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2017-01-10. The Lights Are On in Detroit.

posted Jan 11, 2017, 10:35 AM by Alan Gould   [ updated Jan 11, 2017, 10:36 AM ]
By Michael Kimmelmanjan, The New York Times. For GSS Energy Use chapter 7. Excerpt: DETROIT — Just before the holidays, on a dark street a few blocks from downtown, a group of public officials crowded onto a makeshift stage before a shivering crowd, flipped a big switch — and the last of this city’s 65,000 new streetlights blazed on. ...Investments by the Obama administration in energy-efficient lighting have reduced costs, making LEDs feasible for a city like Detroit. Three years ago, nearly half the 88,000 streetlights in the city were out of commission. The more potent LED lights allow the authority to replace those 88,000 old fixtures with 65,000 new ones, strong enough for you to read one of those glossy magazines after dark. The whole thing came in under budget and on time. ...“An example of how good government should work,” as Lorna L. Thomas, chairwoman of the lighting authority, put it at the switch-flipping ceremony....  https://www.nytimes.com/2017/01/10/arts/the-lights-are-on-in-detroit.html