Public Lighting Authority Looking to “Smart Grid” Technology

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Detroit’s Public Lighting Authority has installed more than 57,000 new streetlights.

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As Detroit approaches the one year anniversary of emerging from the nation’s largest-ever municipal bankruptcy, WDET is examining how the city has changed.

Detroiters have long complained about public lighting.  But a new public lighting authority was launched in 2013 to tackle the problem.  Under the leadership of CEO Odis Jones, the agency has been working to replace thousands of old streetlights with new LED lamps.  He says he’s also working to bring “Smart Grid” technology to the city.

Jones spoke with WDET’s Jerome Vaughn.


Jerome Vaughn, News Director

Jerome Vaughn is News Director at 101.9 WDET. His interest in news reporting began when he was five years old, after his mom bought him a yellow Panasonic ball and chain radio. Follow @jvdet

Detroit Bankruptcy: One Year Later Series

This post is a part of Detroit Bankruptcy: One Year Later Series .

For a month, the Detroit Journalism Cooperative journalists will explore the impact of the city’s bankruptcy case, including its impact on people and neighborhoods and its long-term implications.

Audiences are invited to a free, community event where they can hear directly from key figures in the case and ask questions. The 6 to 8 p.m. program on Wednesday, Dec. 9 will be at Wayne State University’s Community Arts Auditorium. Learn more.

Presented by WDET in partnership with the Detroit Journalism Cooperative.

Support for this project comes from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, Renaissance Journalism’s Michigan Reporting Initiative and the Ford Foundation.



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