Municipal LED Streetlight Program

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The Maryland Energy Administration (MEA) with a competitive grant award from US Department of Energy (DOE), will lead a two-state initiative with Clean Energy Solutions, Inc. (CESI) as principal consultant and the Virginia Department of Mines, Minerals and Energy (DMME), Virginia Regional Commission and various regional partners to facilitate the conversion of streetlights by local governments to LEDs. The Metropolitan Washington Council of Government (MWCOG), and the National Association of State Energy Officials (NASEO) as outreach and education partners to facilitate the adoption of LED streetlights by local governments. The following videos provide information on the Program:

  

The major objectives and associated tasks are: 
  • Educate local governments about the costs and benefits of LED streetlighting conversions;
  • Assist interested local governments (including counties) in determining the specific cost-effectiveness of a project in their locality, given a rough inventory of their existing lighting;
  • Assist local governments via model RFQs to solicit lighting contractors and financing for conversions and act as “owners’ agents to assist their selection and implementation of conversions in Maryland and accessing the existing Dominion program in Virginia;
  • Work with local governments alone and in aggregate to advocate with utilities and public service commissions updated utility tariffs and acquisition of utility-owned streetlights where appropriate. Provide model state legislation, tariff guidance and additional educational materials on the efficacy of LED conversions; participate in meetings as needed with key stakeholders to move the conversion process forward

 
This two-year project, commencing in February 2019, will focus initially in Maryland on improving existing utility tariffs and gaining acquisition opportunities with the investor owned utilities. In Virginia, the major effort will be engaging local governments to take advantage of Dominion’s recently improved tariff, which renders LED conversions quite cost-effective today. The project will encourage utility regulators to approve at least two utilities (one in each state) modified tariff structures that facilitate LED streetlight conversions. The anticipated results of this project are to have at least five local governments have converted their Streetlights to LEDs, with another 10-15 local governments beginning the process to do the same. ​

FAQs

About the Program

 

In February 2019, the Maryland Energy Administration (MEA), with a competitive grant award from US Department of Energy (DOE) has engaged Clean Energy Solutions, Inc. (CESI) as principal consultant and the Virginia Department of Mines, Minerals and Energy (DMME), the Northern Virginia Regional Commission (NOVA). The Metropolitan Washington Council of Government (MWCOG), and the National Association of State Energy Officials (NASEO) as outreach and education partners to facilitate the adoption of LED streetlights by local governments.

In 2014, CESI worked with the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation’s Office of Energy Programs (TDEC OEP) on another competitive award from U.S. DOE to assist local governments in design, procurement, and implementation of energy efficiency projects. This project team interacted with many local governments across the state, and quickly realized that LED streetlights were drawing significant interest and generating a lot of questions.   

Throughout the course of the project, the project team provided in-depth technical assistance to three local governments that were either entertaining or undergoing the process of converting their streetlights to LEDs. The technical assistance provided consisted of answering questions and issuing guidance regarding equipment specifications, utility tariff negotiations, project procurement, and energy services contracts, among other subjects. The following document is a catalog of most common questions encountered by the project team and an attempt to provide thorough answers, in hopes that local jurisdictions across the state can use this document to successfully implement LED streetlight projects.​ 

Technology, Costs, & Benefits

 

More information coming soon

Sample Engagement Letter

Sample RFQ

Streetlight Inventory Template & Audit Options

Draft Legislation

Case Studies

 


Cape Light LED streetlight conversion video of LED retrofit of streetlight: https://youtu.be/ZUkQA3QSI9Q

Arlington County video case study of LED streetlight conversion: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rVlKDkneI4Y&feature=youtu.be

Financing Options

 

Please check back to our website soon for more information


 
For more information, please email Christopher Russell at chris.russell@maryland.gov or call 410-537-3031.