Apr 3 - Electronics Manufacturers Announce Support for Lighting Efficiency Standards

Members of the National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA) Lamp Section announced a joint commitment to support policies creating more energy efficient lighting in the U.S. within the next decade. NEMA is committing on helping set standards that will eliminate the least efficient products from the market, based on a set of specified principles and is urging the federal government to set a national solution to avoid confusion from the different proposals that have introduced on international, state and local levels.

NEMA's policy standards tracks the goal of AB 1109 (Huffman), which would develop and implement a comprehensive strategy to increase the energy efficiency and reduce the pollution associated with current lighting technologies.

AB 1109 will direct the California Energy Commission (CEC) to develop and implement strategies for meeting lighting energy efficiency goals of 50% for residential lighting and 25 percent for commercial and outdoor lighting by 2018.

Additionally, AB 1109 also proposes the Department of General Services to transition to more efficient lighting systems within two years of the standards being established.

AB 1109 will be heard in the Assembly Utilities and Commerce Committee Monday, April 9.

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