Reasons for Exemption
Cal. Code Regs., tit. 14, §15301 provides that projects consisting of the operation, repair, maintenance, permitting, leasing, licensing, or minor alteration of existing public or private structures, facilities, mechanical equipment, or topographical features, involving negligible or no expansion of existing or former use. This project would replace existing exterior luminaires in low-income multifamily complex with a more energy efficient, hybrid luminaires. Specifically, this project will retrofit over 100 high intensity discharge luminaires with newly developed hybrid luminaire prototypes in 6 low-income/disadvantaged communities Therefore, the project falls within section 15301 and will not have a significant effect on the environment.
Cal. Code Regs., tit. 14, sect. 15306 consists of basic data collection, research, experimental management, and resource evaluation activities which do not result in a serious or major disturbance to an environmental resource.
Authority cited: Sections 21083 and 21110, Public Resources Code. Reference: Sections 21108, 21152, and 21152.1, Public Resources Code.
Electric Power Research Institute, Inc.
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This project will involve the development and will evaluate a hybrid powered area luminaire that lowers the grid energy consumption of exterior lighting compared to existing grid-tied, non-dimmable, high intensity discharge lighting. Prototype designs will be lab tested in a controlled research laboratory. This project will then replace existing exterior luminaires in low-income multifamily complex with a more energy efficient, hybrid luminaires. This work will not result in a serious or major disturbance to an environmental resource. For these reasons, the proposed project will have no significant effect on the environment and is categorically exempt under section 15306.