Westin High Efficiency Gas Heat Pump Project


SCH Number
Public Agency
California Energy Commission
Document Title
Westin High Efficiency Gas Heat Pump Project
Document Type
NOE - Notice of Exemption
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
Agency Name
California Energy Commission
Contact Types
Lead/Public Agency

Agency Name
The Southern California Gas Company (SoCalGas)
Contact Types
Project Applicant


Los Angeles
Los Angeles
Southern California

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.


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