NEW ORLEANS, LA – Tomorrow at 9:30 a.m., Lt. Col. Mark Jernigan, Director of the City of New Orleans Department of Public Works, will be available to discuss the City’s $14.7 million Energy Smart Streetlight Conversion Program to convert approximately 20,000 streetlights to energy-efficient LED streetlights. LED streetlights have a 7-10 year life span (compared to 2-3 years for conventional), use 30-50% less energy, and provide better lighting. Beginning Monday, June 30, 2014, 15 crews will be working to convert 600 streetlights per week into energy-efficient streetlights over the next 12 months.
In April, the New Orleans City Council passed a resolution at the request of the Landrieu Administration to authorize approximately $14.7 million in one-time Energy Smart funds to convert old streetlights to energy efficient LED fixtures on the east bank of Orleans Parish. The $14.7 million comes from an Entergy account for an energy savings program. It costs the ratepayer nothing extra.
Outages are identified from reports from residents to the NOLA 311 system. Residents are encouraged to report outages to 311, which operates 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. on Monday – Friday.
WHO: Lt. Col. Mark Jernigan, Director, City of New Orleans Department of Public Works
WHAT: Media availability to discuss $14.7 million energy-efficient streetlight conversion program
WHEN: MONDAY, June 30, 2014 at 9:30 a.m.
WHERE: 1600 block of Terpsichore Street
New Orleans, LA 70130