Bayonne Mayor Jimmy Davis is calling on PSE&G to upgrade their street lighting as part of a clean energy program that was discussed at a community meeting last month.
By John Heinis/Hudson County View
On June 22nd, a PSE&G stakeholder meeting was held on “non-core” programs to advocate for a Light Emitting Diode (LED) street lighting initiative as part of PSE&G’s Clean Energy Future – Energy Efficiency program and Davis was in attendance.
The session was a follow-up to a New Jersey Board of Public Utilities (NJBPU) order dated
September 23rd, 2020, in which PSE&G would convene a meeting to discuss potential partnerships to obtain input regarding the design and implementation of decarbonization initiatives such as LED streetlights.
“This was a good opportunity to advocate for Bayonne and for an environmental and economic initiative to improve the quality-of-life for our citizens,” Davis said in a statement.
“My office is aware of civic advocacy for more efficient and better lighting products in Bayonne’s shopping and dining districts. Upgraded LED streetlights can reduce costs, increase pedestrian traffic and encourage investment to support our post-pandemic economy.”
PSE&G spokeswoman Lauren Ugorji said that they have proposed upgrading their current streetlights to an LED option, but noted that the initiative is still in it’s infancy.
“PSE&G has proposed upgrading our existing high-pressure sodium cobra head streetlights to more efficient light emitting diode (LED) streetlights,” she began in an email.
“The June 22 meeting with Bayonne Mayor James Davis and others was to share information about this proposed energy efficiency initiative and to obtain feedback. We intend to evaluate this feedback as we continue to pursue this initiative.”