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Though we should all consider every day to be Earth Day, April 22 is set aside as a day to highlight environmental protection. This year, Governor Baker joined Energy and Environmental Affairs Secretary Matthew Beaton at Lynn Heritage State Park to celebrate the initiation of Phase I of the Department of Conservation & Recreation (DCR) outdoor light conversion project. This project is part of the Baker-Polito Administration’s commitment to reducing electricity consumption, energy costs, and greenhouse gas emissions.

DCR has partnered with the “Leading by Example Program” at the Department of Energy Resources to support the conversion of 4,500 DCR-owned street and outdoor lights from highintensity discharge (HID) lamp-type to the light-emitting diode (LED) lamp-type.

What does this conversion mean for energy efficiency, cost savings, and public safety?

  • Energy savings of over 3 million kWh per year.
  • Greenhouse gas emission reduction of more than 1,000 metric tons (equivalent to removing 223 passenger vehicles from the road annually).
  • An annual savings of $500,000 to the Commonwealth.
  • Better, clearer, and more consistent light, not only directly under poles, but in the outer areas as well.
  • The life expectancy of LEDs is 15 years, resulting in fewer outages and less maintenance.

Phase I of the project began on March 2, 2015, and includes the retrofit of approximately 2,000 cobrahead and shoebox luminaries from high intensity discharge (HID) lamps to LED lamps. Phase I is expected to be complete by the summer of 2015. Phase II of the project, which will be put out to bid this summer, will retrofit an additional 2,500 fixtures.

The American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy recently named Massachusetts number one for energy efficiency for the fourth consecutive year.

Press Release: Baker-Polito Administration Announces LED Conversion Project

For a complete list of the municipalities in which the Phase I LED conversions will take place and a schedule of work, see DCR Sites for LED Conversion Phase I – As of March 27, 2015  pdf format of DCR Sites for LED Conversion Phase I - As of March 27<br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br />
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