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For immediate release: August 20, 2003
Media Contact: Claudia Chandler - 916-654-4989

Chabot College upgrades electrical system
with help of State loan


Sacramento - Chabot Las Positas Community College in Hayward has received a $183,685 loan from the California Energy Commission to help it upgrade its campus electrical service.

The community college previously received an Energy Commission loan in June 2002, to install a 280-kilowatt cogeneration system, fueled by natural gas. The new system will provide approximately 40 percent of the electricity used by the 15,000-student campus. "This second loan will help the college to upgrade its electrical system to tie into PG&E's grid system, and to monitor the new cogeneration system's performance," said Energy Commissioner Robert Pernell.

The cogeneration project, along with this system upgrade, will reduce the college's energy bills for electricity and natural gas by more than $122,000 a year. "From the energy savings alone, the community college district can pay back both these loans in five and a half years, and the savings will continue for years to come," said Pernell. "With the serious challenges that today's budget restrictions present to education, I am pleased that schools like Chabot College are creatively cutting their energy costs."

Funds for the project come from the Energy Commission's Energy Conservation Assistance Act account which provides low-interest loans to local governments, public and private non-profit schools and hospitals, public care institutions and other agencies for energy efficiency and energy-producing projects. The program is bond-funded.

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For more information, contact:
Chabot College: Roy V. Stutzman, Vice Chancellor, (925) 485-5203
California Energy Commission: Claudia Chandler, Assistant Executive Director,
(916) 654-4989



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