News Release from the California Energy Commission

News Release

Gary Miller
60th Assembly District

For Immediate Release: April 17, 1996
Contact: Bill Blankenship -- 818-839-2000p>

West Covina Received Award for Energy Achievement

Assemblyman Gary G. Miller (R- Diamond Bar) announced that West Covina received an award for "Outstanding Energy Achievement in Local Government" at its Tuesday, April 16 City Council meeting.

"With this award, the California Energy Commission recognized West Covina for its long-term commitment to cutting energy waste in city facilities," said Assemblyman Miller. "Thanks to a series of recently-completed energy improvements, the city is reducing its energy bill by more than $100,000 a year. West Covina should be saluted for efficiently saving taxpayer money while contributing to our area's environmental quality and economic growth."

Through active participation in the Commission's Energy Partnership Program, the city implemented energy conservation measures at 13 city-owned buildings, including the City Hall, the Police Station, Communications Center, Fire Stations #1, 3 and 4, the Fire Administration Building, the West Covina Senior Center, Shadow Oak Community Center, Cameron Park Youth Center, Palm View Youth Center, the Community Center Parking Garage, and the Corporation Yard Complex.

As part of the city's energy improvements, outdated lighting was replaced with energy efficient fluorescent fixtures using electronic ballasts. At some locations, exterior lighting was converted to more efficient metal halide fixtures. Compact fluorescent lamps were installed in exit signs and occupancy sensors were added to turn off lights when rooms are unoccupied.

Time clocks were added to control various air conditioning units, and improved economizer controls were installed in a number of air conditioning units as well. A variable speed motor also was added to the City Hall's cooling tower.

The Energy Commission supplied the city with an energy study identifying possible utility savings. West Covina financed the cost of the improvements itself. It should recover its expenses from the energy savings alone in under two years.

Daryl Mills, Manager of the Energy Commission's Public Sector Program, presented a framed resolution at the City Council meeting on Tuesday, April 16. The award commends the Mayor, City Council members, and the staff of West Covina's Public Works Department for "saving revenue for public services and setting an example for all businesses and residents in their community."

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