NYSEG Converts Area Street Lights to LED

New lights use approximately 50 percent less energy

MECHANICVILLE, NY — August 23, 2022 — New York State Electric & Gas (NYSEG) recently collaborated with three local municipalities to bring new LED lighting systems to street lights in the towns of Berlin, Ghent and Halfmoon. Crews began work this past May to convert more than 285 street lights to the LED systems, which use approximately 50 percent less energy. These conversions are part of a broader effort by NYSEG to work with local municipalities to replace older “cobra head” style lighting to newer and more energy efficient LED systems. 

“The Town of Berlin would like to thank NYSEG for completing the conversion of our street lights to LED,” said Rob Jaeger, supervisor, town of Berlin. “There is a noticeable improvement in the light emanated and we look forward to the savings generated by these new fixtures.” 

“This program has proven to be an immediate success, with cost savings close to 50%,” said Craig Simmons, supervisor, town of Ghent. “The new LED lighting matched the color and brightness that our community is accustomed to.” 

The conversion project in these towns brings potential energy savings to the municipalities as well as several other benefits including increased efficiency, streetscape modernization and more direct lighting to the roadways. The project included work on 88 streets to upgrade all NYSEG-owned cobra head street lights within each town’s limits.  

“These communities have been great partners with NYSEG and we are pleased to bring LED lighting to their residents,” said Marilyn Keis-Hartunian, key account manager at NYSEG. “Our street light conversion program increases reliability, improves efficiency and provides cost savings. We know these benefits are important to communities small and large.” 

Overall, NYSEG has converted a total of more than 55,000 cobra head street lights to efficient LED lights in more than 355 municipalities in its service area across New York state as part of the conversion program. 

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About NYSEG: New York State Electric & Gas Corporation (NYSEG) is a subsidiary of AVANGRID, Inc. Established in 1852, NYSEG operates approximately 35,000 miles of electric distribution lines and 4,500 miles of electric transmission lines across more than 40% of upstate New York. It also operates more than 8,150 miles of natural gas distribution pipelines and 20 miles of gas transmission pipelines. It serves approximately 894,000 electricity customers and 266,000 natural gas customers. For more information, visit nyseg.com.

About AVANGRID: AVANGRID, Inc. (NYSE: AGR) aspires to be the leading sustainable energy company in the United States. Headquartered in Orange, CT with approximately $40 billion in assets and operations in 24 U.S. states, AVANGRID has two primary lines of business: Avangrid Networks and Avangrid Renewables. Avangrid Networks owns and operates eight electric and natural gas utilities, serving more than 3.3 million customers in New York and New England. Avangrid Renewables owns and operates a portfolio of renewable energy generation facilities across the United States. AVANGRID employs more than 7,000 people and has been recognized by JUST Capital in 2021 and 2022 as one of the JUST 100 companies – a ranking of America’s best corporate citizens. In 2022, AVANGRID ranked second within the utility sector for its commitment to the environment and the communities it serves. The company supports the U.N.’s Sustainable Development Goals and was named among the World’s Most Ethical Companies in 2022 for the fourth consecutive year by the Ethisphere Institute. For more information, visit avangrid.com.

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