Toronto Hydro Energy Services Inc.

Toronto Hydro Energy Services Inc.
Toronto Hydro Corporation

Toronto Hydro Corporation

December 04, 2007 13:24 ET

Toronto Hydro Energy Services Introduces New Research Project and Facility to Identify Next Generation of City Lighting

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Dec. 4, 2007) -


Today, Toronto Hydro Energy Services Street Lighting (TH Energy Street Lighting) launched the first phase of ALAMP, a year-long research project that is reviewing new street lighting technologies and testing them for use in Toronto. ALAMP, a real-life, in-field testing project located at their Wiltshire Facility in Toronto, will evaluate five different lighting solutions, including what is currently being used today.

The last upgrade to the street lighting system was done by the City of Toronto in 1993. ALAMP (Adaptive Lighting Asset Management Program) is a research project aimed at reviewing new lighting technologies, testing them for use in Toronto, and choosing the most efficient and suitable lighting system based on established criteria. Currently, the sources for lighting the city streets and highways are metal halide and high-pressure sodium lights. This is still a reliable and effective system, but TH Energy Street Lighting wants to ensure that the new equipment will be able to meet certain criteria such as: meeting North American lighting standards; public safety, perception and colour rendition; realizing better energy and operational efficiency; improving aesthetics/design; performance over time and in different weather conditions; and upgrading lighting levels while minimizing 'light pollution'.

"ALAMP will look at the different lighting solutions and test the performance of each technology. At the end, we'll know first-hand what lighting system will be best for Toronto," says Chris Tyrell, President, Toronto Hydro Energy Services. "Not many cities undertake this scope of a project and conduct research in a controlled environment. This is definitely a milestone for the company and the City of Toronto."

TH Energy has enlisted the expertise of Gerry Cornwell to oversee this research project (third-party independent). Cornwell is the Program Coordinator of the Certificate in Lighting Design Program at Ryerson Polytechnic University, the only such program in Canada.

Cornwell explains that in order to make an informed decision about competing technologies for street lighting, it is essential to conduct a real life study where lights are tested for output, lamp life, lumen degradation over time and temperature effects. "Another advantage of the ALAMP testing protocol is that Toronto Hydro crews get experience from installing and maintaining the new technologies."

The five lighting technologies that are currently installed at the testing facility include:

- Induction

- Fluorescent


- Electronic Ballast operated Metal Halide

- High Pressure Sodium

About Toronto Hydro Energy Services Inc.

Toronto Hydro Energy Services Inc. is an energy services company firmly committed to energy conservation and clean energy initiatives. The company is focused on developing clean and green energy generation projects, operating street lighting assets across Toronto and on helping business customers reduce their energy consumption and realize sustainable energy savings through efficiency upgrades. For more information, visit

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