The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power announced Monday it has awarded $1.4 million to 24 nonprofit organizations to develop programs focused on improving energy efficiency and water conservation.
Among the recipients of the LADWP’s Community Partnership Outreach Grants Program for the 2018-19 fiscal year is the Owens Valley-based High Sierra Energy Foundation, which will provide information to Owens Valley customers about LADWP programs, incentives and rebates, including for the region’s tribal and low-income communities.
The grant will also support the installation of a weather station in Bishop City Park, which LADWP officials said may help promote more informed use of air conditioning or heating systems that can lead to energy conservation.
“The High Sierra Energy Foundation’s goal is to inform individuals on the benefits of energy efficiency, and this grant will help us reach many more LADWP customers who can benefit from ways to lower their electric bills, while also helping the environment,” said Pam Bold, the High Sierra Energy Foundation’s executive director.
Grants were also awarded in each of the city’s 15 council districts.
“These organizations exemplify the best of what Los Angeles has to offer by focusing on energy and water efficiency in our communities and neighborhoods,” LADWP General Manager David H. Wright said. “The conservation partnership grants are one part of a larger effort to promote energy efficiency and help meet LADWP’s goal of reducing energy consumption by 15 percent by 2020.”
The grants program assists nonprofit organizations in connecting with LADWP customers that may not be reached through traditional communication strategies, with a goal of helping reduce energy and water use.
The LADWP has provided more than $8 million in funding for more than 140 projects over seven years as part of the Community Partnership Outreach Grants Program.