For Immediate Release: December 17, 2012
Media Contact: Ma Eliza Caliolio - 916-654-4989


Energy Efficient Technologies Deliver Money
and Energy Savings to Calaveras County

Calaveras County, famed for its jumping frog jubilee, can now add energy efficiency to its acclaim.

Thanks to federal stimulus funds, the gold country county retrofitted old, inefficient fluorescent lamps with new efficient fluorescent lamps at several county facilities located in San Andreas. Approximately 1,400 fixtures were installed at county-owned facilities including, the Legal, Administration, Maintenance, Animal Services, Land Use, Calaveras County Public Library, CalWORKs, Old Courthouse, and Juvenile Detention buildings.

Modern interior lighting technology uses less energy, requires less maintenance, and provides greater illumination for staff and members of the public who frequent these buildings.

Calaveras County also installed 20 new heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) system controls monitored via a central computer that can be programmed and adjusted for continuous energy saving at the Calaveras County Government Services, Behavioral Health Services, Mental Health Services, and District Attorney buildings.

These new HVAC system controls are monitored electronically on a daily basis to increase efficiency and deliver comfortable temperatures for the employees of these buildings as well as the public

Completed in March, the county of Calaveras lighting retrofit and HVAC projects were funded by a $126,592 grant from the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant (EECBG) program of the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) under the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act (ARRA). Administered by the California Energy Commission, these federal grants contribute to the energy efficiency goals of small cities and counties.

Calaveras County is expected to save 178,460 kilowatt hours or $32,108 in energy costs and to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 62 tons per year.

Federal stimulus funds to small cities and counties awarded under the ARRA Energy Efficiency Conservation Block Grants (EECBG) and administered by the Energy Commission are providing more than $32 million to more than 270 eligible localities throughout California. Large cities and counties are receiving funding directly from the DOE.

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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 energy technologies for buildings, industry and transportation; planning for and directing state response to energy emergencies.