Concerns have been raised that electricity distribution utilities are avoiding the installation of more efficient LED street lights because the move conflicts with their economic interests.

The Institute of Public Works Engineering Australasia (IPWEA) claims that conflicts of interest created by the ownership of public street lights by electricity distribution utilities has led to them avoiding or deferring the installation of more efficient, environmentally friendly LEDs. A practice note released by the IPWEA notes that while local councils in…