Kat Janowicz, MBA, C.E.M., M.S.M.E, LEED GA, ENV SP
From a policy perspective, Los Angeles is a complex and dynamic environment where agencies are not always aligned. Some agencies are forward thinking and some seemingly have yet to join twenty-first century. Amidst this ever-changing landscape there is an overwhelming need for infrastructure and a sustainable means of delivering it. The greater LA area is home to the largest container seaport complex in the nation, the busiest airport in the world by origination and destination, and the transportation agency serving the largest county in the nation by population. LA is also one of the emerging innovative tech hubs. This presentation will provide a brief overview of the energy and sustainability policies established by the leading agencies within the greater LA area, including Mayor Garcetti’s Sustainable City pLAn, the Port of Long Beach Green Port Policy, the Port of Los Angeles Energy Management Action Plan, the Los Angeles World Airports Sustainability Policy, and the LA Metro Sustainability Implementation Plan. These policies, designed to address our pressing energy and environmental challenges, were developed with input from many stakeholders, including residents, business owners, and government agencies. They outline priorities and responsibilities, and set goals and strategies for the coming years. What have these agencies accomplished so far? Where are they headed? Have they learned their lessons? This presentation highlights several success stories and case studies related to energy efficiency and conservation efforts, clean energy generation and storage, and micro-grids. Energy and sustainability laws and regulations are always one step behind, but state and local governments, as well as various agencies keep setting lofty goals. In the midst of this strained condition, the need for potentially costly workforce development, combined with a surge in transformative technologies and the lack of necessary funding make it hard to find a balance.
Clark Energy & Structured Finance will guide the audience through the successful development, financing, design, construction and operations of our Combined Heat and Power System currently in operations at the Upper Chesapeake Medical Center in Bel Air, Maryland. This project is unique, as it was delivered via an Energy Services Agreement at no up-front costs for the hospital. Rather, the project was financed by Clark, with the cost paid over time through energy sales. Utilizing a third-party financing approach does require that specific accounting and tax considerations must be considered in order for project success which will be described in the presentation. The project also was able to take advantage of a sizable ($1.1M) incentive program provided by the State of Maryland. This tri-generation system (Electricity, Hot Water/Steam, and Chilled Water) required sophisticated engineering and modeling to achieve target efficiency. In our nearly 2 years of operations, we have learned many lessons in operating the plant efficiently, as well as considerations for future design, construction and commissioning efforts. Technical subjects to be discussed will be project sizing, minimum utility imports, controls integration and reactive power. Given the hospital would be entering into a long-term contract with financial and technical implications for the operations of the hospital, this project required the careful consultation between both the CFO’s office, as well as Facilities Management. In this presentation we will outline the priorities of each group and how we were able to successfully arrive at a solution that met the objectives of each group.
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