For Immediate Release: February 17, 2012
Media Contact: Percy D. Della - 916-654-4989

MEDIA ADVISORY

Napa County Cities Target Energy Bills, Switch to Energy Efficient Lighting

American Canyon and Calistoga are in the forefront of the crusade for energy efficiency that is sweeping a growing number of localities in California.

With federal stimulus funds, the Napa County cities have targeted their energy bills to save on costs by completing simple but practical lighting upgrades.

A federal grant enabled American Canyon to deploy 250 energy-saving and longer-lasting Light Emitting Diode (LED) fixtures in place of city-owned, high-pressure sodium lights in several of the city's residential roadways. Standard lighting was also replaced with LEDs around City Hall and the city's wastewater treatment plant.

Funds of $88,498 for the project completed in late December came from the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant (EECBG) program of the U.S. Department of Energy. Administered by the California Energy Commission, EECBG grants are meant to assist small counties and cities achieve their energy efficiency goals.

By making the switch to LED lights, American Canyon is projecting savings of up to 60 percent over existing technology. With increased energy efficiency and reduced maintenance from the LEDs, the city expects to save 98,550 kWh or $11,826 in energy cost yearly. It will also reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 34 tons of CO2 annually.

For its part, the city of Calistoga updated standard lighting in five facilities. A total of 307 interior lamps were replaced with fixtures that glow brighter but use less power at City Hall, the police department, public works office, ambulance office and the community center.

Calistoga's energy upgrade, completed last year, and funded with an ARRA EECBG block grant of $28,114 and incentives of $11,038 from Pacific Gas and Electric will enable the city to save 75,489 kWh, or $13,800 yearly. The completed project will also reduce the city's carbon footprint by 19.6 tons of CO2 annually.

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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.