Overview

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, Greene, Columbia, 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.

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.
  • An Options Study to analyze the pathways to LED conversion (through utility leasing or municipal ownership) for municipalities that do not currently own their streetlights, focusing on regulatory (i.e., 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 evaluation of appropriate replacement equipment.
  • 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 see www.NYstreetlights.org. For questions and/or to join the Consortium, email Pat Courtney-Strong at pat@courtneystrong.com.

Please see next page for application to join consortium.

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