For Immediate Release: February 9, 2012
Media Contact: Percy D. Della - 916-654-4989

MEDIA ADVISORY

Laguna Beach Saves Energy from Building Upgrades

Cost savings are in Laguna Beach's future due to energy upgrades completed in seven city facilities.

With federal stimulus funds, the city made the lighting and the heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) system more energy efficient at City Hall.

The upgrade proceeded to replace about 2500 lamps with a variety of fluorescent fixtures with the latest efficiency-engineered ballasts at City Hall, Fire Stations 1 and 2, Glenneyre Parking Garage, Lang Park and Community Center, Mermaid Street Parking Garage and the Corporate Yard.

The city improved the existing HVAC system at City Hall, with 16 split systems and three package units outfitted with computerized modules and associated components. The new units will work in unison to provide each zone of the building with tempered air. Sensors that turn off office lights when they are not in use were also installed in the building.

Funds totaling $131,000 for the project came from a block grant from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act from the U.S. Department of Energy. Administered by the California Energy Commission, federal block grants are contributing to the energy efficiency goals of small cities and counties.

With the energy makeover completed last December, the city expects to save 166,655 kWh or $21,844 in energy costs and reduce greenhouse emissions by 58 tons every year. There will also be dramatic savings in maintenance costs over the next 10 years.

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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: www.energy.ca.gov/recovery/

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.