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Egypt's street lighting to be reduced to save electricity

Egypt's street lighting to be reduced to save electricity
Region: Egypt
Created: Jul 23, 2010, modified: Jan 13, 2012, overall rating: 0.000

Minister of Electricity - Hassan Younis has instructed heads of Electrical Power Distribution Companies to provide technical support to local authorities implementing a cabinet decision to halve the electricity usage of Government Institutions and street lighting.

The plan is to switch off every other lamp-post, the Minister said, so that the lighting of any one street will not be entirely turned off.

The plan has already been piloted in several areas to ensure there will be no negative impact on the flow of traffic, according to Younis. He assures us, that the level of lighting will still conform to international standards, citing studies that show the level of lighting in some of Egypt’s streets is three to five times higher than lighting in European and American cities.

Public lighting in Egypt accounts for 6.5 percent of Egypt’s total consumption of electricity, Younis added.

The Minister emphasized the need to limit the consumption of electricity at Government Institutions by reducing lighting during the daytime and switching off all lights at night. He added that LE260,000,000 has been allocated to a three year project to replace regular incandescent light bulbs with a low consumption fluorescent alternative. Implementation of this project started in the fiscal year 2008/09.

Younis said his Ministry has received complaints about the lack of street lighting in some areas.  He explainied that this happens because local authorities turn off a master switch that shuts down 10 -12 lamp-posts at a time.

Translated from the Arabic Edition.


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