For Immediate Release: January 13, 2012
Media Contact: Percy D. Della - 916-654-4989


Mill Valley's energy retrofit means savings, pollution reduction

Mill Valley, a city just north of San Francisco is in step with communities throughout California. It has undertaken an energy upgrade that spells savings in energy and money.

The Marin County city of just under 13,000 has switched to a more energy efficient heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) system and replaced light bulbs with premium efficiency fixtures at two of its facilities.

With federal stimulus funds, the city replaced an old HVAC unit with an energy-saving model, and installed a total of 6,640 bulbs that shine better but use a lot less electricity at the Mill Valley Middle School and police department.

Funds for the project, completed middle of last year were courtesy of a grant of $71,550 from the U.S. Department of Energy under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA). The federal block grants, administered by the California Energy Commission, are meant to assist small cities and counties achieve their energy efficiency goals.

With the simple upgrade, the City will be able to save 107,000 kWh or $15,988 in energy costs and trim greenhouse gas emissions by 70 tons of CO2 every year.

"Mill Valley is among cities that have embraced the future where energy efficiency plays a prominent role," said Energy Commission Chair Dr. Robert Weisenmiller. "Frugal energy use translates to money savings and the health of the environment."

"Installation of energy efficient equipment continues to a primary goal, and we look forward to ongoing taxpayer savings and additional upgrades in the coming years," commented Mill Valley City Manager Jim McCann.

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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. Members of the Energy Commission are Chair Dr. Robert Weisenmiller, Karen Douglas; and Carla Peterman.