Northwest Territories Power Corporation has received approval from the NWT Public Utilities Board for a streetlight rate that supports the implementation of new, energy efficient, light-emitting diode (LED) streetlights.
“As part of its commitment to the GNWT’s energy strategy initiatives, NTPC is dedicated to supplying energy to its customer at the lowest cost possible, while limiting our reliance on fossil fuels for electricity generation in the communities it serves,” says Michael Miltenberger, Minister Responsible for NTPC.
In support of this, NTPC has initiated a territory-wide program to replace high pressure sodium (HPS) streetlights as they expire with the more efficient LED streetlights that last five times longer than existing streetlights. In addition to replacing existing streetlights with the LED lights as they fail, NTPC is committing to completing 1-2 community-wide change-outs per year.
This initiative is a product of a pilot project completed in partnership with the Community Government of Gameti, where thirty-one, 100 watt high pressure sodium (HPS) streetlights were exchanged for 50 watt high efficiency LED streetlights.
The Pilot Project in Gameti was completed in February 2013 and has helped NTPC gain further experience with LED streetlights and is now better positioned to roll out the greener technology to other communities in the NWT.
“I am pleased that NTPC has initiated their LED streetlight program. This program is another example how we are lowering costs and greenhouse gas emissions for customers while reducing our usage of fossil fuels,” says Miltenberger.
LED streetlights present many advantages over HPS light sources including lower energy consumption, less greenhouse gas emissions, approximately five times the life of a standard HPS streetlight, and lower maintenance costs.
NTPC anticipates that the operating costs for streetlights can be cut in half by employing the new LED technology and these savings will be passed on to the customer.