Energy Efficiency

NYPA partners with the City of Utica for energy efficiency project

The New York Power Authority is partnering with the City of Utica to install energy-efficient LED streetlights throughout the City of Utica, N.Y., as part of Governor Andrew Cuomo’s Smart Street Lighting NY program.

The energy efficiency project will save the city more than $1.5 million annually and reduce greenhouse gas emissions by approximately 2,280 tons a year, NYPA noted.

Smart Street Lighting NY is a statewide program that calls for at least 500,000 streetlights throughout New York to be replaced with LED technology by 2025.

The LED light installation began this month and complies with all COVID-19 precautions outlined in the Cuomo’s NY Forward plan.

The $11.1 million upgrade, implemented by NYPA, includes the replacement of more than 7,100 streetlights throughout the city with energy-saving LED fixtures. NYPA is also providing Utica with $690,000 in funding support for the project.

The city will have a new asset management system to monitor and control the entire streetlight system. This will provide localized dimming options and outage reporting. The new fixtures will also act as a power source and create individual hubs for future SMART technology additions.

NYPA is working with cities, towns, villages and counties throughout New York to fully manage and implement a customer’s transition to LED streetlight technology. NYPA provides upfront financing for the project, with payments to NYPA made in the years following from the cost-savings created by the reduced energy use of the LED streetlights, which are 50 to 65 percent more efficient than alternative street lighting options.

Through the statewide street lighting program, NYPA’s government customers are provided a wide array of lighting options to help meet their community’s individual needs, including specifications on the lights to incorporate SMART technology, which can be used for dozens of other functions, such as cameras and other safety features, weather sensors, Wi-Fi and energy meters.

In addition to this program, earlier this year NYPA announced a new maintenance program to allow contractors to provide routine and on-call maintenance services for LED street lighting fixtures installed by NYPA throughout the state. The new service will be available to municipalities that have engaged NYPA to implement a LED street lighting conversion and have elected to install an asset management controls system on their street lighting system, reducing the number of failures and repairs needed after the installation is complete.

NYPA has installed – or is in the process of installing -- nearly 50,000 LED streetlights at municipalities across the state.

To learn more about the Smart Street Lighting NY program, visit the program webpage on NYPA’s website.

NYPA partners with Signify to install LED streetlights

In related news, NYPA on June 18 said that it has partnered with Signify to support Smart Street Lighting NY.

With Signify’s connected LED luminaires and Interact City IoT lighting system, cities can reduce their energy consumption and carbon footprint, NYPA said.

Additional information about the partnership is available here.