For Immediate Release: September 20, 2012
Media Contact: Kelly M. Kell - 916-654-4989


Sierra Madre Cuts Energy Costs with Citywide Lighting Project

To save money and reduce its carbon footprint, the small city of Sierra Madre (Los Angeles County) has installed new energy efficient lighting at city-owned facilities.

The lighting retrofit project, paid for by a $51,000 federal stimulus grant, installed energy saving lights at city buildings including City Hall, the combined fire and police stations, auto mechanic yard, and library.

More than 750 interior and exterior lights and 280 ballasts were switched to energy saving T8 bulbs and electronic ballasts. Outdoor lights received photocell controls which allow the fixtures to automatically turn on at dusk and turn off at dawn. Occupancy sensors were also installed within buildings to turn off lights when offices are not in use.

With these simple upgrades, the city of 10,000 residents is expected to save 63,000 kilowatt hours or $8,190 in energy costs and reduce its greenhouse gas emissions by 21tons annually.

The project, completed in June, was funded by a grant from the Energy Efficient Conservation Block program under the American Recovery and Reinvest Act. Administered by the California Energy Commission, the federal block grants are contributing to the energy efficiency 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