Houston to Convert All Streetlights to LED -- a “Big Win” for City’s GHG Emissions Reduction Goals

Houston Mayor Annise Parker announced last week that the city of Houston will convert 165,000 streetlights to low emissions LED lights – making it the largest project of its kind in the US. Replacing the lights will reduce the city’s streetlight energy usage by 50 percent, cut municipal greenhouse gas emissions by five percent and save the city an impressive $28 million.

The project will be implemented through a partnership between the city and CenterPoint Energy, with additional benefits including new hiking and biking trails for the city, sponsored by the company.

“Our partnership with CenterPoint will reduce Houston’s carbon footprint, increase the quality of outdoor lighting, improve connections in our burgeoning hike and bike trail system and improve the quality of life and safety of residents, all while saving the City money,” said Mayor Parker. “These are big wins for Houston."

Brian Yeoman, Houston Director for the C40, said:

“Converting all of Houston’s streetlights to LED technology is a significant win for Houston’s air quality and GHG emission reduction goals. Mayor Parker is leading the nation.”

Houston has focused on energy use reduction to reduce emissions, and with good success. The City’s municipal operations emissions have realized a 32 percent decrease from the 2007 GHG emissions inventory.  At the C40 Mayors Summit earlier this year, Mayor Parker announced that Houston will reduce GHG emissions another 10 percent by 2016. The LED streetlight conversion will bring the City closer to realizing that goal.

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