LED Streetlights


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

The Mid-Hudson Street Light Consortium is a project supported by the

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.

Municipalities wishing to join the Community Managed RFP should email Pat Courtney Strong, pat@courtneystrong.com.

To take advantage of the Community Managed RFP, please contact pat@courtneystrong.com. Per NYS procurement law, municipalities may “piggyback” on this RFP for a period of up to one year. The lead municipality is the Town of Red Hook in Dutchess County and there are 17 named Participant communities. This is a RFP for installation and optional maintenance, only. To maximize savings, Mid-Hudson Street Light Consortium can advise municipalities on how to procure LED lights through the state contracting system. A second RFP, for “turnkey” procurement, installation and optional maintenance of LED street lights, is in final stages of development.

How to Apply

Assistance in understanding LED conversion options is available to all municipalities in the Mid-Hudson region (Columbia, Dutchess, Greene, Orange, Putnam, Rockland, Sullivan, Ulster and Westchester counties). To join the Consortium, officials are encouraged to complete the Municipal Membership Application and take our brief Survey, HERE.

Communities are encouraged to connect with their local Clean Energy Community Coordinator for information on money- and energy-savings programs supported by the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority.

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:


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 pat@courtneystrong.com.