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Public Lighting Authority Looking to “Smart Grid” Technology

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.

 

Image credit: Pat Batcheller

Filed Under: #bankruptcy

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.

 

  

About the Author

Jerome Vaughn

News Director & WDET Host, All Things Considered

Jerome Vaughn joined WDET in 1992 to help chronicle Detroit’s comeback and let people around the world know the truth about his hometown.

jvaughn@wdet.org   Follow @jvdet

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