UC San Diego Receive $7.2M for Energy Efficiency Efforts

THE University of California’s San Diego campus has been given $7.2 million for three years of energy efficiency efforts and upgrades from their local utility company.

Utility company, San Diego Gas and Electric (SDG&E) presented a cheque for $7.2 million, incentive money made from the amounts of $330,000 for 2010, $2.5 million for 2011 and $4.4 million for 2012.

Through 30 projects implemented during this three-year period, UC San Diego has saved more than 21 million kilowatt hours (kWh), 2.1 million therms and reduced more than 2 megawatts (MW) of demand. That’s the equivalent of removing more than 5,000 cars off the road, powering nearly 4,000 homes for a year, and preventing the emission of more than 25,000 metric tons of carbon dioxide into our atmosphere.

“At UC San Diego, we are dedicated to finding sustainable solutions and it is an honor to have these efforts commended,” said Gary C. Matthews, UC San Diego’s vice chancellor for resource management and planning. “This recognition from San Diego Gas & Electric is a great example of how UC San Diego’s commitment to energy efficiency and protecting the environment helps our campus control costs, conserve resources and contribute to a more sustainable future.”

UC San Diego was recently honored as the Grand Champion in SDG&E’s Energy Champion awards for implementing energy-efficiency measures to optimize energy performance across the campus. Optimizing facilities is a high priority at UC San Diego, with all new construction targeting LEED Silver certification or higher; the campus is already home to 14 buildings that have met this certification. Renewable energy sources are also a critical component in the UC San Diego campus infrastructure.

UC San Diego and SDG&E are partners through the University of California/California State University/Investor Owned Utility Energy Efficiency Partnership program (UC/CSU/IOU Energy Efficiency Partnership). The partnership is a statewide program that includes the 33 UC and CSU campuses served by the four California investor-owned utilities. The partnership aims to achieve cost-effective, immediate and persistent peak energy savings support for campuses in completing energy efficiency projects that reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

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Tuesday 6th August 2013

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