Nick McWilliams reporting – Officials from Uhrichsville heard a pitch from American Electric Power about the purchase of street lights.

The program through AEP would have a similar structure to one that will be implemented in New Philadelphia.

Energy Efficiency Program Coordinator Al Kohler discussed the program, which involves AEP purchasing lights from municipalities and maintaining them, leading to cost savings.

“We’re going to make all of the lights that are leased by the city, and area lights, also, that customers own, over the next five years across Ohio, we’re converting every light to smart LED.”

The control modules on each light notify when a light is out, along with how much energy is used by each standalone unit, and can even be dimmed or brightened, depending on the time of day.

According to Kohler, AEP would be willing to write a check for $17,262. 

The city would pay each month for power utilized by each pole, but would be off the hook for upkeep and maintenance.

Council took the notion under advisement and within committee.

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