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Energy efficiency drive shows no sign of dimming

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More than three-quarters of street lights on main roads in the borough have now been converted to LED, a report has revealed.

Dudley Council’s cabinet will be told the final phase of a scheme to replace all lights on main roads and make them more energy efficient is now under way.

Nearly 5,000 street lights on main roads in the borough have now been converted, which is more than 75 per cent of the total work.

The remaining lanterns have been purchased and delivered, with council bosses aiming to replace every street light in the borough by the end of the year.

LED lighting costs less to run and is considered more effective.

Councillor Karen Shakespeare, cabinet member for environmental, highways and street services, said:

The ongoing programme to replace our street lights with improved, less expensive more energy efficient LED bulbs is part of the council’s Invest to Save project.
The outlay will be more than covered by the savings we make on electricity, and because we will be using it less it will ease pressure on the network.
It’s great to see the scheme progressing well and I look forward to the completion of the full roll-out later this year.

Nationally, the demand for electricity is highest between the months of November and February, between 4pm and 7pm.

At this time the margin between the electricity generated and that required by households and business is at its tightest.

Once complete, the project will reduce peak demand by 100KW, the equivalent of around 800 kettles continuously boiling.

The update will be discussed at the next meeting of the cabinet, which takes place on Wednesday February 12 from 6pm at the Council House in Priory Road, Dudley.

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