Thursday, November 15
We hosted another in our series of webinar discussions on affordable steps that municipalities can take to convert to LED streetlights.
- Why conduct a streetlight inventory?
- Rent vs. own?
- Negotiating a purchase price with your utility
- Choosing a financing option
- How/when to participate in an aggregated purchase
Whether your municipality decides to buy LED streetlights or lease them from your utility, it is prudent to understand the activities that would go into preparing for streetlight conversion.
Even if your municipality has started down the path to conversion, new information is available about NYSERDA funding opportunities, relevant Public Service Commission filings, and finance mechanisms.
George Woodbury helps communities nationwide analyze their conversion opportunities, negotiate buyouts from utilities, and purchase in aggregate to save money.
Jen Metzger will detail her work as an active Party before the NYS Dept. of Public Service to bring transparency to the street light acquisition process and to “right size” utility LED street light offerings, improve homeowners’ satisfaction, increase roadway safety and maximize municipal savings.
Nina Orville will describe the finance options that municipalities can choose from.
Note: Recording is missing several initial slides. Full slide deck is downloadable, above.
Written by Allison Dunne for WAMC Northeast Public Radio
October 24, 2016
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo recently announced that $790,000 is available for Mid-Hudson Valley municipalities to convert to LED streetlights. The idea is to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and help the state reach its energy goals.
Cuomo says the initiative is projected to reduce each participating municipality’s electricity costs by up to 65 percent. The Mid-Hudson Street Light Consortium will administer the initiative and is the first such consortium in the state to assist municipalities with LED streetlight conversion. The consortium is led by the Kingston-based firm Courtney Strong and its partners. Pat Courtney-Strong is president of the firm.
“What we are aiming to do, what are goals are is that, one, we’re working with mayors and supervisors to analyze their technical and financial options so that they really understand what the opportunity is with regard to streetlight conversion,” Courtney-Strong-says. “Secondly, we’re helping them get ready to ask the right questions when discussing streetlight acquisition with their utility company. Thirdly, we’re helping municipalities prepare requests for proposals from lighting vendors and maintenance vendors so that they can get the best deals. And then fourthly, we’re helping them get ready to come together as interested communities to pursue a municipal aggregated purchase of streetlights so that even small communities can afford to make the transition.” Read more
First of its kind initiative for LED conversion can cut costs by up to 65 percent and decrease greenhouse gas emissions
Announced During Mid-Hudson Regional Sustainable Development and Collaborative Governance Conference
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced that $790,000 is now available for cities, towns and villages in the Mid-Hudson Region through the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority to convert streetlights to LEDs. This initiative, which was announced during the Governor’s Mid-Hudson Regional Sustainable Development and Collaborative Governance Conference, is projected to reduce each participating municipality’s electricity costs by up to 65 percent which could result in more than $6 million in energy savings.
“Communities across the state are playing a larger role in combating climate change and securing a cleaner and greener future for all of New York,” Governor Cuomo said. “This funding will play a critical role in helping New Yorkers in the Mid-Hudson Valley transition to cutting-edge, 21st century lighting technologies that are essential for building more sustainable communities, while also cutting costs and reducing burdens on local property taxpayers.”
The Mid-Hudson Street Light Consortium will administer the initiative and is the first such consortium in the state to assist municipalities with LED street light conversion. Assistance in understanding LED conversion options is available to all 249 municipalities in Ulster, Dutchess, Orange, Putnam, Rockland, Sullivan, Columbia, Greene and Westchester counties, regardless of whether the municipality or the utility owns the lights.
