AMP Replacing Street Lights with New LEDs

In an effort to reduce Alameda’s electric costs and thereby lower greenhouse gas emissions, Alameda Municipal Power (AMP) has been converting more than 3,000 high pressure sodium street lights to energy efficient light-emitting diodes (LEDs). These lights last longer — 20 years as opposed to 5.5 years — which helps reduce the utility’s maintenance costs.

LED fixtures provide better illumination and color rendition at night, can be directed to focus light as needed and reduce wasted light that causes sky glow in addition to reducing reliance on energy that produces greenhouse gases.

The streetlight conversion helps the city reach its goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 25 percent below the baseline level set in 2005. The project uses funds from the short-term sale of the utility’s renewable-energy credits not needed to comply with the state’s Renewable Portfolio Standard. The Public Utilities Board insisted these proceeds be used for greenhouse gas reduction projects in Alameda.

Conversion of the street lights began in July and is expected to continue through October. Historic streetlights haven’t been included in this year’s efforts but are due for conversion in 2016.

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