Sacramento – A boiler upgrade by the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) has been honored by the Southern California Gas Co. for reducing natural gas use more than any other government project in the state in 2011.
The boiler retrofit completed at the California Correctional Institution at Tehachapi was presented with the Government Award on March 29 at the utility’s Business Expo Awards in Pomona. The annual event recognizes public and private organizations that achieved the greatest success in energy-efficiency projects.
Renovations to the boiler system, which provides hot water to about one quarter of the 1,650-acre complex, resulted in water being heated more efficiently and a reduction in natural gas consumption by 345,322 therms, equal to slightly more than the natural gas consumed annually by 10,000 average California households.
The new system reduces heat previously lost moving the water more than three miles and reduces electricity used to pump the water by 430,116 kilowatt hours, equal to the annual electrical use of 730 average California households. The increased efficiency will save CDCR an estimated $317,476 a year on its utility bills.
The boiler retrofit project was funded under the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act.
The Kern County prison serves as a reception and processing center for new inmates and houses medium- and high-security inmates.
The award is the second in recent weeks for CDCR’s energy-saving efforts. Also in March, CDCR was presented with the 2012 Northern Regional Integrated Award by Pacific Gas and Electric Co. for the department’s participation in many of the utility’s energy-efficiency programs, including energy-saving design in new construction, the use of solar photovoltaic cells to generate electricity and pricing programs that encourage electricity use during less-expensive off-peak times.
More information on CDCR is available at: www.cdcr.ca.gov.