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San Ramon

Pacific Gas and Electric Company

Found in San Ramon, California, the Food Service Technology Center (FSTC) has an available demonstration kitchen. The FSTC offers commercial kitchen related foodservice seminars, energy assessments, and efficiency programs at no cost to PGE customers.  They also include energy-saving tips and cost calculators at

In order to get the very best ‘try it before you buy it’ experience, it is suggested to bring your menu items with you, to try them out with the equipment. To schedule an appointment contact or visit


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  • Blast chillers
  • Ice machines
  • Induction cook tops
  • Combination Ovens
  • Convection Ovens
  • Rapid Cook Ovens
  • Pizza Ovens
  • Preptables
  • Steamers
  • Chef bases
  • Fryers
  • Griddles and broilers and
  • Holding Cabinets


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San Diego

Sempra Energy

Located in San Diego, the Commercial Demonstration Kitchen teaches classes and offers equipment testing and demonstration. Compare products on ease of maintenance, quality, and more. This demonstration kitchen boasts the latest in energy-efficient and vent-less cooking equipment. And many of these models are available with rebates. This location is a helpful resource for those in the commercial food service industry.

This location offer ‘test drives’ of over 40 pieces of equipment. The Commercial Demonstration Kitchen also offers its own free courses on energy-efficient cooking equipment and lighting, among other topics of interest to the food service industry.

This site also offers tool and book lending to its customers. Its library contains a wide variety of energy sustainability and efficiency-related educational resources. The library contains books, DVDs, and more than 100 energy measuring tools.

The San Diego facility is a LEED certified platinum building using sustainable materials, energy efficient methodologies, and water conservation techniques.

This location also provides training in green building design, green operations, and maintenance, thereby making it possible to convert an entire restaurant, nursing home facility, school, cafeteria, or hospital building, or any other venture requiring commercial food service, into a LEED certified building. This location offers several energy efficiency business rebates and incentives.



This center is located at SoCalGas’s Energy Resource Center in Downey, California. The Food Service Equipment Center allows for test drives of over 125 different pieces of equipment from 60 different manufacturers. They offer monthly seminars, which team about energy-efficient equipment and can show visitors how they can qualify for equipment rebates.

The Food Service Equipment Center’s one of a kind Ventilation and Baking Lab allows visitors to test up to five different combinations of ventilation hoods at the same time. Visitors should bring their own ingredients and get ready to compare new, energy-efficient food service equipment for production, quality, overall performance, and ease of maintenance. Visitors can test new design features and control panels. These are designed to allow for more consistency and control in the preparation of menu items.

This location does not sell food service equipment. Rather, the Center’s mission is to help visitors understand the differences among the brands and decide for themselves what is the best equipment for their particular needs. SoCalGas offers rebates on new natural gas-fired food service equipment purchased for the purpose of replacing inefficient equipment with newer and more efficient models. Their rebates for commercial food service equipment are intended to help offset the purchase price of newer and more high-efficiency models. Visitors taking advantage of rebates will enjoy continued savings as a direct result of lower operating costs year after year.


Melisa Marks
Energy Efficiency Customer Programs Supervisor

9240 Firestone Blvd.
Downey, CA 90241
Type: Test/Demo – Website

Pacific Gas & Electric Company

Kiana Caban

Food Service Technology Center
12949 Alcosta Blvd., Suite 101
San Ramon, CA 94583
Type:Test/Demo – Website

San Diego Gas & Electric

4760 Clairemont Mesa Blvd.
San Diego, CA 92117
Type:Demonstration – Website

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