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California’s Higher Education Energy Efficiency Partnership Receives National Honors

(October 23, 2007) The Higher Education Energy Efficiency Partnership, which includes the California State University, the University of California, California Community Colleges, and investor-owned utility companies, has received a national award for its efforts in reducing energy use through improved efficiency programs.
The American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE), a nonprofit research group based in Washington, D.C., recognized the partnership after completion of ACEEE’s 2nd Annual Review of Exemplary Energy Efficiency Programs.

“This is the most successful energy efficiency program serving the higher education sector,” said Len Pettis, California State University’s (CSU) chief of plant, energy and utilities. “In fact, the program was designed and implemented to not only achieve sustained energy savings, but also influence energy policy in education institutions nationwide.”  

Besides California’s higher education systems, the partnership consists of investor-owned utility companies Pacific Gas & Electric, Southern California Edison, and Sempra Energy’s two California utility companies, San Diego Gas & Electric, and Southern California Gas Company. The utilities were judged by ACEEE for their effectiveness and innovation in helping customers achieve greater levels of energy efficiency in their homes and business facilities.

The partnership is funded by utility customers through public goods charges and administered by the utility companies under the support of the California Public Utilities Commission. Goals are met by the partnership in four ways: by constructing energy efficiency retrofits on the campuses, by monitoring based commissioning (MBCx), by providing emerging technology demonstrations, and by providing training and education at the campus level.

The California State University is the largest system of senior higher education in the country, with 23 campuses, approximately 417,000 students and 46,000 faculty and staff. Since the system was created in 1961, it has awarded nearly 2.5 million degrees, about 86,000 annually. The CSU is renowned for the quality of its teaching and for the job-ready graduates it produces. Its mission is to provide high-quality, affordable education to meet the ever-changing needs of the people of California. With its commitment to excellence, diversity, and innovation, the CSU is the university system that is working for California. See www.calstate.edu.

 

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Last Updated: October 23, 2007

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