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


Foothill Community Leads Energy Savings with Efficient Lighting

A street lighting upgrade will enable the historic foothill town of Jackson to cut its energy costs and reduce its carbon footprint.

The Amador County city has replaced 36 high-pressure sodium vapor lamps it owns about 10 percent of its streetlights, to light emitting diode (LED) fixtures. LEDs use less energy, last longer and are almost maintenance free.

The new LEDs have been installed on lamp posts along Placer Drive, Mill Place, New York Ranch Road, Mission Boulevard, Gordon Place, French Bar Road and Westview Drive.

Completed last December, the project was paid for by a $25,000 grant from the Energy Efficient Conservation Block program of the U.S. Department of Energy under the American Recovery and Reinvestment 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 lamps, the city of more than 4,600 residents is expecting to save 6,746 kilowatt-hours or $764 in energy costs yearly and reduce its greenhouse gas emissions by two tons annually.

City officials said they would like to replace more conventional streetlights into LEDs when funds become available.

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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.