City to Upgrade all Street Lights to Energy Efficient LED by 2017

By Kristen Meriwether
Kristen Meriwether
Kristen Meriwether
Journalist
October 24, 2013 Updated: July 18, 2015

NEW YORK—All 250,000 streetlight fixtures in New York City will be replaced with more energy efficient LED lights by 2017, Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced on Thursday.

“With roughly a quarter-million street lights in our city, upgrading to more energy efficient lights is a large and necessary feat,” Bloomberg said in a statement.

“It will save taxpayers millions of dollars, move us closer to achieving our ambitious sustainability goals, and help us to continue reducing city government’s day-to-day costs and improving its operations.”

The move to greener bulbs is part of PlaNYC, which aims to reduce the city’s greenhouse gas emissions by 30 percent by 2017.

Phase one of the project will entail replacing 80,000 bulbs across the three boroughs and is expected to be complete by December 2015.

When fully installed, the initiative is expected to save the city approximately $6 million in energy costs and $8 million in maintenance per year.

Kristen Meriwether