For Immediate Release: September 14, 2012
Media Contact: Kelly M. Kell - 916-654-4989

MEDIA ADVISORY

Hermosa Beach Lighting Upgrade Saves Money


A lighting upgrade will allow the beachfront city of Hermosa Beach (Los Angeles County) to reduce its energy costs and save money.

More than 150 energy saving induction lights were installed in the city's parking structure located at Hermosa Avenue and 13th Street and the community center tennis courts on Pier Avenue The induction lights replace older, inefficient metal halide fixtures.

The light project is expected to save the city 139,720 kilowatt hours or $16,766 in energy costs yearly and reduce its greenhouse gas emissions by 93.6 tons annually.

City officials said they would like to make the lights in the recreation area and tennis courts in Clark Field more energy efficient when additional funds become available.

Completed in June, the project was paid for with a $108,136 grant from the Energy Efficient Conservation Block program of the U.S. Department of Energy under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. Administered by the California Energy Commission, the federal grants are contributing to the energy efficiency goals of small cities and counties.



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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 renewables.

Founded in 1907, Hermosa Beach is known as "The Best Little Beach City." Named "Southern California's Greenest City" for its work to protect the environment, it is a thriving community of some 20,000 residents located on the southern end of Santa Monica Bay in Los Angeles County, and its beaches have been ranked among the best in the world. To learn more, please visit www.hermosabch.org