For Immediate Release: October 17, 2012
Media Contact: Kelly M. Kell - 916-654-4989


Energy Upgrades Means Electricity Savings for Del Rey Oaks

The small city of Del Rey Oaks (Monterey County) is going green and saving money by installing new energy efficient lights and dual pane windows at City Hall and City Hall maintenance facility.

The maintenance facility located on Canyon Del Rey Road switched 25 interior and exterior lights to energy saving induction and T8 florescent bulbs. An interior occupancy sensor designed to turn off lights when offices are not in use was also installed.

In addition, 27 double pane windows to help insulate City Hall from energy loss were also installed.

In total, the project is expected to save the city 13,702 kilowatt hours or $1,672 in energy costs and reduce its greenhouse gas emissions by 4.7 tons annually.

Completed in June, the project was funded by a $15,811 grant from the Energy Efficient Conservation Block Grant (EECBG) program.

The EECBG program under the American Recover and Reinvest Act, is administered by the California Energy Commission to help small cities and counties throughout the state attain their energy efficiency goals.

Del Rey Oaks officials said they would like to install energy efficient lights in other areas of the city if additional funds become available.

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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 more than 200 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.