July 10, 2001

ROSEMEAD, Calif., July 10, 2001-Southern California Edison's Customer Technology Application Center (CTAC) today announced its summer and fall schedule of free energy efficiency classes for business customers.  The classes are designed to help business customers better understand and manage their energy usage and costs while increasing energy efficiency.

 "CTAC is committed to helping SCE customers find the information, training and support needed to make important energy management and energy-efficient choices," said Gail Adams, manager of CTAC Education Development. 

Listed below are the classes currently being offered:

Commercial/Industrial Lighting

Discover ways to decrease the total energy costs for your commercial or industrial facility through the proper selection of incandescent, fluorescent and high-intensity discharge lighting systems.  Visual comparisons will be demonstrated in CTAC's Lighting Center.

Tuesday, July 17 - Class #PR6170
Tuesday, August 14 - Class #PR6171
Wednesday, September 5 - Class #PR6172
8:30 a.m. - Noon

Lighting Fixture Maintenance Workshop

Learn how energy-efficient lighting systems operating at maximum potential can dramatically improve lighting levels and performance.  Maintenance and facility personnel will learn proper procedures and techniques for fluorescent lighting fixture maintenance and retrofits.  Participants experience cleaning, replacing, installing lamp holders and ballasts for efficient T8 fluorescents as part of this hands-on workshop.

Wednesday, July 25 - Class #PR6114
 9:00 a.m. - 3 p.m. Lunch included

Lighting, Ballasts and Controls

What's new in lighting, ballasts and controls?  Take this class and learn about the latest technologies, applications and benefits received by selecting the most appropriate equipment.  The class also includes valuable discussions on proper illumination to perform tasks, provide occupant comfort, energy efficiency, and dispatchable and controlled loads.

Wednesday, July 31 - Class #PR6206
9:00 a.m. - Noon

Lighting and Daylighting for Architects and Designers

Don't miss out on this opportunity to review the latest lighting and daylighting principles and technologies.  Learn how to integrate energy-efficient lighting and daylighting into building design by participating in a simulated lighting design project determining illumination needs and luminaire specification. 

Thursday, September 13 - Class #PR5911
8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Sustainable Healthcare and Lab Facilities

Learn how to design sustainable healthcare and lab facilities utilizing integrated energy solutions.  Offered for the client, designer or engineer planning to build a sustainable healthcare or lab facility.  Discussion includes mechanical design, room-by-room design, task lighting, heating design and cost analysis.

Thursday, September 20 - Class #PR6001
8:00 a.m. - Noon

Notebook of a Site Engineer

Stop wasting energy in your restaurant!  Benefit from years of experience to learn the right and wrong ways to operate and manage a facility's energy usage.  An ideal class for restaurateurs, facility and kitchen managers, food service staff and hospitality students.  Focus includes cook line, refrigeration, hot water, kitchen ventilation and building systems operations. 

Thursday, September 13 - Class #PR5701
9:00 a.m. - Noon with demonstration lunch included

Basic Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC)

Elementary concepts of heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) systems in residential and small-to-medium commercial/industrial facilities will be discussed.  This session will explore package units and heat pump systems, their applications and the economics of their operation.

Thursday, July 19 - Class #PR6173
Thursday, August 16 - Class #PR6174
Thursday, September 6 - Class #PR6175
8:30 a.m. - Noon

Package Unit Heating Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC)

Receive an introduction to the elementary concepts of HVAC systems in residential and small-to-medium commercial/industrial applications.  Specific focus on package units and heat pump systems, their applications and economics will be provided.

Tuesday, August 7 - Class #PR5904
8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Lunch included

Air Handling Systems

Learn how to minimize the cost of your central facility air conditioning system while providing comfort to occupants of commercial facilities.  Major topics discussed include variable and constant air volume systems, adjustable speed drives and energy conservation opportunities.  Completion of this course provides the foundation for an understanding of air conditioning systems.

Wednesday, August 22 - Class #PR5905
8:30 a.m. - 4 p.m. Lunch included

Owning and Operating an Efficient Cooling Tower

Examine the trade-off between tower size and energy savings.  Cooling towers and evaporative condensers are the usual means of heat rejection for significant sized commercial and industrial air conditioning and refrigeration systems.  This seminar will address several tower efficiency measures, sizing, operating fans (approach control strategies), water treatment (including ozone), and water conservation with several local case studies.

Thursday, September 27 - Class #PR5905
8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Lunch included

Compressed Air Systems

Discover energy saving opportunities.  Compressed air systems can be complex.  When designed, maintained and managed correctly, you can reduce operating costs, increase system reliability and improve production quality.

Wednesday, September 12 - Class #PR5908
8:30 a.m. - 4 p.m. Lunch included

Energy Management Systems (EMS)

Learn how to maximize savings using the most current technology in HVAC control methods.  Emphasis is placed on techniques for calculating energy savings that can be derived from the installation or enhancement of an EMS.  This seminar is recommended for those who have some understanding of HVAC systems and desire to know more about saving on operating costs with an EMS. 

Wednesday, August 29 - Class #PR5906
8:30 a.m. - Noon

Energy Management Systems - Planning and Implementation

Maximize your energy savings by exploring a systematic approach for identifying, designing and planning an EMS or enhancement.  Communication networks, conducting equipment studies, conceptual system design and cost/benefit analysis are the major focus of the seminar.  Examples and how-to materials are included in the workbook.

Wednesday, August 29 - Class #PR6204
1:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. Lunch included

Refrigeration Fundamentals

With the introduction of several new refrigerants, another layer of complexity has been added to refrigeration systems.  This course is designed to provide an understanding of refrigeration principles, types of machinery/systems/new refrigerant impact and energy utilization.  It offers valuable information to service personnel, facility managers and sales representatives.  The course work is recommended, not required, as a prerequisite to the Energy-Efficient Refrigeration course.

Wednesday, September 5 - Class #PR6222
8:30 a.m. - Noon

Energy-Efficient Refrigeration

Discover ways to reduce costs, conserve energy and improve system efficiency with your refrigeration system.  This course demonstrates money-saving measures for refrigeration systems - both large and small, new and retrofitted. Specific focus will be on floating head pressure, liquid sub-cooling, multiplexed compressors and refrigerant choices.

Wednesday, September 5 - Class #PR5907
1:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.

All energy efficiency classes are free to Edison customers and include lunch where applicable.  The classes are being held at Edison CTAC, 6090 N. Irwindale Avenue, Irwindale, Ca.  For more information or for reservations call (626) 812-7537 or (800) 336-2822 Extension #2537 or visit  our Web site at www.sce.com/ctac.

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