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


Retrofitting Project Lights up Sutter County's Energy Savings

Sutter County is saving money and enjoying new energy efficient lights, thanks to stimulus funds.

Last June, Sutter County streetlights, parking lot lights, and interior building lights were upgraded at various locations.

In total, 45 streetlights and 36 parking lot lights were switched to light-emitting diodes (LEDs). The new LEDs replace the old, insert technology streetlights at various locations along California State Routes 99 and 70 within the county limits.

County buildings, including those housing the Human Services Administration, Welfare Department, Child Support Services, Sutter Public Works Maintenance Facility, Children and Families Commission Office, the Detective Office of the Sheriff's Department, Live Oak Library, Information Technology Department, Community Services Planning Division, and the Human Services First Steps Program received energy efficient interior lighting. In total, 430 interior light fixtures were retrofitted, for a total of 1,265 lamps replacing less-efficient lighting.

The recent energy improvements for Sutter County are estimated to be 81,340 kilowatt hours or $12,848 in energy savings, and are expected to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 21 tons per year.

Completed in June this year, the Sutter County lighting retrofit project was funded by a $139,129.81 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 contributed 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.