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


Glenn County Heating Systems Upgrade Brings Warmth and Savings

This winter, Glenn County residents will enjoy increased warmth and energy savings thanks to an energy efficiency grant from the federal government.

Eight heating units have been upgraded in facilities located in Orland and Willows. These heating unit upgrades will lower Glenn County's energy consumption and heating energy costs.

The county, located in the California Central Valley, replaced eight 20- to 30- year old inefficient heating units in county-owned buildings and installed eight new high efficiency heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) units.

The county buildings that received the upgraded systems include Orland Memorial Hall and the Sheriff's Administration Building, Agricultural Department and Memorial Hall in Willows.

Completed in June, the HVAC upgrades will boost Glenn County's energy savings by 45,575 kilowatt hours or $8,000 in savings annually in energy costs. Additionally, natural gas savings are estimated at 388 therms, and the upgrades will reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 18 tons every year.

The County of Glenn received an $88,666 block grant by the Energy Efficiency Conservation Block Grant of the U.S. Department of Energy under the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act to upgrade several of the county facilities' heating systems.

Administered by the California Energy Commission, the federal block grants are contributing to the energy efficiency goals of small cities and counties.

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 $32 million to more than 270 eligible localities throughout California. Large cities and counties are receiving funding directly from the US Department of Energy.

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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.