Irvine, Calif.-based Pacificrest Mills says it will use two new electric units to save energy during California's energy crisis and to reduce harmful air emissions. The mill's cogeneration units produce both electricity and heat from natural gas, which produces one-twentieth of the emissions that coal or oil do.

The two new units produce 425 kilowatts, creating a total capacity of 1.3 megawatts of electricity. According to the company, this savings could provide enough energy to power 1,300 homes.

Pacificrest considers the installation of these units as a continuation of its "One Earth, One Chance" philosophy. The new co-generation units will be operational later in the summer.