News Release

For Immediate Release: October 31, 1996
Media Contact: Claudia Chandler -- 916 - 654 - 4989

Anderson Saves Power, Cuts Costs
and Earns Energy Commission Award

Because of recent lighting projects that cut its yearly electric bill by nearly $13,000, the City of Anderson will be presented an award for "Outstanding Energy Achievement in Local Government" at the City Council meeting Tuesday, November 19, 1996.

The resolution to be presented by the California Energy Commission commends Anderson for "reducing energy use, saving revenue for public services, and setting an example for all businesses and residents in their community."

"Anderson has shown a strong commitment to cut the waste of energy in its city-owned facilities," acknowledged Energy Commissioner Jananne Sharpless of the Energy Commission.

Earlier this year, City Hall and the Police Department were retrofitted with new energy efficient fluorescent lights and electronic ballasts. Compact fluorescents replaced incandescents, and high pressure sodium lamps replaced exterior mercury vapor lamps. Occupancy sensors were added to office areas to automatically turn off lights when the rooms were not in use. The project cost $37,000 and was funded by a low-interest loan from the Energy Conservation Assistance Act, administered by the Energy Commission.

"From the energy savings alone, we should be able to recoup the cost of the loan in a little over three years," said Mike Knight, Anderson's Public Works Director. "After that, savings will continue year after year."

The energy improvements also qualified for energy rebates of nearly $7,800 from Pacific Gas and Electric, the local utility.

"Anderson offers an excellent example of the benefits of energy efficiency," said Commissioner Sharpless. "Only a limited number of cities are selected for this award. Since 1991, when the program began, only 42 cities and counties have been honored by the Energy Commission."

Energy Commissioner David Rohy and Program Manager Daryl Mills will join in presenting the resolution.

For more information, contact:

Mike Knight, Public Works Director,
City of Anderson, (916) 378-6636

Claudia Chandler, Assistant Executive Director,
California Energy Commission, (916) 654-4989

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