Arcata recognized for energy efficiency achievements

Arcata recognized for participation in Beacon Award energy saving program

January 25, 2013

City of Arcata Honored for Energy Efficiency Efforts

The Institute for Local Government and the Statewide Energy Efficiency Collaborative honored the City of Arcata for its energy efficiency achievements and participation in the Beacon Award program. The Beacon Award program encourages local governments to find and implement sustainable solutions to climate change.

Arcata is working toward earning a full Beacon Award, which requires that the City make measureable reductions in energy use, greenhouse gas emissions and activities in ten sustainability best practice areas. The program provides the opportunity for Arcata to demonstrate its progress and share its accomplishments with other local agencies statewide.

Arcata’s spotlighted accomplishments include reducing electricity use by 12% in City facilities and operations since 2005, saving a total of 297,379 kilowatt hours (kWh), enough electricity to power about 47 average California homes for a year.

“Each year the City strives to complete a few on the ground energy savings projects and it is exciting to see that over the course of time they add up to real greenhouse gas emissions reductions, “ said Mayor Shane Brinton.

In 2012, American Recovery and Reinvestment Act grant funds helped Arcata complete the following projects:

• Replacement of 28 streetlights with LED cobra head lights, saving an estimated 18,690 kWh per year;

• Replacement of interior lighting at four City facilities and installation of an automated energy management system at City Hall, saving about 102,800 kWh per year;

• Heating and ventilation replacements at City Hall, the Arcata Police Department and the D Street Neighborhood Center. The City is saving 6,267 kWh per year and 868 therms per year;

• Installation of automatic aeration monitors in the City’s wastewater treatment oxidation ponds, saving 55,166 kWh per year.

Overall, $104,728 was allocated to projects that reduce electricity use by 182,923 kWh per year.

“Throughout California, 44 cities and counties are participating in the Beacon Award program, demonstrating leadership at the local level to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, save energy and promote sustainability,” said James Keene, chairman of the Institute for Local Government’s Board of Directors and city manager in the City of Palo Alto. “We applaud the individual agencies that have completed these interim accomplishments as they work towards achieving the Silver, Gold or Platinum Beacon Award.”

Information about Arcata’s accomplishments is available at Information about the Beacon Award program is available at

The Beacon Award program is funded by California utility ratepayers and administered by Southern California Gas Company, San Diego Gas & Electric Company, Pacific Gas and Electric Company and Southern California Edison, under the auspices of the California Public Utilities Commission.