The City of Schenectady has partnered with National Grid to pilot a Reforming the Energy Vision (REV) demonstration project. REV is Governor Andrew M. Cuomo’s New York energy strategy1, aimed at developing new energy products and services, helping energy consumers make more informed choices, creating jobs, and protecting the environment2.
The REV demonstration project in Schenectady will use connected devices and a low bandwidth wireless network to deploy smart city technology and services through enhanced street light infrastructure. National Grid will be replacing about 4,200 of the streetlights they own in the City with LED lights, which will subsequently be retrofitted with smart technology and controls. These upgrades will enable real-time data analytics and lighting controls, making the city more efficient and improving our ability to manage City assets. The conversion to LED streetlights will also lower our energy costs and reduce our carbon footprint.
This project is mutually beneficial in that it will provide National Grid to with information on potential new pricing options for enhanced street lighting infrastructure, as well as providing a test of the energy savings gained from LED conversion at a large scale. The City of Schenectady will also benefit because this projects offers us an opportunity to see how smart technology can improve municipal services and quality of life for City residents.
The REV demonstration project will be completed in several phases. In Phase I, LED conversion and sensor deployment will begin in two zones, Zone A and Zone B. Phases II and III will involve the expansion of smart technology to the other zones, as the sensors' value and our return on investment (ROI) are evaluated by National Grid and City staff. See the map below for more details!