For Immediate Release: July 24, 2012
Media Contact: Kelly M. Kell - 916-654-4989


Patterson Lighting Upgrades Reduce Energy Costs
Better Streetlights, Traffic Signals, Motors Save Money

The small city of Patterson in Stanislaus County is saving money through energy upgrades made possible by federal stimulus funds.

More than 140 old-fashioned high-pressure sodium streetlights were replaced with new, induction lights and 140 incandescent traffic signals switched to Light-Emitting Diode technology. The new lights will consume less energy and require less maintenance. The lights will also provide increased visibility and safety for motorists and pedestrians.

Well pump motors at the city's ground water facilities were also replaced with three new, energy efficient motors.

The project, completed in March, will save the city 108,700 kilowatt hours or $14,000 in annual energy costs and reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 37 tons every year.

The project was funded by an $111,563 grant from the US Department of Energy's Energy Efficiency Conservation Block Program (EECBG). The EECBG program, under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, is administered by the California Energy Commission to help small cities and counties throughout the state 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.

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.