For Immediate Release: August 8, 2012
Media Contact: Kelly M. Kell - 916-654-4989


County of Tehama Stays Cool While Reducing Energy Bill with Stimulus Funds

The County of Tehama is doing its part to lower energy use, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and save money at the same time.

Using federal stimulus funds, the county installed new heating ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) units, thermostats, and lights at county-owned buildings.

A total of 24 HVAC systems and 56 thermostats were replaced with the latest, energy efficient models. Roughly 1,350 interior lights and 350 ballasts were also switched to lower-wattage fluorescent lamps and instant start ballasts.

More than ten facilities, including the Tehama County Courthouse, Animal Services, and Public Health, were part of the retrofit project. These buildings contained the oldest, least efficient equipment and were in need of new equipment. The project was completed in May 2012.

Tehama County expects to save 49,056 kilowatt hours or $17,722 in annual energy costs. This is estimated to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 51 tons every year.

The project was funded by a $119,816 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 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.