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The DOE Municipal Solid-State Street Lighting Consortium's Model Specification for Networked Outdoor Lighting Control Systems is a tool designed to help cities, utilities, and other local agencies accelerate their adoption of systems that can further reduce the energy and maintenance costs of operating their streetlights. While the capabilities of monitoring and control systems on the market are enticing, many of these raise questions for users who are uncertain about how (or even if) they should be implemented, and how their true value can be assessed. As a result, user interests currently vary widely and are likely to do so for the foreseeable future, until adaptive lighting best practices and the ability to forecast energy and maintenance savings (along with the value of other features) becomes more universally proven.
A major update to the original Model Specification for Adaptive Control and Remote Monitoring of LED Roadway Luminaires has been released and this version, V2.0, has been renamed "Model Specification for Networked Outdoor Lighting Control Systems" to better reflect its evolving scope. The Model Specification remains a work-in-progress, a living document that reflects user experiences and the changing commercial market. Major updates in V2.0 include: the introduction of a Backhaul Communication Network section with associated requirements; separation of the Start-Up and Commissioning sections with updated or enhanced requirements for both; and further refinement focused on facilitating independent bids for Central Management System(s), Backhaul Communication Network(s), and Field Devices. The latter focuses on improving user ability to tender multi-vendor, multi-bid projects. V2.0 also includes more user notes, new and updated references to industry standards activities, and continued clarification of specifications recommended for all users vs. those deemed optional and likely to be only required by some users.
The MSSLC welcomes questions about the goals and development of this tool, and any suggestions for its further improvement. Municipalities or utilities who are particularly interested in future developments regarding the model specification are encouraged to inquire about joining the MSSLC task force that continues to engage and track the development and deployment of this energy-saving technology, and seeks ways to improve this resource. Please send comments and questions to MSSLC@pnnl.gov.