Pawtucket weighs use of LED street lights

PAWTUCKET, R.I. (WPRI) — The city of Pawtucket is considering joining a new statewide initiative which would save money on street light maintenance.

The program, Partnership for Rhode Island Streetlight Management or PRISM, could result in significant cost savings for municipalities, according to Pawtucket Public Works Director Lance Hill.

The initiative would allow the city to join other municipalities in purchasing street lights from National Grid. Currently, Hill and other city officials are working to determine if the new program would make sense for the city.

Under PRISM, municipalities could also replace street lights with LED lights, which officials say could save an additional 40 percent in annual energy costs.

The LED lights could also brighten roads during storm emergencies and light up high-crime areas.

“The lights are controllable, which does have some public safety implications,” Hill said.

If city officials decide to join PRISM, it is unknown when the program would go into effect.

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