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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.
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.
Earlier this month, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) issued a pre-publication of a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NOPR) on Energy Conservation Standards for General Service Lamps (GSLs).
A GSL is defined as any lamp having an ANSI base that is used in general lighting applications that:
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.