For Immediate Release: February 16, 2012
Media Contact: Kelly Kell - 916-654-4989


Energy Upgrades at Water Pumping Stations Save Shasta Lake Money

The City of Shasta Lake (Shasta County) is saving money through energy upgrades made possible by federal stimulus funds.

Last October, the city replaced four variable frequency drives at two of its wastewater pumping stations.

A variable frequency drive (VFD) is the electronic controller that powers a wastewater pump and regulates the flow of energy the pump uses. Four new VFDs, two at the Relief Lift Station on Pine Grove Avenue and two at Lift Station #3 on Cascade Boulevard, replaced older models that were less energy efficient. Wastewater is pumped to the city's wastewater treatment plant from these stations.

The project was funded with a $58,555 grant from the Energy Efficiency Conservation Block Grant program of the U.S. Department of Energy under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. Total construction cost for the upgrade was $87,076. The difference in cost was paid for by city funds.

Administered by the California Energy Commission, the federal block grants are contributing to the energy efficiency goals of small cities and counties.

By switching to more energy-efficient VFDs, Shasta Lake expects to save 30,982 kilowatt hour or $7,435 in energy costs and reduce its greenhouse gas emissions by 11 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 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.