News article posted on 8/27/16 by William J. Kemble, , for Daily Freeman http://www.dailyfreeman.com
NEW PALTZ – Trustees have agreed to hire a consultant to conduct a review of possible cost savings if street lights were purchased by the village and converted to energy efficient fixtures.
Approval to move forward with the study was given during a Village Board meeting Wednesday, with officials agreeing to pay $2,336, or $8 each for a review of 292 street lights owned by Central Hudson.
“I think what’s really important about LED replacement is the opportunity not just for savings in electric use but it’s not leasing the lights from Central Hudson,” Mayor Tim Rogers said. “On average we pay $232 per pole per year and the vast majority of that money goes toward leasing of the lights, not necessarily the electricity.”