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Longman: New York Government Agencies Collaborate on LED Streetlight Installations

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The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) and the New York State Department of Transportation (NYSDOT) announced that a section of Central Avenue in Colonie, Albany County, will get new LED street lights to enhance visibility and safety, as well as reduce energy costs.

The new lighting, which will be installed between Wolf Road and Reber Street, is part of a demonstration project bringing together industry, government agencies, not-for-profits and academic organizations to develop a systematic strategy to transition street lights to energy-saving LED lighting throughout New York State. The project supports Governor Andrew Cuomo's Reforming the Energy Vision (REV) strategy by helping municipalities reduce their energy use.

"The lessons from this work will make New York's roads safer and street lighting more energy efficient, " said NYSERDA President and CEO John Rhodes. "NYSERDA's partnership with DOT advances Governor Cuomo's vision for developing safe and sustainable communities."

NYSDOT Commissioner Matthew J. Driscoll said, "Safety is our top priority, and this new lighting is one more way to make it safer and easier for motorists, pedestrians and bicyclists to travel Central Avenue. Governor Cuomo knows the importance of a sound transportation system and, working with our partners at NYSERDA and others, we are enhancing traffic safety and mobility across the state."

The project is being led by the Lighting Research Center at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, which issued a report last June that found LED roadway lighting could achieve substantial energy savings for localities and improve the illumination quality. The Center will collaborate with National Grid, NYSDOT, Creighton Manning, the Town and Village of Colonie, the Capital District Transportation Committee and the University Transportation Research Center to complete the Central Avenue project, which is being co-managed by NYSERDA and NYSDOT.

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