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Home > Leadership > Mayor > Archived Press Releases > 2015 Archives > May 2015 > Energy Efficiency Lighting Project

Energy Efficiency Lighting Project


Approximately 850 energy-efficient LED lights installed in four City-owned parking ramps

May 29, 2015 – Mayor Byron W. Brown and Ken Daly, New York President for National Grid, today announced the completion of an extensive energy-efficient lighting initiative implemented at four major parking ramps in the City of Buffalo operated by Buffalo Civic Auto Ramps (BCAR).  National Grid provided technical assistance and approximately $160,000 in financial incentives to BCAR, the non-profit organization that manages more than 8,200 parking spaces and several parking structures in downtown Buffalo. The entire project totaled $379,135.

“National Grid has been a great partner not only on this collaborative effort with BCAR, but on many economic development initiatives throughout the City,” said Mayor Brown.  “From the Buffalo Building Re-use Project to the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus to the reconstruction and redevelopment of the Ohio Street Corridor, National Grid has been there to lend its expertise on energy-related matters impacting our continued growth and revitalization.”

It is anticipated as a result of the initiative that the City of Buffalo will reduce its electric bill by $60,000 annually as a result of the installation of 850 energy efficient LED lights at the four ramps.  In addition, approximately 1.1 million in kilowatts will be saved annually thereby eliminating 1.11 million pounds of CO2 emissions.  LED lighting upgrades were installed at the Adam Ramp, Mohawk Ramp, One Seneca Ramp and Augspurger Ramp in downtown Buffalo.

To further identify cost saving opportunities for BCAR and the City, National Grid energy efficient experts worked under a Utility Service Contract (UESC).  It is the first such project in Western New York to be completed under this type of arrangement which offers public entities including federal, state and local municipalities an effective means to implement energy efficiency, renewable energy and water-efficiency projects.

“National Grid is committed to doing whatever we can to assist Buffalo and Western New York as the region and especially the city continue to experience unprecedented economic growth,” said Ken Daly, New York President for National Grid. “Through our extensive portfolio of economic development and energy efficiency programs as well as the expertise and talents of our people who live and work here, I am proud that National Grid is playing such a major role in the economic fortunes of this great community.”

Benefits of LED lights include reduced maintenance costs and a significantly longer life span than most other forms of lighting. Additionally, LED lights are brighter, resulting in enhanced safety for drivers and pedestrians, as well as improved night visibility. LED lighting does not contain mercury, lead or other known disposable hazards.

“These upgrades will help reduce our operating costs and make our parking ramps safer for thousands that use these ramps on a daily basis,” said BCAR executive director Sam Iraci.  “This collaboration has been an extremely positive experience for our management team and we hope to work with National Grid on other energy efficiency projects that can benefit our organization.”

The assistance provided by National Grid is part of company’s Energy Initiative Program that offers technical expertise and incentives to commercial and industrial entities through the purchase and installation of energy efficient equipment, materials and systems.
National Grid offers both prescriptive and customized incentives depending upon the type of project. Information about the suite of energy efficiency programs is available at


National Grid (LSE: NG; NYSE:NGG) is an electricity and gas company that connects consumers to energy sources through its networks. The company is at the heart of one of the greatest challenges facing our society - to create new, sustainable energy solutions for the future and developing an energy system that underpins economic prosperity in the 21st century.

In the northeast U.S., we connect more than seven million gas and electric customers to vital energy sources, essential for our modern lifestyles. In Great Britain, we run the gas and electricity systems that our society is built on, delivering gas and electricity across the country.

National Grid delivers electricity to approximately 3.3 million customers in Massachusetts, New York and Rhode Island. In addition, it is the largest distributor of natural gas in northeastern U.S., serving approximately 3.4 million customers in those states.  The company also owns over 4,000 megawatts of contracted electricity generation, providing power to over one million LIPA customers.

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