New lights to use approximately 50 percent less energy
GOWANDA, NY — January 28, 2021 — New York State Electric & Gas (NYSEG) and the village of Gowanda recently collaborated to bring new LED lighting systems to the village’s street lights. Crews began work in December 2020 to convert roughly 327 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 Village of Gowanda was happy to work together with our longtime partners, NYSEG, to convert our street lights to LED,” Village of Gowanda Mayor David Smith said. “The board voted unanimously to move forward with this project as it is truly a financially prudent, responsible and beneficial decision for all parties involved. This opportunity has improved the quality of life for our residents, increased the health and safety for vehicle and pedestrian traffic and provided a quaint, fresh and well-lit environment for our village. Not to mention, LED lights benefit the environment through less energy usage and will cut our utility costs in half. We’re so thankful for the professionalism, optimism and dedication of our partners at NYSEG who were fantastic throughout the process.”
The conversion project in the village of Gowanda brings potential energy savings to the municipality as well as several other benefits including increased efficiency, streetscape modernization and more direct lighting to the roadways. The project included work on 60 streets to upgrade all NYSEG owned cobra head street lights within village limits.
“We’re excited to complete this project and bring new LED lighting systems to Gowanda residents,” said Mark Stifter, Key Account Manager at NYSEG. “The village of Gowanda has been a wonderful partner throughout the duration of this project. We thank them for their collaboration and commitment to bringing LED lights to their village. This conversion project, and those happening across the state, will increase reliability, improve efficiency, and provide potential cost savings for municipalities.”
Overall, NYSEG has converted a total of approximately 35,000 cobra head street lights to efficient LED lights in more than 185 municipalities in its service area across New York state as part of the conversion program. The company aims to complete 20,000 conversions in 2021.
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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) is a leading, sustainable energy company with approximately $36 billion in assets and operations in 24 U.S. states. With headquarters in Orange, Connecticut, AVANGRID has two primary lines of business: Avangrid Networks and Avangrid Renewables. Avangrid Networks owns 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 approximately 6,600 people. AVANGRID supports the U.N.’s Sustainable Development Goals and was named among the World’s Most Ethical Companies in 2019 and 2020 by the Ethisphere Institute. For more information, visit avangrid.com.
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