The consortium is led by Courtney Strong Inc. and its partners, Abundant Efficiency LLC, Citizens for Local Power and LightSmart Consulting LLC. Municipalities can join the Consortium at no cost and will receive access to services including:
- Analysis and options for LED conversion
- Procurement support, including sample Request for Proposals and inter-municipal agreements that can support shared purchasing, installation and maintenance
- Support with negotiations with utilities for buyouts of existing lighting facilities
- Technical assistance
- Continuous knowledge-sharing through webinars and workshops
Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul, who made the announcement as part of the Sustainable Development Conference in Hyde Park, said, “Under Governor Cuomo’s leadership, New York State is incentivizing a common-sense approach to reducing greenhouse gases. As a former local government official, I know how important it is to help our municipalities reduce their operating costs. Replacing streetlights with LEDs will not just help our environment, it will help taxpayers keep money in their pockets.”
By reducing the overall amount of electricity the State consumes, this project advances Governor Cuomo’s Reforming the Energy Vision strategy and recently enacted Clean Energy Standard, a nation-leading mandate that 50 percent of New York State’s electricity come from renewable energy resources by 2030.
Under REV, New York State is putting renewed emphasis on harnessing the capabilities of local governments to motivate their communities and accelerate local energy-saving and renewable energy projects. Community actions will help them meet their sustainability, climate and energy objectives while contributing to the State’s energy goals.
Once the first 20 municipalities take advantage of the program and convert to LED street lighting, greenhouse gas emissions are expected to be reduced by more than 42,000 metric tons of carbon dioxide over the next 15 years, equivalent to removing 8,840 cars off the road over this span.
New York State Energy and Finance Chairman Richard Kauffman said, “Local community and municipal leaders play a critical role in our transition to a clean energy future and our pathway to meeting the Governor’s aggressive 50 percent by 2030 renewables commitment. I’m thrilled New York will support public projects like LED conversions to reduce costs, cut emissions, and continue our progress on climate change under Reforming the Energy Vision.”
NYSERDA’s support for the project is from the Governor’s Cleaner, Greener Communities initiative, which encourages communities to incorporate sustainability goals and principles into local decision-making and then form partnerships to transform these goals into economic development projects.
NYSERDA President and CEO John B. Rhodes said, “Local governments are increasingly seeking new energy and cost savings opportunities to create more sustainable communities. This project will serve as a model for other regions and advances Governor Cuomo’s REV strategy for a cleaner, more resilient and affordable energy system.”
Courtney Strong Inc. President Pat Courtney Strong said, “We are very pleased to be working with NYSERDA on this important project. We know that Mid-Hudson municipalities are very interested in the deep energy savings they will realize from transitioning to LED streetlights. Our job over the next two years will be helping them identify the key issues for their community as they plan that transition, and providing decision support for their choices.”
On November 20, 2015 Governor Cuomo amended the Public Service Law by adding a new section that establishes procedures for the transfer of ownership of complete street lighting systems to municipalities or other government entities. With the change in ownership, municipalities take control of the lighting on their own streets and have the opportunity to install state-of-the-art, energy efficient lights and new technologies to lower costs to taxpayers and protect the environment.
Providing municipalities with the opportunity to have more control over energy usage fits into Governor Cuomo’s strategy to provide all consumers more control over the energy they consume. By empowering communities to have more say over their energy use, street lighting conversions help local governments lower municipal energy expenditures while lowering overall emissions, thereby advancing the State’s efforts to lead on climate change.
NYSERDA’s 2014 study, Street Lighting in New York State: Opportunities and Challenges, found that if street lights statewide were changed to LEDs, an estimated $97 million and 524 gigawatt hours of electricity would be saved annually, the equivalent of powering 74,000 homes.
For more information about joining the Mid-Hudson Streetlight Consortium, visit www.nystreetlights.org.
About Reforming the Energy Vision
Reforming the Energy Vision (REV) is Governor Andrew M. Cuomo’s strategy to lead on climate change and grow New York’s economy. REV is building a cleaner, more resilient and affordable energy system for all New Yorkers by stimulating investment in clean technologies like solar, wind, and energy efficiency and generating 50 percent of the state’s electricity needs from renewable energy by 2030. Already, REV has driven 600 percent growth in the statewide solar market, enabled over 105,000 low-income households to permanently cut their energy bills with energy efficiency, and created thousands of jobs in manufacturing, engineering, and other clean tech sectors. REV is ensuring New York State reduces statewide greenhouse gas emissions 40 percent by 2030 and achieves the internationally-recognized target of reducing emissions 80 percent by 2050. To learn more about REV, including the Governor’s $5 billion investment in clean energy technology and innovation, please visit www.ny.gov/REV4NY and follow us @Rev4NY.
