For Immediate Release: December 19, 2011
Media Contact: Percy D. Della - 916-654-4989


Energy upgrade means electricity savings,
pollution prevention for Arroyo Grande

The City of Arroyo Grande in the Central Coast has made full use of grants and loans from federal stimulus funds to complete energy upgrades in eight city facilities.

New energy-efficient equipment and controls will reduce electricity consumption and reduce the carbon footprint at the City Hall, Woman's Club, Community Center, Corporate Yard, Council Chambers, Fire Station, Elm Street Community Center and the Soto Sports Complex.

"Energy thrift in government buildings is a national trend," said California Energy Commission Chair Robert Weisenmiller. "Cities are cutting back on energy use to cut the impact emissions from their buildings on the climate."

Altogether, the city upgraded 12 heating, ventilation and air-conditioning (HVAC) units, retrofitted 489 light bulbs to more energy-efficient fixtures, installed 2 LCD computer monitors, and added control software on 98 computers and 29 thermostat, lighting and vending machine controls.

"The City of Arroyo Grande is committed to finding creative ways to cut costs while maintaining essential services to the community," said City Manager Steven Adams. "The project has provided an opportunity for the city to reduce its carbon footprint while increasing cost efficiency in its operations."

Funds for the project, totaling $219,748 came from a block grant from the U.S. Department of Energy under the American Recovery Assistance Act (ARRA) and a low interest ARRA-funded loan from the California Energy Commission's Energy Conservation Assistant Account (ECAA).

With the ARRA and ARRA-ECAA funded projects completed earlier this year, the city will reduce its energy bills by $11,079 and CO2 emissions by 70,813 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 to 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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