Energy Efficiency Partnership Offers Incentives

CCC/IOU Energy Efficiency PartnershipA partnership between the California Community Colleges (CCC) and California's energy providers addresses energy efficiciency at colleges statewide. The program offers IT energy incentives that result in energy savings at no cost to colleges.

 The CCC and Investor-Owned Utility (IOU) Energy Efficiency Partnership is a unique, statewide energy efficiency program intended to achieve cost-effective immediate and persistent peak energy and demand savings. It establishes a permanent framework for a sustainable, long-term, comprehensive energy management program at the 112 campuses served by California's four large investor-owned utility companies.

The Energy Efficiency Partnership addressess the CCC systemwide energy priorities to:

  • Meet campus comfort and air quality needs
  • Create an “energy” awareness campaign
  • Enhance energy efficiency and replacement of old equipment
  • Access alternative energy sources

The partnership focuses on these energy efficient IT measures:

  • Personal computer (PC) power management
  • Plug load occupancy sensors
  • Server virtualization
  • Thin client/desktop virtualization

Financial incentives that match the cost of equipment are available for PC power management and plug load occupancy sensors.

PC power management equipment powers down computers when not in use at a one-time cost of $15 per computer. That $15 cost is currently matched as an incentive by the energy efficiency partnership and results in $24 in energy savings per PC per year.

The PC power management solution has already yielded successful results for California's colleges. Mt. San Antonio College in Walnut, California serves eastern Los Angeles county and is the largest single community college in the United States. By implementing PC power management on more than 4,000 computers, Mt. SAC saves more than $99,000 annually. Similar efficiencies through the same solution have been realized at Sierra College, which saves almost $43,000 annually.

Plug load occupancy sensors power down entire workstations when not in use. The sensors also cost $15, which the partnership matches with a $15 incentive. The sensors help colleges realize $17 in savings per workstation annually.

More than 22,000 sensor units—representing a total annual savings of $379,407—have been installed by the following five Community College Districts:

  • Allan Hancock
  • Coast
  • Los Angeles
  • San Bernadino
  • Ventura

The CCC/IOU Energy Efficiency Partnership also offers financing through zero-interest loans that fund energy efficiency projects. The California Community Colleges Chancellor's Office encourages all districts to participate.

According to its website, the CCC/IOU Partnership was established in 2006 and set the ambitious goals of saving 19,000 kW; 84 million kilowatt-hours; and 2.5 million therms of gas. To achieve these goals, the partnership is committing $22 million in incentive funds to Community College Districts to assist in the accomplishment of the goals of the energy partnership.

All four of California's Investor Owned Utilities are participating in the partnership:

  • Pacific Gas & Electric
  • San Diego Gas & Electric
  • Southern California Edison
  • Southern California Gas

CCC/IOU Energy Efficiency Partnership MembersThe Partnership capitalizes on the vast resources and expertise of the California Community Colleges Chancellor's Office, the Community College Districts and California’s IOUs. It is funded by California’s investor owned utility customers through Public Goods Charges (PGC), and administered by the utility companies under the auspices of the California Public Utilities Commission.

The program employs four key strategies to meet its goals: energy efficiency retrofits, monitoring based commissioning, energy efficient new construction, and training and education. This multifaceted approach delivers comprehensive savings, and contributes to California’s national leadership in energy efficiency and reducing climate change.<>

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