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02/03/2015 Contact: 850-413-6482

PSC Approves TECO’s Energy-Efficient LED Street Light Program


TALLAHASSEE — Encouraging energy efficiency, the Florida Public Service Commission (PSC) today approved Tampa Electric Company’s (TECO) request to change its street light program, offering only energy-efficient light emitting diode (LED) street lights to new customers.

With today’s approval, TECO will no longer offer high-pressure sodium (HPS) or metal halide (MH) technologies for new street light or outdoor area light requests.  TECO noted in its request that market demand for LED outdoor lighting has increased in recent years, since they last longer and can now be recycled. 

“We encourage energy-efficiency, and the environmentally-friendly LED lights use at least 30 percent less energy than traditional lighting choices,” said PSC Chairman Art Graham.  “We made sure TECO will offer its energy-efficient lights at a comparable price--long-term--to its previous lights, and consumers will benefit from LED’s brighter light, offering better visibility, security, and reliability.”

The PSC also approved TECO’s plans to add nine new LED fixtures to its LED tariff:  two floodlight, two decorative post-top, one area-lighter, two mongoose, and two roadway fixtures. 

TECO serves more than 700,000 customers in West Central Florida.

For additional information, visit www.floridapsc.com.

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