Southern California Gas Company (SoCalGas)
On-Demand Efficiency Program (ODE)
Many multifamily buildings rely on central hot water systems serviced by inefficient, continuously running pumps, wasting gas, increasing electricity usage and reducing the life of the entire water distribution system. Recognizing the significant savings opportunity, Benningfield Group designed a program for the Southern California Gas Company (SoCalGas) called On-Demand Efficiency (ODE) that is FREE to qualifying SoCalGas customers.
This no-cost program for multifamily building customers in the SoCalGas service territory installs an ODE controller to regulate the recirculation pump on the central water heating system. It reduces the pump operating time from 24 hours a day to as little as six hours a day and still provides the same hot water experience to your building occupants. To date, the ODE program has installed controllers to over 150,000 dwelling units in over 4,600 communities, saving over 2.7 million therms, throughout the SoCalGas territory.
Benningfield Group works with manufacturers, distributors, and contractors throughout the SoCalGas territory to administer the program. We have also created a custom database that allows us to track status, create reports, monitor inspections, and store data relating to program sites and gas savings, ensuring that quality and efficiency are conducted at every stage of the program.
For more information about the program or to apply, click here.
Southern California Gas Company (SoCalGas)
California Solar Initiative (CSI) Thermal Program
The purpose of this program is to manage and provide a report to determine both the cost-effectiveness of the CSI Thermal Program and the program’s effectiveness in achieving program goals. The three main tasks necessary to successfully complete this project include developing the Cost Effectiveness report for 2010-2019, compiling/processing/assessing system cost and budget data, and compiling/processing/assessing information to determine program goals as noted in AB797. Benningfield Group is partnering with Itron as a subcontractor to assist in conducting surveys of various program stakeholders to determine whether the goals of AB 797 have been met.
Southern California Gas Company (SoCalGas) / San Diego Gas & Electric Company (SDG&E) / Pacific Gas & Electric Company (PG&E)
Multifamily Boiler Market Study
The purpose of this natural gas multifamily boiler study, sponsored by SoCalGas, SDG&E, and PG&E, is to create a market assessment for boilers, including boiler add-ons (i.e. controls and economizers) for the residential multifamily market in California. This project is paramount in understanding the current landscape of natural gas boilers, the characteristics of the multifamily housing market in California, and identifying potential energy savings for these dwellings. Benningfield Group is partnering with The Cadmus Group as their primary subcontractor and subject matter expert to assist in the market assessment of natural gas boilers for the multifamily market in California. Benningfield Group is also conducting on-site assessments of boiler equipment and surveys of maintenance staff regarding boiler operations.
State of California Tax Credit Allocation Committee (TCAC)
California Utility Allowance Calculator (CUAC) Quality Control Reviews
Benningfield Group performs quality control reviews for California Utility Allowance Calculator (CUAC) submissions to ensure compliance with 2008 or newer, as applicable, Title 24 energy efficiency standards and sustainable building methods, as identified in California Tax Credit Allocation Committee (TCAC) program rules and regulations, for affordable multifamily developments that are awarded federal and state low income housing tax credits in California. Standard utility allowances are generally based on older housing stock and do not reflect energy efficiency gains realized in newer and rehabbed construction. Creation of a customized allowance to recognize energy efficiency design results in a more realistic allowance for utilities. This can provide property owners with increased cash flow and can ease debt coverage concerns.
Bay Area Regional Energy Network (BayREN)
In-Field and Technical Support
The BayREN Codes and Standards program helps Bay Area counties reduce their energy usage through improved building design and construction. The collaborative program supplies local governments with the resources they need to achieve full compliance with and enforce the California Energy Code, including best practice guides, checklists, policy support, targeted training, and on-site support. Benningfield Group supports the Association of Bay Area Governments (ABAG) and consulting firm Frontier Energy (formerly BKi) as a subcontractor on the project, implementing in-field and technical support.
Our work for BayREN has consisted of:
- assisting jurisdictions to ensure compliance.
- determining (through primary research) the key challenges to enforcing training, identifying tools and guides that would benefit each county, and then tracking their effectiveness as they were implemented.
- developing several training programs (through primary research) that addresses gaps in understanding the energy code and its enforcement.