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

MEDIA ADVISORY

LED streetlights mean savings, safety for Lemoore this holiday season and beyond

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 lighting to energy-efficient LEDs.

The City of Lemoore in Kings County will benefit from a street lighting upgrade funded by a block grant from federal stimulus funds.

The project replaced 283 city-owned street lights, those familiar orange high-pressure sodium variety with brighter 39-watt LED fixtures in neighborhoods east of Lemoore Avenue.

"The long-life, energy-miser LEDs provide sufficient illumination for years," says California Energy Commission Chair Robert Weisenmiller. "The elimination of frequent lamp changes translates to enormous energy savings."

The city's street lighting retrofit was funded last year with a $136,469 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.

While LED street lighting shines with a natural, brighter look that promote safety for residents, the city will pay $6,240 less for electricity every year. It will also reduce gas emissions by an estimated 26,864 pounds of CO2 annually.

Lemoore has replaced 25% of its traditional lights to LEDs. City officials said they will replace as many streetlights as possible when more funds become available.

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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/

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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