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


Energy Grant Brightens Wheatland's Future

In quest of cost savings, the city of Wheatland has installed new energy efficient lighting at several city-owned facilities.

The Yuba County city upgraded more than 200 interior and exterior lights at the community center, corporate yard, fire department, Nichols Park restrooms and city parking lot.

Lighting fixtures at these facilities were upgraded to energy efficient bulbs with the latest electronic ballasts and occupancy sensors designed to shut off lights when offices are not in use.

Six streetlights outside of the city parking lot were also switched to light emitting diodes (LED). LEDs use less energy, last longer and are expected to cut down on the city's maintenance costs.

City officials plan to replace the parking lot's remaining conventional streetlights to LED, as well as streetlights near the city's four parks when funding becomes available.

The project, completed last month, was funded with a $25,000 grant from Energy Efficient Block Grant program of the U.S. Department of Energy. The grant, administered by the California Energy Commission is a component of the American Reinvestment and Recover Act.

Switching to energy efficient lighting is expected to save the city 27,050 kilowatt-hours translate or $3,733 in energy costs and will reduce its green house gas emissions by nine 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.