Report downed power or phone lines to Consumers Energy.
The ELC Department provides power to our city from the Coldbrook substation. We buy the power from Consumers Energy and use it to power these City assets:
- City street lights
- City traffic signals
- City buildings
- City parks & cemeteries
- Fire stations
- The fish ladder
- The Fulton Street Market
- The Impound Lot
- John Ball Zoo
- Various parking lots & ramps
- Receptacles for events
12 circuits distribute the electricity from the substation to the City. Cables run mostly in two areas.
- underground (in conduits located in duct banks, which run from manhole to manhole)
- aerial (on poles)
Most underground lines are in the downtown area. Those downtown cables extend out of the downtown area along major streets.
Report issues with streetlights on your block or throughout Grand Rapids. You can report several issues through our mobile app.
- Streetlight Out
- Streetlight Blinking
- Streetlight Dim
- Streetlight Always On
CONCRETE LIGHT POLE REPLACEMENT
We are currently replacing street lighting poles throughout the City. The City’s Energy, Lighting and Communications division announced that its contractor, Strain Electric, has started replacing the first of 750 concrete poles in the City’s street lighting system.
This project, part of the City’s asset management plan, will replace end-of-life concrete poles. The initial work has been completed. A map of those 18 locations is included below.
Phase 1.A Zone Map
The second part of Phase 1 is currently underway. A map of those locations is included below.
Phase 1.B Zone Map
Here are some visual examples of concrete poles in disrepair:
Example 1(PNG, 1MB) | Example 2(PNG, 1MB)
Lighting Pole Ownership
Our street lighting system has 209 secondary circuits and 18,037 street lights.
We mount street light fixtures on poles owned by different entities:
- City owned poles
- Consumers Energy
The City-owned poles are made of different materials:
- Cast iron
Over the years, the City has rebuilt roads and associated infrastructure. This process includes rebuilding or replacing portions of the street lighting system. So, the age and condition of the street lighting system varies from new to over 50 years old. The condition also ranges from good to poor. We also maintain portions of the Cities of Kentwood's and Walker's street lighting systems.
We also own and operate a Pole Line and Duct System (PLDS). The PLDS provides a services through a network of underground conduits and overhead poles. Communication companies use our conduits to provide service to the City.