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

MEDIA ADVISORY

Dinuba Maintains Focus on Energy Efficiency with New Street Lighting

The city of Dinuba has switched to LED street lighting and replaced standard lamps with fixtures that use less electricity at City Hall and four other city-owned facilities. The makeover is consistent with the city's continued focus on energy efficiency.

The Tulare County community of 22,000 purchased and installed 65 LED street lights in place of older, city-owned mercury vapor lamps in various parts of the city.

LED (light emitting diode) street lighting, with minimal potential for outages, has the potential to conserve 25 percent more energy than conventional fixtures while making the city safer at night.

During the energy makeover, the city also installed light fixtures that glow brighter but use less power at City Hall, the fire station on Tulare Street, the Public Works yard on South Cole Street, the Public Works Administrative Offices on Kamm Avenue and the Recreation Center on East Elizabeth Way. The new set of lighting in these facilities was augmented with occupancy sensors that turn lights off when offices are vacant.

Funds of $103,780 for the upgrades were courtesy of an Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant from the U.S. Department of Energy. Administered by the California Energy Commission, federal block grants are meant to help small cities and counties realize their energy efficiency targets.

With the project completed earlier this year, the city will save 106,933 kWh or $15,777 in energy costs, and reduce its carbon footprint by 38 tons of CO2 emissions yearly.

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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.