Calif. to Reward Energy Efficiency with Federal Funds

As the first state to award federal funds for energy-efficiency, the California Energy Commission is distributing $50 million in grants for electricity peak load reduction.


As the first state to award federal funds for energy-efficiency, the California Energy Commission is distributing $50 million in grants for electricity peak load reduction.

Anticipating that the energy-efficient retrofits will yield a peak load reduction of more than 220 megawatts, the program is divided into six parts:

  • Retrofitting facilities with advanced metering capable of automatically dimming lights and raising or lowering thermostats.

  • Improving heating, ventilation and air-conditioning at state buildings and public universities.

  • Energy-efficient improvements for wastewater treatment.

  • Increasing renewable electricity generation.

  • Changing building roofs from dark- to light-colored materials.

  • Switching traffic lights to energy-efficient light-emitting diodes.

"California's establishment of [this incentive program] sets an important precedent for the advancement of energy conservation and provides an environmentally responsible opportunity for builders and contractors in the states," said Jared Blum, president and CEO of the Polyisocyanurate Insulation Manufacturers Association.

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