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Seattle Picked to Lead National Effort on LED Street Lights

The DOE announced 4/19 that Seattle City Light will lead a new national effort to promote the installation of energy efficient light emitting diode (LED) street lights. The Municipal Solid State Street Lighting Consortium will share information, performance results and residents’ feedback about LED street lights with participating communities from coast to coast. During the next year, City Light will be responsible for recruiting at least 50 other communities to join the consortium and share their experiences through national and regional meetings, webcasts, web-based discussion forums, and other means.  With over 34 million street lights in use across the United States, the DOE estimates that promoting the use of LED technology has the potential to save communities more than $750 million a year in energy costs alone.  Seattle will install 5,000 LED streetlights this year and a total of 40,000 during the next five years. To learn more, visit www.ssl.energy.gov/consortium.html