Energy/Utilities Program

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The Energy/Utilities Program is responsible for tracking utility usage at over 200 schools and administrative sites, including managing utility savings for electricity, natural gas, water and sewer, recycling, and waste disposal for San Diego Unified School District. In 2016, the District is expected to average $25 million in annual utility charges.

The Energy/Utilities Program team is committed to effectively managing taxpayer funds by providing leadership in resource conservation efforts. These efforts include strategies for reducing energy and water usage, increasing recycling levels, developing solar energy partnerships, creating educational resources, and supporting green initiatives (such as Energy Star ratings, Collaborative for High Performance Schools, and material reuse).

Projects in support of these strategies include:

  • Monitoring and controlling energy use for Heating, Ventilation & Air Conditioning (HVAC) systems
  • Monitoring and controlling energy use for interior and exterior lighting
  • Managing photovoltaic (solar) energy generation, use, and costs
  • Domestic and irrigation water and sewer use and costs management
  • Drought restriction management
  • Verifying utility use/rates and identifying billing errors with suppliers
  • Providing technical and data support for student energy conservation competitions
  • Implementation of a District-wide recycling and waste management program
  • Providing utility data to the District's Facilities, Planning and Construction Department for construction projects
  • California Clean Energy Act - Prop 39 Program Management

Contact Information

Chris Palis
Energy/Utilities Program Supervisor
Operations Division
Phone: 619-260-5487
Email: [email protected]
Address: 4860 Ruffner St., San Diego, CA 92111