T&E Item #1
Transportation, Infrastructure, Energy and Environment Committee
Amanda Mihill, Legislative
Michael Faden, Senior Legislative Attorney
Bill 4-14, Streets and Roads - County Street Lights
Bill 4-14, Streets and Roads - County Street Lights, sponsored by Councilmembers
Berliner, Floreen and Riemer, Council Vice President Leventhal, and Councilmembers Eirich,
Andrews, and Navarro, was introduced on January 28, 2014. A public hearing was held by the
Committee on February 11. At the hearing, a representative of the Executive expressed the
Executive's general support for the package of environmental initiatives (©9). Council staff will
transmit any specific comments on these bills from the Executive when they are received.
Bill 4-14 would require any contract that the County enters into to maintain street lights
to be with a company that specializes in LED lights. Many current street lights are outdated and
inefficient, and LED lighting is more energy efficient and requires less maintenance.
Councilmember Berliner explained the purpose of this Bill in his January 14
memorandum describing his proposed energy/environmental package. See ©5.
The Fiscal and Economic Impact statement for this Bill
be transmitted after March
17 (see ©4).
Issue for Committee Discussion
In testimony submitted to the Council, both the Montgomery County Branch of the U.S.
Green Building Council (USGBC) and the Potomac Valley Chapter of the American Institute of
Architects encouraged the Council not to limit Bill 4-14 to LED lights. The USGBC, in
particular, urged the Council to allow for an engineering solution for each street light location in
lieu of a straight LED requirement. As drafted, Bill 4-14 would require the County to enter into a
contract with a company that specializes in LED lights or another energy efficient technology the
Director finds is equivalent or superior. While this language is focused on LED lights, it is broad
enough to encompass other lighting technologies.