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  • Santa Barbara County Energy Watch Partnership Visits Twitchell Dam

    The Santa Barbara County Energy Watch Partnership performed a site visit at Twitchell Dam, which is part of the Santa Maria Valley Water Conservation District. The goal was to find ways to provide energy efficiency options for this special district.

    The dam was built and dedicated in the 1950’s and provides water that is released into the aquifer to recharge the ground water basin. The reservoir has risen substantially due to this season’s above average rainfall.

    One of the surprises of the site visit was finding a plaque dedicated by the Santa Maria Valley Chamber of Commerce on September 20, 1959. The plaque was dedicated to the efforts of T.A. Twitchell, who was a big proponent of the project. This illustrates the extensive reach of the chamber of commerce over the course of our valley’s history.

    The Santa Barbara County Energy Watch Partnership continues its work of providing energy efficiency options for businesses, municipalities, special districts and K-12. The Santa Maria Valley Chamber of Commerce has been the implementer and administrator for the program for 10 years. The program is funded through PG&E and Southern California Gas Company.

    To participate in the program and to take effective steps to become more energy efficient, you can contact the Partnership Program Manager, Dave Cross at dave@santamaria.com or by calling (805) 680-5016.

    About the Energy Watch Partnership
    The Santa Maria Valley administers two important programs focusing on energy efficiency and sustainability. 

    The Santa Barbara County Energy Watch Partnership focuses on energy efficiency and is funded by PG&E and SoCalGas.

    The Recycle Management Development Zone (RMDZ) focuses on the market demand for recycled materials. The program provides low interest loans for businesses and manufacturers and is funded through CalRecycle.

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