Los Angeles, CA. — Veolia Energy North America, a leading operator and developer of energy efficient solutions, announced today that it will receive recognition from the Los Angeles Department of Water & Power (LADWP) for the efficiencies associated with the installation of a new Trane duplex chiller at Veolia Energy’s Bunker Hill central plant.  The new chiller complements two other existing Trane duplex chillers at the facility, all with 2,500-ton capacities.  A LADWP representative will present a rebate check to Veolia Energy executives during a ceremony and tour at the company’s Bunker Hill facility on Friday, June 3rd.

Veolia Energy’s district energy network supplies chilled water for cooling to twenty commercial office buildings in downtown Los Angeles and Century City, representing nearly 12 million square feet of space.  The investment in new HVAC equipment has helped make Veolia Energy’s district energy network even more energy efficient for its customers. 
“We are pleased to receive this recognition from the LADWP as it validates our efforts to increase the efficiency of our district energy system for the betterment of our clients and the City of Los Angeles,” said David Jordan, General Manager, Veolia Energy Los Angeles.  “Our decision to install the Trane equipment is part of our company-wide effort to continually invest and upgrade our district energy networks across the country.  Not only do these investments reduce fuel consumption, they also demonstrate our commitment to our clients, and to our future, by contributing to a more environmentally sustainable infrastructure.”

Veolia Energy focuses simultaneously on optimizing safety, reliability, and energy efficiency, and actively seeks opportunities to invest in the upgrade of its technology.  Veolia Energy acquired the Los Angeles network in late 2007 and determined that the three rotating engine-driven chillers in place were not sufficiently energy efficient.  After assessing its options and searching for new technology, Veolia Energy found the Trane HVAC equipment to be the best fit, and then identified that the company qualified for an efficiency rebate from the LADWP for making this investment.  The upgrades to the duplex chillers began in June 2009, and were completed in December 2010, with the Trane equipment meeting parameters involving performance tests and guarantees. 

“With three months of on-site work, we installed the equipment and had it up and running, trained up to eight Veolia Energy technicians, and completed our commissioning – all ahead of schedule.  We are proud to support Veolia Energy’s commitment to environmental and operational excellence,” said Lee Ostrander, Trane account manager.

A global industry leader, Trane provides heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) systems and services that enhance the quality and comfort of the air in buildings and homes around the world.  The company offers customers a broad range of energy-efficient HVAC systems, dehumidifying and air-cleaning products, energy management solutions, service and parts support, advanced building controls, and financing solutions. 

Attending representatives from Veolia Energy, Trane, and the LADWP will be available during the June 3rd event.  The “open house” will culminate at Veolia Energy’s Bunker Hill plant on West Third Street, with speakers, a brief award presentation, lunch, and tours of the facility.

Event Details

What: Rebate Award Ceremony at Veolia Energy Los Angeles

Speakers and featured attendees will include:
• David Jordan, General Manager, Veolia Energy Los Angeles
• Johnny Brown, Direct Sales Manager, Trane – California District
• Lee Ostrander, Account Manager, Trane – California District
• Los Angeles Department of Water and Power Representative

When: Friday, June 3, 2011 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. PT

Veolia Energy’s Bunker Hill Plant
715 West Third Street
Los Angeles, CA  90071

Media interested in attending the event or speaking with organizations involved, prior to the event, may contact Travis Small at 617-391-9654 or at tsmall@rasky.com.

About Veolia Energy North America
Based in Boston, MA, Veolia Energy North America is a leading U.S. operator and developer of energy efficient solutions.  The company is part of the Veolia Environnement companies in North America, with 30,000 North American employees.  Visit the company’s Web sites at www.veoliaenergyna.com and www.veolianorthamerica.com.  

About Veolia Environnement
Veolia Environnement (Paris Euronext: VIE and NYSE: VE) is the worldwide reference in environmental solutions. With more than 315,000 employees, the company has operations all around the world and provides tailored solutions to meet the needs of municipal and industrial customers in four complementary segments: water management, waste management, energy management and passenger transportation. Veolia Environnement recorded revenue of $46.5 billion in 2010.  www.veolia.com