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Energy Savings Project

The City of Hudson has upgraded lighting at city-owned Police and Hudson City Court building at 701 Union Street. The improvements will have an estimated annual savings of 59,857 kWh of power leading to an annual reduction of 65,843 pounds of CO2. It will also save the city $6,650 annually in energy costs.

221 lights were replaced with energy-efficient LED fixtures. The project costs an estimated $19,163. National Grid is contributing $18,205 of the costs. Given the cost savings, the city will recoup its share of the installation in less than a year.

Mayor Johnson’s Climate Smart Task Force initiated the project. In reviewing past projects and opportunities for additional savings, the task force identified that 701 Union had not had a recent energy audit. They also identified that National Grid offered an incentive program to audit lighting and subsidize energy-reduction projects.

“Climate change will have devastating impacts and the City of Hudson must reduce greenhouse gas emissions,” says Mayor Kamal Johnson. “I’m happy to reduce our emissions while saving the city money.”

During the construction of 701 Union, energy efficiencies were taken out of the project to save on short-term costs. 

Department of Public Works Superintendent Rob Perry managed the lighting upgrade project. He worked with Lime Energy Services Company to perform the audit and coordinate the installation. Cornell Cooperative Extension of Columbia and Greene County as well as the Capital District Regional Planning Commission provided additional support. 

“This was a great collaboration between a city-task force, multiple city departments, the Common Council, multiple nonprofits, New York State, a utility company, and a contractor,” said Michael Chameides, Chair of the Climate Smart Task Force and Aide to the Mayor. “Climate change has serious stakes and we need all hands on deck.”

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