California Hotel & Lodging Association Partners on $3.9 Million Energy Efficiency Program

California Hotel & Lodging Association Partners on $3.9 Million Energy Efficiency Program

The California Hotel & Lodging Association (CH&LA) has agreed to partner with Ecology Action and Intergy in a new $3.9 million initiative to deliver energy efficiency savings to its members in the Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E) service area. Specifically, PG&E has proposed to the California Public Utilities Commission that Ecology Action be funded to operate the LodgingSavers Energy Efficiency Program in an effort to improve energy efficiency and reduce hotel energy costs.

The LodgingSavers Program is intended to fund a wide spectrum of projects, ranging from lighting retrofits to energy management system "tune-ups," for qualifying CH&LA lodging properties in a comprehensive approach designed to address guest rooms, common areas and external spaces. Working in collaboration with Ecology Action, Intergy would directly address those hotel properties with energy demand greater than 200 kW, while Ecology Action would be directly responsible for all other qualifying CH&LA member properties.

The LodgingSavers Program has been designed to achieve energy savings in the range of 5% to 20% with no reduction, and possible increases, in comfort level for their guests.

"We're pleased Pacific Gas & Electric has recommended this particular program, which is the third significant CH&LA energy-related initiative in recent years," stated James O. Abrams, President & CEO of CH&LA. "The LodgingSavers program will bring to over $6.15 million in assistance CH&LA has provided to our members in the last four years to promote energy conservation and reduce consumption, and this is a great achievement that represents a huge step forward for the industry."

The California Hotel & Lodging Association (CH&LA) is the largest state lodging industry trade association in the country. Its 1,600 members, which comprise approximately 175,000 guest rooms, include hotels, motels, bed and breakfast inns, guest ranches, resorts, spas, condominium rentals, timeshares, and vacation home rentals located throughout California.