For Immediate Release: April 5, 2013
Media Contact: Ma Eliza Caliolio - 916-654-4989


Big Bear Lake Lighting Retrofit Completed

The City of Big Bear Lake is enjoying new streetlights and saving money thanks to federal funds administered by the California Energy Commission

Big Bear Lake, in San Bernardino County, recently completed a city-wide lighting retrofit project which replaced 150 of its old streetlights with new light-emitting diode (LED) technology. LEDs use less energy and last longer than conventional lighting. Increased lighting throughout the city will increase road safety, while saving the city money.

Completed in March, the lighting retrofit project is expected to save the city 64,386 kilowatt hours or the equivalent of $7,726 in annual energy costs. Greenhouse gas emissions are estimated to be reduced by 22 tons per year.

The project was funded by a $66,555 grant from the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant program of the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) under the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act.

Administered by the California Energy Commission, these federal grants contribute to the energy efficiency goals of small cities and counties. They provide more than $32 million to more than 270 eligible communities 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.