CMUA Comments on Proposed Withdrawal of DOE Energy Conservation Lighting Standards
Thursday, May 9, 2019
by: Matt Williams, CMUA

Section: CMUA News

CMUA recently submitted comments to the U.S. Department of Energy on the proposed withdrawal of federal energy efficiency standards for certain categories of light bulbs.

The standards, which DOE previously established in 2017 during the final days of the Obama administration, would take effect in 2020 unless they are rescinded as planned. CMUA opposes the proposed withdrawal.

CMUA’s members are committed to energy efficiency and many have successful customer incentive programs based on federal and state standards, wrote Frank Harris, CMUA Manager of Energy Regulatory Policy, to the DOE Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Office, in a May 2 letter (member log-in required).

“The ultimate beneficiaries here are the electric customers who save money with each energy efficient lamp. … By using energy efficient lamps, consumers spend less time replacing bulbs and spend less money lighting their homes and businesses,” Harris wrote.

Energy efficient lighting also contributes to reductions to GHG emissions and criteria pollutants, and helps California manage its electric grid as more renewable energy is put on the grid, Harris added.

“The DOE proposal to rescind the broader definitions adopted in 2017 will set back technological progress and result in increased energy consumption, increased consumer costs, increased emissions of criteria pollutants and increased GHG emissions,” Harris wrote on behalf of CMUA.
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