€704m contract to help Paris renovate street lights and energy lines

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The City of Paris has awarded a €704 million ($792.7 million) contract to subsidiaries of the utility EDF and engineering firm Eiffage for the modernisation of street lights and energy distribution lines.

Citelum, an EDF company, and Eiffage Énergie Systèmes will upgrade mounting equipment for 12,000 public lighting and 21,000 traffic light fixtures, replace 70,000 street lamps with LED technology and renovate 870km of power lines.

A digital platform will also be deployed to optimise the management of the smart street lights and traffic lights as part of efforts to improve energy efficiency, reduce traffic congestion and improve security for citizens.

The deal is the largest contract to date awarded in France in the area of public lighting and traffic light systems, according to a statement and is expected to help the City of Paris to provide new and innovative services.

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The City of Paris will leverage services from Cielis to use the infrastructure to meet energy efficiency targets set out in its regional climate, air and energy plan (PCAET). 

The city anticipates 240GWh of cumulative energy savings to be achieved over the 10 years the infrastructure will be modernised, according to a statement.

Within a period of five years, after the project kickstarts, a 30% decrease in energy consumption is expected.

Citelum and Eiffage will work with academia and the private sector to develop and test various solutions that can be used to optimise lighting, energy efficiency and services to residents.

The project is part of efforts by the City of Paris to expand its smart city services and ensure sustainability goals are achieved.