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PRESS RELEASE #12222011b
Subject :

City of West Covina Honored For Its Outstanding Commitment To Energy Efficiency
Contact :Sue williams    626 939-8458
The City of West Covina was recently honored with the 2011 San Gabriel Valley Energy Wise Partnership Excellence in Demand Response and Energy Impact Awards. West Covina was recognized because of its commitment to improving energy efficiency and the environment, with an outdoor lighting project that saved more than 500,000 kilowatt-hours for an annual savings of approximately $77,000 in energy costs.

The City was also recently recognized for advancing to the Gold Level in the Partnership's Energy Leader Model, which recognizes cities that have demonstrated energy savings and a commitment to energy efficiency. Mayor Touhey commented,  "West Covina was the first city in the San Gabriel Valley, and one of three in Southern California Edison service territory, to reach Gold Level status. West Covina continues to be a progressive leader amongst municipalities."

The San Gabriel Valley Energy Wise Partnership (SGVEWP) is collaboration between the San Gabriel Valley Council of Governments and Southern California Edison to bring energy savings to the San Gabriel Valley through innovative public education and energy efficiency projects. Through this unique partnership the program aims to reduce energy usage in our region.

The City of West Covina Public Works Department used Department of Energy grant funding, in the amount of $952,500, for the purpose of reducing energy use and greenhouse gas emissions. As part of the grant application process, City staff created an implementation strategy to achieve required program goals. Part of those goals included replacing existing traffic lights and HVAC units at City buildings with new high-efficiency equipment. And, the single-pane windows, at City Hall, were given thermal resistive coatings to reduce heat loss during the winter months and prevent heat increases during the summer months.

Public Works staff is currently replacing and rebuilding approximately 1,200 existing exterior and interior light fixtures at City buildings, parking lots and pedestrian walkways to make them more energy efficient. All of these municipal efficiency and conservation projects have not involved the use of any City general funds; they were all paid with grant funds from the Federal Economic Stimulus Act. Staff continues to aggressively seek grant funds wherever possible.

As Public Works Director, Shannon Yauchzee noted, “The City of West Covina is doing everything possible to be energy efficient to improve our environment and also save the City money”.