SCHENECTADY — Mayor Gary McCarthy is heading to Washington D.C. Tuesday morning to discuss energy infrastructure and the city’s Smart Cities initiative.
McCarthy will testify before the U.S. House of Representatives’ Committee on Energy and Commerce’s Subcommittee on Energy. City Director of Operations Alex Sutherland said the hearing will be focused on U.S.’s energy and infrastructure and policy. He said McCarthy is testifying at the request of the committee.
The conversion of streetlights to LED fixtures as part of the city’s Smart Cities initiative, which McCarthy has previously said he wants to implement citywide, will be one of the topics he’ll touch on.
McCarthy says the LED lights will reduce annual electrical costs by 50 percent, or $400,000. He also plans to tell the subcommittee his hope to include sensor-based technology on the new light poles that could boost Wi-Fi signals, have a dimming function to produce even more cost savings and even have the ability to provide traffic and pedestrian analytics.
The initiative is being done in conjunction with National Grid, and the city has budgeted $1 million this year for the project.
McCarthy will testify that the initiative is an example of something that can be done nationwide.
“We’re grateful the committee invited the mayor to testify at this hearing to help draft our nation’s energy infrastructure policy,” Sutherland said.
McCarthy is scheduled to testify at 10 a.m.