A Common Sense Guide for Local Governments in the Mid-Hudson Region

While the benefits of LED street lighting are substantial from a financial, environmental, and community perspective, communities whose lights are owned by the utility have been challenged to move forward because they lack information about the pathways to an LED conversion.
To help fill this gap, this report has explained the options available to local governments for upgrading to LED street lights, and has described and assessed the costs and advantages of different ownership models and financial strategies.
The final chapter suggests steps for implementing an LED street light project, integrating findings of this study along the way.

Prepared for the Mid-Hudson Street Light Consortium, NYSERDA Contract CGC53012, April 2018


Jennifer Metzger, Ph.D (Report Lead), Citizens for Local Power

Nina Orville, Abundant Efficiency LLC

George Woodbury, LightSmart Consulting LLC

Evelyn Wright, Ph.D, Sustainable Energy Economics

Download Individual Chapters:
Table of Contents Page 3-4 Download
List of Tables and Figures Page 5 Download
Executive Summary Page 6-9 Download
Chapter 1: The Benefits of Converting to LED Street Lights in the Mid-Hudson Region Page 10 – 20 Download
Chapter 2:
Utility LED Options Page 20-23 Download
Orange and Rockland Utilities, Inc. Page 23-26 Download
Central Hudson Gas & Electric – Fortis, Inc. Page 26-29 Download
NYSEG Page 29-31 Download
Utility-Owned LED Street Lights in Perspective Page 31-33 Download
Chapter 3: The Municipal Ownership Option Page 34-45 Download
Chapter 4: Street Light Procurement and Financing Page 46-60 Download
Chapter 5: Comparing Conversion Pathways – Cost, Energy Savings, and Greenhouse Gas Emissions Page 61-78 Download
Chapter 6: Converting to LED Street Lights: Getting Started Page 79-89 Download
Appendix A & B Page 90-92 Download


p.60 – Energy Performance Contract – City of Poughkeepsie (Dutchess County)

Phase One and Phase Two are complete.