Ogdensburg officials eye savings from energy efficient street lights


Ogdensburg officials eye savings from energy efficient street lights

OGDENSBURG — The city will enter into an agreement with energy services company NORESCO, LLC to conduct a study to determine the cost and potential savings associated with replacing nearly 1,000 standard street lamps with high efficiency LED lights.City Council voted unanimously on Monday to hire the national energy company, and to potentially pay the corporation $25,000, for mapping out a strategy for converting 993 street lamps into more energy efficient LED lights.If carried out, the project would involve not only physically replacing the lights and fixtures, but the cost of “buying out” National Grid and taking over maintenance of the street lighting system.Ogdensburg Department of Public Works Director Scott A. Thornhill said the $25,000 price tag for the study only applies if the municipality decides not to hire the company once the study is complete. He said the so-called “backout fee” is only applicable if the city decides not to enter into a contract with the company to replace all of Ogdensburg’s street lighting.“There is actually no charge as long as we move forward with the street lighting plan,” Mr. Thornhill said. “The $25,000 that would be due if we backed out of the plan, would be to cover NORESCO’s cost for conducting their field evaluation of every street light in the city. Similar to a preliminary engineering report.”The overall project being looked at to convert city street lighting would cost approximately $1.2 million, according to Mr. Thornhill. He said if the city continues to move forward with the plan, there will be no up front cost neccessary on the part of the municipality.“The project will be financed with our savings paying for the project,” Mr. Thornhill said.Mr. Thornhill said the current deal with NORESCO calls for the national energy services company to conduct its field audit over the next 45 to 60 days and then provide its findings to the city. It will be up to City Council to decide whether or not to move forward with swapping out the street lighting once NORESCO completes its cost benefit analysis, according to Mr. Thornhill.“The city will either give the go-ahead for the project to convert, or back out of the project for a cost of $25,000,” he said. “Either way, we will own the report.”Upgrading street lights for a potential savings is just one aspect of energy efficiency currently being eyed by city officials in Ogdensburg. The city is also working with SmartWatt, an energy optimization firm headquartered in Saratoga, on finding efficiencies within municipal buildings like the city police department through replacing outdated hot water boilers and replacing steam traps and radiator control valves at City Hall.
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Ogdensburg officials eye savings from energy efficient street lights

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