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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 8      [ 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 ]       [all actions]

Replace the city's existing traffic signals with LEDs.

 
Replace 1/3 of city's existing traffic signals.
Replace 2/3 of city's existing traffic signals; replace half and document savings.
Replace 100% of city's existing traffic signals.

Albert Lea

Date action report first entered:   07/15/2016
Date of last report update:   07/15/2016

Implementation details:
All traffic signals use LED lights.

For more information contact:
Jerry Gabrielatos (City staff)   |   jgabrielatos@ci.albertlea.mn.us   |   507-377-4316

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Apple Valley

Date action report first entered:   03/19/2012

Implementation details:
All traffic signals in the city have LED lights.

For more information contact:
Charless Grawe (City staff)   |   CGrawe@ci.apple-valley.mn.us   |   952-953-2508

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Brooklyn Center

Date action report first entered:   04/03/2015
Date of last report update:   04/03/2015

Implementation details:
All the City owned Streetlights have been replaced with LED's

For more information contact:
Andrew Hogg (City staff)   |   ahogg@ci.brooklyn-center.mn.us   |   763-569-3327

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Cottage Grove

Date action report first entered:   04/10/2013

Implementation details:
Currently, all traffic signals are LED within Cottage Grove. Yellow was done in 2010, red done in 2011, and green done in 2012. Cross walks that have not already been replaced with LED lighting will be done in 2013.

For more information contact:
Ryan Burfeind (City staff)   |   rburfeind@cottage-grove.org   |   651-458-2899

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Crystal

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

Implementation details:
Current traffic signals have all been converted to LED lights.

For more information contact:
Anne Norris (City staff)   |   Anne.Norris@crystalmn.gov   |   763-531-1140

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Delano

Date action report first entered:   10/01/2009

Implementation details:
The City, working in conjunction with MnDOT, Wright County, and Delano Municipal Utility, completed a project to replace all of the traffic signals in the community with energy-efficient LED lighting. The project was initiated in 2008 and completed by the fall of 2009.

For more information contact:
Phil Kern (City staff)   |   pkern@delano.mn.us   |   763-972-0565

Partners:
Delano Municipal Utilities, Wright County, MnDOT

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Duluth

Date action report first entered:   05/24/2014
Date of last report update:   01/17/2017
Year action initially completed:   2005

Implementation details:
In 2004 and 2005, the majority of Duluth’s green traffic signals were replaced with high efficiency LED lights. As of June 2014, 95% of the City's traffic signals are LED.

For more information contact:
Alex Jackson, Energy Coordinator (City staff)   |   ajackson@DuluthMN.gov   |   218-730-4433

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Eagan

Date action report first entered:   01/11/2011

Implementation details:
100% of traffic signals within the City are LEDs

Outcome measures/metrics:
100 %

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

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Elk River

Date action report first entered:   11/24/2010

Implementation details:
All of Elk River's traffic lights are LEDs and we were the first city in Minnesota to do so.

Outcome measures/metrics:
The lights last much longer and represent a 90% reduction in energy consumption versus normal traffic lights.

Descriptive links: http://www.wapa.gov/es/pubs/esb/2006/aug/ESB Aug 06.pdf

For more information contact:
Amanda Bednar (City staff)   |   ABednar@ElkRiverMN.gov   |   763-635-1068

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Fergus Falls

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

Implementation details:
The City of Fergus Falls has replaced all of our traffic signal lights with LED lighting.

For more information contact:
Len Taylor (City staff)   |   len.taylor@ci.fergus-falls.mn.us   |   218-332-5418

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Hutchinson

Date action report first entered:   04/27/2017
Date of last report update:   04/27/2017
Year action initially completed:   2010
Action completed after joining GreenStep?   No

Implementation details:
The City does not own traffic signals but all signals in Hutchinson use LED lights.

For more information contact:
John Paulson (City staff)   |   jpaulson@ci.hutchinson.mn.us   |   320-234-5682

Partners:
MnDOT

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La Crescent

Date action report first entered:   09/02/2016
Date of last report update:   04/03/2017
Year action initially completed:   2016

Implementation details:
The city of La Crescent's only traffic signal (100%) contains LEDs.

