For Immediate Release: December 8, 2011
Media Contact: Percy D. Della - 916-654-4989

MEDIA ADVISORY

Shasta County continues strides in energy efficiency

Shasta County, an energy efficiency achiever in local government is not resting on its laurels.

"The State honored the county for its trailblazing ways in energy efficiency several years back," said California Energy Commission Chair Robert Weisenmiller. "Today it continues a tradition of reducing energy use and saving funds for essential public services."

With a low-interest Energy Commission loan and federal stimulus funds totaling $936,024, the county recently completed a series of energy upgrades that will result in lower electricity bills and greenhouse gas emissions.

The most recent projects replaced chillers, heating, ventilation and air-conditioning (HVAC) units at the Shasta County Jail, Coroner's Office and Public Health buildings in Redding. These upgrades were funded by a $408,644 stimulus grant from the U.S. Department of Energy under the American Recovery Reinvestment Act (ARRA).

Last year, the county received a $527,380 low-interest loan from the Energy Commission's Energy Conservation Assistance Account (ECAA) at about the same time it was awarded the ARRA grant. The ECAA loan was utilized in replacing chillers, packaged HVAC units and controllers and upgrading interior lighting, occupancy sensors and demand control ventilation systems in several county buildings.

With the ARRA and ECAA funded projects, the county will reduce its electricity bills by $52,577 and greenhouse gas emissions by 168 tons every year.

County officials said participating in the ARRA and ECAA programs has allowed Shasta County to utilize the most efficient equipment and best controls available and good management practice has enabled it to reduce energy consumption on an ongoing basis.

The county's success in energy efficiency goes back way back. In 1994, it worked closely with the Energy Commission in auditing and reducing energy waste. These efforts resulted in improved comfort for employees, inmates and the public and cut energy use drastically at the County Jail.

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Federal stimulus funds to small cities and counties awarded under the ARRA's Energy Efficiency Conservation Block Grants (EECBG) and administered by the Energy Commission are providing more than $33 million to 201 eligible localities throughout California. Large cities and counties are receiving funding directly from the US DOE. For more information about ARRA funded programs, click on: www.energy.ca.gov/recovery/

Between 1979 and June 2011, over $263 million in ECAA loans to local governments, public schools and hospitals, public care institutions and other agencies have been allocated to more than 760 recipients. For more information on the ECAA loan program, visit: www.energy.ca.gov/efficiency/financing/.

The California Energy Commission is the state's primary energy policy and planning agency. Created by the Legislature in 1974 and located in Sacramento, six basic responsibilities guide the Energy Commission as it sets state energy policy: forecasting future energy needs; licensing thermal power plants 50 megawatts or larger; promoting energy efficiency and conservation by setting the state's appliance and building efficiency standards; supporting public interest energy research that advances energy science and technology through research, development, and demonstration programs; developing renewable energy resources and alternative renewable energy technologies for buildings, industry and transportation; planning for and directing state response to energy emergencies.



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