New Leadership Added at City Light, Lighting Design Lab

Release Date: 
March 18, 2014 - 09:15

Veteran Streetlight Engineering Manager to Oversee Customer-Facing Teams, Lighting Design Lab

Edward Smalley Named Strategic Manager for Seattle City Light Conservation Resources Division


Seattle, WA – Seattle City Light recently announced the selection of Edward Smalley as manager of the customer-facing teams for its Conservation Resources Division. In his new role, Smalley will manage the strategic and collaborative direction of the Energy Advisor group, the Conservation Implementation team and the Lighting Design Lab.


“All of the folks in CRD and at the Lighting Design Lab do incredible work in lighting and energy conservation,” Smalley said. “The opportunities to build upon that work are seemingly endless, and I’m excited to be more directly involved with that effort. Beyond my initial goal of developing a strong, collaborative team, I want to ensure each member has the strategic support, both inside and outside of the utility, to meet the dynamic needs of our customers.”

Smalley worked as City Light’s street lighting engineering manager, establishing the unit and developing the utility’s planned maintenance and LED street lighting programs. Most recently, he served as director of the Municipal Solid-State Street Lighting Consortium, a position appointed by the U.S. Department of Energy with support from the City of Seattle and City Light. During his time with the consortium, Smalley oversaw the planning and implementation of the city’s energy efficient streetlight conversion. Seattle was one of the first major U.S. cities to adopt LED street lighting under his advocacy and leadership.


“We are so pleased to have a strategic partner like Edward as we grow our visibility in the market, expand services, and really bring a much higher-level of collaboration between Lighting Design Lab, Seattle City Light and the Lab’s other funding partners. The timing couldn’t have been better,” said Kurt Nielsen, Manager of the Lighting Design Lab.


Smalley began his new position on April 1.


Seattle City Light is the 10th largest public electric utility in the United States. It has some of the lowest cost customer rates of any urban utility, providing reliable, renewable and environmentally responsible power to nearly 1 million Seattle area residents. City Light has been greenhouse gas neutral since 2005, the first electric utility in the nation to achieve that distinction.


The Lighting Design Lab (LDL or “the Lab”) is a commercial lighting not-for-profit education facility funded by major NW electric utilities and conservation partners, including Seattle City Light. Celebrating its 25th anniversary, LDL provides consultation, demonstration and educational services to the engineering, lighting designer, and architectural communities. The Lab’s mission is to transform the lighting market and build advocacy for conservation through the promotion and education of energy efficient technologies and design options in commercial and industrial retrofit applications and new construction. For more information about the Lighting Design Lab visit