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

MEDIA ADVISORY

Federal stimulus funds help Duarte
cut down on energy, greenhouse emissions



The city of Duarte is on target for a full-scale energy retrofit after a comprehensive energy audit of all its facilities. The Southern California city's latest campaign to cut energy spending has been boosted by a block grant and a low-interest loan funded by federal stimulus funds.

With the dual financing, the city upgraded standard equipment and controls to more energy-efficient models in several city-owned facilities.

"Duarte is bent on cutting energy spending to the minimum," said California Energy Commission Chair Robert Weisenmiller. "It is among the growing number of cities aiming for reduced electricity usage while making the environment healthier."

Altogether, the city installed seven new, more energy-efficient heating, ventilation and air-conditioning (HVAC) units, 924 light bulbs, 22 thermostats and two vending machine controls. The improvements were done at the City Hall, Community Center, Fitness Center, the Duarte Park Recreation Building, North Yard, Old City Hall, and Royal Oaks Park Recreation Building, Senior Center, South Yard and Teen Center.

Funds of $340,963 for the project completed earlier this year came from two sources. The city received a block grant from the U.S. Department of Energy under the American Recovery Assistance Act (ARRA) and administered by the Energy Commission and a low -interest ARRA-funded loan from the Commission's Energy Conservation Assistant Account (ECAA).

"The federal stimulus funds allowed the city to upgrade aged facilities in an environmentally responsible manner," said Duarte City Manager Darrell George. "These improvements will increase energy efficiency, save money and reduce our carbon footprint, a win-win all around."

With the ARRA and ARRA-ECAA funded projects completed earlier this year, the city will reduce its energy bills by $20,090 and CO2 emissions by 98 metric tons a year - the equivalent of planting 2,524 trees, and removing 19 cars from the road.

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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: http://www.energy.ca.gov/recovery

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: http://www.energy.ca.gov/efficiency/financing/.

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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