For immediate release: June 7, 1997
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Dinuba's Community Development Department
Honored with State's ACES Award

The City of Dinuba's Community Development Department will receive an ACES Award from the California Energy Commission for creatively encouraging the efficient use of energy.

The ACES Award, which stands for "Assuring Compliance with the Energy Standards," will be presented to Building Official Paul E. Magyar by Energy Commissioner Robert A. Laurie at the Dinuba City Council Meeting on Tuesday, June 10, 1997, at 6:30 p.m.

"The Community Development Department demonstrates a great sense of teamwork and a strong, positive attitude toward California's energy efficiency building standards," Laurie stated. "Energy efficiency is a top priority in Paul Magyar's jurisdiction. By successfully encouraging the use of less energy in both commercial and residential buildings, his staff is helping to lower utility bills. In the long run, that means more money stays in their community, helping to bolster the Dinuba economy."

From more than 500 building departments throughout California, the City of Dinuba was one of only 14 jurisdictions selected for an ACES Award, leading Laurie to compliment the Department for its performance. "Magyar and his staff are thorough, competent and hard working when it comes to enforcing energy efficiency standards. It is a commitment that was begun years ago by Retired Building Official Milt Tromberg, a long-time supporter of the Commission, who continually encouraged his staff and other building officials throughout the state to support the standards."

Pete Guisasola, President of the California Building Officials, added his congratulations to the ACES Award-winning jurisdictions. "Winners of this year's ACES Award represent outstanding building departments that work with builders to make consumer protection a priority. Their dedication helps to ensure quality construction and makes today's buildings increasingly energy-efficient and comfortable."

Since energy efficiency building regulations went into effect in 1978, the Energy Commission estimates that Californians have reduced their utility bills by at least $11.4 billion. The Commission predicts that by the year 2011, residents of the state will save an additional $43 billion in energy costs.

"Conscientious jurisdictions like Dinuba are helping to protect California's energy future," said Laurie.


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