Secretary Moniz Applauds Detroit's LED Street Lighting Upgrades

June 16, 2014

Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz visited Detroit on May 22, 2014, to mark the city's progress installing energy-efficient LED streetlights in an update of its largely broken public lighting system, speaking at the Detroit Area Pre-College Engineering Program. Like so many cities across the country, Detroit is plagued with aging streetlights (average U.S. streetlight age: 20+ years) that consume an inordinate amount of energy. Add years of steady deterioration in the supporting electrical infrastructure, and the result is that more than half of Detroit's streetlights are dark.

The Detroit street lighting project includes the participation of the Energy Department, the city, Detroit's Public Lighting Authority and others, and is part of a White House Accelerator program to increase the adoption and use of high-efficiency outdoor lighting in the public sector. One of five charter Accelerator cities, Detroit's conversion to LED street lighting is expected to save the city $1.5 million a year, and was made possible in large part by DOE's Municipal Solid-State Street Lighting Consortium (MSSLC). The MSSLC not only convinced Detroit officials to consider LED streetlights instead of going with new high-intensity discharge fixtures (the incumbent technology), and to increase the energy savings with a networked control system, but also helped them utilize the MSSLC specification to find the right system for their needs.

To learn more about the Detroit street lighting project, visit the Detroit Public Lighting Authority website.