The ownership and operational arrangements for public lighting(Classic) between municipalities, utilities, and third parties vary widely. Understanding ownership and operating patterns in the community is critical to determining the best option for upgrading public lighting. There are four common categories:
The municipality owns and maintains all public lighting.
The municipality has public lighting, but the third party operates and maintains the system under a contract with the municipality.
The municipality has public lighting, but the electric utility company operates and maintains the system under a contract with the municipality.
Electric utilities own and maintain public lighting.
While some communities with public lighting may be able to fund upgrades through existing capital or maintenance budgets or bond financing, most communities use third-party financing and subsidies or rebates for their utilities. Most commonly, financing is provided through energy service companies (ESCOs) or product manufacturers. Some states, such as Illinois, provide local governments with simplified energy performance contracts (ESPCs) and help with project development.
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