Written by: Rafael Sanchez, IPL President and CEO
Indianapolis Power & Light Company (IPL) understands the safety and quality of life street lights can add to all of those we serve. Last week, City of Indianapolis Mayor Joe Hogsett released his proposed 2018 budget. As part of this proposal, IPL has worked closely with Mayor Hogsett and his administration on an innovative street light initiative. Increased and improved street lights have been a rally cry from citizens, civic leaders, and appointed and elected officials for decades.
We are working to transform the street lights serving the City of Indianapolis. In partnership with the City, we are developing a long-term street lighting strategy, which includes plans to retrofit more than 27,000 high pressure sodium (HPS) street lights to light-emitting diode (LED) technology over a three-year period, pending Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission (IURC) and City-County Council approval. This will mark the largest LED street light conversion in Indiana and will benefit the City of Indianapolis and its residents by reduced energy use and prolonged fixture life. This is a significant stride for the City and a tremendous step toward a brighter, more efficient future.
And it doesn't stop with Indy. This is why IPL commissioned a comprehensive study conducted by the Indiana University Public Policy Institute (PPI) that evaluated lighting needs throughout our entire service territory. It is our hope that all municipalities within our service territory can use this study to guide decisions on where to place lights in the future.
We want to do our part to ensure that all neighborhoods and communities benefit from the advantages that sufficient lighting provides. I'm proud to say that IPL has had a significant role in pushing Indianapolis toward a future that embraces new, innovative technologies. This LED conversion with the City and the study will play a significant role in enhancing the safety and quality of life for those who live, work and play right here in our communities.