Street Lighting

On January 8, 2018, Chelan County PUD Commissioners approved a rate for municipal LED streetlights that will lower power costs for cities in Chelan County that install the energy-saving lamps. The new rate reflects the energy savings of LED lamps. Andrew Grassell, Energy Development and Conservation manager, said staff at the cities endorsed the proposal. The rate will also make it possible for the cities to apply for grants to help pay for installation.

Grassell said changes in the energy charge for LED streetlights will mean savings of about $1.40 per light each month.  The lower rate also could help Cashmere, Chelan, Entiat and Leavenworth secure state funding to cover up to 100 percent of the cost to install energy-saving LED streetlights. The new rate follows an inventory and audit of streetlights in cities served by Chelan PUD, Grassell said. In addition, the PUD installed test LED streetlights in five Wenatchee neighborhoods and asked for feedback. The few responses were neutral to positive. Not only do LED lamps use less power, studies show they increase safety and reduce night sky effects.

The next step for the project is to apply state funding available for transportation improvements in smaller cities (less than 5,000 in population). Chelan PUD is working with the cities to develop the application. Once the funding is secured, Chelan PUD will manage the project for the cities in order to receive better pricing.

Wenatchee World Article - January 9, 2018

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In 2016, contractor Tanko Lighting conducted a county-wide inventory of some 4,000 street lights that may result in better street lighting in the future. PUD staff is evaluating potential benefits of upgrading to LEDS, including energy savings, less light pollution and truer light, which can improve public safety.

Most of the street lights in Chelan County are High Pressure Sodium. High Pressure Sodium street lights are less efficient and cast an orange, low-quality light. LED (light-emitting diode) street lights are energy efficient, have long life spans, produce superior color and light and may reduce maintenance costs.

Sample LED street lights are currently in place in a few Wenatchee neighborhoods.

We encourage your feedback on the sample LED streetlights. Send comments or questions to or call (509) 661-4294.

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