For Immediate Release: March 21, 2012
Media Contact: Kelly Kell - 916-654-4989


Anderson Lighting Upgrade Slashes Energy Costs

Residents of the city of Anderson are enjoying new, energy efficient streetlights, thanks to federal stimulus funds.

The Shasta County city has switched out more than 100 high-sodium vapor lamps roughly 24 percent of its streetlights to light emitting diodes (LED.) The LEDs were installed on North Street, Stingy Lane, Pleasant Hills Drive, Oak Street, and Nathan Street. Lights on stretches of State Route 273 were also replaced in a partnership with the California Department of Transportation.

LEDs use less energy, last longer and are very low maintenance, enabling the city of 10,000 residents to cut energy costs and greenhouse gas emissions.

The project, completed last month, was funded by a $60,746 Energy Efficient Conservation Block Grant of the U.S. Department of Energy under the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act.

Administered by the California Energy Commission, the federal grants are contributing to the energy efficiency goals of small cities and counties.

By switching to LED lights, the city is expected to save 39,976 kilowatt-hours or $4,797 in energy costs and reduce its C02 emissions by 13 tons 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 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.