For Immediate Release: March 6, 2012
Media Contact: Kelly Kell - 916-654-4989

MEDIA ADVISORY

Beverly Hills Energy Upgrade Saves Money


Beverly Hills, known for high-end shopping, tourism, and Hollywood stars can now add energy efficiency to its acclaim.

The city has installed energy efficient lights and heating ventilation, and air conditioning units (HVAC) at various city-owned facilities.

More than 800 interior and exterior lights were retrofitted at City Hall, Public Works, La Cienega Park and Coldwater Park. These facilities received energy efficient fixtures, ballasts, and bulbs allowing lights to grow brighter, while saving energy and money.

The city also replaced three HVAC units at Coldwater Park and Fire Station No. 1 with higher efficiency models.

The lighting and HVAC upgrades, completed last August, will save the city 34,000 kilowatt-hours which will save nearly $50,000 in energy costs and reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 120 tons of CO2 every year.

The project was funded by a $192,706 grant from the Energy Efficiency Conservation Block Grant program of the U.S. Department of Energy under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. The grants are administered by the California Energy Commission. Total project costs for the upgrade were $207,593. The difference in cost was paid for by city funds.



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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 to 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: http://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.