For Immediate Release: September 19, 2012
Media Contact: Kelly M. Kell - 916-654-4989


Stanislaus County Street Light Upgrade Shines in Energy Efficiency

Stanislaus County is enjoying new energy efficient streetlights and saving money thanks to federal stimulus funds.

More than 300 high pressure sodium streetlights were replaced with induction lights which consume less energy and are virtually maintenance free. Approximately 250 locations throughout the county received the new lights.

The project, completed in May, was funded by a $128,781 grant from the Energy Efficient Conservation Block Grant program (EECBG).

Stanislaus County is expected to save 128,856 kilowatt hours or $15,462 in energy costs and reduce its greenhouse gas emissions by 44 tons annually.

The EECBG program under the American Recovery and Reinvest Act is administered by the California Energy Commission to help 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.

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