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GreenStep City Best Practices Buildings and Lighting

Efficient Outdoor Lighting and Signals
no. 4

Improve the efficiency and quality of street lighting, traffic signals and outdoor public lighting.
  Best Practice Action 3      [ 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 ]       [all actions]

Replace the city's existing street lighting with Dark Sky-compliant LEDs, modifying any city franchise/utility agreement and adding smart grid attributes.

 
  • Note that the Minnesota Buildings, Benchmarks and Beyond (B3) website allows cities to track energy use of street lighting whose electricity bills the city pays.
  • LED outdoor lighting: barriers and solutions free-to-view webinar recorded in Jan 2017 features a U.S. DOE Policy Advisor discussing municipality-focused LED outdoor lighting conversion best practices and strategies based on real-world examples. [Applicable to 1, 2 and 3 Star implementation.]
  • Franchise agreements represent a largely unused opportunity for municipalities to promote energy efficiency and renewable energy, and some franchise agreements even create disincentives for energy efficiency.
  • The comprehensive listing of LED streetlight resources by CERTs covers paybacks, bulb longevity, light trespass, maintenance cost savings, total cost-savings calculators, research in Minnesota, 'how-to' manuals, specifications and more.
Negotiate phased-in LED replacement of existing street lighting technology not owned by the city; replace 1/3 of lights.
Include in a utility franchise or contract mandatory lamp replacement with LEDs; assure all lighting is Dark-Sky compliant; replace 2/3 of lights; use B3 to track energy use of street lighting whose electricity bills the city pays.
Replace 100% of lights; estimate and report annual cost/energy/maintenance savings of replacements; report smart grid attributes of street lighting and light poles.

Fridley

Date action report first entered:   04/13/2018
Date of last report update:   04/13/2018
Year action initially completed:   2018
Action completed after joining GreenStep?   Yes

Implementation details:
The City of Fridley partnered with Xcel Energy to replace 870 overhead lights with Dark Sky-compliant LED lights in the City.

Outcome measures/metrics:
The changeout of 870 lights is expected to save 27,468.6 kilowatt hours of energy per month, which equals $482.52 off of the City's energy bill and 28,951.90 lbs of CO2 removed from the atmosphere monthly

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For more information contact:
Rachel Workin (City staff)   |   rachel.workin@fridleymn.gov   |   763-572-3594

Partners:
Xcel Energy

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Marine on Saint Croix

Date action report first entered:   03/14/2017
Date of last report update:   03/14/2017
Year action initially completed:   2/17
Action completed after joining GreenStep?   Yes

Implementation details:
Xcel Energy replaced all 58 high pressure sodium street lights with LED equivalents (Feb 2017). 42 100 Watt HPSV were replaced with 39 Watt LED; 16 150 Watt HPSV were replaced with 65 Watt LED. Anticipated kWh savings = 1727/mo; CO2 lbs/kWh avoided = 1820/mo.

For more information contact:
Anne Reich (Community volunteer)   |   reichmn@gmail.com   |   651-433-1341

Partners:
Xcel Energy

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New Germany

Date action report first entered:   05/04/2017
Date of last report update:   05/04/2017
Year action initially completed:   2016
Action completed after joining GreenStep?   Yes

Implementation details:
Excel Energy upgraded the street lights to LED street lights.

Outcome measures/metrics:
More energy efficient

For more information contact:
Twyla Menth (City staff)   |   ngcityhall@gmail.com   |   952-353-2488

Partners:
Xcel

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New Hope

Date action report first entered:   03/13/2018
Date of last report update:   03/13/2018
Action completed after joining GreenStep?   Yes

Implementation details:
The city has replaced street lights with LED fixtures.

For more information contact:
Jeff Alger (City staff)   |   jalger@ci.new-hope.mn.us   |   763-531-5119

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Marshall

Date action report first entered:   08/22/2012

Implementation details:
Marshall Municipal Utilities policy is to replace all street light fixtures with new energy efficient fixtures as part of it's planned electric system improvement project.

Outcome measures/metrics:
Nearly all of Marshall's Street lights have been replaced with new Dark-sky compliant energy efficient light fixtures as part of Marshall Municipal Utilities electric conversion project.

For more information contact:
Mark Antony (City staff)   |   MarkA@marshallutilities.com   |   (507) 537-7005

Partners:
Marshall Municipal Utilities

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Warren

Date action report first entered:   10/26/2017
Date of last report update:   10/26/2017
Year action initially completed:   2017
Action completed after joining GreenStep?   Yes

Implementation details:
• City established a phased-in LED replacement of existing street lighting technology for city and non-city fixtures. • Replaced 1/5 of street lighting with LED lighting; on pace to meet the 1 Star requirement by 04/2019

Outcome measures/metrics:
The City of Warren has an established policy to replace all streetlights with LED lighting as street project take place.

