By Sarah Brown
The New Era 

City to install LED street light bulbs, discuss sewer rate increase


August 16, 2023

Joe Mankiewicz, of Ameresco, speaks to city council members about installing LED lights in the city's 881 street lights, a move that is expected to save the city at least $40,000 annually.

The City Council approved during its Aug. 8 meeting a contract with Ameresco to install energy efficient bulbs in the city's 881 street lights. The move is expected to reduce electrical costs to the city by approximately $40,000 a year.

Last year the city paid $130,552 in electricity for the high pressure sodium (HPS) and mercury vapor (MV) bulbs currently installed. The lights are owned and maintained by Pacific Power, but the company only upgrades to LED fixtures when the old bulbs burn out.

Ameresco told City Council in March 2021 it could work out an agreement to upgrade the lights. In...

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