For Immediate Release: February 21, 2012
Media Contact: Percy D. Della - 916-654-4989

News Release

Federal Stimulus Funds Help Burlingame, Colma Target Energy Savings

Burlingame and Colma represent local communities that share a common goal -reduce energy bills to improve energy efficiency.

Along with a growing number of California localities committed to save electricity and reduce carbon emissions, the two cities in San Mateo County have initiated the deployment of new, brighter and energy efficient street lighting.

Colma utilized a $25,000 Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant from the U.S. Department of Energy and administered by the California Energy Commission to fund a pilot project comparing more efficient lighting technology side by side. The city replaced 32 high pressure vapor lamps to light emitting diode (LED) fixtures and 30 standard pedestrian lamps to brighter, less energy-intensive induction lighting along several blocks of Junipero Serra Boulevard.

With the simple energy upgrades completed in the middle of last year, the 2-square mile city, the smallest in the county will score big. It will cut its energy use by 14,368 kWh or a savings of $1,724 and reduce air pollutants by 4 tons of CO2 annually.

An EECBG grant of $150,010 has allowed Burlingame to complete a wide-scale deployment of LEDs.

With Pacific Gas and Electric Company contracting to do the work for the city, Burlingame replaced 88 older, energy-intensive sodium vapor lamps it owns with LEDs that consume 25 percent less power along busy California Drive and other major thoroughfares.

The City has also replaced standard lighting with energy efficient fixtures at a fire station and a police station, a city garage and its public works corporation yard.

Completed in early January, the energy retrofits will save the city $44,335 in energy costs and reduce its greenhouse gas emissions by 80 tons of CO2 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.