Holiday lighting forecast to use 750-800 megawatts in NY

The Rockefeller Center Christmas tree is on display before a lighting ceremony, Wednesday, Dec. 3, 2014, in New York. Weighing in at approximately 13 tons, the 85-foot tall, 90-year-old Norway Spruce will be adorned with 45,000 energy efficient LED lights. (AP Photo/Jason DeCrow)

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) – The organization operating New York’s electrical grid says holiday lighting is expected to add 750-800 megawatts of energy use this season.

The New York Independent System Operator says the electricity used by holiday lighting is approximately 4 percent of the New York’s average hourly demand for electricity.

The organization says the statewide impact of holiday lighting is equal to powering up to 800,000 homes.

But the usage is significantly lower in recent years thanks to more energy-efficient LED lights.

The Environmental Protection Agency says Energy Star certified decorative lights feature LED technology that uses 75 percent less energy than conventional incandescent lights. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review. Note: Comments containing links are not allowed.

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