Several cities have already experienced savings from public lighting(classicledlight) programs. New York City is replacing its 250,000 streetlights with high-efficiency LEDs and estimates it will save $6 million in energy costs and $8 million in maintenance costs annually. Manchester, New Hampshire, is installing 9,000 new LED streetlights and is expected to save $500,000 each year in energy and maintenance costs. Additionally, LED public lighting investments can provide a variety of co-benefits, including better and more customizable light and increased public safety for both drivers and pedestrians. Installing smart systems with sensors or other technologies that leverage the existing lighting network can also provide data to automatically identify replacement needs, allow for dimming based on natural lighting and nearby activity, and offer additional improvements like grid resiliency, communications networks, and security cameras.
The most effective type of partnership or tactic will depend on the current level of support for energy efficiency at the state level and the types of utility programs already offered. The tactics described in this fact sheet might work best in your city based on the level of support for energy efficiency by the state government and utilities. The tactics should be thought of as options that can build upon one another.