SYRACUSE, N.Y. – The City of Syracuse is nominated for the People’s Choice Award at the 2019 New York Power Authority (NYPA) Customer Clean Energy Exchange. The award is among a handful of categories to recognize NYPA customers that are leading the way in clean energy practices throughout the state of New York. The award winner will be announced at the conference to be held at the Albany Capital Center, Tuesday, Oct. 8.

“The clean energy nomination is a testament to what can be accomplished through strategic partnerships and smart investments,” said Syracuse Mayor Ben Walsh. “We are proud to be New York’s flagship Smart City and we appreciate the continued progress being enabled by NYPA and Governor Cuomo’s clean energy initiatives.”

Experts from municipalities, state agencies and private sector businesses will convene to explore innovative energy and climate strategies. Sam Edelstein, chief data officer, will represent the City during the Smart Communities: Sustainable, Connected and Thriving panel discussion. Edelstein will share information about the $38 million infrastructure investment that is slated to save the City $3 million annually moving forward and enable smart technology through a completely connected system.

Syracuse, the state’s flagship Smart City, remains a leader in the implementation of technology with the LED street light conversion project, set to replace old lighting fixtures on 17,507 poles with efficient illuminating lighting. More than 5,000 lights have been successfully converted in the southwest and northeast quadrants of the City. Sensors that will enable better service delivery will be installed on street light poles and elsewhere to help communicate when instances like outages occur. The conversion is expected to be completed in 2020.

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