Mr. Green's Blog

Australia Looks at Upgrading Lighting Efficiency

Mon, 04/17/2017 - 11:38 -- MrGreen

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:


Tue, 02/21/2017 - 00:00 -- MrGreen

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:

California Revises LED Quality Spec Requirements

Mon, 01/23/2017 - 15:55 -- MrGreen

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.

Efficiency Harmonization Continues Between Canada and the U.S.

Tue, 01/10/2017 - 09:17 -- MrGreen

Canada's Energy Efficiency Regulations now include an amendment updating the efficiency standards of 20 current product categories. Amendment 13, published in late December 2016, becomes effective on June 28th of this year.

Canada's first Energy Efficiency Regulations came into effect in 1995. To stay current with the market, the regulations are amended periodically. Amendment 13 harmonizes current Canadian efficiency standards with existing or recently published U.S. efficiency standards for a number of residential, commercial/industrial, and lighting products.

California Energy Commission Approves LED Lamp Standard

Tue, 02/09/2016 - 11:51 -- MrGreen

Last year, I wrote about the California Energy Commission's (CEC) proposed lamp (bulb) standard, projected to save residents and businesses more than $4 billion in energy costs over 13 years (see Mr. Green blog: California Energy Commission Illuminates Lamp Standard Proposal). Last week, the Commissioners voted to approve that standard, making it the U.S.'s first mandatory state lamp efficiency/quality regulations.

Getting Closer to a California LED Lamp Standard?

Wed, 12/02/2015 - 11:25 -- MrGreen

Last month, I attended a public hearing on the California Energy Commission's (CEC) proposed standards for general service LED lamps and small diameter directional lamps.

Taming the Plug Load Beast

Mon, 11/30/2015 - 10:02 -- MrGreen

The Golden State is looking for suggestions on how to reduce plug load1 energy consumption… and it's willing to help cover some of the development costs.