Green Mountain Power, an investor owned utility in Vermont, has received approval from the Vermont Public Service Board for a revised rate tariff for LED streetlights. The revised rate tariff reflects the lower energy consumption of LED luminaires and provides customers with an additional incentive to switch to the more energy efficient fixtures. Green Mountain Power serves approximately 95,000 customers with 13,500 streetlights.
Green Mountain Power, with headquarters in Colchester, Vermont, currently charges a monthly flat rate for streetlights which includes the purchase, installation and maintenance of the fixtures. The majority of the municipalities served by the utility use mercury vapor and high pressure sodium lamps, but with available federal stimulus funds and incentives from utilities, the transition to LED technology is becoming a more attractive option.
According to Mike Burke, streetlight engineer at Green Mountain Power, “The capital costs are higher with LEDs, but the 66% savings in energy use make them an excellent alternative to traditional streetlights.” Burke also indicated that Green Mountain Power is testing BetaLED’s LEDway streetlights as part of a pilot program.