership includes some of the following programs:
- Savings by Design – The Savings By Design Program offers up-front design assistance, owner incentives, design team incentives, and energy design resources to encourage energy-efficient building design and construction practices for new nonresidential buildings.
- California Advanced Homes – The California Advanced Homes Program helps residential new construction projects exceed California's building codes and standards by providing financial incentives and technical assistance.
- Energy Upgrade California – The Energy Upgrade California Program offers financial incentives to homeowners for completing comprehensive energy-saving home improvements.
- LA Better Buildings Challenge – The Los Angeles Better Buildings Challenge is an innovative initiative that supports Los Angeles property owners and managers in executing cost-effective building performance upgrades to achieve 20-percent energy and water savings by 2020.
To learn more about SoCalGas' energy efficiency and customer assistance programs, go to socalgas.com.
About Southern California Gas Co.
Southern California Gas Co. has been delivering clean, safe and reliable natural gas to its customers for more than 140 years. It is the nation's largest natural gas distribution utility, providing service to 21 million consumers connected through more than 5.8 million meters in more than 500 communities. The company's service territory encompasses approximately 20,000 square miles throughout Central and Southern California, from Visalia to the Mexican border. Southern California Gas Co. is a regulated subsidiary of Sempra Energy (NYSE: SRE).
SOURCE Southern California Gas Co.