In early May, the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) passed a resolution related to LED streetlights, and municipalities in Southern California Edison’s service area will benefit from the new policy.
Previously, only city-owned streetlight fixtures in Southern California Edison (SCE) service areas were eligible for conversion to LED technology. The new resolution makes a limited number of utility-owned streetlight fixtures eligible for conversion to LED streetlight fixtures.
In February 2011, the public utility Southern California Edison (SCE) submitted a request to the CPUC to pass a resolution allowing a limited number of LED streetlights to be included in its Schedule LS-1. Schedule LS-1 streetlight fixtures are street and highway lighting owned by the Southern California Edison. the utility offers limited choices of LED streetlighting through its Schedule LS-2, which are customer-owned, unmetered streetlights. SCE will offer LED streetlight technology to its customers in addition to its existing lighting products.
On May 5, 2011, the CPUC passed a resolution (Resolution E-4399-E) approving the addition of LED technology to SCE’s Schedule LS-1.
The CPUC resolution has positive implications for customers in SCE’s service area. A significant number of municipalities in southern California have already installed LED streetlights or are evaluating the energy efficient technology and the majority of those projects have been funded with federal grants from the US Department of Energy’s Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant (EECBG) program. Many municipalities in the SCE service area are interested in testing, evaluating, and possibly deploying LED technology on roadways. The CPUC resolution now gives cities the option of requesting LED streetlights for current or future projects in municipal installations.