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Xcel Energy, the largest electric company in Minnesota, said that it intends to replace all of its 100,000 streetlights across the state with energy-efficient LEDs -- part of a proposed $100 million, five-year streetlight upgrade in all eight states it serves. The utility, which supplies street lighting in Minneapolis, St. Paul and about 200 other Minnesota communities, said the cost of LEDs has dropped significantly, which means the extra cost of installing them is offset by lower energy and maintenance costs. Xcel estimated savings of 3.6 percent to 6.6 percent per month, or $3,000 to $5,000 per month for a modest-sized city.
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