Street lighting for 41 local government areas

January 2013

For more than 100 years our streetlights have become a vital means for keeping our local neighbourhoods safe and secure. Ausgrid now maintains more than 250,000 streetlights stretching across 41 local government areas – from local streets and parks to the city streets throughout the Sydney CBD.   

Ausgrid offers a wide range of services, including 24-hour fault reporting, quarterly night-time patrols on major traffic roads, yearly night-time patrols of all streetlights and systematic replacement of lamps in every street light every 30 months, to ensure the lights are operating . We also proactively replace the intelligent sensors that turn the lights on and off.

This proactive and systematic process is part of the reason why Ausgrid’s average response time for streetlight repairs was about 3 days in 2011/12 – less than half the NSW target of eight days. Streetlight repair times for specific LGAs are available on our sharing information page.

We’re also working to make sure the lights we install today are more energy efficient – meaning a more sustainable future for tomorrow. In fact, we have now moved to a more energy-efficient streetlight as our default replacement light. We are also trialling new LED lights – an even more efficient streetlight.

Streetlighting template pricing models

Ausgrid is working closely with the customer challenge panel and has agreed that providing as much information on pricing and revenue requirements to our customers could only lead to a better outcome for all parties.
Ausgrid is therefore providing as part of this process the pricing models used to calculate the revenue requirements for Ausgrid's operational and capital expenditure. These models have been provided so that customers can gain an understanding of how the various pricing models work, and to increase the level of transparency of Ausgrid's public lighting pricing.

There are three models in total, all of which were created in response to the AER's 2010 determination. All models provided exclude any commercially sensitive information such as specific component prices and customer names. This information has been replaced with dummy figures so that the functionality of the models can still be tested.

  • The first is a cost build up model which calculates the revenue requirements for Ausgrid's public lighting operational expenditure. This model calculates the cost of all scheduled and unscheduled maintenance and divides this cost over the various lamp types.
  • The second model is also a cost build up model which calculates the revenue requirements required to recover the capital cost  associated with assets installed post July 2009. This model calculates an yearly annuity price per asset based on Ausgrid's initial capital expense and a recovery period of the expected life of the asset.
  • The third model is a roll forward model based on recovering the value of the public lighting regulatory asset base (RAB) determined in 2010 for all assets installed pre July 2009. The model calculates an annual lump sum per customer which is then recovered on a monthly basis.

AER 2010 Determination Model for public lighting maintenance

AER 2010 Determination Model for post 2009 public lighting capital

AER 2010 Determination Model for pre 2009 public lighting capital

All street lighting faults can be reported to Ausgrid.