Commercial, Energy Efficiency, GHG Emissions, Utilities - March 27, 2023
Northern Illinois Communities Receive 131,600 LED Light Fixtures
Northern Illinois is brighter today, as ComEd completes the installation and upgrade of new Smart LED light fixtures through a five-year emissions reduction program.
The upgrade of all 131,600 ComEd-owned streetlights to Smart LED light fixtures will save more than 79 gigawatt-hours of energy annually, the equivalent of removing more than 67 million pounds of carbon emissions from the atmosphere.
“ComEd’s commitment to the communities we serve extends beyond simply keeping the lights on; we are actively partnering with communities to deliver innovative solutions that create a cleaner, brighter future for northern Illinois families and businesses,” said Gil C. Quiniones, CEO of ComEd in a statement. “Smart streetlights offer communities both environmental and safety benefits while lowering municipalities’ costs of energy and maintenance so that those funds can be used elsewhere.”
The program upgraded ComEd-owned streetlights in 575 communities across northern Illinois. The $75 million streetlight upgrade will optimize the light fixtures’ reliability and performance, with new LED bulbs consuming one-third of the electricity and lasting two to three times longer than the previous high-pressure sodium or metal halide lights while providing higher performance at lower operational cost.
With smart LED streetlights, municipalities can remotely and instantaneously dim lights for energy savings and brighten them for greater safety because of clearer, brighter, and more reliable light.
ComEd’s Energy Efficiency Program,-funded in alignment with state law, has saved customers more than $7 billion on their energy bills since 2008. The award-winning program has helped customers save nearly 65 million megawatt-hours of electricity.