The Mid-Hudson Street Light Consortium is a project supported by the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) to create a more affordable pathway to LED street light conversion for Ulster, Dutchess, Orange, Putnam, Rockland, Sullivan, Columbia, Greene and Westchester municipalities in the Central Hudson Gas & Electric, Orange & Rockland, 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.
The project is expected to save Mid-Hudson communities more than $6 million in energy costs and reduce greenhouse gas emissions by more than 42,000 MTCO2e over the next 15 years, if only 20 (fewer than 10 percent) municipalities were to participate.
Sign up for updates on the Consortium’s activities, including LED street light procurement offerings.
Who Can Apply
Assistance in understanding LED conversion options is available to all municipalities in the Mid-Hudson region. Most municipalities currently rent their street lights from their utility and many are studying the LED conversion process.
How it Works
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 municipalities seek assistance with conversion to LED streetlights, and what types of assistance are desired.
- A Guide To LED Street Light Conversion in New York State, which analyzes the pathways to LED conversion (through utility leasing or municipal ownership) for municipalities that do not currently own their streetlights, focusing on regulatory (tariff) and financial considerations.
- Information and support for municipal streetlight audits. Audits verify currently installed equipment and may allow for utility refunds for past overcharges and/or support evaluations of appropriate replacement equipment.
- LED procurement support, including model Requests For Proposals (RFPs) that address furnishing, installation and maintenance appropriate to each utility territory to streamline the procurement process for interested municipalities. This will include support for an aggregated procurement process to capture volume pricing discounts for interested municipalities.
- Support for an aggregated procurement process to capture volume pricing discounts for interested municipalities.
- Existing street light purchase support. This includes information and analysis regarding streetlight buyout terms being offered by the various utilities to individual municipalities.
- Examples of Municipal Street Light Buyout Agreements:
- Continuous knowledge sharing via webinars, workshops, and a conference.
- Analysis of Utility LED Tariffs:
- In a project led by Consortium member Jennifer T. Metzger, Ph.D., the Consortium has produced an in-depth analysis of the economic and environmental benefits of LED street light conversion. The report was positively reviewed by the Northeast Energy Efficiency Partnership (NEEP), which produced NYSERDA’s 2014 report, Street Lighting in New York State: Opportunities and Challenges. The draft report is now in final review with NYSERDA and may be downloaded here.
- Additional Resources/Westchester:
- Westchester LED Streetlight Conversion Strategies
- Scarsdale Mini Pilot Pole Locations
- Scarsdale LED Streetlight Pilot Program Launch Meeting Memo
- Workshop: LED Streetlight Procurement Workshop (held on November 30th, 2016)
How to Apply
The Mid-Hudson Street Light Consortium will provide technical assistance at no charge to municipalities that participate in its aggregated procurement offerings. After mid-2018, municipalities may still be able to piggyback on the Requests for Proposal that were initiated by the Consortium, but there can be no assurance they will receive technical assistance.
Sign up for updates on the Consortium’s activities, including LED street light procurement offerings. For questions and/or to join the Consortium, email Pat Courtney-Strong at .