For Immediate Release: January 25, 2013
Media Contact: Ma Eliza Caliolio - 916-654-4989


Energy Upgrades Enable San Joaquin County Savings

San Joaquin County is saving energy and money thanks to energy upgrades made possible by a federal stimulus grant.

The county received an $836,781 grant to install new energy efficient heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) systems and energy reducing variable frequency drives (VFD). (VFD drives electronically control and regulates the amount of power used by the HVAC motors thereby reducing energy consumption.)

About 70 HVAC systems were installed in 22 county buildings, including Lodi Community Center, Historical Museum, Thornton Library, and the Juvenile Probation building.

The county also replaced a 550-ton chiller at the Sheriff's Central Plant and installed nine VFD's on HVAC equipment serving the Sheriff Administration Building.

The project is estimated to save San Joaquin County 477,489 kilowatt hours or the equivalent of $69,956 in annual energy costs and reduce of greenhouse gas emissions by 164 tons per year.

Completed last June, the energy upgrade project was funded by a grant from the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant program of the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

Administered by the California Energy Commission, these federal grants contribute to the energy efficiency goals of small cities and counties. They are providing more than $32 million to more than 270 eligible localities throughout California. Large cities and counties receive 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.