For Immediate Release: August 23, 2012
Media Contact: Kelly M. Kell - 916-654-4989


South Lake Tahoe Lights its Way to Savings
City to Save Nearly $20,000 Annually

The city of South Lake Tahoe (El Dorado County) known for world class skiing and outdoor recreation can now add energy efficiency to its acclaim.

Thanks to the federal stimulus funds, energy efficient lights were installed throughout the city.

Approximately 150 lights at the Motor Pool Building and 88 street lights on Ski Run Boulevard were switched from incandescent bulbs to Light Emitting Diodes (LEDs). LEDs are more energy efficient and are longer lasting than traditional lights, saving the city money and maintenance costs.

The Police Department Building on Johnson Boulevard also received new energy efficient lights. More than 200 interior lights were switched from T12 lights to higher efficiency T8 lights. More than 50 occupancy sensors, designed to shut off lights when offices are not in use, were also installed.

Other city facilities switched more than 400 lights to the more efficient T8 bulbs.

By switching to energy efficient lights, the city expects to save 186,889 kilowatt hours or $19,623 in annual energy costs and reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 64.5 tons every year.

The project, completed in May, was funded by a $130,311 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. 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.