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Energy Efficiency and Sewer Settlement Addressed by City Council

The City of Grass Valley is moving forward with an energy efficiency plan that will potentially save the City millions of dollars over the next 30 years and also reached a settlement agreement with an environmental watch group regarding upgrades to the waste water collection system in the City.
City Public Works Director, Tim Kiser says that the environmental watch group “River Watch”, a non-profit benefit corporation dedicated to preserving and restoring rivers, creeks, streams, and tributaries of California, noticed the City in November of potential violations of the Clean Water Act. According to Kiser, the issues were already being addressed by the City because of state mandates.
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In the agreement, the City denies any and all of River Watch’s allegations and claims stated in the CWA Notice Letter and believes that River Watch’s claims are either barred by previous and ongoing state agency enforcement or moot considering the extensive requirements of the State Water Resources Control Board. However, the agreed upon amount of $30,000 to be paid to River Watch is less costly than potential litigation to challenge the allegations.
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The Council was disappointed that the money, which could have been used to make system enhancements, is being spent on the legal action.

In another item, substantial savings realized by upgrading existing city buildings and adding solar power arrays to several facilities were highlighted in a presentation developed by Chevron Energy Solutions. The presentation was the result of the Opportunity Assessment which identified a Slate Creek Road property in which a large Solar Array would be installed to generate electricity for distribution. A  second project includes converting Memorial Park Swimming Pool and the Water Treatment Plant to solar powered systems. The remaining projects include retrofitting and upgrading buildings with energy efficient lighting and heating and air conditioning units. Public Works Director Tim Kiser said it was win-win for the city and Chevron Energy Solutions.
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According to financial projections the project would provide a net savings of just under 34,000 dollars a year for twenty years while paying off the loan and then jump to almost 375,000 and increase to 557,000 over the next 10 years. Total savings over 30 years is 5.3 million dollars.

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