Mayor Luke Ravenstahl announced today a measure to reduce the City's energy consumption and costs through the deployment of efficient energy technologies. The City announced the selection of Carnegie-based CLT Efficient Technologies to replace nearly 600 energy inefficient traffic lights, with new, state of the art, and energy efficient Light Emitting Diode (LED) lights. The new LED signals are brighter and the cost saving to the taxpayers of Pittsburgh is projected at as much as $500,000 per year in the form of reduced energy costs.
"Through this effort we are reducing the cost of government, becoming more efficient and protecting the environment," said Mayor Luke Ravenstahl. "Not only will we be upgrading our traffic lights, but we're doing it without costing the taxpayers one single dollar. The cost of this program will come from the savings associated with our reduced energy consumption and the cost savings are guaranteed."
Some of the traffic signals in the city date back to 1940's and this is the first comprehensive traffic signal upgrade program in the city's history. Each signal replacement is guaranteed to last 10,000 hours or they will be replaced for free.
Following an extensive and competitive request for proposal (RFP) process, the City selected CLT Efficient Technologies of Carnegie, "CLT was not only the lowest bidder by a substantial amount, but they have an extensive track record helping governments just like Pittsburgh to reduce their energy costs and upgrade their capital facilities," said Patrick Hassett, Assistant Director of Public Works and a member of the Technical Evaluation and Selection Committee that presided over the selection of CLT.
The City convened a Technical Review and Selection Committee for the project of nearly a dozen city employees, with representatives from the following Departments: Public Works, Law, Budget and Finance, CIS and the Mayor's Office. The bidders, CLT and Johnson Controls, a Wisconsin-based multi-national firm, were the respondents to the City's RFP.
"The Committee unanimously selected CLT as the most responsive, responsible and lowest bidder," said Pat Hassett. "Not only was their response nearly $1 million less than the next lowest bidder, but their technical plan was superior in a multitude of facets. The fact that they are also a local firm was a bonus, but not a prerequisite."
Following the successful negotiation of the engagement and appropriate contract and approvals, City residents will begin to see the light system upgrades in their neighborhoods beginning this spring.
Following completion of the traffic light system, the City will also, along with CLT, audit its facilities to determine what additional steps can be taken to reduce costs and increase energy efficiency for City assets. This engagement does not ensure that CLT would be the undertaker of such work if additional measures are pursued.
Wednesday, March 28, 2007
Office of Mayor Luke Ravenstahl
512 City County Building | 414 Grant Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15219
telephone: 412-255-2626 | facsimile: 412-255-2687