For Immediate Release: December 12, 2011
Media Contact: Percy D. Della - 916-654-4989


Latest round of energy upgrades benefit Nevada County

Nevada County expects more savings in energy costs from its latest round of energy upgrades made possible by a combination of a low-interest state loan and federal stimulus funds.

"Local governments are setting a trend when it comes to saving electricity" said California Energy Commission Chair Robert Weisenmiller. "They are inspiring their citizens to do their share with simple things like switching to more energy efficient light bulbs at home."

The county's most recent projects retrofitted lighting systems in the Sheriff's Office, the County Library and the Joseph Center in Truckee. A lighting upgrade placed more than 1,400 new energy-miser lamps with the latest electronic ballasts throughout the Wayne Brown Correctional Center in Nevada City. The facility's Heating Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC) units and controls, water heating system and pumps were replaced with premium efficiency equipment.

The energy improvements implemented this year were funded by a $373,291 in Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant (EECBG) from the U.S. Department of Energy under the American Recovery and Investment Act (ARRA). Administered by the California Energy Commission, the EECBG program is meant to assist small cities and counties in their energy efficiency efforts.

With the upgrades in Truckee and the correctional center, the county will save about $88,280 in energy costs and prevent 243 tons of CO2 emissions every year.

Last year, Nevada County replaced HVAC systems and controls and boilers and switched to an energy saving network at the Eric Rood Administration Center and the correctional facility with a $1.4 million low interest loan from the Energy Commission's Energy Conservation Assistance Account (ECAA).

The loan and grant projects in Nevada City are expected to save the county $126,566 in energy bills and reduce CO2 emissions by more than 325 tons 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:

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:

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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