California Street Light Association (CALSLA)

Estimated Results Achieved from Completed Conversion
Number of Lights Committed Electricity Savings  kWh/yr) Value of Electricity Saved ($/yr) Carbon Dioxide Emissions Reductions (metric tonnes/yr)
180,000 62,730,000 $6,712,110 44,099




Program Description

The California Street Light Association (CALSLA) works on behalf of cities and counties throughout the State of California to reduce electric rates and facilities charges for street lights and traffic signals.

Service Area

Southern California, covering the utility territories of Pacific Gas & Electric, Southern California Edison, and San Diego Gas & Electric

Situation Highlights

CALSLA successfully negotiated a settlement in the 2014 General Rate Case (GRC) with PG&E, which was approved, and became effective on January 1, 2016. Terms included significant reductions in costs for the LED tariff and an extension of the dimmable/adaptable street light program.

Two key issues were pending in the SCE service area in 2016– new rates for LEDs reflecting the California Public Utility Commission’s (CPUC) final decision in the 2015 GRC and resolution of AB 719 legislation obligating California IOUs to develop a program and accompanying rate structure to convert utility owned (LS-1) street lights to LED.

CALSLA, the City of San Diego and other local jurisdictions were seeking a tariff solution with SDG&E for metered street lights for communities to take advantage of the investments they have already made in adaptive controls and LED retrofits. Advanced metering infrastructure for street lights allows cities to track the exact point of energy use and control light levels and other communication services. The existing utility tariff for customer-owned metered streetlight service has been closed since 1979.

Workforce issues have been raised by the Los Angeles International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers regarding concerns over the transition to LED street lights and other energy efficient technologies and CALSLA will continue to monitor/identify solutions. One issue is to ensure proper training and electrical safety for LED installation requirements, which may differ from incumbent technologies.

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