LED streetlights make sense and other letters to the editors

LED streetlights make sense

How does responsible leadership explain turning their back on a local job-creating, crime-educing, cutting-edge, environmentally friendly, money saving manufacturing opportunity in our community?

This appears to be a project that would actually have a long-term payback beginning in a relatively short period of time. The cost savings of LED lights versus older, high-pressure sodium streetlights has been documented for years. EPB's Smart Grid technology provides immediate access to accurate energy consumption versus "meter reading." The Smart Grid technology enables outages to be narrowed down to the exact fixture versus having someone drive around to look for outages. Lights can be turned off, turned on, dimmed and set to flash mode using the Smart Grid technology, which has already played a major role in making our streets and parks safer.

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