- Geothermal development evaluations identified potential heating and cooling cost savings of 10 to 30 percent
- Developed a predictive model for greenhouse gas reduction that, paired with planned implementation phasing, would assist the District to qualify for development funding
- Advanced scenario planning empowered the District to make informed decisions on how to utilize geothermal resources to meet their fossil energy reduction goals and operational objectives
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Can Planning Make Perfect?
Los Angeles Community College District, California
Los Angeles Community College District (District) is a national leader in applying aggressive and visionary alternative energy and carbon reduction strategies to their campus facilities. Serving over 100 communities within an 882 sq. mi. area, the District engaged Haley & Aldrich to evaluate the potential for utilizing geothermal resources on their 10 campuses to augment central plant energy facilities and support individual building projects.
Haley & Aldrich performed deep financial and energy evaluations to determine how to best integrate geothermal systems into new central plant and thermal energy storage (TES) facilities. Evaluations focused on purposeful use of ground energy storage techniques to minimize peak demand cost. Considerations included impacts of geologic and hydrogeologic settings on costs, performance risks and system designs.
The study provided the District with a robust planning tool for use in determining where geothermal resources would cost-effectively meet their objectives and, importantly, where methods other than geothermal would be more suitable.