WHYY-TV – City Council weighing citywide contract converting Philly street lights to LEDs

A multimillion-dollar plan to modernize Philadelphia’s light grid is one step closer to becoming a reality.

Following a hearing on Wednesday, City Council’s Committee on Finance approved a bill that enables the city to enter into a “guaranteed energy savings” contract with the Philadelphia Energy Authority. Under the agreement, Ameresco, an engineering services company, will LED-ify the city’s municipal streetlight system, putting Philadelphia on par with other big cities around the country, including New York and Chicago.

Lawmakers could pass the measure as soon as next week, teeing up a contract that could be valued at more than $90 million.

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