On June 30th the NH Public Utilities Commission approved a new ‘LED-2’ streetlight tariff and rate structure. This tariff will, for the first time, allow the City to buy public streetlights from Liberty Utilities and convert them to high-efficiency LED (light emitting diode) lights on a network controlled by the City. As a result, on July 14th, the Department of Public Works issued the following Request for Proposals (RFP’s) to undertake a long-awaited Streetlight removal/replacement project:
The first stage of the streetlight conversion will be the removal of 83 streetlights at various locations throughout the City. That work will start shortly and be undertaken by Liberty Utilities. If all goes well, new streetlights should be installed starting this fall. It is unclear if we will receive a proposal for RFP #2 (control nodes and system) that will be cost effective for the City. If we do, the City will have substantial new capabilities with our streetlights, including individual streetlight or neighborhood brightening, or dimming, or even flashing. This network could also act as a key communications component for Lebanon Community Power – the City’s Municipal Aggregation program – when that gets off the ground. Once fully implemented, we estimate the annual savings to be 70-75% of our current streetlight bill with a corresponding reduction in greenhouse gasses.
As this project comes to fruition, the City would like to extend its sincere gratitude to LEAC’s Streetlight Subcommittee, especially its Chair Barbara Hirai and City GIS Coordinator Mark Goodwin, for their work on this project, which has spanned 10 years. Many thanks are also extended to Assistant Mayor Clifton Below for his substantial input on behalf of the City in the PUC’s review of the streetlight tariff and rate structure proposal.