For Immediate Release: August 9, 2012
Media Contact: Adam Gottlieb - 916-654-4989


Energy Commission Awards $225,000 Loan to Improve
Lighting Efficiency at Prison Facility

SACRAMENTO - The California Energy Commission today approved a loan of $225,483 to an existing low interest to the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation. The loan will be used to upgrade the lighting systems in the Substance Abuse Treatment Facility in Corcoran (Kings County).

Upon completion of the project, the upgrade will enable the facility to reduced its annual energy use by 3.83 million kilowatt hours of electricity and reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 1,321 tons of CO2 equivalent. The energy cost savings will enable the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation to repay the loan in just over six years.

The loan was made under the Energy Commission's Energy Conservation Assistance Act (ECAA). To encourage energy efficiency, the act grants energy loans at a low three percent interest rate for local governments, schools from K-12, special districts, and public and private care facilities.

In existence since 1979, the ECAA low-interest loan program has allocated $270 million to more than 750 recipients to fund energy conservation projects.

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As of January 2012, nearly $270 million in ECAA loans to local governments, public schools and hospitals, public care institutions and other agencies have been allocated to more than 750 recipients. For more information on the ECAA loan program, visit:

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