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Long Beach, Calif. – Riverside Public Utilities (RPU) small business direct installation programs were recognized with an Award of Merit by the California Association for Local Economic Development (CALED) today at their 2013 Awards of Excellence.

Consisting of both private and public organizations, CALED is the premier statewide professional economic development organization dedicated to advancing its members’ ability to achieve excellence in delivering economic development services to their communities and business clients.

For more than a decade, Riverside Public Utilities has offered a variety of programs and services to assist its large and small commercial customers alike. The programs, funded by public benefits monies, are both beneficial to the businesses and help the utility meet state-mandated goals for energy and water use efficiency.

With the creation of the Small Business Energy and Water Efficiency Direct Install Program (SBDI) in 2012, the utility has made it easier for its smaller commercial customers to take advantage of these programs.

Energy and water surveys are conducted to determine how the business could be more efficient. Once completed, qualified businesses can receive up to $1,000 in energy upgrades and $500 in water efficiency upgrades per qualified business. Services have included lighting retrofits, HVAC system tune-ups, and high efficiency toilet replacements.

RPU has assisted over 1,000 small businesses with this program, with energy retrofits alone over the past year providing nearly 5 million kilowatt hours of savings to customers.

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