For more information contact:
Shawn Wetterlin (City staff)   |   SWetterlin@cityoflacrescent-mn.gov   |   507-895-4409

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Mankato

Date action report first entered:   04/30/2014

Implementation details:
100% of Mankato traffic lights have been converted to LED fixtures, saving approximately $50,000 annually and resulting in longer fixture life and less maaintenance issues. The conversion was undertaken city-wide starting in 2004.

Descriptive links: http://www.mankato-mn.gov/upload/images/PI/City-Manager-monthly-topic-September-2013-energy-light-conservation.pdf

For more information contact:
Molly Westman (City staff)   |   mwestman@mankatomn.gov   |   507-387-8571

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Minnetonka

Date action report first entered:   12/18/2013

Implementation details:
Beginning in 2009 existing traffic signals were converted from incandescent bulbs to LED’s. Currently, all traffic signals have been converted to LED lighting technology.

For more information contact:
Drew Ingvalson (City staff)   |   dingvalson@eminnetonka.com   |   952-939-8293

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Morris

Date action report first entered:   05/03/2017
Date of last report update:   05/03/2017
Year action initially completed:   2016
Action completed after joining GreenStep?   No

Implementation details:
All of Morris' existing traffic signals are LEDs.

For more information contact:
Blaine Hill (City staff)   |   bhill@ci.morris.mn.us   |   320-589-3141

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New Hope

Date action report first entered:   03/30/2015
Date of last report update:   03/30/2015

Implementation details:
According to the city's Public Works Director, all city traffic signals have been replaced with LEDs.

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

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North Saint Paul

Date action report first entered:   09/03/2015
Date of last report update:   09/03/2015

Implementation details:
100% of the city's existing traffic signals have been replaced with LED's. The City of North Saint Paul owns one set of traffic signals located at Margaret and 7th Street. The traffic signal has been replaced with LED's.

For more information contact:
Keith Stachowski (City staff)   |   Keith.Stachowski@northstpaul.org   |   651-747-2423

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Northfield

Date action report first entered:   04/02/2014

Implementation details:
All traffic signals in Northfield have had their bulbs replaced with LED bulbs.

Outcome measures/metrics:
Lower energy consumption.

For more information contact:
Tim Behrendt (City staff)   |   tim.behrendt@ci.northfield.mn.us   |   507-645-3027

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Oakdale

Date action report first entered:   06/01/2009

Implementation details:
All traffic signals in the City of Oakdale utilize LED technology.

For more information contact:
Jen Hassebroek (City staff)   |   jen.hassebroek@ci.oakdale.mn.us   |   651-730-2723

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Pine River

Date action report first entered:   05/06/2011

Implementation details:
Completed. Pine River's traffic lights are all LEDs.

For more information contact:
John van der Linden (Community volunteer)   |   johnvdl@pinerivergreensteps.org   |   218-587-5001

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Red Wing

Date action report first entered:   01/30/2013

Implementation details:
All of the City's traffic lights have been switched to LED - standard operating procedure.

For more information contact:
Paul Drotos (City staff)   |   paul.drotos@ci.red-wing.mn.us   |   651-410-6744

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Richfield

Date action report first entered:   02/19/2016
Date of last report update:   02/19/2016

Implementation details:
The City is responsible for maintenance of all of the traffic signals in the City, including those on County and State-owned roads. The City has replaced 100% of these signals with LED bulbs.

For more information contact:
Jim Topitzhofer (City staff)   |   JTopitzhofer@richfieldmn.gov   |   612-861-9394

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Rochester

Date action report first entered:   06/01/2011

Implementation details:
Traffic lights throughout Rochester were a mixture of old incandescent lights and newer, more efficient LED lights. As part of a facility improvement project, a total of nearly 4,000 incandescent green,green arrow, yellow, yellow arrow and pedestrian walk/dont walk lamps were replaced with high-efficiency LED lights.

