National Grid/REV Demonstration Project

Project Overview

The City of Schenectady has partnered with National Grid to pilot a Reforming the Energy Vision (REV) demonstration project. REV is Governor Andrew M. Cuomo’s New York State energy strategy1, aimed at developing new energy products and services, helping energy consumers make more informed choices, creating jobs, and protecting the environment2.

The REV demonstration project in Schenectady will use connected smart technologies and a low bandwidth wireless network to deploy smart city technology and services through enhanced street light infrastructure. National Grid will be replacing about 4,200 of their streetlights in the City with LED lights, which will subsequently be retrofitted with smart technology and controls. These upgrades will enable real-time data analytics and lighting controls, making the city more efficient and improving our ability to manage City assets. The conversion to LED streetlights will also lower our energy costs and reduce our carbon footprint.

This project will provide National Grid to with information on potential new options for enhanced street lighting infrastructure, and also serve as a test of the energy savings gained from LED conversion at a large scale. The project also offers the City of Schenectady an opportunity to see how smart technology can improve municipal services and quality of life for City residents.

To read the REV press release click here.
For a complete listing of current REV Demonstration Projects, visit the Department of Public Services (DPS) REV page.

Project Study Area

The REV demonstration project will be completed in several phases. In Phase I, LED conversion and sensor deployment will begin in two zones, Zone A and Zone B. Phases II and III will involve the expansion of smart technology to the other zones, as the deployments in Zone A and Zone B are evaluated by National Grid and City staff. See the map below for more details!

PLEASE NOTE: The following map is under construction.