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


Energy Grant Spurs Del Mar IT Upgrade

The seaside town of Del Mar in San Diego County has targeted its data center to cut energy costs and greenhouse gas emissions.

Using federal stimulus funds, the city's Information Technology (IT) Department purchased a shared storage device and server virtualization software to reduce the number of servers needed to store municipal data.

The "server virtualization" project enabled the city's IT personnel to consolidate its data center and eliminate six older servers. The drastic reduction in hardware will result in less energy to run and cool the machines.

In addition to energy savings, the computer upgrade will also greatly improve the IT department's business continuity and disaster recovery process since the technology built into the shared storage device has the ability to back up and recover data more efficiently.

By centralizing data access, the city of 4,000 residents will save 30,000 kilowatt-hours which translates to saving $5,300 in energy costs annually and reducing CO2 emission by more than 10 tons every year.

The project, completed last December was funded with $25,000 from the Energy Efficiency Conservation Block Grant (EECBG) program of the U.S. Department of Energy under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA). The EECBG program, administered by the California Energy Commission is meant to help small cities and counties meet their energy efficiency goals.

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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:

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.