For Immediate Release: December 9, 2011
Media Contact: Percy D. Della - 916-654-4989


Foster City sports LED glow this holiday season

They don't have the festive glow of holiday bulbs, but LED street lights translate to safety and savings for cities across California this season and beyond.

Because of their daylight-like brightness, LEDs (light emitting diodes) make neighborhoods safer at night while reducing the energy use of cities switching from traditional street lights to energy-efficient LEDs.

Foster City sports a radiant LED glow this winter.

The old, high-pressure orange sodium vapor street lights that gobble energy are out. LED fixtures are in.

The city has replaced 260 streetlights with LEDs that produce the same amount of illumination as the old lights, but use only half the energy. The upgrade project was completed earlier this year.

"The new mercury-free LED fixtures are environmentally-friendly - a benefit that goes beyond energy conservation," said California Energy Commission Chair Robert Weisenmiller.

The city's street lighting retrofit was funded with a $157,426 Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant from the U.S. Department of Energy under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA). Administered by the California Energy Commission the EECBG program is intended to assist small cities and counties in their energy efficiency efforts.

City officials said they will replace as many street lights as possible when more funds become available.

The improvement in lighting will enable the city to save $17, 600 in electricity costs and $1,900 in avoided maintenance and reduce greenhouse gas emissions by an estimated 101,398 pounds of CO2 every year.

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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:

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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