For Immediate Release: March 23, 2012
Media Contact: Percy D. Della - 916-654-4989


Green Projects to Reduce Seal Beach's Energy Costs

Utilizing federal stimulus funds, Seal Beach has launched a green project that will save energy and money for years to come.

A contractor hired by the city replaced nearly 600 standard lights with a variety of lamps, including light emitting diode (LED) fixtures that cast a brighter glow but use less power inside and outside City Hall, Police Department and Public Works Office.

Additionally, the project installed ultraviolet light emitters on several heating, ventilation and air conditioning equipment at the police department, public works office and two community centers. The HVAC upgrade will regulate air circulation more efficiently while eliminating microorganisms that may pose a health hazard to city employees and the public.

The energy retrofit completed earlier this year will save the city 170,518 kilowatt-hours that roughly equates to $20,462 in energy cost savings a year.

Another big deal is the amount of greenhouse gas emissions - about 59 tons of CO2 emissions that the Orange County city's energy upgrade will reduce annually.

Money that made Seal Beach's green project possible came from an Energy Efficiency Conservation Block Grant of $128,008, provided by the U.S. Department of Energy under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

The block grants are administered by the California Energy Commission to assist small cities and counties attain 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.