For immediate release: May 31, 2000
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El Dorado County Building Department
Honored for Efficient Energy Use

The El Dorado County Building Department will receive an ACES Award from the California Energy Commission for creatively encouraging the efficient use of energy.

Energy Commissioner Robert A. Laurie will present the award to Bill Carey, the Building Department's Chief Building Official, and Teresa Mack, Plans Examiner, at the El Dorado County Board of Supervisors Meeting on Tuesday, June 6, 2000, at 9:00 a.m. The meeting will be held at County Administration Building A, 330 Fair Lane, in Placerville.

"The El Dorado County Building Department demonstrates a strong, positive attitude towards California's energy efficiency building standards," Commissioner Laurie said. "By increasing the training of its staff and improving its enforcement techniques, the Department has earned its reputation as a high quality enforcement agency, successfully encouraging less energy use in both commercial and residential buildings."

Laurie complimented the way El Dorado's Building Department has worked with Energy Commission staff to ensure that new residential buildings in particular comply with the energy codes. "The Department's comprehensive plan check and inspection procedures have made their compliance efforts extremely successful," he said. "This strategy will cut energy bills while providing improved comfort for the El Dorado homeowners."

ACES stands for "Assuring Compliance with the Energy Standards." From more than 500 building departments throughout California, El Dorado County was one of only eleven jurisdictions selected for an 1999 ACES Award.

David Martinez, 1999 President of the California Building Officials, added his congratulations to the ACES Award winners. "These building departments have demonstrated that a cooperative effort between the Energy Commission, the builders and the local building department can forge a unique alliance which results in energy savings that benefit all Californians."

In today's dollars, the Energy Commission estimates that Californians reduced their utility bills by $79 billion since energy efficiency building regulations went into effect in 1978. In 1998 alone, energy savings from the State's building standards totaled $1.4 billion and equaled the output of seven 700-megawatt power plants.

"Conscientious jurisdictions like the El Dorado County are helping to protect California's energy future," said Laurie.

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