The Board of Water and Power Commissioners took several actions to provide energy and water savings for commercial and industrial customers in Los Angeles. These include a one-year extension of three energy efficiency incentive programs from Dec. 31, 2002 to Dec. 31, 2003, and an incentive increase for the replacement of non-water saving toilets with ultra-low-flush toilets.Los Angeles, California – December 9, 2002 [SolarAccess.com] The specific energy efficiency programs include incentives for Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC), Commercial Lighting Efficiency Offer (CLEO) and Chiller Efficiency Program (CEP). Together, air conditioning and commercial lighting make up about two-thirds of the total energy usage during summer peak periods. In addition, the Innovative Technology Program to encourage commercial customers to implement innovative energy efficiency research and development projects designed to save energy was also extended. “Our large customers have demonstrated that becoming more energy efficient is both good for the environment and the bottom line,” said Angelina Galiteva, LADWP director of Green LA. Galiteva said that over the last 18 months, the energy efficiency programs for all customers have resulted in an unprecedented 142 megawatts of peak energy savings. About two-thirds of the savings came from large commercial customers. In addition, LADWP is in the process of revising the Integrated Resource Plan, which details the amounts of energy from different resources the utility plans to utilize as well as develop over the next several years. The current plan includes goals for energy efficiency, distributed generation, as well as the use of green power or renewable energy. As a result, some of the energy efficiency incentive programs that were extended may be revised in the near future to more specifically support the updated plan. The Energy Efficiency Program is part of the Green LA Programs that also include solar power, Green Power, Tree Planting for a Green LA, Electric Transportation, Cool Schools Tree Planting, Water Conservation and Recycling.