Southern California Gas Co. (SoCalGas) and Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP) have teamed up to invest $440 million in energy efficiency funding into the community. The two utilities now offer several energy-saving, and potentially cost-saving, programs to residential and business customers in their joint service territory.
"I applaud SoCalGas and LADWP for their unprecedented collaboration in offering energy-efficiency upgrades to their shared customers," Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa said. "Jointly, these agencies have made energy efficiency a reality and have allowed Angelenos to save substantially on both their water and energy bills."
The incentive programs for homeowners include Energy Upgrade California and California Advanced Homes. Energy Upgrade California offers energy-efficient home improvements such as air and duct sealing, new insulation and low-flow showerheads, among others. The California Advanced Homes program provides incentives for building more efficient new homes.
SoCalGas and LADWP also offer Retrocommissioning Express, a no-cost and low-cost energy optimization program that can reduce electricity and gas bills in qualifying commercial buildings.
Energy efficiency is a key element of LADWP's power supply transformation, which involves eliminating coal power by 2025 and replacing it with a combination of renewable energy, energy efficiency and natural gas. LADWP has doubled its investment in energy efficiency programs this year with the goal of reducing power use by at least 10 percent by 2020.
SoCalGas plans to use its agreement with LADWP as a model to work with other municipal utilities in its service territory to offer similar programs.