For Immediate Release: July 30, 2012
Media Contact: Kelly M. Kell - 916-654-4989


Energy Upgrades at Rodgers Theater Saves Corning Money

The City of Corning (Tehama County) is drawing the curtain on energy inefficiency at the Rodgers Theater.

The 1940s' era theater on Solano Street received two new heating ventilation and air conditioning units (HVAC). The building previously used an oil-fired heater and is currently being renovated. City officials are expanding the theater from a cinema to a multi-use facility.

The city also installed new ceiling insulation and a "cool roof" which reflects the sun's heat and reduces the amount of heat transferred into the building below. Combined these energy efficient upgrades will keep the theater insulated from the outside elements, greatly reduce operation costs, and increase audience comfort.

Interior lights were also retrofitted at the city's Corporation Yard, Library, Police Department, Fire Hall, Museum, Waste Water Treatment Plant and City Hall. More than 1,200 energy efficient bulbs and ballasts were installed, saving the city energy and money.

The project completed in May will save the city 33,692 kilowatt hours or $5,967 in annual energy costs and reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 15.9 tons every year.

The project was funded by a $40,604 grant from the Energy Efficiency Conservation Block (EECBG) program of the U.S. Department of Energy under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. The EECBG paid for the heating component of the HVAC systems. The air conditioning component was covered by another funding source.

The EECBG program 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 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.