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.”
Webinar Hosted By The U. S. Department of Energy Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy
This April 14, 2014 webinar answered important questions about the maintenance and reliability of LED streetlights, and how to take these issues into account when planning and preparing for a transition to LED street lighting.
Presenters Glenn Cooper of the City of Boston, Stephen Crume of the City of Seattle, and Patrick Batte of the City of Las Vegas discussed actual field experiences of their respective LED street lighting programs and lessons learned along the way.
They also reviewed failure rates and failure modes experienced to date and the associated best practices their programs have developed in response.
- The Village decided to finance the fixtures itself as borrowing costs were low and the payback – 3 years – was very short.
- The Village also decided to install the lights using public works staff and equipment. This proved slow going, requiring 18 months to replace the 300 lights.
- The lights have been installed for 4+ years. Superintendent of Public Works Gary Gardner reports that they have been trouble-free. No more than 1 has been replaced. He also shared that there have been very few complaints about light quality and many fewer complaints related to streetlight outages.
1. Education. Understand conversion opportunities, regulatory and legislative changes in relation to LED streetlights, and resources available to assist communities. View webinar.
2. Auditing. It is important to understand how many lights your municipality has and whether your records match those of your utility. Download Slides.
3. Financing. Learn how other communities have financed and installed LED streetlights and review financial considerations for your community. View webinar.
The Mid-Hudson Street Light Consortium will create a more affordable pathway to LED street light conversion for Ulster, Dutchess, Orange, Putnam, Rockland, Sullivan and Westchester municipalities in the Central Hudson Gas & Electric, Orange & Rockland, and New York State Electric & Gas, and Con Edison territories. Converting to LED street lights has the potential to deliver electricity cost savings of up to 65 percent to municipalities. NYSERDA’s 2014 study, Street Lighting in New York State: Opportunities and Challenges, found that if this were accomplished statewide, an estimated 524 gigawatt hours of electricity and $97 million would be saved annually.
Once the first 20 Mid-Hudson municipalities take advantage of the program and convert to LED street lighting, greenhouse gas emissions are expected to be reduced by more than 42,000 metric tons of carbon dioxide over the next 15 years, equivalent to removing 8,840 cars off the road over this span.
The Mid-Hudson Streetlight Consortium is a two-year project funded by NYSERDA’s Cleaner, Greener Communities program.
Many Mid-Hudson municipalities are eager to convert but encounter hurdles understanding their options and successfully negotiating the outcome they seek. This is where the Mid-Hudson Street Light Consortium can help. Support to municipalities that join the Consortium – at no cost – includes:
- A survey of Mid-Hudson municipalities to ascertain which seek assistance with conversion to LED streetlights, and the types of assistance desired.
- An Options Study to analyze the pathways to LED conversion for municipalities that do not currently own their streetlights, focusing on regulatory (tariff) and financial considerations.
- Facilitation of municipal streetlight audits, (possible resources include Computel or an ARC GIS). These audits are strongly encouraged before conversion to make sure the right decisions are made re: wattage, lumens and usage (residential versus commercial; busy versus quiet street, etc.).
- Procurement support, including model RFPs that address furnishing, installation and maintenance appropriate to each utility territory to streamline the procurement process for interested municipalities.
- Support for an aggregated procurement process to capture volume pricing discounts for interested municipalities.
- Information and analysis regarding streetlight buyout terms being offered by the various utilities to individual municipalities.
Continuous knowledge sharing via webinars, workshops and a conference.
For questions, email Pat Courtney-Strong at .