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Street lights cost the City of Huntington Beach about $2 million per year and are increasing. Southern California Edison (SCE) owns the ~13,000 street lights responsible for about $1.8 million of that cost and the City owns the rest (~2000 street lights, amounting to $164,000 of unmetered street lights and $43,000 of metered lights).
The City of Huntington Beach, CA.
In 2012, SCE agreed to amicably sell utility-owned street lights back to municipalities located within their service territory. HB proceeded with a preliminary Phase I effort to convert a few streets and parking lots from HPS to LED, and estimated results of more than a 50% reduction in energy use and 80% reduction in fixture maintenance costs. An inventory-grade audit was also conducted that indicated a very favorable economic case for the city to pursue this opportunity. By then, more than 80 cities had applied to SCE to purchase their street lighting systems and SCE changed its position so that cities would have to complete their acquisition of these assets by August, 2016. HB’s process was well underway by then although the city estimated that taking possession of the lighting system would require at least another year beyond that point.
SCE valued the system at approximately $4.3 million, or about $450 per pole for the ~11,000 poles that would be eligible for sale. The remaining approximately 2,000 poles hold SCE equipment in addition to the street lights or are otherwise in areas requiring access to SCE equipment and are thus to be retained by SCE. The city plans to pay off the acquisition using savings achieved so that its initial annual savings realized will be held between $70K and $120K. Following payoff, the city estimates annual savings of $1 million.