South L.A. among communities awarded state grants for climate projects
By Jennifer Daskal
Los Angeles Times, Sep 04, 2017
L.A. County was among four Western states awarded more than $3 million in grants from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Next Generation Energy project on climate change. California, Washington and Oregon are among the top recipients of grants.
The Los Angeles County Department of Public Works (LACOPW) received grants totaling $2.9 million to upgrade its gas-fired cooling plant and to retrofit a city-owned parking structure.
The city government was selected as the first to obtain a grant of $500,000 thanks to the efforts of the Department of Energy’s Next Generation Energy program.
All of California’s four L.A. County jurisdictions and the city of Pomona received grants to help upgrade cooling and heating equipment and increase the energy efficiency of buildings and parking structures and facilities.
The Los Angeles County Department of Public Works (LACOPW) received $2.9 million from the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Next Generation Energy Program (NextGen) to retrofit and upgrade a three-level cooling plant for distribution on Highway 101 near the city of Palmdale. The project was designed for a total reduction in life cycle costs of $8.9 million, including savings in construction costs, retrofits and avoided facility outages.
The Department of Energy’s Next Generation Energy Program funds projects that advance the country’s nuclear, energy and economic security. In 2014, the U.S. Energy Information Administration estimated that NextGen projects saved about $1.9 billion in the first 10 years after implementation, with a total potential savings of nearly $16.3 billion under a 50% tax credit, and $3.2 billion in a 70% tax credit.
“This is a game changer in funding,” said David Holmquist of the Department of Energy’s Chicago office, which oversees the program’s Western-based office.
The city of Palmdale, which was awarded $500,000 in grant funding, made