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Hotel completes installation of 26 Level-2 chargers supporting Electric Vehicle adoption, while implementing significant projects to reduce peak electrical demand

SACRAMENTO, CA (September 8, 2016) – The downtown Hyatt Regency Sacramento has been very busy with sustainability projects. Leveraging a partnership with Tesla, which encourages “Destination Charging” to promote electric vehicle adoption, Hyatt has completed the installation of a massive charging infrastructure, making it the largest such installation in the city of Sacramento.
The hotel has installed 26 Level-2 charging stations, 6 Tesla-dedicated and 20 ClipperCreek, which are available to both hotel guests and the general public who park in the hotel garage. There is no additional cost to charge vehicles beyond the regular cost to self-park or valet.

“We are very excited to make this service available to our guests and local commuters,” said general manager, Scott Vandenberg. “We see California, and Sacramento in particular, as the epicenter of electric vehicle adoption, and we want Hyatt to be a familiar name in the EV community.”

Governor Brown’s Executive Order B-16-2012 set targets for 1.5 million zero emission vehicles to be on the road by 2025, while Tesla is on track to produce 500,000 electric vehicles annually in the next two years and beyond. Hyatt anticipates demand for charging services to increase over time, and is prepared to further expand the new service if needed.

Seed funding for the project was provided by Tesla under the Hyatt partnership agreement. Hotel owners, Capitol Regency LLC, provided the remaining $125,000 investment. “We really appreciate the partnership that brought this project into focus,” said Vandenberg, “Tesla is a like-minded brand that is known for being on the forefront of innovation, and that aligns with Hyatt’s focus on environmental sustainability and the efforts we do locally.”

Phil Haupt, owner and operator of Phil Haupt Electric, who installed the vehicle charging stations, states “The electric vehicle community tells us there is pent up demand in the city for commuter charging options. Many drivers right now cannot otherwise get a charge in the downtown area”. In support of this issue, the hotel has spaced the 26 chargers to allow charging from 67 parking slots within cord reach, and encourages drivers to share their plug with adjacent cars when done.

The Hyatt has also partnered with GridRabbit and SMUD on the installation of “smart” thermostats and motion and door sensors throughout the hotel, and is nearing completion of a commercial-scale stationary battery installation. These projects, individually and combined, significantly reduce electrical demand during peak usage hours.

The same technology that controls thermostats, room and door sensors, and stationary battery packs will limit the load from electric vehicle chargers during peak demand periods as well. While other fleet management solutions can only turn vehicle chargers off or on, GridRabbit adjusts chargers to five different load levels as needed, thereby optimizing vehicle charging and hotel power demand. It can also adjust thermostat levels in empty guest rooms to allow for increased vehicle charging rates. GridRabbit’s “smart hotel system” has been installed in other hotels but none as large as the Hyatt Regency Sacramento.

Henrik Westergaard of GridRabbit states, “This collaborative SMUD-Hyatt project is an extraordinary demonstration of GridRabbit’s advanced energy control technologies. The project has proven results far beyond our expectations. This is a timely validation as we are ramping up installations across the country. Special thanks go to SMUD for its outstanding customer energy programs and to Charlie Bane, Hyatt’s farsighted Director of Engineering, who championed the dramatic transformation of the Sacramento facility into one of the most integrated smart hotels operating today and proved that it is possible to cost-effectively improve energy efficiency while increasing guest comfort and satisfaction.”

The Hyatt takes energy conservation seriously, already diverting 56% of waste from landfills via recycling and composting, installed low-flow water devices throughout, and is utilizing LEDs to reduce electrical and heat loads. These new projects are a further extension of what they already do, relative to finding ways to reduce their carbon footprint.

As part of National Drive Electric Week 2016 (September 10-18th), members of the press, local elected official and those involved in the electric conservation community are invited to attend a Press Conference and Ribbon Cutting on Wednesday, September 14, 2016 at 11:00am. The event will take place on the 5th floor of the parking garage at the Hyatt Regency Sacramento at 1209 L Street. In addition to seeing the charging

About Hyatt Regency Sacramento
Hyatt Regency Sacramento, a 505-room hotel, is located in the heart of downtown Sacramento, across the street from the California State Capitol. It features luxurious guestrooms with high definition televisions, and Hyatt Grand Beds, two award-winning restaurants, a resort-style swimming pool and is adjacent to the Sacramento Convention Center. For additional information about Hyatt Regency Sacramento, please visit

About Tesla
Tesla Motors was founded in 2003 by a group of engineers in Silicon Valley who wanted to prove that electric cars could be better than gasoline-powered cars. With instant torque, incredible power, and zero emissions, Tesla’s products would be cars without compromise. Each new generation would be increasingly affordable, helping the company work towards its mission: to accelerate the world’s transition to sustainable energy.

About GridRabbit
GridRabbitTM Automated Energy Management and Control System developed by Smart Grid Billing, Inc., offers large commercial and small-medium businesses a sophisticated cutting-edge, yet simple tool for monitoring and controlling electrical loads in real-time. It is particularly well suited for use in medium to large businesses. Its “Internet of Things” (IoT) intelligent software platform and communicating devices, coupled with its user-defined pre-set usage profiles, allow for fully automatic operation for adjusting user electrical loads up or down depending upon occupant usage and comfort preferences.

About ClipperCreek, Inc.
Founded in 2006 by Jason France, ClipperCreek is a worldwide leader in Electric Vehicle Supply Equipment (EVSE). The company offers a wide range of products designed to be the safest, most innovative, and grid-ready EV charging stations on the market. ClipperCreek advances the plug-in vehicle market and broadens the acceptance of the most exciting vehicle revolution in a century. The industry pioneers at ClipperCreek build more than 20 years of real world EV charging expertise into every EVSE they manufacture. All ClipperCreek products are Made in America. For more information, please visit

About SMUD
As the nation’s sixth-largest, community-owned electric service provider, SMUD has been providing low-cost, reliable electricity for more than 65 years to Sacramento County (and small adjoining portions of Placer and Yolo Counties). SMUD is a recognized industry leader and award winner for its innovative energy efficiency programs, renewable power technologies, and for its sustainable solutions for a healthier environment. SMUD is the first large California utility to receive more than 20 percent of its energy from renewable resources. For more information, visit


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