Southern California Gas Co. has unveiled plans for a new approach to saving energy that combines on-site power generation with an energy-efficient heating and cooling system. At a groundbreaking ceremony for a new $1.8 million central energy plant at its Pico Rivera facility, officials said the new plant will save the company $250,000 a year in energy costs through the use of a microturbine that generates 75 kW of electricity and a natural gas absorption chiller that provides hot water for space heating and chilled water for cooling.

Publication date: 01/01/2002