For Immediate Release: November 16, 2010

Media Contact:
Susanne Garfield, California Energy Commission, 916- 654-4989, sgarfiel@energy.state.ca.us
Jimmy Camp, California Conservation Corps, 916-216-5893, Jimmy.Camp@CCC.CA.GOV
Melanie Adamson, PECI, 503-789-8455, madamson@peci.org

MEDIA ADVISORY

EnergySmart Jobs Program Launches in Sacramento
Surveyors Demonstrate Energy Efficiency Training for Businesses

SACRAMENTO - California Conservation Corps members are now set to embark on a rewarding new career path thanks to EnergySmart Jobs. EnergySmart Jobs is part of the statewide Energy Upgrade California Program funded by the California Energy Commission with American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) monies and administered by PECI. CCC graduates are starting work as energy surveyors, scoping out energy-saving opportunities for commercial businesses throughout California.

Legislators, local government, and utility dignitaries will join members from the Energy Commission, PECI and the California Conservation Corps in a media event celebrating the official public launch of the EnergySmart Jobs program. EnergySmart Jobs is expected to deliver more than $41 million in energy savings over the next five years and create a new sustainable workforce.

What: EnergySmart Jobs Surveyor Launch

When: Thursday, November 18, 2010

Time: 11 AM - Noon

Who: California Conservation Corps, California Energy Commission, and PECI

Where: Save Mart supermarket, 5600 Folsom Blvd. Sacramento

Visual: California Conservation Corps surveyors will provide an abbreviated energy-survey inside the grocery store focusing on the refrigeration units demonstrating the skills learned and the technology employed (iPhone data basing) through the EnergySmart Jobs Program.

Interview Opportunities: David Muraki, Director, CA Conservation Corps
Anthony Eggert, Commissioner, CA Energy Commission
Bill McNamara, California Regional Director, PECI
Executives from SaveMart Supermarkets

Background:
EnergySmart Jobs is an ARRA funded program providing energy efficiency options for grocery businesses - from convenience stores to supermarkets -throughout California that have retail refrigeration equipment. The Program's focus on a target market, close utility collaboration, consultative approach with grocery stores, and strong industry relationships delivers high levels of retrofit adoption, resulting in significant electric energy efficiency and savings.

The EnergySmart Jobs Program has initially partnered with 14 entities, including community colleges, technology firms, utilities and manufacturers to leverage private and public funds along with in-kind services. In addition to the CCC, participating energy services companies will then provide additional information and make recommendations to business owners about appropriate energy-saving equipment. Working with local utilities, the program will use about half of the funding to "buy down" the cost of energy efficient refrigeration equipment with direct incentives. The program anticipates funding 5,000 retrofit projects saving California commercial retailers approximately $41 million in energy costs over five years.

Other program partners include Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD), EnergySmart Grocer (PG&E territory), six community colleges, four manufacturers, a refrigeration controls trainer and service provider, and Salesforce.com Foundation. EnergySmart Jobs continues to attract more program partners, looking to leverage program funds to create jobs and energy savings

The EnergySmart Jobs Program expects to create 214 new jobs in California, provide energy efficiency job skills training for 400 people, and help retain more than 200 contractor and energy auditor positions throughout the state. Each of the Californians trained and employed through the EnergySmart Jobs Program will have the necessary skill set to become an integral part of the green workforce - which continues to grow despite the lagging economy.

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