For Immediate Release: October 19, 2012
Media Contact: Ma Eliza Caliolio - 916-654-4989


Waterfront City Radiates With Energy-Saving Lights

The City of Morro Bay, a waterfront city in San Luis Obispo County is doing its part to save energy and reduce its carbon footprint by installing new energy efficient lights.

Approximately 1,000 interior fluorescent lamps and 100 exterior wall pack, parking lot, and walkway lamps were retrofitted in city-owned buildings such as the Veterans Memorial Building, City Hall and the Police Department.

The old, exterior lighting fixtures, mostly high pressure sodium bulbs varying from 70 watts to 300 watts were replaced with high efficiency Light Emitting-Diode (LEDs) fixtures. These new lighting fixtures require less maintenance and consume less energy.

The Community Center and multiple park buildings were also upgraded to better fluorescent lamps and LED lighting fixtures.

The lighting upgrade is expected to save Morro Bay an estimated 64,000 kilowatt hours or $8,000 in energy costs and reduce its carbon dioxide emissions by 23 tons.

The project, completed in June, was funded by a $55,314 Energy Efficient Conservation Block Grant of the U.S. Department of Energy under the American Reinvestment and Recovery 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 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.