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Islandwide Energy Efficient Streetlight Act up for public hearing

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by Ken Quintanilla

Guam - A handful of bills went up for a public hearing today including legislation aimed at replacing the island's existing streetlights with LED technology.

Bill 212 introduced by Senator Tina Muna Barnes and Speaker Judi Won Pat would establish the Islandwide Energy Efficient Street Light Act of 2013. Guam Power Authority's Joaquin Flores says his experience with LED technology was positive adding that an estimated $1.7 million in fuel savings alone can be realized. He did however raise some concerns.

"Please keep in mind that these street lights are not metered so for anyone to try and quantify that would have to go through some very, very complicated and accurate process to determine a one-to-one scaling of lights is what the savings would be," Flores said.

His testimony further noted he doesn't believe the approach of Bill 212 would be successful. Public Works director Carl Dominguez meanwhile supported the bill in concept and noted to lawmakers that he could not think of an instance in the past three years where a new streetlight was added to the population.

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