- Associated Press - Thursday, May 22, 2014

DETROIT (AP) - U.S. Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz has visited Detroit to mark the city’s progress installing energy-efficient LED streetlights in an update of its largely broken public lighting system.

Moniz spoke Thursday afternoon at the Detroit Area Pre-College Engineering Program.

He discussed the installation project that includes the participation of the Energy Department, the city, its Public Lighting Authority and others.

The White House recently announced that Detroit and four other cities would receive technical assistance to help improve municipal lighting and energy efficiency.

Detroit is in the process of upgrading thousands of streetlights.

Lighting authority chief executive Odis Jones says at least 6,000 out of about 50,000 new light-emitting diode streetlights have been installed so far.

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