Westin High Efficiency Gas Heat Pump Project

Summary

SCH Number
2020090225
Lead Agency
Energy Commission (California Energy Commission)
Document Title
Westin High Efficiency Gas Heat Pump Project
Document Type
NOE - Notice of Exemption
Received
Posted
9/14/2020
Project Applicant
The Southern California Gas Company (SoCalGas)

Document Description
This project will deploy, test, and measure the benefits of gas heat pumps in a Los Angeles hotel (1 million square feet), in order to demonstrate a reduction of natural gas consumption of 35%, at a minimum, and to develop replicable approaches for other large commercial buildings. The benefits of this project, as related to the California Investor-Owned Utility natural gas ratepayers, are to increase grid resiliency, reduce financial burden for natural gas services, and improved safety by reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

Contact Information
Abigail Jacob
California Energy Commission
1516 Ninth St.
Sacramento, CA 95814

Phone : (916) 327-1314
Abigail.Jacob@energy.ca.gov

Location

Cities
Los Angeles
Counties
Los Angeles
Regions
Southern California
Zip
90071

Notice of Exemption

Exempt Status
Categorical Exemption
Type, Section or Code
15301, 15306
Reasons for Exemption
The activities funded by this agreement are exempt under Cal. Code Regs., tit. 14, § 15301 because they involve minor energy efficiency retrofit alterations to the existing hotel (1 million square feet). The retrofits involve no expansion of existing use, with interior/exterior alterations to improve building performance. The activities funded by this agreement are exempt under Cal. Code Regs., tit. 14, § 15301 because the purpose of installing natural gas fired heat pump systems in the hotel is to monitor and analyze the thermal performance and energy consumption. The project is strictly for information gathering purposes and involves basic data collection with no serious or major disturbance to an environmental resource.

Attachments

Notice of Exemption
CEQA-PIR-19-014-SoCalGas Jacob Signed   PDF 136 K

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