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CPUC Approves $1.3 Million to Help Businesses Save Energy and Money.

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TUSTIN, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--April 8, 2004

The California Public Utilities Commission has announced that small businesses, local governments and schools will be able to take advantage of more than $1.3 million in incentive funding through the 2004-2005 Energy Savers Program of the Small Business Energy Alliance (SBEA). The program, which provides incentive funding to implement energy efficiency measures, is available to Southern California Edison small businesses, schools and institutions (up to 500 kilowatts) in Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, Santa Barbara, San Bernardino and Ventura Counties.

Eligible businesses or organizations can receive a no-cost energy survey and incentives to install energy-efficient lighting and programmable thermostats or tune up air conditioning and refrigeration systems. As a new feature, the 2004-2005 program provides technical support and $150 per ton to replace aging, rooftop air conditioning units with high efficiency models. SBEA pays the funds up front and handles all the paperwork, so participants pay only their portion of the costs directly to a pre-qualified contractor -- no waiting for rebates.

Businesses that have taken advantage of the Energy Savers Program are saving from 20 to 60% on their energy bills. Last year, the SBEA helped California businesses save $2.3 million in annual energy costs. These businesses will reduce their electric usage by almost 14 million-kilowatt hours a year -- enough to meet the energy needs of 2,800 households.

Since the state-sponsored energy efficiency funds are limited, registration is on a first-come, first served basis. For more information about the Energy Savers Program or to schedule a free energy audit, call 888-759-9800 or visit www.sbeaonline.com.

The Small Business Energy Alliance is an energy services firm based in Tustin with more than 20 years of experience bringing energy efficiency solutions to California's small businesses with the support of trade associations, utilities and regulatory agencies. It is a coalition of engineers, instructors, technicians, surveyors, communicators and contractors with a thorough knowledge of the needs of small business owners. SBEA is a Partner in the EPA's ENERGY STAR(R) for Small Business Program and received a Certificate of Recognition on behalf of the statewide "Flex Your Power" Program. The Energy Savers Program is funded by California Ratepayers under the auspices of the California Public Utilities Commission.
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