Outcome measures/metrics:
Once these were all replaced, every traffic light in Rochester is now an LED light, which saves the city a vast amount of money each year.

For more information contact:
Dale Martinson (City staff)   |   DMartinson@rochestermn.gov   |   (507)2858088

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Rogers

Date action report first entered:   04/12/2012

Implementation details:
In April of 2012, the City replaced its remaining incandescent traffic signals with LED bulbs. The City now has 100% LED traffic signals.

For more information contact:
Mike Bauer (City staff)   |   mbauer@ci.rogers.mn.us   |   763-428-0974

Partners:
MN GreenCorps

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Royalton

Date action report first entered:   12/29/2010

Implementation details:
The City of Royalton replaced the incandescant lights in our traffic light with LED lights. The incandescent bulbs were 150 watts and the new LED lights are 10 watts. The change in lights saves the city approximately $1000/year. The city has only one set of traffic lights so all traffic lights in the city are LEDs!!

Outcome measures/metrics:
Replacing incandescant lamps with LED saved the city half the cost for operating per month. The City received a $2,000 rebate from MN Power to help pay for the new traffic lights.

For more information contact:
Andrea Lauer (Elected official)   |   mayor@royaltonmn.com   |   320-630-2229

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Saint Anthony

Date action report first entered:   05/05/2011

Implementation details:
All traffic signals have been converted to energy efficient LED technology.

Outcome measures/metrics:
Overall energy savings for the City.

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

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Saint Cloud

Date action report first entered:   05/12/2011
Date of last report update:   05/17/2017
Year action initially completed:   2015
Action completed after joining GreenStep?   Yes

Implementation details:
100% of St. Cloud's traffic signals are LEDs, completed as part of the Street Light Improvement Project.

For more information contact:
Tracy Hodel (City staff)   |   tracy.hodel@ci.stcloud.mn.us   |   3202557226

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Saint Paul

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

Implementation details:
All Greens, Reds, and Don’t Walks lights have been replaced with LEDs; many of the other indications are done or are in a conversion stage. All new installations are LEDs.

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

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Sauk Rapids

Date action report first entered:   03/03/2013

Implementation details:
All traffic signals in the City now use LED lighting.

For more information contact:
Marilyn Patterson (Community volunteer)   |   mpp03@charter.net   |   320-258-5300

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Shorewood

Date action report first entered:   10/25/2011

Implementation details:
Shorewood is responsible for two semaphores on State Highway 7. Both of those lights have been updated to use energy efficient LED lighting technology

For more information contact:
Julie Moore (City staff)   |   jmoore@ci.shorewood.mn.us   |   952.960.7906

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Two Harbors

Date action report first entered:   04/07/2015
Date of last report update:   04/21/2015

Implementation details:
All of the existing traffic signals in the city have been converted to LED light fixtures.

For more information contact:
Stuart Anderson (City staff)   |   cthelec@frontiernet.net   |   218-834-8811

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Willmar

Date action report first entered:   07/23/2012

Implementation details:
According to David Opsahl, Energy Services, Willmar Municipal Utilities - All the traffic signals in Willmar have been Converted to LED.

For more information contact:
Sara Jacobson (City staff)   |   sjacobson@willmarmn.gov   |   320-235-4760

Partners:
Willmar Municipal Utilities

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Austin

Date action report first entered:   05/08/2012

Implementation details:
All red and green city traffic signals have been replaced with LED lighting. Because yellow lights are only on for a few seconds it was not cost effective to change them at this time.

For more information contact:
Janet Anderson (Elected official)   |   jkanderson@gofast.am   |   507-433-1081

Partners:
Engineering Department

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Bemidji

Date action report first entered:   04/02/2012

Implementation details:
Bemidji contracts with MNDOT to maintain and operate all of the signals within the city boundaries. As you can see by the list below approximately 95% of all traffic signals within the city are outfitted with LED lamps.

