NYSEG Crews to Convert 1,400 Street Lights to LED in the Town of Orchard Park

New lights use approximately 50 percent less energy, provide cost savings 

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. — October 8, 2020 — The town of Orchard Park and NYSEG are collaborating to bring new LED lighting systems to the town’s street lights. NYSEG crews recently began work to convert approximately 1,400 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 project in Orchard Park includes work on 210 streets to upgrade all cobra head street lights within town limits.

“We’re very pleased to announce the start of an energy and cost savings project to upgrade our street lights to LED fixtures,” said Wayne Bieler, Orchard Park Town Engineer. “This project will save dollars, save energy and promote a green environmental practice in Orchard Park for years to come.”
The conversion project in the town of Orchard Park 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. It is one of the largest conversion projects in NYSEG’s service area and is anticipated to be completed by the end of October. As part of the conversion program, NYSEG crews also replaced street lights in the village of Orchard Park earlier this year. In total, the company has converted approximately 30,000 cobra head street lights to efficient LED lights in its service area across New York state.

“These conversion projects happening across the state will increase reliability, improve efficiency, and provide potential cost savings for municipalities,” said Mark Stifter, Key Account Manager at NYSEG. “It’s a true collaboration with local municipalities. We’re grateful to the town of Orchard Park for their initiative and collaboration to make this project a reality and are excited to bring new LED lighting systems to residents.” 

NYSEG advises customers that temporary and minor traffic delays may occur during the project period. The company also asks that motorist use extra caution when near crews and work zones.

“Our crews will be seen working all around town throughout the duration of this project,” said Chris Argetsinger, NYSEG Customer Program and Products Manager. “We thank our customers in advance for their attentiveness as they pass through work zones. This will allow crews to safely and efficiently convert the town’s street lights.” 

NYSEG and RG&E are subsidiaries of AVANGRID, Inc.

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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 www.nyseg.com.

About AVANGRID: AVANGRID, Inc. (NYSE: AGR) is a leading, sustainable energy company with approximately $35 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 www.avangrid.com.

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