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LADWP, SoCal Gas provide energy savings incentives to skyscraper

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Wilshire Grand Center, located in downtown Los Angeles, recently received more than $1 million in energy-saving incentives from the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power and Southern California Gas Company.

A ceremonial check for $906,511.85 in energy efficiency rebates -- $759,690.45 in electric incentives and $146,821.40 in gas incentives was granted to building owner Hanjin International Corporation during a meeting with LADWP General Manager David Wright and SoCalGas Senior Vice President Jimmie Cho.

SoCal Gas is a subsidiary of investor-owned Sempra Energy.

The design team of architectural firm AC Martin and engineering firm Glumac also received $140,880.36 in energy efficiency rebates -- $121,884 in electric incentives and $18,996.36 in gas incentives.

The design for the Wilshire Grand Center is Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold-certified. The center is expected to save more than 2,174,987 kWh in electricity and over 133,374 therms of natural gas each year.

The Center will be Los Angeles’ newest skyscraper and the 73-story structure is the tallest building west of the Mississippi.  

A few of the Wilshire Grand Center’s integrated features include LED lights in the hotel and function rooms, multiple small boilers for multiple-stage operation and thermal energy storage, and high efficiency central plants with variable speed capability on major components such as the cooling tower, chillers and pumps.

The construction and design rebates for this project were earned through participation in the Savings by Design Energy Efficiency Incentive program, a statewide program in which LADWP is a participating member with SoCalGas and other utilities.

Since the establishment of Savings by Design in 2012, buildings designed or constructed under the program are projected to save nearly 75 million kWh of energy and nearly 878,000 therms of natural gas.