For Immediate Release: September 5, 1996
Media Contact: Claudia Chandler -- 916 - 654-4989

Monterey Honored for Energy Efficiency
at National TEEM '96 Conference

Monterey Mayor Dan Albert accepted a proclamation from the California Energy Commission Thursday night in honor of his city's efforts to achieve energy efficiency - efforts that successfully cut municipal energy bills by nearly $60,000 a year.

The presentation was made by Energy Commission Chairman Charles Imbrecht at the closing banquet of the Energy and Environmental Management Conference for 1996 (TEEM '96) being held at the Monterey Conference Center.

"Monterey began with an energy efficiency study of its Conference Center back in 1990," Imbrecht explained. "As a result, with the help of the Commission's Energy Partnership Program, the City implemented lighting projects that cut the Center's annual energy bill by $27,000."

Building on that success, Monterey expanded its energy program to include City Hall and the City Council Chambers; the Vasquez Adobe; Archer Park, Hilltop Park and Casanova Community Centers; the City's Youth, Senior and Sports Centers; the Library; the Harbormaster's Office and maintenance building, three fire stations, and parks, streets and other municipal buildings.

"The City achieved additional energy savings of more than $22,000 a year and reduced its utility bills by nearly 25 percent without decreasing the quality of lighting," said Imbrecht. "Most people comment that the lighting is warmer in color and looks more like sunlight."

Monterey completed the additional lighting projects with help from the Energy Commission and in partnership with its local utility, Pacific Gas and Electric Company, and with Princeton Development Corporation.

The proclamation also acknowledged the City's support of alternative fueled vehicles. Working with local joint power authorities and regional governments, the City helped establish a compressed natural gas (CNG) refueling station on the Monterey Peninsula.

Today, Monterey has 24 bi-fuel CNG vehicles in their 170-vehicle fleet. Monterey-Salinas Transit also operates eight CNG buses.

"By encouraging the use of cleaner-burning compressed natural gas vehicles, Monterey helps to protect the air quality of the Central Coast. It also helps to increase our energy choices, fostering diversity that protects California's energy future from possible petroleum shortages," said Imbrecht. Monterey's partnership approach to energy efficiency was highlighted at a TEEM '96 workshop Wednesday afternoon. The three-day-long national meeting, sponsored by the U.S. General Services Administration in partnership with the California Energy Commission and the California Department of Water Resources, explored international energy and environmental issues and attracted government officials and private sector professionals from around the world.

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