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.
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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 more information about the Mid-Hudson Streetlight Consortium, please visit our team page and webinars page. Municipalities may fill out the free consortium application HERE.
For questions, email Pat Courtney-Strong at .