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SCG Sustainable Communities Program

SCG sought to broaden its sustainability impact—and sought a new program design that would reflect the utilities’ expanded objectives through an integrated approach.

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Client

Southern California Gas

Project Location

California

Project Challenges:

Southern California Gas (SCG) has a long history of delivering energy efficiency programs. Traditionally, these programs have targeted upgrades for specific building measures, natural gas end uses, and energy as a siloed resource. SCG sought to broaden its sustainability impact—and sought a new program design that would reflect the utilities’ expanded objectives through an integrated approach.

TRC Solutions:

TRC developed a pilot program to support commercial building energy and resource efficiency and recommend key long-term program strategies for SCG. The program offered whole-building solutions for new construction and retrofit projects, and solutions were aimed at both electric and gas energy savings as well as building sustainability, water-efficient site landscapes and occupant comfort.

The program was the result of careful analysis of past SCG programs and other effective industry sustainability programs—with a design that captures the best features and lessons learned.

TRC developed a whitepaper, providing comprehensive info needed for SCG to implement the program as a permanent part of its portfolio within the next efficiency regulatory cycle. Finally, TRC provided design assistance per the program parameters to a sample of local buildings as demonstration of the potential program impact and to glean best practices.

Benefits:

TRC’s program recommendations offer SCG an innovative path to deep, holistic efficiency and sustainability results across its commercial segment through a streamlined offering. Building owners and managers across Southern California can take advantage of the program to gain high performance building—saving energy and associated costs and improving their resident/tenant’s comfort. 

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