Streetlight Acquisition from SCE
New Streetlights Are in the Future for the RC
On June 15, 2016, the City Council approved the purchase of 15,299 streetlights from Southern California Edison (SCE). The City will acquire the streetlights in phases, following approval by the California Public Utilities Commission.
The purchase of the streetlights will result in a significant cost reduction in electric utility payments across the City's eight Street Lighting Maintenance Districts. The City anticipates saving an estimated $1.3 million in SCE utility bills the first year after acquiring all of the streetlights.
Local control of the streetlights will not only have a positive fiscal impact on the City, but also improve reliability of the lighting system with better response time for repairs and proactive monitoring of the system for outages. The City also plans to install LED fixtures known to reduce additional energy consumption, increase reliability, offer better light quality, possess longer expected service life, and require minimal maintenance.