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


Loyalton's new wastewater treatment aerators to save energy

In the campaign against energy waste, every victory is important.

Loyalton, the only incorporated city in Sierra County, has made full use of a block grant from federal stimulus funds to cut energy consumption at its wastewater treatment plant.

The city has replaced five existing, standard plant surface pond aerators and impellers with new, automatic equipment powered by premium efficiency motors. With the upgrade completed in September, Loyalton will reduce the facility's electricity costs by $2,281 and prevent 19,000 pounds of CO2 emissions every year.

The energy improvement at the plant was made possible with a $24,038 Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant from the U.S. Department of Energy under the American Recovery and Investment Act (ARRA). The EECGB, administered by the California Energy Commission is intended to help small cities and counties achieve energy efficiency.

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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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