A first step in replacing conventional streetlights with LED lights

Dec 3, 2015

A step toward replacing conventional street lights with new, high efficiency LED lights, in cities served by Xcel Energy.

The Public Service Commission has okayed Xcel’s tariff for replacing those street lights. Xcel says while there’s an up-front cost to cities to replace the lights, the cities will save money in the long run.

"The LED street lights use less energy," said Commissioner Brian Kalk. "They provide better lighting, enhanced security, and they direct the light downward, to help promote dark skies."

In other words, cutting down on light pollution.

Kalk says the cities don’t have to make the changes. But he says Xcel is telling the cities they could save money by making the change.