New York State lighting upgrade will shave 20% off electricity costs

Clare Saxon Ghauri
1 May 2013

NEW YORK: Governor Cuomo of New York State has announced a series of LED lighting upgrades to the State’s busiest roads that will shave 20% off its electricity costs.

The State will switch the important Thruway road and Canal system -- of which the yearly electric bill amounts to US$2 million -- to cheaper, low carbon LED lighting.

Governor Cuomo said: “New York is continuing to move forward with efforts to increase energy efficiency and reduce costs in state government by adopting new green technologies. The Thruway’s LED lighting project is one example of how we are doing our part to use less electricity. In addition, these environmentally friendly upgrades will result in significant savings – and pay for themselves – which is great news for toll payers.

Thomas J. Madison, Thruway Executive Director, said: “In addition to reducing our electric costs by nearly 20%, this innovative lighting technology is more environmentally friendly and enhances both the safety and security of our motorists. We’re providing a better product and actually cutting costs at the same time. These upgrades are part of our wide-ranging effort to work more efficiently in every aspect of Thruway operations while continuing to provide motorists with the best possible experience.”

Marking six months since Hurricane Sandy swept through New York State, Governor Cuomo also released an Earth Week statement which mentioned the LED upgrade. It concluded: “The Governor encourages New Yorkers to join together in building a cleaner and more energy efficient future for our great state, one in which we are prepared for whatever Mother Nature may have in store. Each of us must do our part to ensure that New York's natural resources and beauty will be protected and enjoyed for generations to come.”

Amy Davidsen, US Director, The Climate Group, commented: “Here is another example of Governor Cuomo’s commitment to implementing cost-effective solutions to climate change in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, pushing New York State forward in the race to lead the American clean revolution.” 

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