Roseville Electric’s small business lighting program has been named the Best Energy Program for a medium size utility by the California Municipal Utility Association. Roseville Electric leveraged funds received through the federal government’s American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 and the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant to provide rebates directly to small businesses that upgraded their lighting to more efficient technology.
“Contractor-driven rebate programs benefit the customers, the utility and help support the local economy. This was the best way to get federal funds aimed at stimulating the economy into the local economy quickly,” said Electric Retail Energy Services Supervisor Marty Bailey.
The program reduces small business customers monthly utility bills, reduces Roseville Electric’s overall energy demand and supported lighting contractors.
By offering contractors higher rebate incentives, Roseville’s community-owned utility provided small business customers with a complete lighting overhaul for little or no out-of-pocket cost.
“The California Municipal Utility Association represents the very best in community outreach and resource efficiency amongst public utilities throughout the state,” said Executive Director Dave Modisette. “Working creatively to implement new program, these award winners demonstrate clearly how California’s publicly owned utilities are on the forefront of innovative energy and water programs.”