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Southern California Regional Energy Network

The Metered Energy Savings Pathway

California has an ambitious goal of doubling energy efficiency by 2030. At the same time, public agencies need resources to improve their aging buildings and infrastructure and contribute to statewide efficiency goals. Existing energy efficiency programs require bringing facilities above Title 24 standards, which can deter public agencies from acting due to financial constraints and leave below-code facilities with the largest energy efficiency opportunities “stranded.”

To address this challenge, The County of Los Angeles Southern California Regional Energy Network (SoCalREN) Public Agency Programs and Southern California Edison (SCE) worked together to develop over 40 energy efficiency projects through the Public Sector Performance-Based Retrofit High Opportunity Projects and Programs (HOPPs) pilot. These projects are projected to save public agencies three million kWh annually, equivalent to taking 370 homes off the grid.

SoCalREN’s Public Agency Programs, currently implemented by The Energy Coalition (TEC), work side by side with public agency staff to accomplish energy efficiency projects. SoCalREN provides start-to-finish project management, including analyzing energy consumption to identify energy saving opportunities, providing technical support to develop project scope, completing HOPPs and other program paperwork, designing performance specifications, identifying financing opportunities, coordinating procurement, supporting construction and finally, closing out the project. SoCalREN’s start-to-finish support in coordination with SCE and the agency ensures maximum savings are realized by all parties.

HOPPs uses normalized metered energy consumption (NMEC) to measure facilities’ pre-retrofit and post-retrofit energy consumption (taking weather and other variations into consideration). It incentivizes kWh, kW, and therms saved regardless of eligibility through standard utility programs. This comprehensive approach reduces the complexity of multi-measure projects, allowing for deeper savings with speedier project completion. HOPPs is one of the metered savings pathways SoCalREN can help agencies assess to unlock “stranded” savings, incentives, and no-cost technical services.

Performance-based NMEC programs such as HOPPs can motivate customers to carefully monitor and manage their energy use since performance payments are contingent on enduring energy savings. Monitoring energy bills at public agencies is usually centralized, but the continual meter-based feedback provided to the building staff through these programs can enable them to manage energy at the facility-level. Behavioral measures, that were not eligible through traditional energy efficiency programs, can also be incorporated through these programs. Facility-level and agency staff are empowered to track and manage their energy reduction and climate goals, supporting Climate Action Plans, increasing the persistence of energy savings, and improving project payback.

To learn more about SoCalREN’s support identifying and pursuing energy efficiency opportunities like HOPPs, visit our website or email us.

Get To Know Your Network

Thanks for your input on last month’s survey! The topics you said you’d most like to see in our newsletters are updates on SoCalREN services and stories about successful projects. Look for more of these highlights in coming issues.

This month, we’re launching a stakeholder feedback effort designed to collect input on developing new and innovative program offerings that help public agencies find creative ways to save energy. Are you interested in learning more about this effort or contributing your thoughts?

SoCalREN Multifamily Program

Did you know? SoCalREN offers a Multifamily Program that provides technical assistance and financial incentives to help property owners make energy-saving improvements that can add value and help reduce ongoing operational costs.
Program details:
  • The property must be served by both Southern California Edison (SCE) and SoCalGas®.
  • The property must contain a minimum of three tenant units.
  • Property owners can work with their preferred licensed contractor to make qualifying improvements.
  • The project must include at least three energy efficiency measures and achieve an overall minimum 12 percent energy improvement.
  • Free tenant educational literature and lobby signage provided to all participating properties.
  • Incentives of up to $1,200 per tenant unit are available.
Property owners, contractors, and other stakeholders can learn more about the program by visiting socalren.org/multifamily. The program team is available to provide support and answer questions Monday through Friday―contact them at multifamily@socalren.org or 877-785-2237.

Happenings

LGP All Partners Meeting (3/27)

The Southern California Edison and SoCalGas All Partners meeting will take place on Wednesday, March 27th from 9AM to 3PM at the SCE Energy Education Center in Irwindale. This meeting presents an opportunity to connect with fellow local government partnerships to exchange ideas, discuss best practices and share the latest information from each of the utilities. Sign up here!

AWA Ventura County Workshop (3/27)

SoCalREN will share project case studies and energy efficiency best practices with water system operators at a training luncheon hosted by the Association of Water Agencies (AWA) Ventura County Chapter on March 27th.

AWWA Confluence (3/25-3/28)

SoCalREN will be co-presenting with the United Water Conservation District on 3/26 at the upcoming American Water Works Association (AWWA) California-Nevada Section Confluence spring conference. We will review strategies to optimize operational performance in water sourcing and distribution systems and highlighting value of energy efficiency programs. We hope to see you there!

SGVEWP Benchmarking Lunch ‘N Learn (3/18)

Through ongoing coordination, SoCalREN and the San Gabriel Valley Energy Wise Partnership have identified benchmarking as a valuable educational opportunity. Look out for SoCalREN at the San Gabriel Valley Public Works Technical Advisory Committee meeting on March 18th, where we will be presenting with SGVEWP on benchmarking services in support of the California Building Energy Benchmarking Program.

United Water Conservation District Check Presentation (2/13)

Southern California Edison recently recognized the United Water Conservation District’s (UWCD) energy saving accomplishments with a check presentation at their Board of Directors meeting. Over a 2 year period, UWCD completed a series of energy efficiency projects though the SoCalREN and WISETM programs, resulting in annual energy savings of over 2.5 million kWh and capturing $158,000 in utility incentives to reduce project costs. The District will save over $300,000 per year in energy costs, and is currently working on completing even more projects. Congratulations UWCD!

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