Chevron Energy Solutions Completes Facility Efficiency Improvements for Miramar College
Cogeneration and Electric System Upgrades Will Cut Miramar's Energy Costs by 30 Percent, Facilitate Future Expansion, Benefit the Environment
JOINT NEWS RELEASE: Issued by both Chevron Energy Solutions and San Diego Community College District
SAN DIEGO, Calif., Sep. 1, 2005 -- Chevron Energy Solutions and San Diego Community College District today announced the completion of energy-efficient facility upgrades at Miramar College that will reduce energy costs by about 30 percent -- more than $200,000 annually – as well as lower greenhouse gas emissions and accommodate future campus expansion plans.
Chevron Energy Solutions, a unit of Chevron (NYSE: CVX), engineered and installed the upgrades for the district, including a 555-kilowatt natural gas-powered cogeneration system and two high-efficiency chillers. To reduce the district's energy commodity costs, Chevron Energy Solutions also installed at Miramar a new high voltage system and consolidated electric metering at three locations – enhancing the cogeneration plant's load capacity – and built an expanded underground natural gas line. The company also installed at Mesa College, in a related project, a 60-kilowatt microturbine cogeneration system and a new electric service and distribution system.
The cogeneration system at Miramar will generate electricity while capturing thermal energy that will be used to heat the campus swimming pools and produce chilled water in the summer for indoor air conditioning. It will also lower the district's need for purchased power by as much as 3,600,000 kilowatt-hours annually – which translates to avoided emissions of about 900,000 pounds of carbon dioxide each year, the equivalent of planting more than 120 acres of trees.
The improvements will be recognized at a district celebration at Miramar College this afternoon, to be attended by college and district board representatives, local government officials and Chevron Energy Solutions representatives.
"The San Diego Community College District is delighted to have completed a project that not only reduces operating costs now and in the future, but also conserves energy and benefits the environment," said Dr. Constance M. Carroll, district chancellor. "Improvements of this type demonstrate a responsible use of taxpayer funds, which is one of the top priorities of our Board of Trustees."
The total cost of the improvements at Miramar, $5.1 million, will be offset by a state rebate of $555,000 to be provided by the San Diego Regional Energy Office. The net project cost of $4.5 million, which was funded through voter-approved Proposition "S" bonds, will be offset by the annual energy cost savings.
"Cogeneration is a great example of an efficient power source, because it recovers waste heat that can then be used for heating or cooling purposes," said Jim Davis, president of Chevron Energy Solutions. "We commend the San Diego Community College District for its decision to install these systems. Making energy efficiency and on-site power improvements is one of the most cost effective ways to extend America's energy resources."
Chevron Energy Solutions partners with institutions and businesses to improve facilities and increase their efficiency, reduce energy expenses and ensure reliable, high quality power for critical operations. Its customers include federal government agencies; state, county and municipal government agencies; schools, colleges and universities; and many other public institutions and commercial and industrial businesses. With more than two dozen locations nationwide, the company maintains in-house engineering, monitoring and project management capabilities, provides financing options and delivers solutions designed to address each customer's particular needs without promoting specific vendors, products or commodities.
The San Diego Community College District serves almost 100,000 students each semester through three two-year colleges and six Continuing Education Centers. Its three colleges - San Diego City, Mesa and Miramar - offer associate degrees and certificates in occupational programs that prepare students for entry-level jobs, and arts and sciences programs that transfer to four-year colleges and universities.
For more information about Chevron Energy Solutions and the San Diego Community College District please visit their web sites at www.chevronenergy.com and www.sdccd.edu.
Updated: September 2005