For Immediate Release: February 2, 2012
Media Contact: Percy D. Della - 916-654-4989


Cost savings in Clearlake's future due to energy upgrade

Due to energy upgrades completed at two buildings and the retrofit of street and parking lights, the city of Clearlake will begin to see cost savings in its energy usage.

The Lake County city will also score big, energy efficiency-wise and contribute to the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions.

With a federal block grant, the city of 16,000 installed cool-roofing at its facility housing both City Hall and the police department. White roofs clad in solar-reflective thermal plastic are an inexpensive way to prevent buildings from absorbing heat on hot days, and keep them cooler when the temperature rises.

About 1,000 lighting fixtures at these buildings and the senior center were retrofitted with bulbs that use less energy, but glow brighter. More than 25 occupancy sensors were also installed to turn lights off when offices are not in use.

The city's energy makeover likewise targeted the replacement of 56 traffic signal lights on Old Highway 53 and Lakeshore Drive with energy-saving and longer-lasting light emitting diodes (LEDs). To cap the upgrade, 27 high-sodium vapor street lights at various locations were replaced with LEDs.

Funds of $86,138 for the project came from a block grant from the U.S. Department of Energy under the American Recovery Assistance Act (ARRA). Administered by the California Energy Commission, federal block grants contribute to the energy efficiency goals of small cities and counties.

Because of the energy upgrade mostly completed late last year, Clearlake expects to save 130,600 kWh or $16,730 in energy costs and reduce greenhouse emissions by almost 40 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 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:

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.