Published : Monday, September 10, 2018 | 4:54 AM
Pasadena Water and Power will report on the progress of a number of its top projects – including its free water and energy “direct install” program for small and medium commercial customers, and its free Home Improvement Program for residential electric customers – at the regular meeting of the City Council’s Municipal Services Committee on Tuesday, September 11.
A memorandum from PWP General Manager Gurcharan Bawa for the Municipal Services Committee shows the utility has realized a total of $178,063 in water and electricity savings under the “direct install” programs – the Water and Energy Direct Install Program or WeDIP, the Home Improvement Program, and Under One Roof – for fiscal year 2018.
WeDIP was launched in 2013 and was intended to provide free water and energy installation services to small business customers that often operate on narrow profit margins and are unable to invest the time and financial resources to participate in PWP’s commercial efficiency rebate programs. This year, the program was expanded to include additional services, allow medium commercial customers, and recruit small business customers in the “disadvantaged community” areas in Pasadena.
Bawa’s memorandum said 53 installations have been completed since the expanded WeDIP program was launched in June. WeDIP also resulted in 693,796 kilowatt-hours of electricity savings in fiscal year 2018, according to the report.
PWP’s Home Improvement Program (HIP), a newly launched program that is open to any Pasadena residential electric customer and provides free expert evaluation of the home and personalized installations to help save water and power, has initially targeted elderly and low- to moderate-income customers. Bawa said the HIP resulted in 462,528 kWh savings and 11.6 acre feet in water savings during fiscal year 2018.
Under One Roof, launched in 2015, brings together all the benefits available for low-income customers, including City programs and partnerships with key community agencies. These include bill assistance, efficiency upgrades that can be installed for free, and water and energy rebates.
In the memorandum, Bawa said Under One Roof has provided home upgrades and repair services to more than 780 low-income households. Since it started, the program has been able to generate annual savings of 148,722 kWh in electricity and water savings of 5.48 acre feet.
PWP will also report on upcoming major utility initiatives for fiscal year 2019, water and energy-related projects under process in the Arroyo Seco, and its Smart Water Program, launched in 2016, which aims to educate and inform customers about their water use, and engage them to be more water efficient.
The Municipal Services Committee meeting Tuesday begins at 4 p.m. at the City Council Chambers at City Hall. It’s open to the public.