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St. Petersburg's public utility provider is Duke Energy, regulated by the Florida Public Service Commission. St. Petersburg currently leases about 30,000 street lights from Duke Energy, with an annual expenditure of about $1,876,000. A leasing arrangement allowed the city to benefit for street lighting service without purchasing the equipment outright. The street lighting equipment was purchased and installed by Duke Energy.
The City of St. Petersburg, FL.
The most prominent barrier flagged during the initial assessment of the conversion project was regulated utility lost revenue. St. Petersburg overcame this barrier by breaking out three different components of the LS-1 rate tariff: energy, maintenance and rental. This analysis and extensive discussions highlighted the potential for Duke Energy to share in the energy and maintenance savings realized from the LED technology.
The release of the American Medical Association (AMA) Community Guidance on Street Lighting slowed the pace of conversion, but did not stop the project. Staff shared supportive data that illustrated the importance of parameters to consider beyond the color temperature of the light, when selecting an LED street light for city applications. More important parameters to consider would be color rendering index (CRI) and lighting fixture design.
St. Petersburg is looking forward to their LED Street Lighting project with Duke Energy. The project was scheduled to begin in February 2017 and run through August, 2018.