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


Los Alamitos Lights up City in Energy Savings

The small city of Los Alamitos (Orange County) is saving money and reducing its carbon footprint thanks to federal stimulus funds.

New energy efficient lights were installed at City Hall, Community Center, Council Chambers, Youth Center, Police Department, and Public Works Department.

In total, more than 1,300 interior lights and 600 ballasts were switched to energy efficient T8 lamps and electronic ballasts.

The retrofit project is expected to save the city 75,114 kilowatt hours or $11,642 in energy costs yearly and reduce its greenhouse gas emissions by 25.9 tons annually.

Completed in May, the project was paid for by a $22,682 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 renewable