Xcel energy is taking strides to make its communities more energy efficient.
Starting in January, Xcel will be replacing about 25- thousand streetlight bulbs to more efficient L-E-D lights, including in Eau Claire.
WEAU’s Abigail Hantke tells us how this program will benefit the community.
Community streets will start to look a little brighter as we turn over to the new year.
Xcel energy will be continuing a program to replace all of Xcel energy’s owned overhead streetlights….that’s more than 3- thousand light bulbs in Eau Claire alone.
The new lights will be brighter…and more energy-efficient.
“They use between 40 and 60 percent less energy than the traditional high pressure sodium bulbs that people are familiar with. We’re also able to offer reduced rates for those streetlights for those communities that we’re replacing the lights in. our project in Wisconsin will replace about 25,000 lights in all the communities we serve.
Xcel is making the change from a high pressure sodium bulb to a more efficient L-E-D light.
Elwood says they’re making the change because their customers and communities have been asking for more energy-efficient streetlights, and the switch-over of new streetlights will take place January through march of 2016 in Eau Claire, Menomonie, Altoona and Chippewa falls.
And Eau Claire locals say, this is good news….
If you’ve ever been down here when they’re not on its it can get pretty scary, so I think having brighter lights and saving energy is great
The new rates will save between 8 and 14 percent of existing rates…which communities will see in their monthly street lighting bill.
Well if it saves energy I think it would be wonderful and it brightens our streets, my concern is I don’t want that brightness going up to diminish our beautiful northern Wisconsin skies
The overall project will cost nearly 1- million dollars, all at Xcel’s expense and no cost for their customers or communities.
In Eau Claire, Abigail hanker, fox 25-48 news at nine.