The New Orleans City Council passed a resolution this week at the request of the Landrieu administration to authorize approximately $14.7 million in one-time Energy Smart funds to convert old streetlights to energy-efficient LED fixtures on the east bank of Orleans Parish.
According to a release from the Mayor's Office, LED lights have a 7-10 year life span (compared to 2-3 years for conventional), use 30-50% less energy, and provide better lighting. The $14.7 million comes from an Entergy account for an energy savings program. It costs the ratepayer nothing extra.
The City of New Orleans owns approximately 54,000 streetlights, including those on the Interstate highways and State roads.
The Landrieu Administration says it inherited a backlog of over 16,000 streetlight outages in May 2010, representing over 29% of all streetlights within New Orleans.
The Administration says it has fixed over 43,000 streetlights since taking office. But because lights are continually burning out as others are repaired, a total of 4,400 streetlight outages are currently being tracked. Since 2012, when the City first received federal stimulus funding for LED conversions, over 17,000 streetlights have already been converted to energy efficient lighting.
There are approximately 37,000 streetlights that have not yet been converted to energy efficient or LED fixtures, including Interstate lights.