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For more information contact:
Shannon Mortenson (City staff)   |   shannonm@warrenminnesota.com   |   218-745-5343

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Rochester

Date action report first entered:   07/26/2011

Implementation details:
The city of Rochester, Minnesota, is poised to initiate a significant LED streetlight installation project on city roadways. The proposed project is intended to replace up to 300 to 400 existing 175 watt mercury vapor streetlights with LED streetlight fixtures. The project is funded by an award of $180,000 from the US Department of Energys Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant (EECBG) program combined with a 20% funding match from the municipal utility, Rochester Public Utility (RPU). RPU has budgeted a total of approximately $225,000 in funds for the purchase and installation of the new LED streetlights.

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Saint Anthony

Date action report first entered:   05/05/2011

Implementation details:
The City of St. Anthony and Xcel Energy annually review the technology available to replace the existing street lights with LED technology. Xcel Energy anticipates, within the next two years, the technology will be available and economical to justify the change-out.

For more information contact:
Jay Hartman (City staff)   |   jay.hartman@ci.saint-anthony.mn.us   |   612-782-3314

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Eagan pending

Date action report first entered:   01/13/2011

Implementation details:
This project is ongoing. City tracks street light outages, when it was reported to utility, and when it was repaired. Per fee schedule, inefficient fixtures are replaced by utility company on a 10-year cycle.

Outcome measures/metrics:
10-year cycle.

For more information contact:
Tim Plath (City staff)   |   tplath@cityofeagan.com   |   651/675-5643

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Isanti pending

Date action report first entered:   01/14/2016
Date of last report update:   01/14/2016

Implementation details:
As City street and park lights go out, they are being converted to energy efficient LED fixtures.

For more information contact:
Ryan Kernosky (City staff)   |   rkernosky@cityofisanti.us   |   763-444-5512

Partners:
Connexus Energy

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Kasson pending

Date action report first entered:   05/13/2011

Implementation details:
Incomplete: Researching replacement of inefficient Street Lighting. Are constructin a sample area for LED, Dark-Sky compliant street lighting to determine efficiency and to guage resident impressions.

For more information contact:
Nancy Zaworski (City staff)   |   financedept@cityofkasson.com   |   507-634-6321

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Maplewood pending

Date action report first entered:   03/21/2011
Date of last report update:   05/01/2015

Implementation details:
Most of the street lights within the city of Maplewood are owned by Xcel but are maintained and operated by the city. These Xcel owned lights are not LED. There are pilot programs in place to help facilitate replacement of inefficient street lighting with LED lights but Maplewood has not been offered a position in one of these programs. Some city owned lighting near city parks e.g. Goodrich park, does contain higher efficiency high pressure sodium lights that do meet some dark sky compliance regulations from 2009. The city will continue to try and work with light providers to become on city involved in LED lighting pilots or early LED lighting roll-outs for street lighting that is dark sky compliant.

For more information contact:
Steve Love (City staff)   |   steve.love@maplewoodmn.gov   |   651-249-2404

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Roseville pending

Date action report first entered:   12/30/2014
Date of last report update:   02/11/2015

Implementation details:
All city signals have been converted to LED lights

For more information contact:
Ryan Johnson (City staff)   |   Ryan.johnson@cityofroseville.com   |   651-792-7049

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Saint Paul pending

Date action report first entered:   12/23/2014
Date of last report update:   12/23/2014

Implementation details:
There have been discussions along the line of facilitating rapid replacement of inefficient street lighting with Dark Sky-compliant LEDs, modifying any city franchise/utility agreement and adding smart grid attributes, but no decisions have been made. Utility has recently offered Rebate incentives that are independent of the franchise agreement that will act as an incentive.

For more information contact:
Kurt Schultz (City staff)   |   kurt.schultz@ci.stpaul.mn.us   |   651-266-6590

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Shoreview pending

Date action report first entered:   02/20/2013

Implementation details:
Not yet, but it was a recommendation that the City negotiate a flat rate for LED Streetlight Electricity Prices with Xcel Energy in attached report. Xcel Energy does not yet have an agreement available but is working on a test project with another metro City to come up with LED rates.

Descriptive links: http://www.shoreviewmn.gov/pdfs/resources/sustainable-shoreview/energy-efficiency.pdf

For more information contact:
Ellen Brenna (City staff)   |   ebrenna@shoreviewmn.gov   |   651-490-4665

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pending means a star rating has not yet been assigned to this city


 
greenstep advisor
Susan Zarling, Traffic Electrical Systems Engineer, MN Dept. of Transportation: 651/234-7052, susan.zarling@state.mn.us