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For more information contact:
Michelle Miller (City staff)   |   michelle.miller@ci.bemidji.mn.us   |   218-759-3561

Partners:
Cindy Hazelton, MN-DOT

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Burnsville

Date action report first entered:   06/08/2012

Implementation details:
The City of Burnsville has replaced more than 2/3 of existing traffic signals with LED lighting.

For more information contact:
Sue Bast (City staff)   |   basts@ci.burnsville.mn.us   |   952-895-4524

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Golden Valley

Date action report first entered:   11/29/2016
Date of last report update:   12/05/2016
Year action initially completed:   2010
Action completed after joining GreenStep?   No

Implementation details:
About 57% of traffic bulbs in Golden Valley are LEDs (982 bulbs out of 1,708 bulbs). 41% of the state owned bulbs are LEDs (281 bulbs out of 685 bulbs) and about 52% of the county owned bulbs are LEDs (347 out of 669 bulbs). 100% of traffic bulbs that the City owns (354 bulbs) have been replaced with LEDs.

Outcome measures/metrics:
In 2009, before traffic signals were replaced with LEDs, the City’s annual power consumption for traffic signals was 277,028 kWh. Since replacing traffic signal bulbs with LEDs in 2010, annual power consumption has dropped to 116,827 kWh in 2015 (a reduction of 160,201 kWh from 2009 levels). Annual costs related to traffic signals have decreased as well. In 2009 operation of traffic signals cost the City $31,923.73. After replacing bulbs with LEDs in 2010-2011 traffic signals cost the City $17,542.50 (a reduction of $14,381.23 per year). In 2015 traffic signals cost the City $16,566.33.

For more information contact:
Tim Kieffer (City staff)   |   tkieffer@goldenvalleymn.gov   |   (763)-593-3960

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White Bear Lake

Date action report first entered:   05/14/2013

Implementation details:
All traffic signals on Highway 61 are LED.

For more information contact:
Connie Taillon (City staff)   |   ctaillon@whitebearlake.org   |   651-429-8564

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Woodbury

Date action report first entered:   04/23/2013

Implementation details:
All of the traffic signals in Woodbury have LED lights for the red and green signals. Yellow lights are being replaced with LEDs as replacement is necessary.

For more information contact:
Jennifer McLoughlin (City staff)   |   jmcloughlin@ci.woodbury.mn.us   |   651-714-3522

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Brainerd

Date action report first entered:   10/13/2014
Date of last report update:   05/18/2016

Implementation details:
Brainerd has relamped over 1/3 of the existing signal lights with LEDs, and has a policy of replacing most all existing signals with LED on their next scheduled maintenance.

For more information contact:
Sarah Hayden Shaw (Community volunteer)   |   sjhaay@gmail.com   |   218-760-6837

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Eden Prairie

Date action report first entered:   09/13/2011

Implementation details:
At least one-third of the city's traffic signals have energy efficient LED lighting technology.

For more information contact:
Tania Mahtani (City staff)   |   tmahtani@edenprairie.org   |   952-949-8413

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Hopkins

Date action report first entered:   04/04/2011

Implementation details:
Hopkins is currently working on replacing traffic signals with energy efficient LED lighting. The City is working this into the budget for a Mainstreet signal conversion in 2012; with Mainstreet done, the City would be at 90%.

For more information contact:
Steve Stadler (City staff)   |   sstadler@hopkinsmn.com   |   952-548-6350

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New Brighton

Date action report first entered:   05/03/2016
Date of last report update:   05/03/2016

Implementation details:
All of the traffic signals in New Brighton are owned/operated by Ramsey County or MnDOT. During the 2015 Street Reconstruction project, the City led the replacement of a Ramsey County signal with all LED lamps. Additionally the City installed a LED Rectangular Rapid Flash Beacon for a pedestrian crossing.

For more information contact:
Craig Schlichting (City staff)   |   craig.schlichting@newbrightonmn.gov   |   651-638-2056

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Shoreview pending

Date action report first entered:   04/26/2013

Implementation details:
Ramsey County owns and operates all of the traffic signals in Shoreview.

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

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