Mr. Green's Blog
On February 8, the California Lighting and Technology Center (CLTC) held a webinar to review major changes went into effect earlier this year in California’s lighting appliance regulations and highlight resources for manufacturers, retailers and consumers. Major changes included updates to lamp regulations and categories, updates to the California Appliance Efficiency Database, and rules on product labeling.
The proposed eligibility requirements for the ENERGY STAR® 2018 Most Efficient program are now available for review.
The program, now in its 7th year, promotes the most efficient products in fourteen specific product categories. The 2018 program continues the focus on the current twelve product categories and adds a new one (dehumidifiers). It also re-introduces televisions, temporarily removed in 20171.
The United for Efficiency (U4E) organization recently published a new report entitled "Accelerating the Global Adoption of Energy-Efficient Lighting." The report provides guidelines to countries on how to promote energy-efficient lighting in their respective national markets. The report maintains that following the guidelines will reduce greenhouse gas emissions, generate significant economic benefits, and enhance energy security.
The California Energy Commission (CEC) has officially begun the second phase of its 2012 Order Instituting Rulemaking process to consider new efficiency requirements for the state’s Title 20 Appliance Efficiency Regulations.
Through its Equipment Energy Efficiency (E3) program, Australia's goal is to deliver a single, integrated program on energy efficiency standards and labelling. The E3 Program recently released a Lighting Consultation Regulation Impact Statement (RIS) considering policy proposals to improve the efficiency of residential and commercial lighting.
Products addressed in the lighting RIS are:
Late last month, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released the first draft of a proposed revision to the current ENERGY STAR product specification for lamps (light bulbs). The EPA hopes to continue the market transformation of efficient lighting by incorporating spec changes that allow expanded product selection and increased production flexibility.
Key changes proposed for the new version include:
LED lamp manufacturers now have to meet new efficacy and performance requirements to qualify for California based rebates.
In December, the California Energy Commission (CEC) approved version 3 of its LED lamp quality specifications. Started in 2012, the Voluntary California Quality LED Lamp Specification program sets minimum requirements that lamps must meet in order to be eligible for state-funded investor owned utility (IOU) rebate programs. The revised requirements became effective January 1, 2017.