Dearborn, MI

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)
50,000 17,425,000 $1,864,475 12,250




Program Description

Build a coalition of neighboring cities and towns to create a regional lighting authority.

Service Area

DTE Energy.

Situation Highlights

The City of Dearborn and a coalition of cities in southeast Michigan intervened in a rate case with the local investor owned utility (DTE Energy) due to a proposed tariff rate increase for LED street lights. The proposed LED street light tariff would make LED street lights more expensive than high pressure sodium. Additionally, the coalition of cities focused on on state legislation to allow cities to take control of their street lights and only pay the utility energy charges. Unique ways to finance LED street light retrofits including the creation of a regional lighting authority with bonding authority is another area of interest, along with leveraging available ancillary technology with LED street lights including controls, communication, and driverless vehicles.

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