CLTC: CA Cities could Save $675M in Street Lighting Energy Costs

DAVIS, Calif., Feb. 27, 2012 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ -- California cities could save more than $675 million over the next 15 years through economic streetlight upgrades, based on research conducted by the California Lighting Technology Center (CLTC) at UC Davis.

Sponsored by Chevron Energy Solutions, the new research findings on the state of street lighting in California will be presented in a free webinar, "Lighting the Way to Safety, Savings and Innovation," 10:00 a.m., Wednesday, Feb. 29.

Advance registration is required at to view the webinar online. Audio dial-in is also available at: 866.740.1260, access code: 7473824.

"We found that 74 percent of California cities rank energy efficiency as a high priority yet only five percent of the streetlights in those cities use energy-efficient lighting technologies," said Kelly Cunningham, outreach director for the California Lighting Technology Center at UC Davis and a key member of the research team. "This is a glaring gap that, if closed, could help struggling cities pay for vital services, for decades to come."

Planning and implementing retrofit projects can be daunting, especially for understaffed city offices. The webinar is aimed at helping cities meet their energy efficiency and operating goals. In addition to sharing research findings, CLTC will provide best practice recommendations and helpful resources. Chevron Energy Solutions will share information about available technologies and the steps cities can take to implement change.

CLTC is part of UC Davis's Energy Efficiency Center (EEC), which accelerates the development and commercialization of energy efficiency technologies and trains future leaders in the field. Chevron has been a long-time supporter of the EEC.

"Chevron's commitment to California goes back 130 years, and it remains strong and vibrant today," said Jim Davis, President of Chevron Energy Solutions. "We hope that by sharing this information, we can help cities become more energy efficient and meet their sustainability goals."

About California Lighting Technology Center

CLTC is a nonprofit research and education facility advancing energy-efficient lighting and daylighting technologies. The Center works in partnership with utilities, manufacturers, end users, builders, designers, and government agencies on research and development, demonstrations, outreach, and education. Part of the Design Program at UC Davis, CLTC was established through the California Energy Commission's Public Interest Energy Research (PIER) program, in collaboration with UC Davis and with support from the U.S. Department of Energy and the National Electrical Manufacturers Association. More information is at .

About Chevron Energy Solutions

As one of the largest installers of solar power in the U.S., Chevron Energy Solutions has developed hundreds of projects that increase energy efficiency and renewable power, reduce energy costs, and ensure reliable, high-quality energy for government, education and business facilities. Its parent, Chevron Corporation, is investing across the energy spectrum to develop energy sources for future generations by expanding the capabilities of alternative and renewable energy technologies. Chevron Corporation has spent approximately $4.4 billion on renewable energy and efficiency since 2002, and expects to spend $2.2 billion in this area between 2011 and 2013. More information: .

Media Contacts: Kelly Cunningham, California Lighting Technology Center, 530.747.3824 Ken Pimental, Chevron Energy Solutions, 415.733.4673