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Consortium Kicks Off Energy Efficiency Project Funded by a
California Energy Commission $1.35-Million Grant
LONG BEACH, Calif., February 12, 2014 Five organizations
will participate in a landmark demonstration sponsored through the California
Energy Commissions (CEC) Public Interest Energy Research (PIER) Programs
Building Energy Efficiency Research and Technology Grant Program. The
$1.35-million grant will fund engineering, project management, and construction to
convert apartments at LINC Housings The Village at Beechwood property in
Lancaster, Calif., to near zero energy. The consortium includes Electric Power
Research Institute (EPRI), BIRAenergy, LINC Housing, SoCal Gas, and Southern
California Edison. The project launched on October 16, 2013 and will continue
through June 2015.
This latest award will allow LINC to expand its work to make all of our
properties more energy efficient because we learn so much every time we're able
to explore different environmental solutions, said Hunter L. Johnson, LINC
Housing president and CEO. The Village at Beechwood is already benefiting
from lessons learned to date from LINC sites that are part of a national program
made possible through HUDs Energy Innovation Fund. This newest grant will
allow us to not only upgrade Beechwoods energy equipment, but it will also
allow us to conduct very thorough post-installation measurement and verification
a critical part of proving a lowered rate of ongoing energy use by our
residents. Well also be helping the CEC test successful single-family
dwelling whole-house approaches on multi-family buildings.
Rob Hammon, president of BIRAenergy said, Currently there is no financial
motivation to improve the efficiency of low-income housing beyond the common areas.
A goal of this watershed project is to change that and make efficiency upgrades a
win-win for the owners and residents.
The grant will leverage another $1 million of cash and in-kind funds to support the
Very Efficient Retrofit (VER) work at Beechwood. Objectives for the project include
demonstrating scalable models for VERs in low-income multi-family housing that combine
cost-effective technology packages for California climates that are practical to install,
replicable in quality, provide energy savings, and economic impact. The work at The
Village at Beechwood should be complete in time for the fall chill this year.
In-kind co-funding for this project is provided by SoCal Gass Emerging Technologies
Program. We are proud to co-fund and partner with LINC in showcasing multiple gas
emerging technologies along with renewable and electric solutions in such a multi-family
setting, said A. Ahmed, SoCalGas Emerging Technologies Program manager. It
will bring long-term energy performance and savings to both the owner and residents.
The results could be a model and replicated statewide.
The PIER team is engaged with Southern California Edison to identify opportunities and
incentives for energy efficiency and solar photovoltaic technology.
The PIER program is the states premier energy RD&D program, advancing science
and technology in the fields of energy efficiency, renewable energy, advanced electricity
technologies, energy-related environmental protection, as well as transmission, distribution,
and transportation technologies. To accomplish this, PIER enlists businesses, utilities,
energy companies, public advocacy groups, and world-class scientists at Californias
universities and national laboratories. In the last decade PIER has invested more than
$700 million to bring to market energy technologies that provide environmental and
economic benefits to Californias ratepayers.
About LINC Housing Corporation
LINC Housing, one of Californias most productive nonprofit developers of
affordable housing, has helped create more than 7,500 homes in 73 communities
throughout the state. The organizations properties are known for excellent
design, outstanding management and life-enhancing services for its residents.
LINC has more than 30 years of service to families, seniors, and local governments
helping to create sustainable communities via new construction, acquisition
and rehabilitation, and historic preservation. Visit
for more information.
About the California Energy Commission
The California Energy Commission is the state's primary energy policy and planning
agency. Created by the Legislature in 1974 and located in Sacramento, six basic
responsibilities guide the Energy Commission as it sets state energy policy: forecasting
future energy needs; licensing thermal power plants 50 megawatts or larger; promoting energy
efficiency and conservation by setting the states appliance and building efficiency
standards; supporting public interest energy research that advances energy science and
technology through research, development, and demonstration programs; developing renewable
energy resources and alternative renewable energy technologies for buildings, industry and
transportation; planning for and directing state response to energy emergencies.
The Electric Power Research Institute, Inc. conducts research, development and demonstration
(RD&D) relating to the generation, delivery and use of electricity for the benefit of the
public. An independent, nonprofit organization, we bring together scientists and engineers as
well as experts from academia and the industry to help address challenges in electricity. Our
work spans nearly every area of electricity generation, delivery and use, management and
environmental responsibility. We provide both short- and long-term solutions in these
research areas for the electricity industry, its customers and society.
BIRAenergy has been a leader in evaluating and developing strategies for - pioneering
clean energy technologies and concepts and their implementation, for over 20 years.
BIRAenergy provides integrated clean energy solutions - combining energy efficiency
and renewable energy generation technologies and systems.
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 nations largest natural gas
distribution utility, providing service to 20.9 million consumers connected through
nearly 5.8 million meters in more than 500 communities. The companys 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).
About Southern California Edison
Southern California Edison has been delivering safe, reliable and affordable
electricity to Southern and Central California for more than 125 years. SCE
provides electricity to 14 million people across a service territory of
approximately 50,000 square miles. Over the past five years, SCEs
100-plus energy efficiency programs have saved more than 8.6 billion kWh
electricity- enough to power 1.2 million California homes for an entire year.
The reduction in greenhouse-gas emissions equals nearly 3.9 million metric
tons, the equivalent of removing 750,000 cars from the road.